Virgil's Real BBQ - New York City

4.4
6675 reviews
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Barbecue
We are a much decorated Home-style BBQ restaurant located in the heart of Times Square, at the crossroads of the world.
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OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined 13 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was an awesome experience for my first time visiting New York. The food was delicious and the drinks (I had the Virgils version of the Bloody Mary - see pic) to die for. I will make this a guaranteed stop everytime I visit NY!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Superb meat in a friendly atmosphere.

TM
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and even better service!! We had the Pig Out platter for 2, which was phenomenal. The drinks are strong and tasty.

H
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Yes i will recommend. As usual :-)
Coming from France, we discovered this restaurant 5 years ago and it was obvious to come back again !

d
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Our waiter made some food recommendations, chicken wings that were fantastic and the family style bbq platter which had a great selection of some of there favorites.
Food was delicious.

OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 2ambience 3

Food was very good especially the meats. Experience marred by a rude waiter in a foul mood who changed his tune slightly when called out on it. Otherwise a good stop.

S
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

David our waiter was very nice. Did like him a lot.

OT
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent staff at the bar

b
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very enjoyable meal. Service was attentive and food was good!

TC
Key West
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Overall the food was good but service was a little slow due to the large number of people in the restaurant. The restaurant was a little expensive but reasonable for Times Square restaurants. Good BBQ and a good atmosphere.

v
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food and service! All were happy and we will be back!

B
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had lunch at Virgil’s on Saturday in celebration of my sister’s birthday and it was wonderful! First our server told us a little about the restaurant and then made recommendations for delicious drinks the we did enjoy. The food was also delicious (Especially the brisket)! The portions were large and we came home with doggie bags. Unfortunately I don’t remember our server’s name but he was wonderful. He was polite and gave service with a smile. Would definitely recommend this restaurant if you like “soul” food!

S
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The food was very good, with good service, overall I was pleased

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first visit to New York and we wanted to try a BBQ restaurant and this was a good choice the service was good and the food also but we did ask for things like no gravely on the mash but it still came with it
But that said we loved it !!

OT
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lots of bbq options. Tasty. Lost of sides options too. A classic. Not a tourist trap! Enjoy!

R
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing BBQ! Great service, perfect timing to eat before the Broadway show! Would definitely recommend and will definitely visit again!

m
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wings are the best in the world! Fast service and love the atmosphere.

s
Wales
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food with great service well
Worth a visit

CM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The food was totally delicious, I ordered the Memphis style ribs. The margarita literally had no liquor in it but the server was willing to fix it so that was nice of him. My mom also ordered a cheeseburger but got no cheese but the server was willing to fix it. Other than that everything else was fine.

d
New York Area
85 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

A fun place with great comfort food!
I loved the pulled pork and potato salad and baked beans!
Service was very friendly and efficient!

ED
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

I was actually surprised at the quality of the BBQ. There was a nice bark on the ribs and the meat was smokey and moist. I would rather have had my meats without the sauce - their spice rub is more in the Memphis style while the sauce used was a vinegary Carolina style. The portions were good and the cost, especially in the heart of NY's theater district was good.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Comimos bien, comida muy abundante (tal vez demasiado y se echó de menos que no lo hubiera advertido el camarero, creemos que fue para recibir más propina) y buen servicio.

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VI
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very nice service and food in one of the greatest neighborhood of the city !

JF
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dining experience and wish I could remember my server's name but her statement that she felt like she worked in her living room sums it up. Warm, welcoming and made us feel like we were long lost relatives. Great service!

OT
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Spettacolo! Ribs divine, maiale sfilacciato una delizia, atmosfera al top. Gentilissimi i camerieri.... con il 18% di mancia sul totale ci credo che sono gentili!!!

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OT
Orlando
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great barbecue and also good options for the kids!

SY
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server and the manager on for the night were excellent. As soon as he introduced himself. Asked if we had any food allergies (we are GF and DF) and they took care of my friend and I. Excellent food and a relaxed good vibed setting.

DD
New York Area
204 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Tourists in Times Square with a hankering for hefty portions of intensely-flavored BBQ will find a haven at Virgil’s. This capacious eatery can accommodate large parties of a dozen or more without even blinking. Thie place is great for a big family outing, but I wouldn’t suggest it as an intimate romantic venue to propose to your sweetheart.

MH
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The pig out for two didn’t look like that much food when it arrived. That feeling changed quickly. I really enjoyed the meal and the Mac and cheese and beans. The flavour all around was great.

NI
Pittsburgh
6 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We booked reservations here for our first dinner in NYC, and we were not disappointed! Starting with the hostess on to our server and the food, all was wonderful! My daughter has the Trainwreck Fries which she totally enjoyed, and my husband and I shared the Pig Out Platter. All of the meat was delicious, the sauces were perfect, and the macaroni and cheese was incredible...it was my favorite! Our server, Matt, was excellent! We will definitely come back on our next trip to NYC!

LS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing place. Visited 10 years ago and had to visit again and take our sons with us. Authentic American restaurant which isn't overly priced with a great atmosphere.

MH
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place. Great spot for when you're in time square area. I've been there twice and food is excellent. Atmosphere is loud but that is to be expected. Service was also great so overall I highly recommend. Get the chilly!

k
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 5ambience 3

I was quite disappointed with the food
Very inconsistent
Orders trash ribs
2 good
Rest stringy and tough
Back to Dallas next time

T
New England
3 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

Ribs were very dry, sides were all over cooked. Very loud on the first floor. Service was horrible. Had 4 people come to the table but no one took ownership. Had we not been meeting family we would have left. Drinks were very watered down. Worst experience we had in Times Square.

WW
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

Dry meat, poor taste, black surface with poor taste also. Would not recommend.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful waitress and the food was delicious

l
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We tried eating just appetizers this time and it was a great idea. Their plates are huge, so we had a great meal.

f
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Ordered starters and they just came with the main course, next they asked do we still want the starters . Nacho was having 3 meats all did taste the same not a great experience. Server was really friendly

DD
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We truly enjoyed ourselves here. Although our cute server was busy, with the help of his coworkers, we were all well taken care of by them. The food was warm and delicious. I would strongly encourage you to try the wings.

KG
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

I think Virgil’s is very overrated. Service was not very good as when it was happy hour the waiter told us to get our own beer either downstairs or at the bar and would not serve us. Food was large portions and tasted like a whole bunch of sugar was added to the whole meal. If you are looking for fresh healthy and tasty meal option, don’t go to Virgil’s.

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