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

4.0

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

85% would recommend it to a friend

Comfort Food (130)
Casual (125)
Fun (92)
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Pre/post Theatre (90)
Good for Groups (87)
Kid-friendly (70)
Authentic (68)
Great for Lunch (58)
Good for Birthdays (51)
Bar Seating (43)
Good for a Date (42)
Special Occasion (41)
Great Beer (36)
Neighborhood Gem (32)
Hot Spot (31)
Fit for Foodies (29)
Quick Bite (29)
Live Sports (28)
Happy Hour (27)
Sunday Lunch (26)
Vibrant Bar Scene (26)
People Watching (25)
Spicy (24)
Worth the Drive (20)
Late-night Find (20)
Cozy (16)
Good for Anniversaries (15)
Creative Cuisine (15)
Tasting Menu (15)
Gluten Free Options (14)
Handcrafted Cocktails (12)
Seasonal (10)
Business Meals (9)
Paleo Friendly (8)
Local Ingredients (5)
Great for Brunch (4)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Great for Outdoor Dining (3)
Romantic (3)
Scenic View (3)
Live Music (2)
Tapas (1)
Vegan (1)
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·Dined 2 days ago

Great service and great food everything you can ask for.

Tags: Fun, Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

My guest was super impressed with the wings and the ribs.

Loved the strawberry lemonade

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·Dined 3 days ago

I usually love Virgil BBQ Brisket Sandwich but this time it came out of kitchen Room Temperature, Bah. Waitstaff and Manager were very solicitous and concerned, gave me many Tsk tsks and "oh my"s but did nothing else. One other thing, take Coney Island Root Beer off the menu, meant to be a marriage of beer and root beer...the worst of both worlds. And i ought to know, I am from the Coney Island neighborhood.

Tags: Paleo Friendly, People Watching, Fun
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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

We are regulars. This was our after-movie dinner. Savannah Salad without any pork and additional avocado slices with Grilled chicken: They have improved the greens’ mix. Grilled chicken was fresh( sometimes is not and it gets dry) Kansas Fried chicken all white meat was on point. The best part was as always Livia. She just remembers what we like and how we liked. Always a pleasure. This is a great joint pre or post shows.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 6 days ago

Good barbecue restaurant, service was excelent and helpfull

Tags: Live Sports, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 11, 2018

I was very disappointed having been to Virgil's a few years ago. The food was tepid at best and the sauce on the chicken looked as if he had just been plopped on - just wasn't good. It wasn't even fair to middling....

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 (Orlando)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Loved our server David! And our seat upstairs in front of the big screens! So yummy!

Tags: Fun, Authentic, Comfort Food, Late-night Find, Gluten Free Options, Good for Groups, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 10, 2018

We had a great time. The food was fantastic! They were super accommodating to our party’s needs and we were even taken before our reservation time. We’ll definitely be back!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Service was excellent. Our server Josh was amazing. He was friendly and very informative.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 8, 2018

This is not the cheapest place to get ribs in New York, nor is it necessarily the best, but if you are taking a group of teens out to a show on Broadway -- especially if they're boys -- I can't think of anywhere better. It's loud, fun, filling, and fast.

Tags: Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 8, 2018

We had a terrific time with delicious food that we thoroughly enjoyed.

Loved the cheddar grits, we got a sampler for 2 for about $50 and a Cesar's salad and split all amongst 3 of us and we were stuffed.

Really tasty, and for 3 to eat for under $100 with tip in times Square and have authentic BBQ, you can't go wrong! Love Virgil's

Tags: Live Sports, Late-night Find, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Great for Brunch, Great Beer, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 8, 2018

Our waiter was absolutely disgusting to us. Very rude and rushed us, never came for refills or to ask how our meal was. He also kept disappearing for a long time and we’d have to ask someone else for help!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 7, 2018

Easy place to eat when going to the theater. Reasonably priced and quick service in general

Tags: Comfort Food, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 7, 2018

Virgil's is our stand-by for before theater dining. It's convenient to Broadway theaters. The menu is barbecue with some more healthy options. (We had the grilled catfish.) They also do a nice chicken fried steak. The sound level can approach boiler room levels, but was moderate the night we were there. They do a big business in crowds. I usually see a couple large groups there and they seem happy. It also looks like they can accommodate kids pretty well, too.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Bar Seating, Good for Groups, People Watching, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 5, 2018

Der Service war super und das Ambiente stimmt auch. Die Spare Rips waren leider etwas trocken und nicht zart. Normalerweise kennen wir Rips wo man das Fleisch problemlos abziehen kann... Das war hier leider nicht so. Ebenso war es teilweise nur lauwarm. Das pulled pork und das Rindfleisch waren dagegen sehr lecker. Da wir aber hauptsächlich wegen den Rips gekommen sind waren wir etwas enttäuscht.

