Hill Country Barbecue Market

★★★☆☆
  • 30 W 26th St 1

    New York, NY 10010

    Cross street: Cross Streets Fifth and Sixth Avenues

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  • 212-255-4544

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The pitmaster special left me wanting more BBQ, the food was not worth the calories. I love eating, but if it isn't good, it isn't worth it.
The mac n cheese was dry, the white bread reminds me of wonder bread, the chicken was ok, the ribs ok, the brisket lean and moist was ok.
The cutlery was disgusting and the meat cutter always cuts heavy, we ordered 1/4lb and got 1/2 lb on our brisket and the ribs were also heavy.
MEH! Will not go back. There has to be way better BBQ in NYC.

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★★☆☆☆

The pitmaster special left me wanting more BBQ, the food was not worth the calories. I love eating, but if it isn't good, it isn't worth it.
The mac n cheese was dry, the white bread reminds me of wonder bread, the chicken was ok, the ribs ok, the brisket lean and moist was ok.
The cutlery was disgusting and the meat cutter always cuts heavy, we ordered 1/4lb and got 1/2 lb on our brisket and the ribs were also heavy.
MEH! Will not go back. There has to be way better BBQ in NYC.

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I love going to this place but I have noticed a few things after repeated visits.

Some hosts/hostesses always have the warmest smiles and the others always look miserable. Same goes for the bartenders. I won't sit and eat at the bar if certain bartenders are working (and I'm eating alone).

The brisket (moist) is amazing as well as the pork spare ribs. The mac n cheese is a little different than your standard but tasty nonetheless.

2
★★★★☆

I love going to this place but I have noticed a few things after repeated visits.

Some hosts/hostesses always have the warmest smiles and the others always look miserable. Same goes for the bartenders. I won't sit and eat at the bar if certain bartenders are working (and I'm eating alone).

The brisket (moist) is amazing as well as the pork spare ribs. The mac n cheese is a little different than your standard but tasty nonetheless.

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Came here for lunch recently. The meat by the pound was expensive, I thought. The brisket was tender and moist. We also ordered the bbq beef sandwich special which comes with choice of sides and drink. It was more than enough for lunch. The green bean side was too mushy for my taste. I couldn't finish my lemonade so I took it to go. The lady behind the bar topped it up for me. Sweet!

1
★★★☆☆

Came here for lunch recently. The meat by the pound was expensive, I thought. The brisket was tender and moist. We also ordered the bbq beef sandwich special which comes with choice of sides and drink. It was more than enough for lunch. The green bean side was too mushy for my taste. I couldn't finish my lemonade so I took it to go. The lady behind the bar topped it up for me. Sweet!

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I had a first date here a few weeks ago and what a mistake. Messy and loud, loud music. The chicken was ok but not great, I care about what I put into my body and the sauce has a lot of sugar in it. My date had ribs which he said was ok but not the best he's had. I won't go back, there are better places.

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★★☆☆☆

I had a first date here a few weeks ago and what a mistake. Messy and loud, loud music. The chicken was ok but not great, I care about what I put into my body and the sauce has a lot of sugar in it. My date had ribs which he said was ok but not the best he's had. I won't go back, there are better places.

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I am a BBQ fan and have always wanted to try this restaurant after reading all the good reviews. The opportunity finally arose earlier this week and just my luck - Monday is all you can eat for $25!

The atmosphere is western-ish, a lot of exposed, weathered wood and brick adorned with simple, framed black and white photographs with a scattering of chalk boards advertising menu items, etc. It was nice, definitely a change from the usual NYC restaurant atmosphere. Music - a bit on the loud side, be prepared to speak loudly to each other in order to hold a conversation.

The special advertised all you can eat for $25 pp but, upon closer reading of the menu, it turns out that the most popular sides such as Mac-n-Cheese, collard greens, Chili, and baked beans are $2 ea. extra. Everyone at the table has to order the special (to prevent the other guests from taking advantage of an unlimited procession of beef and pork products without paying for it. The food arrives on a big tray lined with red paper, very similar to the way BBQ is served in many Texas restaurants with the sides in small cups.

