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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Overall Rating

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food

4.2

service

4.3

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4.1

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

89% would recommend it to a friend

Comfort Food (92)
Casual (75)
Pre/post Theatre (61)
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Good for Groups (60)
Fun (55)
Authentic (50)
Good for Birthdays (36)
Kid-friendly (31)
Great for Lunch (28)
Special Occasion (24)
Neighborhood Gem (23)
Live Sports (23)
Great Beer (22)
Happy Hour (21)
Bar Seating (19)
Fit for Foodies (19)
Good for a Date (18)
Vibrant Bar Scene (18)
Spicy (17)
Quick Bite (14)
People Watching (12)
Late-night Find (11)
Cozy (10)
Paleo Friendly (9)
Good for Anniversaries (8)
Hot Spot (8)
Worth the Drive (8)
Business Meals (7)
Creative Cuisine (7)
Handcrafted Cocktails (7)
Sunday Lunch (7)
Tasting Menu (7)
Great for Brunch (6)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Great for Outdoor Dining (3)
Romantic (3)
Seasonal (3)
Tapas (2)
Healthy (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Scenic View (1)
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 (New York Area)·Dined 2 days ago

A wonderful BBQ meal!! I have been going to Virgil's for years and I'm always very pleased! Great food, good service, and a fun atmosphere.

Tags: Casual, Great Beer, Comfort Food
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 (Orlando)·Dined 2 days ago

Was visiting from out of town and read the reviews in Zagat.
Service was horrible. Food not great-have had better at a chain restaurant.
Our order came out wrong 3x and charged for something we didn’t order. We finally had to speak to manager who comped our appetizer and didn’t seem very concerned or apologetic. Would never go back or recommend.

Tags: Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined 2 days ago

We were seated 10 minutes after our reservation time which is fine. The High Roller margarita was delicious. Food was served quickly and cold. Both my husband and I were served fatty gritty pieces of brisket. Very disappointed! Could be better.

Tags: Good for Groups, Casual
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·Dined 2 days ago

It was great having a reservation I got there and there was a bunch of people there but it took two minutes for them to see my family of four and our waiter was very courteous and friendly we had a great time

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 3 days ago

Really great choice - menu has something for everyone - michael our waiter was awesome too

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 4 days ago

Great food. Solid bbq for time square.

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·Dined 5 days ago

Prices went up portions smaller .....but still tasty

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

Family meal after a day in the city. Service was a little slow. Food was delicious. Our reservation was honored quickly and efficiently

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·Dined 5 days ago

This is our third visit to Virgil's. We love barbeque and the portions are great. The waitstaff are good people. We were greeted warmly when we entered the restaurant. They make it easy to return.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Lunch, Spicy, Comfort Food, Good for Groups
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 6 days ago

Great food, service was great

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·Dined 6 days ago

We have been to Virgil’s on several occasions and always leave wanting to return. The food is authentic and delicious and the service is great.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Great Beer, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on November 17, 2017

We had a great meal before the theatre. Our server David was very friendly and gave us some recommendations of other things to do in the city. Our food came SO fast!! Very good food, and an enjoyable experience overall!

Tags: Great Beer, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 16, 2017

The waiter, David was excellent. He made some good recommendations and had a great personality. The ambiance was great. We did not wait long for our food and it had a great taste. We had the beef brisket and the salmon.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 15, 2017

Virgil's is a favorite of mine and when out of town company came for a visit it was the first place that came to mind. We all enjoyed our meals and our waiter Michael was very helpful and courteous. I tried the bourbon beer and it was excellent and went well with my pulled pork dinner. The onion rings and fried pickles were great. We were all full and happy when we left.

Tags: Fun, Kid-friendly, Pre/post Theatre, Quick Bite, Comfort Food, People Watching, Neighborhood Gem, Great Beer, Casual
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 (Berlin)·Dined on November 15, 2017

Sehr gute zentrale Lage, aufmerksamer Service und gute, typische Küche, wirklich zu empfehlen

Tags: Great for Lunch, Fun, Authentic, Quick Bite, Good for Groups, Spicy, Live Sports
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 14, 2017

Excellent service from our server Roxanne. Not the best BBQ in the city by far. Very good cocktails.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Authentic, Paleo Friendly
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·Dined on November 14, 2017

Buena carta, raciones de tamaño grande y muy buena carne, el servicio muy bueno y en castellano. Genial!

Tags: Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 12, 2017

The ribs were sent back twice. The first dish, along with the next two replacements were all the same. Dry. It is clear the food was cooked well in advance of me ordering them. The sauce which covered them was not to be mistaken with "fresh".

On the positive side, our waiter David was a genuinely friendly and attentive server. The tip left was a gesture of thanks to him for his service - not that of the chef/kitchen. Shame he has to share.

Tags: Great Beer
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Got there late, but got seated relatively quickly. Our waiter Chris was very attentive, food was great, and got out in time for the comedy show.

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on November 11, 2017

what a disappointment - been here several times before and it was good. this time the food was terrible, ribs were fatty, brisket was dry. it's time to go elsewhere for bbq.

