Virgil's Real Barbecue

In the spring of 1993, Artie Cutler's restaurant empire was booming. After the tremendous success of Carmine's Italian Family Style locations in Times Square and on the Upper West Side, Artie wanted to add a new concept to the mix. He wanted to open an authentic barbecue restaurant in the heart of Times Square. He soon found the right location at 152 West 44th Street, and began a barbecue exodus along the backroads of the South. Artie sampled copious amounts of the best barbecue across Tennessee, Kentucky, the Carolinas, Missouri, and Texas, building a BBQ portfolio that would become the fundamental components of Virgil's menu. After learning the best practices, Artie began offering products of the highest quality, right in line with the core values of the Alicart Restaurant Group.

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), recipes were tested and refined, and with great barbecue alongside classic roadhouse decor, Virgil's opened in April 1994.

Virgil's, was the original New York City barbecue restaurant, and has evolved over the years to become a gathering place known for warm service and exceptional barbecued ribs, chicken, brisket, and pork. The vast menu also highlights other comfort food favorites, and varied regional cuisines that complement the famous smoked meats. From Mexican dishes, to Creole and Cajun classics, there is something for everyone at Virgil's, even vegetarians! Our in-house bakery produces hot buttermilk biscuits, cornbread, and dessert specialties that are a perfect end to any meal.

Virgil's boasts a full bar, with extensive beer and specialty cocktail selections. The bar is a great place to catch the game, with several HD TVs for your viewing pleasure. Daily specials, including the cocktail of the day make any time at Virgil's festive.

Virgil's Southern favorites are also available in tropical paradise at the Atlantis Resort on Paradise Island in Nassau, Bahamas. Our barbecue dishes are served in bountiful, family-size portions that make sure your family’s vacation is a special one. Boasting ample indoor and outdoor dining space, Virgil’s Atlantis also has a full bar and special bar menu for diners looking for something quick and easy. Enjoy Virgil’s barbecue with a view!

Take-out and delivery are always offered in New York, and Virgil's also provides full service catering and event planning for your next special occasion.

Come and join us for Southern hospitality and down-home cooking right in the heart of Times Square, or down on Paradise Island. We would love to have you, and we know you'll keep coming back for more!