Digging into the selections that comes with the special (ribs,brisket, and chicken) I immediately noticed that they were dry. There was no moistness to the meats, only the chicken was on the juicy side. You could tell that the flavor was there, the smokiness of the ribs were apparent, but damn, why was it so dry? Did they pre-cook everything too early in the day and let itsit until it became that way? Subsequent orders of ribs and brisket did not see a change, they were still dry. I found myself reaching for the BBQ sauce over and over to help remedy the situation. Pity, as I stated you could tell the flavor was there, trying to make it's way out but either the overcooking or the pre-cooking/wait prevented that from happening.

Dessert - the bourbon pecan pie arrived in a tart-sized dish, a bit on the smallish side for the $6 charge, and the red velvet cupcake at $4.50 was slightly larger than a Hostess Cupcake, but as was with the food, it too was dry.

Our waitress was very attentive; she had a cheerful way about her which was nice. Our subsequent orders of BBQ came relatively quickly, in their own separate paper boats (that is what you eat on BTW, a larger version of the paper boat you get with some fast food fries such as Nathans).

Overall - an OK experience, but I will give this place another go since, as I had stated, the flavors were there. Perhaps Monday and All-You-Can-Eat night is not the way to go, will keep my fingers crossed for moist and juicy BBQ meal the next time around.

1
★★★☆☆

I am a BBQ fan and have always wanted to try this restaurant after reading all the good reviews. The opportunity finally arose earlier this week and just my luck - Monday is all you can eat for $25!

The atmosphere is western-ish, a lot of exposed, weathered wood and brick adorned with simple, framed black and white photographs with a scattering of chalk boards advertising menu items, etc. It was nice, definitely a change from the usual NYC restaurant atmosphere. Music - a bit on the loud side, be prepared to speak loudly to each other in order to hold a conversation.

The special advertised all you can eat for $25 pp but, upon closer reading of the menu, it turns out that the most popular sides such as Mac-n-Cheese, collard greens, Chili, and baked beans are $2 ea. extra. Everyone at the table has to order the special (to prevent the other guests from taking advantage of an unlimited procession of beef and pork products without paying for it. The food arrives on a big tray lined with red paper, very similar to the way BBQ is served in many Texas restaurants with the sides in small cups.

Digging into the selections that comes with the special (ribs,brisket, and chicken) I immediately noticed that they were dry. There was no moistness to the meats, only the chicken was on the juicy side. You could tell that the flavor was there, the smokiness of the ribs were apparent, but damn, why was it so dry? Did they pre-cook everything too early in the day and let itsit until it became that way? Subsequent orders of ribs and brisket did not see a change, they were still dry. I found myself reaching for the BBQ sauce over and over to help remedy the situation. Pity, as I stated you could tell the flavor was there, trying to make it's way out but either the overcooking or the pre-cooking/wait prevented that from happening.

Dessert - the bourbon pecan pie arrived in a tart-sized dish, a bit on the smallish side for the $6 charge, and the red velvet cupcake at $4.50 was slightly larger than a Hostess Cupcake, but as was with the food, it too was dry.

Our waitress was very attentive; she had a cheerful way about her which was nice. Our subsequent orders of BBQ came relatively quickly, in their own separate paper boats (that is what you eat on BTW, a larger version of the paper boat you get with some fast food fries such as Nathans).

Overall - an OK experience, but I will give this place another go since, as I had stated, the flavors were there. Perhaps Monday and All-You-Can-Eat night is not the way to go, will keep my fingers crossed for moist and juicy BBQ meal the next time around.

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One of my favorite places to go in the city. I go there usually for birthdays and other special occasions. The food is great the service is always good.
Hill country is very busy so i would recommend getting there around 6:30. When you enter the place you will be seated and be given a meal ticket. The meal ticket is your check they mark your food and drinks and you give it to a cashier when you leave. DO NOT LOSE the meal ticket because it they will charge you 50 buck and then they will figure out your tab.
THey have several choices of beef, pork, a chicken. I would reccommend the moist brisket and pork ribs. THey sides are very good usually a german potato salad, beans, or mac and cheese (the best i have ever had).
The atmosphere is good everyone there is friendly and will tell you their recommendation.
Alot of people complain about the system to order and its actually a pretty good system. By having customers get the food themselves it is less hectic and the waiting staff is really only there to serve drinks to people downstairs when a live show occurs. Also this food is NOT healthy and i have seen alot of people complain about that. You have to realize that it is fattening and it is pretty pricy this is not a once a week place more like two or three times a year. Keep that in mind.

