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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 Stan Luvs BBQ on 04/28/2008

    Not recommended

    Chicken rubbery, ribs beyond salty and a gristly texture. This was the most unenjoyable BBQ I've had in a long time, and yes I know what BBQ is supposed to taste like. Mac and cheese was the only dish I liked. Ate w six other people and we were all baffled by positive reviews. This was really not good at all.

  • Hill Country

    Posted by Veronica SC on 04/13/2008

    Yummy BBQ, mixed feelings on setup...

    We've eaten here a couple times & really enjoyed our meals though the cafeteria set up is a novelty/pain depending on your perspective. I was raised in TX so the fact that this place not only has Texas bbq but also Blue Bell ice cream & Big Red soda is a real treat! First off, the set-up - it's cafeteria style which wouldn't be so bad if you could grab more than one component of your meal at each counters. But you have to go to a separate line for your: meat, sides, drink, desserts. (Actually there are waiters for beverages so you can wait to get that from a server). I guess it makes sense spacewise & so that the meat people only concentrate on meat but... It's fun once in a while (my family visiting from out-of-state had a good time w/ it) but it could be a pain too if you just wanna sit 'n take it easy. However, the effort is worth it for the food - it's so tasty! The ribs, brisket & chicken are delicious & perfectly cooked. The mac n cheese & beans are nice too, but the corn pudding was a disappointment, sounded better than it tasted. Note that they have these sampler plates that are a good value & help if you're overwhelmed w/ choices but note, the "1 person mea." could EASILY feed 2 people who can agree on the sides those in my party who ordered that for themselves were STUFFED (but satisfied) w/ plenty of leftovers! Also Texas about this place - the size. It's nice to find a place in NYC to eat where you don't have to be scrunched up to your table neighbors. Plus there's live music downstairs on certain nights. Now, don't forget to tip...they pool together their tips & there's a sign saying so when you pay at the cashier upstairs. But it's easy to overlook that. Overall, this place is a little pricey but worth it for the food, if you don't mind the lack of food waiters.

  • Hill Country

    Posted by Anonymous on 03/30/2008

    Best of the Best

    I just moved here not that long ago. My hubby and me love to hop the best food places in NY. Eatting here was such a great treat. The place looks like nothing in NY, I have seen so far. The food is wonderful and the bar is awesome with their late night bands. The great thing is I live so close and they deliver. Delivery people are friendly, come fast and the food is hot!! I love this place, and can't wait for my next chili lamb chop!!

  • Hill Country

    Posted by esby77 on 03/21/2008

    subpar and overpriced

    This restaurant is not good, from the chain-restaurant atmosphere, to the self service, to the insane pricing! My entree cost less than 5 dollars, and with only a coke and 2 of their smallest size sides somehow my bill was $20...must have been the coke they imported from mexico (no I'm not kidding) that tasted like every other coke I've ever had that pushed my bill up the other $15! you have to get you own food and carry it all over the restaurant to wherever they have seated you, the "meal ticket" doesn't list any prices...which is why its always a surprise to find out the rediculous cost of the meal when you finally get to the register at the end, and the food is not even as good as the chainiest BBQ chain in town. the only thing that was even good tasting was the green bean casserole, and that is the same as any thanksgiving day campbells cream of mushroom recipe you've ever eaten...save your time, energy, and money and make it at home.

  • Hill Country

    Posted by H on 03/21/2008

    a little pricey but yummy nonetheless

    I wanted to try the food because someone had mentioned it was good. So I went in to get take-out to go home with. I decided to get a little of the moist brisket and a piece of bbq chicken. I love sweet potatoes so I got the bourbon mashed. Cornbread too. The food was excellent, and my mom (who isnt much into bbq as I am liked the brisket too). Bbq chicken was moist and tender and the sauce was so good. A great meal.

  • Hill Country

    Posted by Anonymous on 03/09/2008

    True Central Texas

    This may be more of a commentary on the commentary. The distinction is that this restaurant is comprehensively a success is capturing the "Central Texas" culture. ie. Blue Bell ice cream (need I say more), Mexican Coke, Big Red, the availability of sweetened tea, meats smoked over post oak wood, all 'imported' from Texas. So, the comparison is not to TN, GA, MO, or any other BBQ wielding state. This is Central TX BBQ with all the familar 'fixins'. While aggreably it can be challenging to navigate the unique counter service, this again, is reprentative of a Central Texas local BBQ market - butcher paper included. The lines out the door, are just a testament to the quality of food inside. I would have prefered there be more value($), as it seems expensive, but I had to remind myself what the cost to ship all this from Texas must be. It is truly an event where no stone is left unturned to a representative Texas BBQ experience. I am a native Texan, living in NY, and I can certainly attest to the authenticity of this restaurant. So, as you consider dining here, do so w/o the the frame of reference of ANY New York restaurant, or the stereotypical BBQ joint (outside of TX). The food is wonderful, the atmosphere feels like a 'teleport' to the Lone Star state, the music is straight from the Hill Country and even the staff sports a southern hospitality calling there guest by such terms of endearment as as 'sweetie', 'honey', 'boys', 'girls', etc. Every detail is thought of which truly is what separtes this place from any other restaurant.

  • Hill Country

    Posted by roykirk1 on 03/03/2008

    Good, but not worth the hassle

    45 minutes turned into 1 hr and 15 before we got seated. Then we had to get on line again to get our food. On a Sunday night, we arrived at 6:15, seated at 7:30, got to meat counter at close to 8pm. The moist brisket was above average. The pork ribs were also above average, though some pieces were better than others. Very flavorful, though depending on the piece you got, it either melted in your mouth (good) or was a bit tough (bad). Wanted to try the beef shoulder (what is that), but it was sold out as well as the boneless prime rib. Also no more white bread! For sides, we got sweet potato bourbon mash (1 "good", 1"too mashed" and I thought "decent"), the corn pudding (nobody hated it, but nobody actually liked it either), and the skillet corn bread with honey butter (soft and moist corn bread, which I like, I did not try the butter). The house bbq sauce is vinegar based. The meat was well spiced and flavorful. Which made the lack of white bread (or some other bland starch) really noticeable for me. I'd have liked some white rice, mashed potatoes, etc to clear the palette every few bites. Even just some good french fries. None of those were available. Note that your bill is based on the meat you order (by the pound), and the sides (by container size) and the drinks/dessert. We didnt drink any liquor, and it worked out to be $85 for 3 people. A rough estimate: 1/4 pound of brisket is a decent amount for one person (probably too much)... around $11. I also ordered 4 ribs... $14.50. Small sides around $4.50-$6. Overall, the food was not bad. I would not have a problem eating it again, and certainly the meats were better than your run of the mill "bbq" place in NYC. But with the long wait to get it, then another line to stand in to get your food... its just not worth the hassle for me. Also, when we left, we had no idea what the proper ettiquette was as far as tipping. Our waitress brought over some water while we were on line, but we got our own trays, meats, sides and drinks. There were no tip jars for the folks cutting the meat or scooping the sides. We left a few bucks, just in case. On the way out, at the cash register, there was a long, wordy sign about tipping policy, but it was too late and we didnt read anything beyond the first line. Maybe they should have that at the tables?

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