Virgil's Barbecue

(212) 921-9494 | View Website

152 W 44th St, New York, NY | Directions   10036

40.756800 -73.985053

Open Hours

Mon-Sat, 11:30am-10:30pm, Sun, 11am-10:30pm

 
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More Categories: Taverns, Barbecue Restaurants

Cuisine: Traditional American, Southern

Price: $$$

Tags: Brunch, Family-Friendly Dining, Group Dining, Theater District Dining

Payment Methods: American Express, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

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Neighborhoods: Midtown, Theater District - Times Square

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Virgil's Barbecue

Reviews for Virgil's Barbecue

Recommends
3.0
over a year ago

Not the City's Best – I've been to Virgils now a couple of times and am not impressed. The salad was just OK, and the Chicken wasn't worth the price. Ribs are good. I felt that the crowd was very touristy and loud. I've eaten alot of BBQ and I would say Dallas BBQ and Jimmy's are as good if not better (and everyone should try Dinosaur). I must say the drinks are delicious and good sized.

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Really GREAT place.....surprisingly, even for a vegetarian! – My Husband & I were cold & drenched looking for coffee & dessert when suddenly this fantastic smell of tangy BBQ sauce went wafting by......I needed to find the source of that delightful smell! So we found it: Virgil's. My Husband was concerned, because we were going to a BBQ place, and I'm a vegetarian, but I can always find something to suit my fancy. Upon entering, there was no wait, although it was VERY busy, and on a dismal Sunday night as well. The hostesses were extremely friendly, and showed us to our table.

The atmosohere was comfy & welcoming. The menu had alot to choose from. My husband chose a spicy chicken sandwich, and I chose a sandwich that was called a "Brisket" (Yes, I know that is meat) but the description said it was grilled cheese on rye with fried onions. Next to that was a grilled veggie sandwich that explained that was grilled veggies & mustard vinagrette. So I thought even though the name was questionable, the description says it all. SO......we recieved our food, and sure enough, mine contained meat. I explained to the waitress that the description was confusing? And she was confused as well, but very gracious in taking it back and having them grill me up a new one, sans meat.

My Husband loved his sandwich, and mine was kick a$$ especially when I dipped it in the Virgil's mild BBQ sauce! We ordered the peanut butter pie (to die for!) and the Key Lime pie for dessert, they were both phenomenal. I topped it off with a tasty hot chocolate to get nice & warm to brave the elements, and off we went. I would totally reccomend this place, although my Husband said the men's room was absolutely nasty, but maybe just save that experience for thr end (lol) The staff, food, music & atmosophere was terriffic! :) We had also eaten at Bubba Gump's for lunch, and that was equally wonderful!

Recommends
4.0
over a year ago

Heard great things about the restaurant and decided to give it a try with my friend. We ordered - the pork ribs were very flavorful and the schrimps were cooked perfectly and practically melted in my mouth. It was on the pricey side but the presentation and taste were well worth it.Overall, it was a great experience the only thing that was lacking was the presentation by our wait staff.

Recommends
4.0
over a year ago

very good bbq but for a price – Ate here for lunch on a Sunday and was immediately seated. I ordered a 2 meet plate (ribs and pulled pork) with mac and cheese and collard greens and my wife ordered the Brisket with roasted veggies and mac and cheese.

THe rib were extremely good. Best i have had in NYC. Unlike most places they were served dry and were cooked perfectly, meet still firm but not jerky like (aka blue smoke). The pulled pork was ok, it wasn't drenched is sauce like most places do it but it didn't have much flavor.. The sides were excellent, the mac and cheese is probably the best I've had period and the collard greens were well balances (most places have it too vingerery or too smokey)

My wife's brisket was ok to thinly sliced for my taste. the roasted vegetables must have been good since i couldn't get a sample of it.

The only reason i gave this 4 start is the price. It is very pricey and while you get a lot of food for the price it still doesn't justify the high price. However it is cheaper than many other note able BBQ places in the city so i guess I'm expecting too much price wise. BBQ in NYC just costs a lot period.

Recommends
4.0
over a year ago

Delicious! – It's hard to find good bbq in the city and Virgils really hits the spot! They know how to make some delicious meat. The pulled pork and brisket is the best I've had. The ribs could be better though, that's why I'm taking a star away. Ribs are a crucial part of a bbq joint. While the ribs here were nice and smokey, they really could use a little more flavor. If you're in the mood for a nice heavy meal, I'd definitely recommend this place!

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Went to Virgils the other night to meet up with a friend after work, and all I can say is WOW!! We shared a HUGE plate of Hush puppies with maple butter- I could have eaten the whole plate, but since there were so many, and more food for me to try, I took some to go.

I had the pulled pork platter which came with 2 sides. I got the greens and the mac and cheese- again- wow!! I do love me some pulled pork and this was nice and moist and not fatty at all. My friend had the Brisket which she loved and took her leftovers to work today and said they were still good.

I highly recomend Virgil's- so good. And for being in the middle of times square- the prices are reasonalble. The service was a little slow- and that is the only bad thing I have to say about the place.

Doesn't Recommend
2.0
over a year ago

Did not live up to expectations. – We had read about Virgil's in many books and couldn't wait to try it. We were seated promptly. After I used a plunger in the bathroom to stop an overflowing toilet, we ordered ribs and pulled pork. We were both disappointed in the ribs which were dry, fatty, and overcooked. The pulled pork was slightly better. The potato salad tasted liked it had hot sauce in it. Neither of us cared for the cole slaw. The best thing was their corn bread, and I don't usually like corn bread! I would rate this restaurant as mediocre and not advise anyone to choose it.

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

GRAND SLAM BBQ'S---CITY'S BEST! – My boyfriend and I decidedto take my bestfriend advice and visit this restuarant on friday and we were highly impressedwith the food as well as service.. ok..let me start out the the homemade biscuits & maple butter..OMG...THEN WE HAD THE BBQ WINGS.....I MEAN THE MEAT WAS FALLING OFF THE WINGS....we ordered something called the "pig out" .. which has ribs, lamb, beef brisket, chicken all on the same plate.....we couldnt even finish all....this restuarant surely knows how to bbq....even desert was great!

Recommends
4.0
over a year ago

Great way to kick off the unofficial start to summer! – Two words--TRAINWRECK FRIES! They are so amazingly delicious that my best friend and I had to make it something we only eat before Memorial Day and Labor Day. The BBQ is not as good as other places, but with fries like that...who needs smoked meat?

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

These other reviewers are crazy.... – My number one love in life is a good bbq joint. When my boyfriend suggested we have dinner at Virgils when we were leaving Madame Tousseaus last weekend, I was more than excited to check it out. It was after 11pm, and the place was crowded which was a drag....but lets get down to the food. The appetizers were delicious, we ordered hush puppies (which comes with a cinnamon butter that melts right into them) and the plate provided a generous proportion, leaving us with leftover hush puppies for two days. For dinner,

I ordered the brisket (my heart belongs to brisket!) and the lamb. I am not sure what kind of sauce they use, or how it is smoked, but it's incredible. The taste was so unique, with hints of sweetness spices that were out of this world. The meat was tender, fell apart in my mouth. We were too full for dessert (bummer) so we had coffee and were on our way. Also to mention, whoever our waitress was, she was really sweet and helpful.

If you went once and were not impressed, try it again. I am awfully picky about my bbq joints...

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