Bottom line is if you want good BBQ and have fun with your friends go to Hill and Country

2
★★★★★

One of my favorite places to go in the city. I go there usually for birthdays and other special occasions. The food is great the service is always good.
Hill country is very busy so i would recommend getting there around 6:30. When you enter the place you will be seated and be given a meal ticket. The meal ticket is your check they mark your food and drinks and you give it to a cashier when you leave. DO NOT LOSE the meal ticket because it they will charge you 50 buck and then they will figure out your tab.
THey have several choices of beef, pork, a chicken. I would reccommend the moist brisket and pork ribs. THey sides are very good usually a german potato salad, beans, or mac and cheese (the best i have ever had).
The atmosphere is good everyone there is friendly and will tell you their recommendation.
Alot of people complain about the system to order and its actually a pretty good system. By having customers get the food themselves it is less hectic and the waiting staff is really only there to serve drinks to people downstairs when a live show occurs. Also this food is NOT healthy and i have seen alot of people complain about that. You have to realize that it is fattening and it is pretty pricy this is not a once a week place more like two or three times a year. Keep that in mind.

Bottom line is if you want good BBQ and have fun with your friends go to Hill and Country

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I invited my two other friends as well as my boyfriend and we went for the Sunday Dinner Special, which is $20/person that comes with 1/4 chicken, 1 beef rib, 1 baby back rib, 1/4 lb of beef brisket and 2 small sides as well as a selection of dessert.

So we went and got 4 orders of that, which means we got to try pretty much all the sides and all the desserts! We got the sweet potato bourbon mash, mac and cheese, collared green with bacon, chili, baked bean, potato salad, and corn pudding!

Man we are so stuffed after we had so much meat. The cow rib is absolutely juicy and flavorful. Baby back rib is great too. The brisket I tried is not as tender as I wanted it to be but still good. I couldn't even touch my chicken.

As for the sides, I think my favorite is collared green, sweet potato mash and mac and cheese. I think their chilli is a little too greasy.

As for desserts, we got the pecan pie, PB&J cupcake, German chocolate cake and Oreo ice cream. I like every single one but the cupcake is not very moist. It tastes more like a regular sponge cake in PB&J flavor.

I think all my male friends are ready to come back here for more meat fest!!!

2
★★★★☆

I invited my two other friends as well as my boyfriend and we went for the Sunday Dinner Special, which is $20/person that comes with 1/4 chicken, 1 beef rib, 1 baby back rib, 1/4 lb of beef brisket and 2 small sides as well as a selection of dessert.

So we went and got 4 orders of that, which means we got to try pretty much all the sides and all the desserts! We got the sweet potato bourbon mash, mac and cheese, collared green with bacon, chili, baked bean, potato salad, and corn pudding!

Man we are so stuffed after we had so much meat. The cow rib is absolutely juicy and flavorful. Baby back rib is great too. The brisket I tried is not as tender as I wanted it to be but still good. I couldn't even touch my chicken.

As for the sides, I think my favorite is collared green, sweet potato mash and mac and cheese. I think their chilli is a little too greasy.

As for desserts, we got the pecan pie, PB&J cupcake, German chocolate cake and Oreo ice cream. I like every single one but the cupcake is not very moist. It tastes more like a regular sponge cake in PB&J flavor.

I think all my male friends are ready to come back here for more meat fest!!!

Pros: Fun atmosphere&Great big ribs

Cons: slightly dried brisket

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The ""market chicken"" was awful, but the pinto bean and mashed sweet potato sides were very good (though kind of small for $4.50 each). I think the chicken was just way too industrially-raised, rather than cooked wrong. The texture was just awful. Not that I was thrilled with the sauce either; Famous Dave's and Brother Jimmy's have much better bbq sauce. Also, I only picked this place because they said that they would have the Country Music Awards on with sound at the bar, and the speakers were apparently not hooked up. The bartender and hostess tried their best to get the sound to work, but no luck. Either way, I dated a southerner for a while and now I look for pulled chicken and pulled pork at bbq restaurants, and this place had neither, but I sure hope the other meats are better than the market chicken because it was just unacceptable.