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·Dined on November 11, 2017

The meat was delicious. The treatment was excellent.
We will be back

Tags: People Watching, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Paleo Friendly, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Groups, Great Beer
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Food was mediocre at best - overcrowded and the hostess/staff seemed to have issues controlling the crowd packed into a very small space waiting to be seated. Would never go back.

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 (Dallas)·Dined on November 9, 2017

I've been going to Virgil's for over 20 years. Probably introduced 100 people to it over those years. One year during a weeklong visit to NYC, I ate there 7 times in 6 days. So, it pains me to say this last time was probably my last. Unless I'm meeting someone there for a beer and hushpuppies--those are still awesome.

There have been ownership, menu and pricing changes over the years and each time, they slip a little more. This lunch made me a little embarrassed that I'd made such a big deal out of bringing people there. My Texas BBQ reputation suffered a bit. The brisket was super fatty in some sections and overcooked in others. The pulled pork was dry. Even the baked beans aren't the same anymore.

Sad to say, Hill Country BBQ is a better NYC option these days. Virgil's...thanks for the memories.

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·Dined on November 8, 2017

Really disappointed. Small portion compare to the price. We ordered a combo ribs & chicken and we ended up with only one small piece of chicken... The quality was bad. We won't be coming back and we do not recommend it at all !!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Always a great meal. Family friendly. Tried the chili appetizer with tortillas for the first time and I think it was the best chili I have ever had.

Tags: Comfort Food, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 4, 2017

The ribs were great and also the pulled pork. Portions were big so dessert was out of the question. We would have slept through the theatre performance.

Tags: Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Kid-friendly, Authentic, Bar Seating, Fun, Pre/post Theatre, Casual
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Too much sauce on everything but was still pretty good.

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·Dined on November 3, 2017

Great food and atmosphere. Appreciate that it was not extremely crowded.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Authentic
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 (New England)·Dined on November 1, 2017

Food was room temperature and rushed. Server was inattentive. Beans were gross. Won’t be going back for sure.

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·Dined on November 1, 2017

Fantastic atmosphere , great service, very clean, amazing food and drinks, great value for money but portions could be bigger. Homemade pecan pie was delicious.

Tags: Comfort Food, Happy Hour, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 1, 2017

Friends together for a night out after a show. The food was good as well as the service. We had a great time.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups, Spicy
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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 30, 2017

We were in town from Seattle, WA and we thought is was fabulous BBQ. Our waiter was fun. We loved the atmosphere and the selfie camera outside was a treat! Will recommend your restaurant to anyone I meet. Thank you!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Happy Hour, Fun, Special Occasion, Authentic, Sunday Lunch, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, People Watching, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Made a reservation which was smart as place filled completely quickly in the dinner time area.
Drinks were tasty and reasonable cost; lots of TV's for football! Texas Dining companion hasd Beef ribs scrumtious(SP!). Said it was like Texas! I had Carolina pork and was finger licking good! Beans and slaw were good, just served in containers that were too small!
Sweet tea was sweet!
A wonderful surprise restaurant that serves good food at a reasonable price located just off Times Square!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Sunday Lunch
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·Dined on October 27, 2017

Pulled pork was dry and the cole slaw tasted of nothing but vinegar. Fries good when hot but awful as they started to cool.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Great food and incredible service.

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·Dined on October 23, 2017

Roxy, the lady who assisted us was just very much accommodating and helpful. The food is very much comfort food and the buscuits were awesome

Tags: Special Occasion, Kid-friendly, Comfort Food
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·Dined on October 22, 2017

Food was delicious, service was a little lacking. We were back in a small corner table and I felt we were somewhat neglected noticing our waiter going to other tables more frequently and he never came around to ask us if we wanted another refill on our drink.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Fun, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Yordy our server was pleasant and attentive making sure every moment of our meal we were doing good. Celebrating a friend's birthday we went for the pick 2 BBQ combo. This was our first time eating at this establishment. My trash ribs and brisket could have been a little better if they weren't drench in the BBQ sauce. My friend said his pork ribs were a little sweet for his taste buds. He enjoyed the chicken better. The sides of collard greens, cheese grits, mashed potatoes with gravy and pecan rice was good although I believe a little sweet potatoes or mac and cheese would have been a delight to this meal. Not on the menu. Nice size portions for leftovers. Next stop Carmine's for some family style Italian cuisine. Just right up the block and a 15% off check from Virgil's makes it nicer.

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·Dined on October 22, 2017

Was referred to Virgil's BBQ by a family member.Our first time NY
Excellent barbecue The brisket, chicken and ribs very tender and flavorful and the side dishes were great as well. Our nephew from Texas gave it a thumbs up 👍🏽
he is a very picky about his barbecue. We will definitely recommend this place to others .

Tags: Great Beer, Worth the Drive, Hot Spot, Quick Bite, Comfort Food, Live Sports, Neighborhood Gem
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 (München)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Actually the AC was really cold, so we had to move to another table. Which wasn't a problem, so everything was just fine.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Authentic
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