About Virgil's Real BBQ - New York City

We are a much decorated Home-style BBQ restaurant located in the heart of Times Square, at the crossroads of the world.

152 W 44th Street
New York, NY 10036
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Barbecue, Comfort Food, American

Hours of Operation:
Monday 11:30a-11:00p

Tuesday 11:30a-12:00a

Wednesday 11:30a-12:00a

Thursday 11:30a-12:00a

Friday 11:30a-12:00a

Saturday 11a-12:00a

Sunday 11:00a-11:00p

Cross Street:
Broadway and 44th

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(212) 921-9494

Website:
http://www.virgilsbbq.com/

Catering:
Let Virgil's Cater your next party. We offer full service catering for all types of events. Let us drop off and setup or let us stay and serve your guests with the Virgil's experience at your door. Contact our Catering Department at 212-362-6444

Public Transit:
LOCATED ON WEST 44TH STREET BET. BROADWAY AND 6TH AVE.
A,B,D,E,F,1,2,3,N,R,Q,W. TRAINS to 42nd street times square.

Executive Chef:
Thomas Legoff

Private Party Facilities:
call for details

Private Party Contact:
Penny Kaplan: (212) 921-9494

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Whether you are planning a corporate event, holiday celebration, pre- or post- theatre dinner, or just a night out with family and friends, Virgil’s has great options for all your event needs. We can accommodate 200 guests for a seated dinner and up to 250 for a cocktail reception.

Parties at Virgil’s are for the young at heart: they’re fun, festive and casual. Kick back and check your day at the door. Groups of 15 or more will choose from specially designed menus created by our Executive Chef. We offer down home appetizers including our famous Trainwreck Fries, Hush Puppies, and BBQ Chicken Wings. The main course includes delicious smoked Memphis Pork Ribs, pulled Carolina Pork, Owensboro Lamb, and sliced Texas Beef Brisket. To complete the BBQ experience, enjoy our Baked Beans, Country Greens, Mac and Cheese, Cole Slaw, and Potato Salad.

Virgil's Real BBQ - New York City Ratings and Reviews

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food

4.2

service

4.2

ambience

4.1

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

86% would recommend it to a friend

Comfort Food (140)
Casual (120)
Good for Groups (94)
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Fun (92)
Pre/post Theatre (90)
Authentic (80)
Kid-friendly (70)
Good for Birthdays (57)
Great for Lunch (54)
Good for a Date (44)
Special Occasion (41)
Neighborhood Gem (37)
Great Beer (36)
Bar Seating (34)
Live Sports (30)
Happy Hour (28)
Hot Spot (28)
Vibrant Bar Scene (28)
Fit for Foodies (26)
Quick Bite (26)
Spicy (23)
Sunday Lunch (23)
People Watching (22)
Worth the Drive (22)
Late-night Find (18)
Cozy (17)
Creative Cuisine (15)
Good for Anniversaries (14)
Tasting Menu (12)
Gluten Free Options (11)
Handcrafted Cocktails (11)
Paleo Friendly (11)
Business Meals (10)
Seasonal (9)
Local Ingredients (5)
Great for Outdoor Dining (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Romantic (3)
Scenic View (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Live Music (1)
Tapas (1)
Vegan (1)
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 2 days ago

One of the friendliest spots in theater district. The food is as expected -- plentiful and tasty. The briskwet and biscuits are particularlt good.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Comfort Food
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 (New York Area)·Dined 2 days ago

Amazing food. Great atmosphere. Lively and fun. Definitely kid friendly.

Tags: Casual
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·Dined 3 days ago

Never a disappointment. Fast service, friendly staff and good food!

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 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

Good all Around ! Food,Service,Atmosphere. Repeat customer never dissappointed.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined 4 days ago

Memphis style bbq ribs. If you like juicy ribs, you will fall in love with this place.

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 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

The food was very good! Big portions and prices weren’t terrible. The bartender at the bar was very slow but the server at my table was very nice and attentive.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Fun, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined 6 days ago

We visited Virgil’s for dinner the food was fantastic.

The staff were attentive and the service was quick it was very busy so reserving a table at busy times is recommended .

The food was smokey spicy and very tasty and we will visit again in the future.

Tags: Good for a Date, Great Beer, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails, Spicy
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·Dined 6 days ago

Heel gezellig en goed gegeten. Echt Amerikaans en zeer goede pulled pork

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 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

Fun and delicious

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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Great BBQ! Great location and located in Times Square. Very loud and a packed setting. Poor service. Our waitress got our order wrong and then was no where to be found.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on January 14, 2018

Our server David was great!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 13, 2018

We made a reservation for 4 at 6:30pm on a Saturday. We got there and the place was a madhouse. We waited for like 30 mins and was still not seated while the restaurant was seating walk-ins. We ended up just leaving because who knows when we will be seated. What is the point of making a reservation when it’s obviously not a priority for them?

Any restaurant with such low sense of customer service deserves a 1 star

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·Dined on January 13, 2018

I had a 6:15 PM reservation for 12 (allowing for a relaxed meal before an 8 PM show with 11 teens). We were shuttled to stand in the bar area, which was basically a mosh pit of people waiting for seating. We were not seated until 7:00 PM. So what was the point of having a reservation?!

The food was good and our waiter worked his rear off to serve us quickly in order to get us out in time for our show (which we made in the nick of time).

