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Hill Country

Barbecue - Market
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  • Barbecue
  • 30 W 26th St, New York NY10010 40.744163 -73.990471
  • (Btwn 6th Ave & Broadway)
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  • (212) 255-4544
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User Ratings (Based on 91 reviews)

Food 3.6 Value 2.9
Service 2.9 Atmosphere 3.4

Other Restaurant Info

(212) 255-4544
(212) 255-7245
Place Order:
Order From Hill Country for delivery & takeout
Delivery ($20 Min For Zone 1) ($200 Min For Zone 2 Plus $40 Delivery Charge) Visa, MC, AmEx Bar Hours Daily: 12pm-2am
Sun-Wed: 12pm-10pm Thu: 12pm-11pm Fri-Sat: 12pm-12am
Dinner, Lunch
Accepts Credit Cards, Catering, Delivery, Good for Groups, Happy Hour, Late Night, Live Music, Lunch Special, Online Ordering, Online Reservations, Private Parties, Take Out, Wheelchair Accessible
Delivery Area:
Zone 1: 14th To 42nd St; 1st To 11th Ave Zone 2: Within Manhattan, Outside Zone 1

User Reviews

  • Hill Country

    Posted by Sanjay on 07/13/2007

    authenticity at its finest

    I am from Mumbai, so I know what authentic bbq tastes like. And let me tell you, Hill Country is as authentic as you will find in New York City. The pork spare ribs are to die for. The moist brisket is delicious. Only thing I would change about this place is the ordering system, makes no sense. Overall, I love this place, makes me feel like I am back home in Mumbai.

  • Hill Country

    Posted by traveller364 on 07/12/2007

    Great BBQ

    Great smoked meats and sides. The brisket is really good. Dont' be intimidated by the ordering process..My favorite BBQ place in all of New York City.

  • Hill Country

    Posted by BBQover on 07/11/2007

    Just OK

    Everything I had was just OK. The pork ribs tasted like ham and the brisket, beef rib and beef shoulder had no "smoky flavor" and each needed additional sauce to be eaten. The set up is chaotic in that you must find a table after you have ordered your food and this can be a pain given that they tend to reserve tables for no apparent reason.

  • Hill Country

    Posted by BBQman... on 07/10/2007

    Best bbq that i've had in this city....

    Reading most of the reviews Im guessing New Yorkers don;t truly get what it's all about cause it s a shame. Great pork ribs, excellent sausage, and very solid brisket. I've been to Blue Smoke, Dinosaur, Smoke Joint. All those have decent points too, but as far as meat is concerned none of them really come close. The sides are really an afterthought, though the Mac n cheese was ok and the Greenbean casserole was good also. If you want quasi bbq, go to Danny Meyer, if you want real smoked meat come here, if you go with the flow I think you'll see what I mean.....

  • Hill Country

    Posted by Horace on 07/03/2007

    A mixed bag you will eat out of...really

    Went the other day . It was a unique and mixed experience. The seating and service is cafeteria style so you sit at a large table you share with others, and you grab a tray, get in line and point at the food you want. Went to the meat station first. I wanted pork ribs (no beef there), and asked how many along side a jalepeno/cheese sausage would make a good meal. After waiting in silence and looking at the server who did not respond and just stood there confused and blinking at me, I spied some ribs another customer ordered. THEY ARE HUGE! 4 was enough if I was also getting sides, which of course I was. You order by the rib, and they weigh it like at a butcher, so you just give them a number of ribs to cut and voila they are weighed and presented. OK fine. Once that was out of the way, I made my way to the sides station. The sides looked and were delicious. I tried the bourbon mashed sweets (plenty o' zing!), mac and cheese (made with real cheese, and though maybe a smaller pasta size would be better, the ziti they used was ok), cornbread (moist and excellent) and the firecracker slaw (usually firecracker denotes some peppery kick but this was straight-ahead, though delicious, slaw). The ribs were curious - I know everyone has thier own favorite style ribs - wet or dry, texas or N. Carolina, spicy or tangy, etc...These are dry, and though I guess there was a rub, to me, the meat was the only real flavor. And I have never experienced this before, but the meat looke and tasted like ham. Not bad, but not my favorite. I like wet ribs. And more of a porky flavor. these were so big the reminded me more of lamb. Once seated I reached into my bag of goodies and it wasn't until I had eaten a rib and wanted to share some food with a friend that I realized we had no plate and the cutlery is in a round holder with napkins. If you have cooties phobia and do not like to share from a single container, forget splitting sides.

  • Hill Country

    Posted by BBQlova on 06/30/2007

    i don't care that this is "authentic"

    this place reminds me of a themed buffet in vegas- except in vegas they would provide a service and not just a place to eat. i keep reading about reviewers who squak that this place is "authentic" but i suspect that they are employees on a PR campaign. they give you a meal tkt with no prices on them, tell you to turn in all tkts when you leave even if you only use one- they don't mention that there is a $50 min charge if you lose the tkt- that's nicely written right on the front... in a font size so small that it actually looks like a thick line. the sides were unimpressive- and what kind of bbq place doesn't have greens? the sweet potato mash tastes like baby food. and 3 diff. lines for meat, sides and drinks. you also have to claim your own seat- could cause a stir i suspect if it were really crowded. you pay by presenting your meal tkt at the cash counter near the front door and as you leave an employee- who i thought was asking if we had a nice meal- asks if we turned in out ticket-- i took that as to mean, did you pay or is this an "eat n run" you're trying to pull-- that was insulting! had she been paying attention, my party had been standing not 6 feet from her for 10mins at the cash counter b/c our meal tkt was in question. for the price, i'd rather go to Blue Smoke where they not only serve you but the food is exciting and different and delicious and makes you exclaim, "how do they make it taste this good?!" and i can't wait to come back to try something else on the menu. at Hill Country it just left me thinking, i wish i had a bbq so i'd never have to go back there again!

  • Hill Country

    Posted by dmann on 06/30/2007

    Work for your Dinner at Hill Country.

    There are no waiters here so the restaurant saves money on labor and tries to dress it up as cute theme for the restaurant. It felt like stepping into a Cracker Barrel. If anything I'd expect this theme restaurant to be located in Times Square. The result is an overpriced cafeteria experience. I don't care if thats the way its done it texas. Let me run through the whole experience . Your given a meal ticket that they tell you to hold on to but the don't tell you that if you loose it the fee is 50.00 that is in micro type on the ticket. You have to find and claim a seat for your self, then wait in different lines for Meat, Side dishes, and drinks although they do have cocktail waitress 's if you want to order from them. Its just too much work for the prices your paying for dinner. The meat is fine the sides were not. The Mac and Cheese was made with Penne maybe they make it big in texas but its way too dry. The sweet potato mash was not good and tasted like baby food. They also didn't serve greens or pulled pork. I guess they dont' have that in texas Hill country. There are also no plates so you have to share sides out of the containers. This is ok if the savings is passed along or if I am truly eating bbq at a roadside shack. We had to explain 4 times to the cashier that the small markings on the unused card were our notations of what we wanted to order and even though they were outside the area designated for the servers, we had not indeed ordered a duplicate amount on a third ticket. Please don't write on your meal ticket. The final insult is that when your walking out the door there is a security person who asks you if you've turned in your "Meal Card" The last time I used a meal card was college.

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