1
★★☆☆☆

The ""market chicken"" was awful, but the pinto bean and mashed sweet potato sides were very good (though kind of small for $4.50 each). I think the chicken was just way too industrially-raised, rather than cooked wrong. The texture was just awful. Not that I was thrilled with the sauce either; Famous Dave's and Brother Jimmy's have much better bbq sauce. Also, I only picked this place because they said that they would have the Country Music Awards on with sound at the bar, and the speakers were apparently not hooked up. The bartender and hostess tried their best to get the sound to work, but no luck. Either way, I dated a southerner for a while and now I look for pulled chicken and pulled pork at bbq restaurants, and this place had neither, but I sure hope the other meats are better than the market chicken because it was just unacceptable.

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My husband and I are big BBQ fans, so we decided to try this place out. The setup was cafeteria style where you stand in line in the ""meat station"" and the ""sides station"" to order your food, and you order only drinks from your server. The line was quite long when we went, but I can see how efficient this set up can be. We ordered basically one of everything: most brisket, pork ribs, beef ribs, pulled pork (and I forget what else). Some of the meat was a little salty for me, but it was really good. And I'm a big sides gal, so we got 4 different sides: the baked beans are really good, but the ""famous"" mac and cheese was not so good (Brother Jimmy's is WAY better). All in all, a very good experience, and even though we ordered enough for 4 people (we had a TON of leftovers), our check was very reasonable. Would definitely go back.

2
★★★★☆

My husband and I are big BBQ fans, so we decided to try this place out. The setup was cafeteria style where you stand in line in the ""meat station"" and the ""sides station"" to order your food, and you order only drinks from your server. The line was quite long when we went, but I can see how efficient this set up can be. We ordered basically one of everything: most brisket, pork ribs, beef ribs, pulled pork (and I forget what else). Some of the meat was a little salty for me, but it was really good. And I'm a big sides gal, so we got 4 different sides: the baked beans are really good, but the ""famous"" mac and cheese was not so good (Brother Jimmy's is WAY better). All in all, a very good experience, and even though we ordered enough for 4 people (we had a TON of leftovers), our check was very reasonable. Would definitely go back.

Pros: meat quality, friendly service

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It's tough to know where to go for BBQ in NYC. I think the problem might be as New Yorkers we're not raised on BBQ to really know the difference between good and great. I've been to most of the Top 10 places in the city for BBQ and would say the ribs at Hill Country deserve to be on that list. The staff was incredibly knowledgeable about ribs and brisket and very friendly...and you definitely feel like you're in a real ""BBQ joint"" with their atmosphere. I would go to Hill Country again. Their BBQ is definitely above average for the city. My only complaint is that the brisket was a little too fatty for my taste...but what do I know, I'm not from Texas, KC or Memphis. You wanna talk pizza, you talk to a New Yorker.

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★★★★☆

It's tough to know where to go for BBQ in NYC. I think the problem might be as New Yorkers we're not raised on BBQ to really know the difference between good and great. I've been to most of the Top 10 places in the city for BBQ and would say the ribs at Hill Country deserve to be on that list. The staff was incredibly knowledgeable about ribs and brisket and very friendly...and you definitely feel like you're in a real ""BBQ joint"" with their atmosphere. I would go to Hill Country again. Their BBQ is definitely above average for the city. My only complaint is that the brisket was a little too fatty for my taste...but what do I know, I'm not from Texas, KC or Memphis. You wanna talk pizza, you talk to a New Yorker.

Pros: Staff, atmosphere, ribs

Cons: Brisket a little fatty

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One of the best BBQ restaurants in the City, Hill Country serves Texas style BBQ at reasonable prices. Like a cafeteria for grown-ups, customers line up with trays at the different stations to place their orders for delicious meats and sides. At the meat station, be sure to order the brisket moist. The selection of sides is also quite impressive, from the Longhorn Mac and Cheese to the Sweet Potato Bourbon Mash. Hill Country is great for groups, especially hungry groups, because the food is already cooked, prepared and waiting for you. Long lines at the counters are your enemy. I've been here late a few times and the best selections of meat do sell out so come earlier. If you're lucky, watch a live band in the lower level while you chow down on southern grub. Yeehaw!