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 (New England)·Dined on February 5, 2018

Started with unclean menu with grease all over it, ended with a dry and untasty BBQ. Appetizers were cold. Brisket was passable but rest of the pig out platter might as well be fed to the pigs!
Will never go here again, I gave it the benefit of the doubt, it is owned by Carmine's and I never had a bad meal there.
Sorry to be so blunt!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Good barbecue and the hush puppies are great. I miss the bbq lamb.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Comfort Food, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 3, 2018

We had nachos and a brisket burger. The meat was way too sweet

Tags: Happy Hour, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Late-night Find
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Virgil's never disappoints. I have been going here over 20 years and the food is consistently great. Their pulled pork is the best I've ever had.

Tags: Casual, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Mediocre food. Tasted like warmed up BBQ. I expected better

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Excellent food. Bid portions. Great service. Highly recommended.

Tags: Gluten Free Options
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 2, 2018

The overall experience was good, the food came out fast, but it was cold, that was my only concern.

Tags: Fun, Quick Bite, Live Sports, Business Meals, Seasonal, Bar Seating, Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 1, 2018

Huge portions
Very friendly service
Value for money

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Spicy, Sunday Lunch, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Quick Bite, Happy Hour
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 28, 2018

We enjoyed a nice meal out food was a good standard

Tags: Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Went during restaurant week so place was fairly empty for a Saturday night .The food came out cold despite me eating here atleast 4 times a year this time was disappointing .

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Noisy, chaotic, but the food is good and plentiful. The prices are reasonable, the service is quick , and there is a 7 day a week Happy Hour at the bar which is great!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 27, 2018

We dined at Virgil’s pretty early because we had tix to show. Because of traffic, we actually were 25 minutes late for our reservation so they canceled the reservation. We were aware of the policy that they release your table after 15 minutes. However, the staff was very accommodating and found us a table anyway. The food is great bbq and the service is friendly and efficient. The place was packed but we got our delicious food quickly, never felt rushed and got out in time for the show. Thanks Virgil’s!

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 (New England)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Being a lover of all BBQ, especially Texas BBQ, I was Leery of a BBQ place in Times Square. However, I am a very picky BBQ eater.

This place is great! Take it from the southerners Reviews , just as I did. Many reviews from northeast folk misrepresent this gem.

Tags: Great Beer, Vibrant Bar Scene, Casual, Live Sports, Comfort Food, Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Been to Virgil's many times. Great for pre-theater!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, People Watching, Fun, Bar Seating, Hot Spot, Live Sports
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 24, 2018

Nothing fancy, but a great BBQ meal if you're in the area. Food came out fast, if you're seeing a show after.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on January 23, 2018

I love this place. A pitmasters once told me that the secret to finding a good, consistent bbq spot is one that has consistent volume. This place has volume and very good bbq. The quality is really good but I think the flavor was more bold in years past. Also, they used to sprinkle dry rub on top of the ribs just before serving (which added a bright note) and for some reason they don't do that anymore.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great Beer, Spicy, Casual, Comfort Food, Bar Seating
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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on January 23, 2018

Steady BBQ restaurant. Nothing spectacular but nothing bad. Huge portions.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Always fun...food good and place filled with energy

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 (Miami)·Dined on January 20, 2018

We went to Virgil’s for my husbands 40th Birthday. We had a fabulous time with 11 other guests. The food was delicious and we were in an out with out feeling rushed.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 20, 2018

The food was great. The brisket was the best I have had

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 20, 2018

It Was My Mothers 63rd Birthday and She Loves Virgil’s. She’s Been Hooked Ever Since I Took Her for the First Time In November !!!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 19, 2018

I've been to Virgil's a few times and the food is always great. We got there a bit ahead of our reservation time so we sat at the bar for a while. It was nice. The food was good. The service is usually better but all in an all, everything was fine.

Tags: Fun, Comfort Food
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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 19, 2018

I went to Virgil’s a long time ago and remember it being fantastic! This was not the case on my recent visit. The service was lackluster and unattentive. The food was edible but unimpressive. The ribs were good. Brisket not so much. Fried chicken was good but the white meat was dry. Mac and cheese, coleslaw, beets, collard greens. Average at best. Might be good for bar food. A lot of sports playing. I won’t be back.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 18, 2018

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 on January 18, 2018

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

Tags: Casual
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