Virgil's Real BBQ - New York City

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6387 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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1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Employees were great, food was really good!

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Tampa
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We made 8pm reservations when we arrived we were promptly seated. The food was very good and filling and the service was good. Definitely recommend!

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

Expérience très américaine ! Les quantités sont astronomiques. Les ribs, un délice !!

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SV
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

My husband and I have been to Virgil’s many times. We both enjoyed our dinner very much. The bridket was delicious as was my salad. Although I don’t remember our Waitresse’s name, she was by far one of the best wait persons ever! She was smart, knowledgable about the food and came over to check on us often enough.

My dad was a waiter snd I have a habit of organizing dishes and cutlery atvtge end of a meal to make it easier to clear. This lovely woman is the only person that I can recall that ever thanked me for doing it!!! As silly as it sounds, I was really touched by this.

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k
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Great BBQ. The atmosphere was great too. Give it try.

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OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Ambiance was great, definitely recommend the train wreck fries!

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V
Milwaukee
15 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Virgil’s is always a go to food spot for us. The drinks are great and the food is generally top notch. This may be the first time out of 20 times I’ve been there when the food was just OK. I ordered the BBQ Chicken half asi always do. This time it was way over cooked and horribly over seasoned and way over-smoked. I had to remove the skin to make it even remotely edible. The sides were awesome as usual and the Banana Pudding was just incredible! Please don’t ever serve a piece of chicken like I received. I’ll go back...but I’m gonna ask to see what the chicken looks like before I order it again.

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BB
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

When we walked in I overheard the hostess say to the party in front of us 20-25 minutes wait. I gave my name and 4 minutes later we were seated. The waitress was pleasant and efficient. Very good time

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GT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Virgil's is always great! I never have any suggestions because I wouldn't want them to change anything.

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GJ
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience our waiter was very accommodating and he was just amazing!! Will reccomend!

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

Server asked about allergies and was very helpful with selecting dishes. Everything was delicious and it was a fun place to eat.

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m
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Again, another great meal at Virgil's. There were a lot of kids there on school tours, so it was a bit loud, but overall, it was a great experience.

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MB
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Tasty Food, In A Super Location. Great for a Pre or Post Theatre Meal.

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ST
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Arriving 10 minutes early at the restaurant I was told I could not be seated as, “the table’s not ready”. My choice was to stand in the very crowded and extremely noisy bar area, or outside in the cold, but not to block the entryway. So I went elsewhere. 10 minutes after the reservation time I tried to cancel on the Open Table app only to be told that I would have to call the restaurant personally. That was not going to happen.

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AR
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service. Our waiter James gave us great service and we were well taken care of.

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

Took my girlfriend into the city for her birthday and had to take her to Virgil’s Real BBQ. Virgil’s BBQ has never disappointed me, the dry rub ribs are meaty and juicy, the Mac and cheese is the best around, the corn bread could be a meal in its self. We only had a lite lunch before walking around and seeing a play however I have had full dinner meals there before and have needed a hand truck to get myself back to the hotel.
Elvis was our waiter, he and every other member of the staff make you feel welcome at Virgil’s.
Thanks,
G

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s
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We had a reso but decided to sit in the lively bar area and people watch. Fun! Ribs were great, and the corn bread with sweet butter was very tasty. Ribs, Rock and Roll. Great early Sunday meal with my friend UB whose new nick name is now Virgil (I'm Homer).

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C
New York Area
81 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Virgil’s wouldn’t survive if it was in any other part of Manhattan, but in the Theatre District it’s another overpriced underwhelming dining option so common around Times Square. The brisket is over cooked, the pork is dry and the sides are bland. Have beer and share some appetizers or better yet go fifty feet down the street to the Lambs Club Bar.

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JC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I live on Long Island, and this restaurant was worth the trek into the city. Service was excellent, drinks and food were great. I would, definitely, return

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ST
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was amazing, would definitely recommend this restaurant

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TC
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing BBQ! Great atmosphere great service!! Would definitely recommend!

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GB
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Good food but expect to be in and out in a flash. We booked for half 8, were seated on time and had food in front of us within 15 minutes. As soon as the cutlery hit the plates they were whisked away and the check was given to us. It wasn't that busy so can't understand the rush to get us out. Service was mediocre for the States (i.e. far better than what we get in the UK but very average for the US).

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JI
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very chill place to eat, excellent food and quick friendly service. We made reservations for 6pm on a Friday before an 8pm show. We were seated right away and had plenty of time to eat our meal, enjoy our drinks, and savor dessert.

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DM
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Food was average. Service was great. Ribs were tough. Brisket was good

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RP
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great place to meet up with friends. Meal is good. Prices are reasonable. No one in my party had any complaints. The trainwreck fries are delicious. Ordered a small for 4 on the waiters recommendation but should have ordered a large. Tables are not on top of each other. Have been there before and will go back.

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C
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food is great and also the service. For me it is too LOUD, but by the time we left I didn't notice it so much. I know we are paying for the Real Estate and not the food, I just think $30.00 for grilled catfish, collard greens and beans is a lotta dough... but convenient if you are going to a show.

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ML
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We really enjoy this restaurant—we’ve been several times before. Tonight we were going to a broadway show they got us in and out quickly. The service was great and the food was too. It’s authentic BBQ!!

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OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Generic bbq. Food was good not great. Ribs were good. Table bbq sauces were very good. Brisket was dry and the portion was small. Very good sides: onion rings, mac n cheese and baked beans. Service was very good. NYC probably isn’t the best place to find great bbq.

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

Great food and fabulous services from our server Josh. Would highly recommend and we’ll definitely go back.

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New York Area
56 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Barbecue...perfect after theater destination....or before theater.

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

Food was cold, mine and my wife’s

Kids were fine

Waiter seemed to be annoyed that we sent our meal back

It needs to be said that the taste and flavor was good but the temp was not barb b q hot

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NC
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every time we come to NYC it's a must
It was my birthday and I couldn't have picked a better place to go

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JR
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

While a popular Times Square tourist spot, Virgil's food is consistently good, and the service is friendly. Because it's large and has a constant turnover, it can be a bit noisy. However the ribs, brisket, fried chicken and chicken fried steak are so good and affordable, that as a native New Yorker I still enjoy eating there.

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RR
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the best time. I wanted a kid friendly pre-theatre restaurant and Virgil's was spot on. Everyone enjoyed their meal- parents and kids approved. I would highly recommend Virgil's Real BBQ for people wanting a fun and festive, casual spot to have dinner before a show.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a nice restaurant...our waiter was great and attentive!

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JC
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Barbeque was good. Had baby back ribs and they were very good. Sides were average. Service was great and quick. Pricey for barbeque, but it's NY

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MA
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Good food, not great. Impressive beer selection. Tight tables so don’t bring a lot with you (heavy jacket, shopping bags)

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I loved the corner table by the window . It was very cozy for me and my date

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1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great! Authentic BBQ in the heart of Times Square! Our waitress was fantastic! She really made the entire experience just great!

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NS
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love Virgil’s! We’ve been there before. Quality and portion size is always consistent.....delicious! We’ve Virgil’s to other friends who travel to the Theater District or Times Square.

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