Being from Canada there is one thing that I really have never had and that is really good southern BBQ. We just do not have BBQ restaurants where I am from, so I had to hit up a BBQ joint now that I am living in NYC. Jon recommended we go to Virgil’s BBQ in Times Square, he had it at his office may times for lunch. We made sure to have reservations because we knew it would be busy especially on a Friday night in Times Square.
The menu is pretty big, especially for a BBQ newbie like myself. I debated on getting an appetizer but decided against it having seen some of the BBQ plates being served at other tables. They were huge!!! Instead of napkins they had towels at every place setting. I knew this must be an indication of things to come.
As per usual I had a very hard time picking out what to order. Since I wasn’t a BBQ expert I figured one of their combination platters would be best. That way I could try more than one thing on the menu. We both went with a “Pick Two ” BBQ Combo Plate. I ordered the Beef Brisket, Pulled Pork, Mac and Cheese and Mashed Potatoes. The whole plate was amazingly delicious. Definitely not a diet meal but worth the extra time I would have to spend at the gym to work this off. Jon had the Memphis Style Pork Spareribs and the Pulled Pork. Sorry no picture of that one but he needed that towel for the ribs!
As we were finishing up our meal, a guy was seated at the table next to us. He asked Jon how the ribs were and we told him amazing. Then he told us of the appetizer chicken wings and how he comes to Virgil’s just for the wings! He even offered to let us try his wings that he ordered. He was so convincing we ordered our own plate of wings on top on what we had already eaten. The chicken wings were just as good as he said. Unfortunately we were so stuffed we could only manage to eat one each. They made for a great lunch the following day though!
I really loved my dinner at Virgil’s Real Barbecue! We will return for sure, just not to often I do not think my waistline would appreciate it!! Do you have a favorite BBQ joint?
Virgil’s Real Barbecue
152 West 44th Street
(Between Broadway and 6th Avenue)
New York, NY 10036 Phone: 212.921.9494