Virgil's Real BBQ - New York City

4.4
6810 Reviews
$30 and under
Barbecue
We are open for Indoor & Outdoor Dining, Pick-up & Delivery. As of 12/27/21, NYC requires all guests 5+ to show proof of vaccination against COVID-19 and 12+ must be fully vaccinated to dine indoors. Outdoor Dining is available. To dine indoors, each guest must provide CDC card or photo, excelsior pass, NYC Covid Safe App and photo ID.

Virgil’s Real BBQ has been acclaimed as one of America’s top 10 BBQ restaurants by leading food critics. Established 1994 in the heart of NYC’s Times Square and growing to Las Vegas in 2016!

Virgil’s Real BBQ was developed after extensive research, including a nationwide road trip in search of the best that BBQ has to offer. Our meats are smoked at a low temperature over indirect heat for up to ten hours with a unique mix of hickory & fruit woods in order to impart the most flavor. To complement the main menu of BBQ specialties, we offer a generous selection of traditional sides & Southern-style desserts.

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
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PatriciaJ
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was a exceptional experience for myself and family. The Mac and Cheese rich and flavorful, the collard greens was very tasty… the staff was great overall would definitely recommend for dinner before a play on broadway!

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JamesF
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Portion size greatly reduced since covid although prices remain the same. Also a bit fatty on the brisket and ribs

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience2

The food was too rushed and cocktails weren’t good

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Emma
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First place we went to when we arrived in NYC. Great food, lovely staff and a fantastic vibe. The place was decorated in a really cozy way and our server was friendly and knowledgeable about the area which was great for us as we're just visiting. Food was really delicious and arrived quickly, drinks were fantastic and reasonably priced.

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mikem
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Greta place for a comfort food meal before a show in NYC, or just to celebrate.

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Luv2EatMeat
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and staff

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vipOpenTable Diner
New Orleans
9 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service!

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OpenTable Diner
Jacksonville
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service and food were outstanding!!

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MaryB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Virgils. So glad to see it "back." And with some interesting new additions to the menu, added to all our old favs.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to see Come From Away. It was the first Broadway show that we have seen actually on Broadway in over 8 years. We used to go several times a year and would often eat at Virgil’s. The BBQ was as good as I remember. I had the combo with ribs and brisket. Both were excellent. My wife really likes pulled pork and enjoyed Virgil’s. We will probably make a point of going to the city just to go to Virgil’s even if we don’t go to a show.

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Amber
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2022
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Service was good, drinks were great, food was okay.
Mac and cheese I would not recommended. The salmon was a bit off. Fried chicken was decent. Collard greens I thought were good but others mentioned too much vinegar and/or sugar. Ribs were tasty as well as the backed chicken and 14 oz steak. Baked beans and potato salad were delicious.

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vipnewyorker
New York Area
191 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2022
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Went on a Sunday after a matinee. Seated right away, though we were a bit early. They make the best fried pickles I have ever had Banana pudding is excellent too. Servers were lovely, friendly professional and helpful. Virgils is a dependable place in theater district.

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VeronicaM
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The southern mule and margarita were amazing in taste and size. The food overall was delicious. The cornbread though, wasn’t to found with.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great. Wait staff very attentive.

KM
KimM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely fantastic food, service and atmosphere!

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Soccermom317
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food and service are always great! Large portions, always lots left to take home.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were checked in right away - waitress was super friendly and attentive. Our food was hot - hush puppies are amazing.
Have a wonderful time.

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Lizzyp
New England
10 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great post-show meal. Food and service were great and their covid policies were awesome.

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MaxineH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2022
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I enjoyed my 1st visit to Virgil's. My companion had been numerous times. My server Troy was attentive and lively. The food was good but not great. The restaurant was not as expected. I thought it would be a bit more classy. Overall the experience was nice.

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RoRo
New England
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2022
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Virgil's is sister restaurant to Carmine's then some one in management needs to provide oversight.

Defenatley won't go back but will continue to make the 3hour drive for Carmine's!!!

Wait Staff not personable, food just okay, multiple items out of stock. The table next to us had a child who wanted a Hot Dog, sorry all out, the manager should have gotton this staple for kids before opening....etc.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2022
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Worst service I’ve ever experienced in New York so far. Our waitress was chatting at the bar and laughing with her bartender friend. We had to ask someone else for additional drinks and check as she would never come.

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TONYAL
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was amazing and patient. A party of 9 grew to 16! She handled with ease and friendliness! My son's fried chicken was dryer that a hot Arizona day but she got him another order with a smile. Pricing was a surprise but food was good.

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FRED
London
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Bonne nourriture et style usa. Personnel sympa. On s y sent bien

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and drinks was amazing

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MarkP
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I recommend the Carolina pulled pork with the complimentary 2 sides.

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OpenTable Diner
Hamburg Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super Service and Ribs!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was awesome as usual! Everything was great!!

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VivianL
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was wonderful. We shared the pig out and it was more than enough for the three of us.

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vipKarenS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience2

Good food. Good service. Disappointed that grilled shrimp was no longer on the menu.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food temp not as hot as I like.. waitress stated that is the biggest complaint from customers. I understand meat has to rest but prefer my food hot.. including the cool corn muffins served with ice cold butter that would never melt. I like the food but took most of it home to eat hot.
Enjoyed the hospitality. I requested to watch the Knicks game and they turned it on for me.. I appreciate that!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Classico ristorante/pub americano. Cibo di buona qualità. Considerando il periodo natalizio non abbiamo aspettato neanche molto per mangiare. Consigliato

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OpenTable Diner
Liverpool
2 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good atmosphere fast food

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MicheleD
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Food was excellent however the servers were confused who was taking care of us. One took our order after we waited 15 minutes. Another brought us our drinks. A third gave us our food.

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ThibaultF
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great value for money, and a great food quality !

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience1

Ok for neighborhood food

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tammy
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience3

We have been going to Virgil's for more than a decade and always loved it but we may not be going back. Memphis ribs were tiny and dry, not the juicy, meaty ribs of the past. Our server also was not great -- not very nice and tried to take our plates while we still were eating. The thing that put it over the edge, though, was that they packed us and others into the downstairs -- so table social distancing at all -- while the upstairs was empty. NYC is facing a COVID spike and this, combined with the wait staff not wearing or improperly wearing masks, made for an annoying and worrying experience. Sad to have come away with such a negative feeling toward a long-time favorite.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Típico restaurante de NY, excelente comida

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EleftheriosP
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing, we regally enjoyed typical American flavors

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vipCharles
Las Vegas
10 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

I appreciate them sitting us as a big party. The service was terrible past that. We were constantly having to ask for the necessities like drinks and silverware. We heard the waitress complaining that we were “needy”. Apparently we have very different definitions of “needy”. Food was okay. BBQ dishes were seasoned well but non BBQ dishes were salt-free. Would have been a much better experience if the staff weren’t so rude but…they were. Good restaurant to eat once but you’ll probably never want to go back.

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TracyT
New England
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience3

The food was good...the Frozen Strawberry lemonade was awesome! Thanks Rama(sp) you were awesome! Rama made the experience a good one.

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Virgil's Real BBQ - New York City offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (212) 921-9494.

Virgil's Real BBQ - New York City is rated 4.4 stars by 6810 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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