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★★★★☆

One of the best BBQ restaurants in the City, Hill Country serves Texas style BBQ at reasonable prices. Like a cafeteria for grown-ups, customers line up with trays at the different stations to place their orders for delicious meats and sides. At the meat station, be sure to order the brisket moist. The selection of sides is also quite impressive, from the Longhorn Mac and Cheese to the Sweet Potato Bourbon Mash. Hill Country is great for groups, especially hungry groups, because the food is already cooked, prepared and waiting for you. Long lines at the counters are your enemy. I've been here late a few times and the best selections of meat do sell out so come earlier. If you're lucky, watch a live band in the lower level while you chow down on southern grub. Yeehaw!

Pros: great for groups, fun atmosphere, live music

Cons: lose your meal ticket and pay the flat minimum $

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went here for the first time last night. Ordered the Two Step dinner special with my girlfriend which basically has every meat on the menu and comes with two sides, allowing us to try a lil bit of everything and eliminate the hassle of the whole meal ticket concept . its a really good deal for the price considering how much food they give you. The line to get our food was pretty short so we got all of our food in about 10 minutes or so which was nice. they wrap all the meat in butcher paper and put it on a cafeteria tray, this would be a problem later. \r
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the food: the brisket and chicken were very good, both tasty and juicy. the ribs on the other hand fell short. the pork rib was kinda bland and the beef rib was so tough it was like trying to chew through a tire and also did not have that much meat on it. the sides were perhaps the best thing of the night, mac n cheese and collared greens were both really good.\r
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the problem with the butcher paper on the tray is that when you cut into your food you tear through the paper and end up eating it off the tray and its a mess. i understand you are trying to be different and authentic hill country, but dont be too cool for plates, i mean c'mon, its the 2010s.\r
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all in all this place is mediocre at best, if you say its the best bbq in nyc or even ""amazing"", then hill country is probably the only bbq place youve ever been to in nyc and you should look into getting yourself a Zagats.

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★★★☆☆

went here for the first time last night. Ordered the Two Step dinner special with my girlfriend which basically has every meat on the menu and comes with two sides, allowing us to try a lil bit of everything and eliminate the hassle of the whole meal ticket concept . its a really good deal for the price considering how much food they give you. The line to get our food was pretty short so we got all of our food in about 10 minutes or so which was nice. they wrap all the meat in butcher paper and put it on a cafeteria tray, this would be a problem later. \r
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the food: the brisket and chicken were very good, both tasty and juicy. the ribs on the other hand fell short. the pork rib was kinda bland and the beef rib was so tough it was like trying to chew through a tire and also did not have that much meat on it. the sides were perhaps the best thing of the night, mac n cheese and collared greens were both really good.\r
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the problem with the butcher paper on the tray is that when you cut into your food you tear through the paper and end up eating it off the tray and its a mess. i understand you are trying to be different and authentic hill country, but dont be too cool for plates, i mean c'mon, its the 2010s.\r
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all in all this place is mediocre at best, if you say its the best bbq in nyc or even ""amazing"", then hill country is probably the only bbq place youve ever been to in nyc and you should look into getting yourself a Zagats.

Pros: fast service, brisket, chicken, sides

Cons: ribs, no plates

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This is a great place to get a good bbq. The pulled pork here is the way to go. I would suggest this place over the dallas bbq and dukes any day.

2
★★★★☆

This is a great place to get a good bbq. The pulled pork here is the way to go. I would suggest this place over the dallas bbq and dukes any day.

Pros: Great Food

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I ate her with a large group of friends on Saturday. I'm not really a big fan of bbq food but after dinner at hill country I'm now an addict! Everything was delicious and the staff were very friendly. Will definitely be back.

2
★★★★★

I ate her with a large group of friends on Saturday. I'm not really a big fan of bbq food but after dinner at hill country I'm now an addict! Everything was delicious and the staff were very friendly. Will definitely be back.

