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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
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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 parkslopefoodie on 09/22/2007

    It's novelty now...not terrible though

    I'm all about checking out the BBQ places in town. They do it right here however, the whole package comes across as a tourist destination (think Hard Rock Cafe-ish, but not as big). Food is great...I tried the pork ribs, moist and lean brisket (lean isn't super lean...it's just that moist is REALLY fatty...go lean), Kreuz sausages (cheese and jalapeno all the way)...it was really good. BBQ is more on the greasy side here but that's OK...it's not necessarily TX style though (I'm born and raised Texan). Sides were amazing; try the corn and you'll want more. I like that they have Blue Bell Ice Cream but I didn't like how my mini cup of it had ice crystals reminiscent of freezer burn. If you are going to tout having the Brenham Creamery Classic in this city, you better do it with style and in larger quantity for $4. Also, don't get the Dutch Chocolate - hands down, Homemade Vanilla is the way to go with Blue Bell. That, I'm sure, all of my Texans transplants into NYC will agree on. Lastly, am I supposed to tip here??? I got up and picked up all of my food and even got my own silverware since the waitresses were scattered, do other people tip??? I can't tell! After the novelty of this place dies down, I'm sure that the cafeteria style lines will stop. We city folk like our dinners served to us when eating out...

  • Hill Country

    Posted by Anonymous on 09/21/2007

    The best ribs in NYC!!

    I was pleasantly surprised to find a true smokehouse style restaurant in NYC. The ribs were the only meat I tried (but , they brought back memories of the smokehouse meats my family used to mail-order from Texas during the holidays); DELICIOUS!! The green bean casserole is AMAZING!! I will definitely go back. You have to try it for yourself...

  • Hill Country

    Posted by DC from TX. on 09/16/2007

    Unfortunately a let down

    As with NYC Mexican food, I feel like I have realistic expectations and I really wanted this to be good from the moment I walked in. I was born and raised in Dallas, so I know BBQ. Well, sometimes anticipation is a bad thing because it just sets you up for a let down. Hill Country is no exception. It smelled great, the atmosphere felt like Texas, and there were plenty of boot-wearing girls walking around. I didn't mind the cafeteria style because that meant one tip to leave. THE FOOD: My friend and I ate a pound of pork ribs, a pound of lean brisket, corn, and green bean casserole. First off, the temperature of the meat was simply unacceptable. Neither of the meats were even warm. I don't know about you people, but I want my food HOT. Both the brisket and ribs were extremely dry. Good brisket should melt in your mouth and this was the furthest thing from that. Neither the ribs nor brisket were juicy in the slightest. One thing going for the ribs was the taste. The did taste smoked, unlike Dallas BBQ, Virgils, or Brother Jimmy's. So, in that respect, they are on the right track. Now if they would only get the meat cooked right and heat them before serving. THE SIDES: Skip them. At $8.50 for a little Ben and Jerry's sized pint, get an extra pound of the dry ribs instead. Wait staff was definitely scattered. We had to ask just to get drinks and refills. I'm not even sure anybody was assigned to us. So, if we were supposed to tip a waiter, news to us. All in all, definitely a letdown, especially at $55 for two people. The fact is that the meat in Texas just tastes better. I don't know what it is about the cows and pigs, but Texans sure make them taste better.

  • Hill Country

    Posted by lauren and kevin on 09/11/2007

    Real Texas BBQ has made its way to NYC!!

    We went here the other week, and since have been back to eat because the food is really good. it is authentic texas-style bbq. it is a cafeteria-style restaurant, but the waitress will come take your drink order. you also pay by the pound for most of the meat -watch them while they are weighing the meat because their machine seems to be a little bit off. other than that, though, the atmosphere is "truly texan" and the desserts are also great - try the banana pudding and the "BLUE BELL ICE CREAM".

  • Hill Country

    Posted by Anonymous on 09/07/2007

    The best Texas style BBQ in NYC

    This place serves Texas style BBQ, heavy on the beef and smoked using Oak. Get the brisket lean, moist is always crazy fatty, no matter where you get it. So far we have had all the meat on the menu and have loved every bite. The green beans and corn pudding are also wonderful. This is a market style place, so plan on carrying your own tray and eating on wax paper. We had a group of 3 and shared a few lbs and 2 sides for 15 bucks each. They also serve Blue Bell ice cream with the little wooden spoon...being from Texas this brings back great memories. I crave it.

  • Hill Country

    Posted by Bethdlindsay on 09/07/2007

    Loved it!

    This place is fantastic, despite the negative reviews here! My husband and I are both from Texas and we felt this is the most authentic BBQ place we've been to since we moved 7 years ago. People, they have Dr. Pepper, Diet Dr. Pepper and BLUE BELL ice cream! (They also have Big Red, but I don't like Big Red, so wasn't hugely excited about that.) And if you don't know why that's exciting you clearly aren't from Texas. The BBQ itself was delish and while the "moist" brisket was very fatty, that is the way it's supposed to be! You don't go to a BBQ place to watch your fat intake. The BBQ sauce they have on the tables was just right -- not too sweet and not too spicy. I didn't like the sausage because it had too much pepper for me, but my husband thought it was excellent. We had the mac and cheese (which is not at all like instant Kraft, it's made from Longhorn Cheddar, which is a little different from regular cheddar and gives it a kick), green bean casserole (unbelievably amazing!) and bourbon sweet potato mash (not my favorite, but still good). The other couple we were with had ribs and chicken and really liked both. I tried a rib and didn't find it to be fatty at all. It was actually much more meaty than most ribs I've had. The only thing I wouldn't order again was the skillet corn bread. It was too sweet. The market-ordering set up is definitely different and can be a little confusing, but our hostess explained the process and we didn't have any problems. I could see someone getting upset if they lost their ticket though -- a minimum $50 charge is imposed for lost tickets. Yes, it was expensive, but comparable to other BBQ places I've tried in the City and much better in my view. I HIGHLY recommend you give this place a try, no matter where you're from. If, for some crazy reason, you don't like the food, the atmosphere and set up will at least give you an interesting experience. Oh, and the waitstaff was really nice, attentive and helpful. And attractive to boot!

  • Hill Country

    Posted by Fat girl trapped in a skinny girl's body on 08/26/2007

    Too Hyped

    I've been hearing a lot of hype surrounding Hill Country, in magazines, food blogs, amongst fellow chefs, so I decided to give it a try since I LOVE BBQ! I love to eat so I had to try everything there. In my opinion the food tasted like food from a chain restaurant...lacking in heart and sole. The moist brisket is good, I do agree, but not good enough to solely support a restaurant. The beef ribs were also good, however the pork ribs tasted dry and overseasoned like beef jerky. The beef shoulder was really dry and flavorless. The sausage was just okay. Now on to the sides. After reading all the reviews on their corn pudding I had to try it. It was just okay...nothing really to rave about. The mac and cheese tasted like instant Kraft. And the baked beans was not that great either. All in all there was nothing special at Hill Country. I was sadly dissapointed.....and left with a big dent in my wallet (dinner for two $75).

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