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Virgil's Real Barbecue

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  • Barbecue, Southern & Soul, American (Traditional)
  • 152 W 44th St, New York NY10036 40.756738 -73.985175
  • (Btwn 6th Ave & Bway)
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  • (212) 921-9494
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User Ratings (Based on 135 reviews)

3.525
Food 3.6 Value 3.3
Service 3.6 Atmosphere 3.5

Other Restaurant Info

Phone:
work
(212) 921-9494
voice
(212) 921-9663
Fax:
fax
(212) 921-9668
Websites:
www.virgilsbbq.com
www.virgilsrealbarbecuenyc.com
Place Order:
Order From Virgil's Real Barbecue for delivery & takeout
Notes:
Visa, Amex, MC, Disc Delivery Daily: 11:30am-9:30pm
Hours:
Mon: 11am-11pm Tue-Fri: 11:30am-12am Sat: 9am-12am Sun: 9am-11:30pm
Serves:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Features:
Pre/Post Theater, Bar Scene, Delivery, Online Reservations, Online Ordering, Accepts Credit Cards, Lunch Special, Take Out, Catering, Private Parties
Min Delivery:
15.00
Delivery Area:
34th to 57th St Madison Ave to 10th Ave

User Reviews

  • Virgil's Real Barbecue

    Posted by Anonymous on 05/08/2007

    BIG portions!

    go hungry, very hungry. plan to share what ever you get because there is no way you can eat it all yourself. sauces are great. hush puppies with maple butter are a nice treat . One compliant is about the sweet tea. I am from Atlanta and i know my sweet tea. but here, they mix it with about 1/2 lemonade. I tried to send it back thinking a mistake had been made since half, tea half is another drink called an Arnold Palmer. but the waiter told me, "that is how they drink it in the South". well, not true, but i will forgive them. with this muich good food in front of you, no need to waster your calories on the drinks!

  • Virgil's Real Barbecue

    Posted by rpk on 05/07/2007

    reliably good

    I've been going to Virgil's, now and then, since '94. The beef brisket, the barbecued beans, and the cole slaw have always been to my liking, and my wife loves the cornbread (which means nothing to me, but someone out there might care). It all compares nicely with what I came to know & love from Hardy's BBQ in Rochester, MN, which I first visited back in '78. I will admit to a preference for some of the offerings I've sampled in Austin, TX, over the years, but that ain't to say I'm unhappy with Virgil's (except for their links, which I don't care for, and their sandwiches, which I found to be ungenerous on one visit last year). As to the greens and the ribs (given the comments by Once is enough), I'll say that my mother ordered both of those this last Saturday, found the greens to be good and the ribs to be meaty, reasonably tender, not fatty and not coated with any sauce whatsoever, nor did any of us find any of the sauces provided at the table to be disagreeable. Another negative comment was about the age of the Times review that they have tacked up. Well, as I mentioned, I've been going there since Eric Asimov did that review back in '94, and the food hasn't changed. If the Times feels no need to repeat themselves, that's OK by me. As to the napkins being dish towels, he's gotta be kidding. That's what put him off?!? And not the fact that they're tatty and worn (they're not, nor are they cheap (I'm guessing), nor are they even dish towels, but large, thick, terry washclothes, well, bigger than that, but smaller than a towel) but because he's guessing that's the style of napkin they've been using for a while? Comments from such a person are not to be trusted.

  • Virgil's Real Barbecue

    Posted by Anonymous on 04/26/2007

    best meal of my 4 day Manhattan visit

    My fiance and I arrived at Virgil's on April 19, 2007, ( my birthday) around 5 p.m. We were quickly provided a table. Afterwards, I ordered the rib and brisket combo along with collards and macaroni and cheese. My fiance ordered ribs and chicken along with cooked mixed vegetables and cole slaw. We shared a slice of home made cheese cake for dessert. The meals rated excellent short of my greens which tasted a bit smoky and somewhat foriegn for my our unaccustomed taste . (A bit unusual for these Georgian.) Nonetheless, the food, service, and price were commensurate. Best meal in Manhattan and a definite 1st stop upon our next visit.

  • Virgil's Real Barbecue

    Posted by Big Eater on 04/18/2007

    Yum

    My experience at Virgil's depends on what I get. Their fried chicken consistently comes out piping hot, crunchy, and juicy - just how I like it. Their trash riblets and pork ribs are also truly delicious - soft, juicy, and tasty. I can't say I love everything here (the links were just okay, ditto for most of the sides), but the dishes I do like are fantastic (I recommend the mac & cheese & dessert sampler too). Give this place a try - it's really good. The only thing I truly dislike is waiting for the tables!

  • Virgil's Real Barbecue

    Posted by ange on 04/16/2007

    Gotta love that BBQ

    Wonderfuly friendly staff (bar staff and waiting staff alike) and such good value just off Times Square makes the dining experience here even better. My husband and I shared the Train Wreck Fries to start, he then ordered the house special of Spicy Jambalaya while I had the Pulled Pork Sandwich. It's just as good as ever and my only complaint was they brought the main courses while we were still half way through the Train Wreck Fries. (Although if they hadn't we wouldn't have got close to finishing our main courses, as the size of the portions is just huge!) Fantastic value (less than $50 for the two of us with a couple of cocktails) and all in Times Square. I must try another BBQ joint next time but I just can't tear myself away from Virgil's!

  • Virgil's Real Barbecue

    Posted by NYC guy on 03/23/2007

    Great BBQ if you pick the right things

    Its important that you ask the waiter for the full assortment of BBQ sauces they have to offer and not just the ones they have on the table. Also the brisket and pulled pork is better than the ribs in my opinion. The sides vary in quality with every visit -- sometimes they are fresh and outstanding and other times they are good and tasty but not exacty outstanding either. The place can crawl with tourists and their little children on the weekends so try to go on the weekdays and a little bit early if you can. You will get better service.

  • Virgil's Real Barbecue

    Posted by Once is Enough on 03/04/2007

    Once is enough

    You should be aware of a restaurant whose latest newspaper review in the window is a yellowing "Daily News" from 1994. Indeed, Virgil’s might have been great back the day, but the inside, like the review in the window is old and shop worn. Evidence the cheap purple dish towels they give you for napkins. They might have been campy in the mid-90's - now it just looks trashy. I ordered the ribs, rice and greens. The ribs were great fatty slabs of tough meat coated with a sour vinegary BBQ sauce. When poor sauce meets poor meat you realize why two rights don't make a wrong. The rice was bland and the greens were just ok. You'd think that a rib joint with a lot of fat mid-westerners in it would be great - it just ain't so.

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