Pros: food was amazing

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I'm not sure what restaurant the person below went to, but Hill Country is the best barbecue spot I've been to in the city. The aroma of good ole fashion Texas cue hits you the second you enter the door, not too mention the staff that greets you with a smile and makes you feel like you're a regular (even if it's you're first time). I consider myself to be a barbecue connoiesseur (which is maybe why I have a gym membership) and this place honestly makes me wish I'd found it as soon as it opened instead of wasting my money on other food people call barbecue. Not only the food, but FREE live music?! Give me a beer, a rib, and free live music and I'll go just about anywhere. I hear they're opening up a fried chicken place around the corner, looks like I'm going to need to renew my gym membership :)

2
★★★★★

I'm not sure what restaurant the person below went to, but Hill Country is the best barbecue spot I've been to in the city. The aroma of good ole fashion Texas cue hits you the second you enter the door, not too mention the staff that greets you with a smile and makes you feel like you're a regular (even if it's you're first time). I consider myself to be a barbecue connoiesseur (which is maybe why I have a gym membership) and this place honestly makes me wish I'd found it as soon as it opened instead of wasting my money on other food people call barbecue. Not only the food, but FREE live music?! Give me a beer, a rib, and free live music and I'll go just about anywhere. I hear they're opening up a fried chicken place around the corner, looks like I'm going to need to renew my gym membership :)

Pros: Yummy cue, great music, amazing drinks

Cons: Haven't found one yet!

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A totally rude and unhelpful employee ruined this place for me. BBQ if ok but I'll never spend money at Hill Country again.

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★☆☆☆☆

A totally rude and unhelpful employee ruined this place for me. BBQ if ok but I'll never spend money at Hill Country again.

Pros: BBQ

Cons: Rude Employees

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From day one, the PR blitz for this place has been overwhelming. But for all the hype, this place is a cheap imitation of real BBQ. Overly fatty, poorly cooked meat at ridiculous prices. I don't know why this place consistently makes Citysearch's Top 5 lists (a real coup for the PR machine, I guess). There's been a BBQ renaissance in the five boroughs in recent years. There are at least a dozen cheaper and better BBQ joints. Go to those places. Avoid this one.

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★☆☆☆☆

From day one, the PR blitz for this place has been overwhelming. But for all the hype, this place is a cheap imitation of real BBQ. Overly fatty, poorly cooked meat at ridiculous prices. I don't know why this place consistently makes Citysearch's Top 5 lists (a real coup for the PR machine, I guess). There's been a BBQ renaissance in the five boroughs in recent years. There are at least a dozen cheaper and better BBQ joints. Go to those places. Avoid this one.

Pros: NYC now has so many better BBQ options

Cons: Poor food quality, extremely overpriced

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Great food. Great staff. Great place.

2
★★★★★

Great food. Great staff. Great place.

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Ate here and got the pit master combo which was well priced (for NYC) for the amount of meat.

The pork ribs were the highlight and well certainly be what I'll order in the future. Very meaty and while pink in the middle that's not unusual for BBQ. The Beef Ribs were ok but not very meaty and kinda overcooked (not as bad as blue smokes beef ribs are but still a bit overdone). The brisket was nice and fatty (as i had asked) but i'm not a big brisket fan without sauce. It also came with some chicken which was forgettable (and kinda puny.. not that i was complaining with the amount of food i got but i wouldn't have been thrilled if i had just gotten the chicken).

For sides I got the green been casserole and deviled eggs as the sides. The casserole was very good, the eggs tasted like you'd expect them too (they were sold as chipoltie deviled eggs but i tasted no smokiness or spice to them).

However the layout of the place and the ordering process is a disaster. I went at a very uncrowded time of day and it was still a pain to get everything. I can only imagine what a nightmare it is when it gets busy. Also carrying everything back to the table was not easy. I'd think with the servers they could at least help with that. I've eaten at places in this style in Texas before and i have never seen one so badly organized.

2
★★★★☆

Ate here and got the pit master combo which was well priced (for NYC) for the amount of meat.

The pork ribs were the highlight and well certainly be what I'll order in the future. Very meaty and while pink in the middle that's not unusual for BBQ. The Beef Ribs were ok but not very meaty and kinda overcooked (not as bad as blue smokes beef ribs are but still a bit overdone). The brisket was nice and fatty (as i had asked) but i'm not a big brisket fan without sauce. It also came with some chicken which was forgettable (and kinda puny.. not that i was complaining with the amount of food i got but i wouldn't have been thrilled if i had just gotten the chicken).

For sides I got the green been casserole and deviled eggs as the sides. The casserole was very good, the eggs tasted like you'd expect them too (they were sold as chipoltie deviled eggs but i tasted no smokiness or spice to them).

