Virgil's Real BBQ

Virgil's Real BBQ

BBQ Joint$$$$
Theater District, New York
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    Peter T.
    "BBQ is meh, but the trainwreck fries and mac and cheese are awesome."(18 Tips)
    ᴡ T.
    "The Train Wreck Fries are must, probably the best I've ever had!"(6 Tips)
    Deon D.
    "The brisket and 1/4 BBQ chicken combo is an excellent choice."(27 Tips)
    "Brisket is great; the BBQ nachos are to die for"(7 Tips)
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  • barbecue
  • trainwreck fries
  • Southern food
  • ribs
  • brisket
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  • amNewYork
    amNewYorkAugust 4, 2014
    This is the place to go if you want comfort food or Southern classics like hush puppies alongside your Memphis-style (dry rubbed and hickory smoked) ribs. Read more
  • Jane K.heart icon on user image
    Jane KJanuary 27, 2013
    The corn bread is great. Has corn kernels in it. It comes with maple syrup butter, which is amazing. Also try Georgia chicken fried steak. Big portion with 2 sides. Totally worth it.
  • Marc T.heart icon on user image
    Marc TunguzJanuary 11, 2014
    If you're hungry somewhere near Times Square, this is the place you'll need to stop. Great food, short waiting time, prices aren't too high.
  • Ade L.heart icon on user image
    Ade LeriNovember 12, 2018
    I went with my best friend Rosie for the first time and the ribs were so delicious. I ordered the trash ribs with Mac and cheese and collar greens. I was in heaven with this delicious meal.
  • Jeremy K.heart icon on user image
    Jeremy KellerSeptember 16, 2016
    The pick 3 is awesome! Too much for the average appetite but way awesome. Brooklyn guys who studied down South and hit a home run!
  • Deon D.heart icon on user image
    Deon DAugust 31, 2014
    The brisket and 1/4 BBQ chicken combo is an excellent choice. The ribs are great too. My plus one and I had the hush puppies with maple butter and the wings for starters. Try the honey lemonade.
  • Carrot C.
    Carrot CreativeFebruary 5, 2013
    Authentic southern BBQ. Go hungry like a true Redneck and order a spiked Peach Tea, which is strong yet refreshing. The mac 'n cheese, pulled pork, and pickled beets are to die for.
  • Stacyheart icon on user image
    StacyFebruary 17, 2015
    So this is my first time here, im sitting at the bar,the friendly bartender is knowledgable about the food &I have to say, I got chickenfriedsteak w/mashed &collards, these collards are the best ever
  • Amy M.heart icon on user image
    Amy Miller EverhartApril 5, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    The wings are amazing! The Blue cheese dressing is my favorite ever!! Brisket, pulled pork and pulled xhicken are very good too. Try the cornbread. We come here every time we make a trip to NYC <3
  • Mike F.heart icon on user image
    Mike FriedlichJanuary 4, 2017
    Trainwreck Fries are a must. I got pick three with Memphis Ribs, Pulled Pork, and Brisket and all three r great. BBQ Nachos not that good b/c wasnt much beef in them. Appetizer portions are too big.
  • Rory P.heart icon on user image
    Rory ParnessMarch 5, 2015
    Much better BBQ than you would expect for times square. If there are 2 of you, get two combos to share - brisket, pulled chicken pulled pork and the trash ribs. You won't leave hungry
  • Işın Ü.heart icon on user image
    Işın ÜnlüAugust 30, 2015
    I'll recommend you to get Trainwreck Fries but make sure you are hungry. It's writing below the starters but it is not a starter, it's a huge and delicious dish!!
  • Ade L.heart icon on user image
    Ade LeriNovember 14, 2018
    If you love Banana Pudding you will love it at Virgil’s Real BBQ. It’s so delicious. I had it tonight with my best friend
  • Tom B.heart icon on user image
    Tom BurnsOctober 10, 2015
    First time having BBQ food in the USA and it was great! I feel like I shouldn't eat again for a week, but regret nothing. Pulled pork was really good, as was the Mac and Cheese 😋
  • Lauren V.
    Lauren Van BeverApril 10, 2017
    The Trainwreck fries are my favorite way to get fat. Make sure you find someone to split this delightful work of art with.
  • Jim F.
    Jim FollettMay 12, 2017
    Been here 5+ times
    Great BBQ. The sign of a great BBQ joint is if they can make a great brisket without it being dry. I had a brisket sandwich which was fabulous
  • Henrik O.
    Henrik OscarssonMarch 24, 2013
    Classic southern style bbq. Simple but good. Try the pork ribs, or the brisket. They are finger-lickin' good. Good beer assortment too.
  • Kelsey W.heart icon on user image
    Kelsey WDecember 14, 2014
    Favorites include the nachos, hush puppies, and chicken wings! Frozen mojitos were also a hit👌. Servers and manager were incredibly friendly; huge fan, went twice in one day!
  • Ade L.heart icon on user image
    Ade LeriNovember 12, 2018
    My best tip for everyone is to make reservations before going there, because you will have to wait a while if you don’t have any. I made my reservations ahead of time.
  • Javier P.heart icon on user image
    Javier Perlado UserosSeptember 9, 2018
    Great BBQ and southern food.We had nachos and BBQ chicken. Everything comes with sides like mac&cheese and mash potatoes. Big portions and very good location.
  • Jamie W.heart icon on user image
    Jamie WillshawJanuary 15, 2015
    Authentic BBQ but the portions are too big! Ordered 3 starters for 3 people and there was enough food to feed 10! Really nice food though :-)
  • Danielle G.