I recommend the restaurant only if you have time to enjoy it. And as for reservations? They apparently mean nothing.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Saturday night. Bedlam. Chaos. Finally seated 25 minutes after our Open Table reservation time. Spent the time waiting crushed with others in the entry.
Were seated upstairs where the smell of rancid oil from the popcorn machine in the bar kept drifting up.
We live in NYC and eat at Virgils often before the theater.
This is the last time. The ribs are not worth the awful experience.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Sooo good. Best fried pickles ever. Amazing cornbread. Delicious bbq. Server was very friendly and quick. Definitely get the fall off the porch drink!

Tags: Good for a Date, Fun, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Comfort Food Heaven! A great spot to hang with friends. Reservations recommended as it is in the heart of the theater district and very popular. Really enjoyed the Train wreck French Fries, Hush Puppies and BBQ Wing appetizers. Try the Brisket melt or Pulled pork sandwich.

Tags: Comfort Food, Spicy, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive, Fun
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·Dined on January 13, 2018

We visited Virgil's on a cold Saturday evening -- so I can understand why the restaurant was super crowded and noisy. Because of the crowds and noise, it wasn't a great dining experience -- we were meeting friends we hadn't seen in months, and we couldn't really have any kind of conversation.

The food was really good. My friend and I had the brisket and found it very tasty. Our two boys each had hamburgers and cleaned their plates. My husband had chicken and ribs and is still talking about how good it was a few days later.

In addition, our waiter was exceedingly pleasant and helpful despite the busy atmosphere. He helped all of us decide on drinks, and recommended side dishes when we were indecisive. Furthermore, he always had a big, genuine smile on his face.

For our situation, I wish we had found someplace a bit quieter and amenable to conversation, but perhaps there's no such place like that at dinnertime on a Saturday in Times Square :)

Tags: Fun, Casual, Comfort Food
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Great time!

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·Dined on January 7, 2018

Good food. Pathetic service.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Great food. It’s a very popular place so it can feel pretty crowded

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·Dined on January 3, 2018

This was one of our most disappointing meals in NY, the ribs were dry and chewy, nothing like the publicity surrounding Virgil's so called great ribs.

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·Dined on January 3, 2018

Fab food and a great place for larger parties! Book in advance.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Casual
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·Dined on January 3, 2018

Things have changed at virgils. We have been going there for years. But things have changed not for the better. The trainwrek fries used to be perfect. Now they are mediocre. After being a custfor over 5 years. We will not be returning

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 2, 2018

Good food, Fast service, Great value in the Times Square area which is a rare find these days

Tags: Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on January 2, 2018

Excelente ubicacion , rapido y rico a los que tienen problemas con el picante abstenerse

Tags: Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Casual, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 2, 2018

Everything went well. Reservation was ready in 15min, space near table but little bit cold. Food and beverages are very good. Plate quite big. Service good, but not best.

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 (London)·Dined on January 2, 2018

Not the best experience food wise but a personal apology from the manager a d reduction on the bill was much appreciated.

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·Dined on January 1, 2018

Wasn't impressed with the menu selection and I was expecting killer bbq ribs. They were dry and had to drown in bbq sauce which by the way only had two choices at the table.

Tags: Comfort Food, Live Sports
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Had been coming here for years. His experience was very poor. Prices have gone way up and service way down.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Una buena opción al estilo Country. Recomiendo reservar en temporadas altas, como Diciembre. Aunque hay muchos meseros y hacen el esfuerzo para atenderte, la cantidad de personas no les permitía ser muy rápidos. Presumo que el bar y la cocina estarían súper ocupados. Pasamos un grato momento pero casi que solo 10 cm separaban nuestra mesa de las dos laterales, de manera que casi almorzamos 6 desconocidos juntos.

Tags: Casual, Hot Spot, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 30, 2017

We usually love eating at Virgil's. This time was disappointing. When we walked in the restaurant we checked in to let them know we arrived. They confirmed our reservation and told us to wait at the bar and they would call our name. After waiting 4o minutes, I asked them how much longer our wait would be. The hostess insisted we never checked in and that she had given away our table. She wasn't apologetic at all. After waiting 20 more minutes they squeezed us into 2 tables. Our waiter was only ok. One of our kids had an alergy. When he was questioned about one of the items on the menu being safe for the child. He said, "He should be fine" but he wasn't sure. We then asked the manager and he let us know that the food was not safe for him and was told exactly what he could order. The waiter rushed us though everything and a nice meal ended up feelin hurried and stressful. The food was good but everything else was so disappointing.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great Beer, Comfort Food, Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly
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 (Naples)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Had to wait 25 minutes, even with reservation. Everyone waiting was stuffed into the bar area. It was the day before New Years Eve in Times Square, so I’m sure that had something to do with it. The staff were great though and we really liked our server David.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Very crowded, not enough space and long wait despite reservation.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 30, 2017

My husband and I dined after seeing Hamilton. We were looking for a casual dinner and Virgil's was great. Service and food were excellent.

Tags: Fun, Comfort Food, Casual
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·Dined on December 30, 2017

Really good BBQ restaurant. Food great and friendly attentive service. Recommended

Tags: Authentic, Great Beer, Great for Outdoor Dining, Comfort Food
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·Dined on December 30, 2017

Good food, good service, great time! We went here for my birthday and it was so much fun!

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Live Sports, Great Beer
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Went after seeing a play. Hostess was very welcoming and despite the crowds waiting for a table I was seated immediately. Food was delicious and waiter very attentive. Definitely will return.

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 (London)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Hadn't been for 17 years but still the same, in a good way.

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·Dined on December 30, 2017

Food and service was excellent. Will definitely recommend eating here to others!!!

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Christmas weekend family vacation, awesome food, great service. The best BBQ wings I’ve ever had.

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