However the layout of the place and the ordering process is a disaster. I went at a very uncrowded time of day and it was still a pain to get everything. I can only imagine what a nightmare it is when it gets busy. Also carrying everything back to the table was not easy. I'd think with the servers they could at least help with that. I've eaten at places in this style in Texas before and i have never seen one so badly organized.

Pros: Pork Ribs, Sides

Cons: ordering process, layout

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Ordered my husband some BBQ from Hill Country after a NY based Texan said it was the best in the neigborhood.\r
My husband said the bbq ribs were medium rare - yuck, the beef ribs were very fatty.\r
I ate the chicken which was good. We typically try to order relatively healthy sides, the coleslaw and cucumber salad will good, the beans made with beacon, and the stringbeans with a cream source where extremely heavy/fattening. Wont be ordering from them again..

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★☆☆☆☆

Ordered my husband some BBQ from Hill Country after a NY based Texan said it was the best in the neigborhood.\r
My husband said the bbq ribs were medium rare - yuck, the beef ribs were very fatty.\r
I ate the chicken which was good. We typically try to order relatively healthy sides, the coleslaw and cucumber salad will good, the beans made with beacon, and the stringbeans with a cream source where extremely heavy/fattening. Wont be ordering from them again..

Pros: on seamless web

Cons: raw meat

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I've had two unsatisfactory experiences here however since the establishment is new I do hope it will change in the future as the food is good and the restaurant has a uniqueness to it. Suggested improvements are the following: customer serice, shorter wait time at the counter and carving station and nicer wait staff. \r

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★★☆☆☆

I've had two unsatisfactory experiences here however since the establishment is new I do hope it will change in the future as the food is good and the restaurant has a uniqueness to it. Suggested improvements are the following: customer serice, shorter wait time at the counter and carving station and nicer wait staff. \r

Pros: Food

Cons: Manager Dana and Some Carvers are Rude

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Fun Times -- good for celebrations. Good Drinks, Cheap Food and Everyone gets their own bill so you dont have to devide at the end of the night. You eat and drink what you can afford!!! :P

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★★★★☆

Fun Times -- good for celebrations. Good Drinks, Cheap Food and Everyone gets their own bill so you dont have to devide at the end of the night. You eat and drink what you can afford!!! :P

Pros: Individual Bills

Cons: Kitchen ran out of beer can chicken :(

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I've been looking for a great country music bar ever since I moved to the City. This place has awesome live music several nights a week with no cover and the whole staff is in jeans and cowboy boots. Plus, the drinks are some of the best prices around. Specialty drinks run the usual 8 to $10 bucks but you can get margaritas and well drinks for like $5 bucks all the time. Even though they don't have draft beer, you can get buckets of beer for cheap; and not those fake buckets of beer with the tiny little Corona bottles either, I mean actual full sized beers, six of them! My boyfriend and I love to go in late after the dinner rush, like around 9:30 or 10. They have a happy hour that starts at 10 and we got like 6 PBRs and 2 margaritas for 22 bucks PLUS the bartender (super hotty..at both upstairs and downstairs bars...upstairs Superman and downstairs Lex Luthers hotter little brother) gave us a couple of shots on the house. I am so happy that I finally found a reasonably priced bar in the City that has good music and isn't too snobby/clubby or too divey either. It's never overly crowded and hot and you never have to wait in line for the bathroom which is awesome. Sometimes, if we get there early enough (before the kitchen closes) my boyfriend and I will eat something like a Jalepeno sausage or chicken breast. It comes with bread so we usually split one sausage or one piece of chicken and make 2 sandwiches for like 6 bucks. It's plenty. Oh, the chili is to die for too! And for the booze snobs, like my brother, who think PBR is beneath them, they have like a million different kinds of whiskey and bourbon and tequila. My brother is working his way across the bar until he tries them all. Do yourself a favor, go there after the regular dinner rush, like 9 or 10, grab a bite and head downstairs to the bar for free music and cheap drinks. tons of space for large groups too. I love it.

