“if it ain’t barbecue it ain’t food”

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Virgil’s Real Barbeque
152 W 44th St, New York,
NY 10036
Telefon:(212) 921-9494
$$ – American BBQ
Monday 11:30am-11pm
Tuesday-Friday 11:30am-Midnight
Saturday 11am-Midnight
Sunday 11am-11pm
Brunch served Sat & Sun 11am – 3pm

I’m not done with NYC – yet, working my way backwards through our experiences. Closer to the truth – I’m all over the place. *smile
Our first full day, a Sunday… we spent the time walking all the way down to 9/11 memorial, about 60 blocks in total from our hotel – our feet had a rough day.
So back at the hotel in the late afternoon we had a little nap, we were close to starving when we woke up – it was time to get some proper food into us.

Can’t been visiting US without have a taste of true American BBQ, so I chose “Virgil’s” just off Time Square, in pleasant walking distance from our hotel, because our feet wasn’t in the best of mood.

Virgil’s has been around since 1994. They have two genuine Southern Pride smokers were installed (each holding up to 1,400 pounds of Memphis pork spare ribs, Texas sliced beef brisket, whole barbecued chickens, and Carolina pulled pork shoulder) – now also  a restaurant on Bahamas and in Mohegan Sun, Connecticut.

When checking out BBQ restaurants is there quite a few very highly rated – but I chose “Virgil’s” because it looks so genuine – with their red/white checked table clothes and even if being a big restaurant it looked cozy and welcoming. The place has terrific reviews and have also outdoor seating. All taken in the warm September evening.

The restaurant lived up to its reputation – we got a table upstairs and there wasn’t many tables free – had reserved table through “OpenTable” for 8.30pm. Our waiter Rigo was very casual, relaxed and very entertaining.

As a dinner pre-drink I went for one of their famous frozen Margarita, a VIRGIL’S MARGARITA and Anna-Liisa had a Marker’s Mark Whiskey, what I understand it comes from Loretto, Kentucky, a small brand. Anna-Liisa, drinks normally only Single Malt – but she really liked it.

We didn’t have a starter, because I understood that our main course was going to be massive and looking around what other guests had in front of them … better safe than gorged. And I was SO right in my premonitions.

So we both went for their signature dishes:
Anna-Liisa had; . Memphis Style Pork Spare Ribs
½ rack, dry rubbed and hickory smoked  $24.95
And I had: Texas Beef Brisket
Beef brisket, slow smoked, sliced to order and finished with Virgil’s Barbecue Sauce $22.95
With our mains we got the most wonderful thick cut fries, cornbread and 2 side orders of choice:  we had coleslaw and mac n’cheese.
A Bud for Anna-Liisa and I had a sparkling mineral water.

What a meal we had – it was BBQ at its best. Not hard to understand why the place was so packed. If I lived in NYC I would be at “Virgil’s” at least once a week. Maybe the portions were a bit too big for my liking. I ate all my brisket that was served in a lovely bun, far too big side orders and too many potato fries. Anna-Liisa’s bibs would had filled 3 people, so she couldn’t finish it all – but she ate for 2.

Can’t be in US wit out a piece of Key Lime Pie – $6.95 . Only me had a dessert – but 2 coffee. The whole bill came to $101.53/£63.00/€75.00/660.00SEK plus the 20% tips that we very willingly gave to Rigo.

As we were waiting on our bill – the tables was still filling up and it was close to 11pm and closing time – and there was families having their massive food orders that time of the day, never seen anything like it.virgil - cheesecake - storeboard com

The restaurant is only 2 min walk from Time Square so we decided to soak up the madness there before we walked back to the hotel. What a place it’s – it’s like an amusement park, both day and night.

“The most wasted of all days
is one without barbecue”

Photos provided by and thanks to; virgilsbbq.com/zagat.com/storeboard.com/nbcconnecticut.com/tripadvisor.com/

41 thoughts on ““if it ain’t barbecue it ain’t food”

    • Suzanne, there is many great BBQ restaurants in NYC – I chose this because it looke genuine. Most shots from their website.
      For lunch when there is daylight around I can take photos of my plates – but not in the evening, they never turn out good, so even if the review is good – a bad photo can spoil it.
      Will post my favorite restaurant in Chicago again .. soon.
      Started to delete from my media gallery – and of course my posts lost their photos, so I have to do refresh some again – about 15 and I will then repost them again. What a mess I did.

      • Yes, I know … I wanted to give up space – some posts wasn’t effected, some all images are gone – but it give me a chance to change it my new style of doing post .. add music and gallery – and post them again. Didn’t have many followers in that time. Keep me busy. I will take a break now from blogging because of my problems and I also going to Stockholml for 7 days. I wish you a great week coming ahead.

  1. You have been busy, Vivi! 🙂 Intrigues me how you find the music to match so wonderfully.
    I still have Algarve posts to write, but it’s easy to get sidetracked.!
    Saturday hug!

    • Thank you so much – No, I haven’t been busy … I had them sitting as drafts – just finished them of the other day and put on schedule. I know it so well all about sidetracked – so much that is more intresting or quicker to make a post off.
      I have saved your hug … so it’s bedtime hug now, just what I need.

    • I was amazed when they starting eating those massive dishes after 11pm – but that is US for me.
      After a big dinner I have to walk some off – before bedtime.
      Otherwise nightmares.

    • Bebs, it’s only to click on my tag … New York and everything is there – sometimes I get things totally wrong … but I read a lot of reviews before I make my mind up.

  2. Wow. Just wow! That is a serious barbecue joint! Love the look of those smoky sliders with the beer tasting plate. Oh, and key lime pie… delish! Thanks for the continuation of your NYC series Viveka. I’m loving it so far, it’s a place I’ve always wanted to visit! xx

    • NYC, is a place that everybody should at least visit once. Very special. I can’t say I love NYC, but I always enjoy my visit.
      There is always something new to see … in NYC. Have so many faces.

  3. Truly WOW! I eat small portions, so I would certainly not be able to go through either. But they look amazing. Bookmarking for a future visit. Thank you Viveka 🙂

    • That is the problem with some restaurants … same in UK that the quality of food in measured in the amount of food on the plate – but Virgil’s the food was really great, but portions far too big. And we said to them that we only wanted one side order – but they still put 3 on. A funny and very pleasant no fuss restaurant for all ages.

    • A great place, but the portions was far too big and everybody around was finishing there plate – there isn’t a restaurant that don’t offers doggy bags.

  4. Nothing better than meat on a braai, something we do at home so often… love this post, makes me yearn for our Sunday Braai… which will happen in about 4 hours time…

    • BBQ is great stuff … and a fantastic way to socialize through. Has become a massive thing in Sweden the last 15 years too … BBQ is when the Swedish guy are allowed to be the boss. *smile

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