    Danielle GarreNovember 2, 2010
    Margs will get you lit, pulled pork will get you stuffed, the staff is great and the game is always on. Forget about table setting, we only sit at the bar. Def try the Trainwreck Fries.
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    PMay 6, 2017
    Fast service and good sized portions - we shared the combo sharer and it was good with texas beef being the best amongst ribs and pulled chicken that we ordered.
  • Luci S.heart icon on user image
    Luci SmethurstJuly 5, 2015
    Amazing BBQ food - really is close to what we found in Nashville and Memphis! Friendly staff too
  • Kia P.
    Kia PatreceDecember 17, 2013
    I took the advice of trip advisor reviews and didn't order an entree by myself. I got the trash rubs appetizer and it was a perfect size. Good happy hour deals too.
  • Czarina B.heart icon on user image
    Czarina BehrendsJuly 24, 2016
    There aren't many great restaurants at times square, but the BBQ here is solid. Far better than Dallas BBQ in the area. Ribs and brisket were tender. Service was fast. Food a little pricey.
  • New York Habitat
    New York HabitatNovember 15, 2011
    Tender brisket, slide-off-the-bone ribs, and mouth-watering pulled pork. Get any of those and pair it with the trainwreck fries, you won't know what to do with yourself.
  • Dirk D.heart icon on user image
    Dirk DigglerOctober 15, 2018
    Mediocre grill. Tried the platter for 2, lots of meat, but arrived nearly cold at our table. Friendly staff, good beer, prices cheap for times square!
  • Village Voice
    Village VoiceDecember 12, 2013
    Virgil's was inspired by some of the most notable BBQ in the South. Now you can try Southern cooking right in the middle of Times Square.
  • Frances V.
    Frances VillaOctober 14, 2011
    One of my fav BBQ places. Come with an empty stomach! Very hearty portions. Loved the Carolina pulled pork and Memphis style pork spare ribs. Mac&cheese and potato salad are also delish!
  • Catherine W.heart icon on user image
    Catherine WroclawskiDecember 31, 2019
    The ribs and brisket are excellent! The service was very fast even during the busy holiday time.
  • Jassonn W.heart icon on user image
    Jassonn WilliamsMay 19, 2014
    Get the platter with the tri tip, the ribs, all the meats and just enjoy. Good flavors with or without sauce. The hushpuppies are awesome.
  • Paige C.heart icon on user image
    Paige CMay 11, 2014
    Their side dishes were better than the meat itself, but overall it was a very good meal. Recommendation: get the mac and cheese!
  • Wim M.heart icon on user image
    Wim MathuesMay 27, 2019
    Great brunch with both savory and sweet elements! Service was quick and friendly, and the setting is really authentic USA!
  • Munirah A.
    Munirah AlOqlaAugust 15, 2014
    Be careful .. HUGEST plates on planet Earth 😰. Try the chicken wings 👌
  • Ade L.heart icon on user image
    Ade LeriNovember 12, 2018
    Reservations can be made through open table, the Virgil’s Real BBQ website online or by phone as well. Enjoy
  • Hollyheart icon on user image
    HollyDecember 19, 2014
    The Memphis ribs are out of this world!!! Do not put extra barbecue on them! And the cornbread is amazing as well.
  • Matt P.
    Matt PeloquinNovember 14, 2021
    Been here 10+ times
    Virgil’s has been a place I’ve flown to from other countries just to visit. But just wow, is the service abysmal now. D-
  • Jakeheart icon on user image
    JakeFebruary 1, 2016
    Huge portions. Omg the portions are massive. Did I mention the portions are really big? Also get the biscuits.
  • What's Good Hereheart icon on user image
    What's Good HereAugust 7, 2014
    Not the best, but you can get very good authentic BBQ at this Times Square institution. Get reservations to avoid the wait.
  • Marcsi A.
    Marcsi ArnyasiOctober 7, 2019
    Crab popcorn and bbq salad are amazing. Huge portions, Europians can’t manage to eat a dish 😅
  • Yanin D.heart icon on user image
    Yanin De JesusDecember 11, 2014
    The best plate is their brisket. And I love their Maple Butter abd Biscuits. I pick only biscuits for my sides!
  • Frankie G.
    Frankie GobelDecember 10, 2011
    Hush puppies and trainwreck fries all day!! Try the wings too! Very different then the wing your used too, has a fantastic dry rub and white bbq sauce!!
  • James R.heart icon on user image
    James RiosJune 10, 2017
    Been here 5+ times
    Brisket, Pulled Pork and ribs were very good. Get the Pig Out for two and try all of them.
  • The Corcoran Group
    The Corcoran GroupDecember 17, 2010
    Despite the crowds, you won’t wait long to dive into Train Wreck Fries, Virgil’s Pig Out, Corn Bread, Virgil’s Coleslaw and Cheese Grits with a Fall Off The Porch Ice Tea.
  • Travis P.heart icon on user image
    Travis PrebbleNovember 26, 2012
    Nice place, food was great. Restaurant is billed as wheelchair accessible, but ramp is manual so you have to wait for somebody to notice you need it.
  • Claire C.heart icon on user image
    Claire CallananSeptember 6, 2013
    Share the starters! They are as big as a main meal! Everything is good and staff are very friendly!
  • Anna-Lisa R.
    Anna-Lisa RoweApril 12, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Huge portions ! Received great service every time I went there :) Mac n' cheese delish and so is the infamous trainwreck fries !
  • Michele C.
    Michele CaporizziDecember 8, 2012
    Nice atmosphere, amazing Pork Spare Ribs! Check out also the Trainwreck Fries ;)
  • Danny S.heart icon on user image
    Danny StuttsOctober 16, 2013
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