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★★★★★

I've been looking for a great country music bar ever since I moved to the City. This place has awesome live music several nights a week with no cover and the whole staff is in jeans and cowboy boots. Plus, the drinks are some of the best prices around. Specialty drinks run the usual 8 to $10 bucks but you can get margaritas and well drinks for like $5 bucks all the time. Even though they don't have draft beer, you can get buckets of beer for cheap; and not those fake buckets of beer with the tiny little Corona bottles either, I mean actual full sized beers, six of them! My boyfriend and I love to go in late after the dinner rush, like around 9:30 or 10. They have a happy hour that starts at 10 and we got like 6 PBRs and 2 margaritas for 22 bucks PLUS the bartender (super hotty..at both upstairs and downstairs bars...upstairs Superman and downstairs Lex Luthers hotter little brother) gave us a couple of shots on the house. I am so happy that I finally found a reasonably priced bar in the City that has good music and isn't too snobby/clubby or too divey either. It's never overly crowded and hot and you never have to wait in line for the bathroom which is awesome. Sometimes, if we get there early enough (before the kitchen closes) my boyfriend and I will eat something like a Jalepeno sausage or chicken breast. It comes with bread so we usually split one sausage or one piece of chicken and make 2 sandwiches for like 6 bucks. It's plenty. Oh, the chili is to die for too! And for the booze snobs, like my brother, who think PBR is beneath them, they have like a million different kinds of whiskey and bourbon and tequila. My brother is working his way across the bar until he tries them all. Do yourself a favor, go there after the regular dinner rush, like 9 or 10, grab a bite and head downstairs to the bar for free music and cheap drinks. tons of space for large groups too. I love it.

Pros: Cheap drinks, layed back atmosphere

Cons: Too packed to get in until after 9:30.

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Hill Country is our family's favorite restaurant in NYC. The chicken, brisket, and cupcakes are out of this world. It's super kid friendly and the prices are reasonable. It's perfect for groups also!

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★★★★★

Hill Country is our family's favorite restaurant in NYC. The chicken, brisket, and cupcakes are out of this world. It's super kid friendly and the prices are reasonable. It's perfect for groups also!

Pros: a perfect bbq spot

Cons: trying to watch my weight

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Hill Country BBQ can't go out of business soon enough for me.\r
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I was looking forward to giving this place a chance ... had a $75 gift certificate that was a month past expiration. We asked about it at the door, and the hostess said they couldn't accept it. We asked to see a manager, and got the same story, with a little rudeness thrown in. ""Well, you did have a whole year to use it,"" he said. (Well then, I guess we owe you an apology.) ""The computer won't accept it if it's expired,"" he said. (Oh my, I'd hate for the computer to get upset.) ""I wish there was something I could do,"" he said.\r
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So in the end, they basically stole $75 from us. What an absolutely, jaw-droppingly stupid policy, from a P.R. standpoint. If the manager had just said, ""Oh, that's okay, come on in,"" our party of four would have spent a boatload of money beyond the value of the certificate, the servers would have earned big tips, and we may have come back and recommended the place to our friends. As it was, after a few choice words for the manager, we walked out, we will never return, and we'll tell everyone we know to avoid the place like a rat-infested KFC.\r
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How does this place have 4 1/2 stars? The reviews seem pretty terrible overall.

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★☆☆☆☆

Hill Country BBQ can't go out of business soon enough for me.\r
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I was looking forward to giving this place a chance ... had a $75 gift certificate that was a month past expiration. We asked about it at the door, and the hostess said they couldn't accept it. We asked to see a manager, and got the same story, with a little rudeness thrown in. ""Well, you did have a whole year to use it,"" he said. (Well then, I guess we owe you an apology.) ""The computer won't accept it if it's expired,"" he said. (Oh my, I'd hate for the computer to get upset.) ""I wish there was something I could do,"" he said.\r
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So in the end, they basically stole $75 from us. What an absolutely, jaw-droppingly stupid policy, from a P.R. standpoint. If the manager had just said, ""Oh, that's okay, come on in,"" our party of four would have spent a boatload of money beyond the value of the certificate, the servers would have earned big tips, and we may have come back and recommended the place to our friends. As it was, after a few choice words for the manager, we walked out, we will never return, and we'll tell everyone we know to avoid the place like a rat-infested KFC.\r
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How does this place have 4 1/2 stars? The reviews seem pretty terrible overall.

Pros: The place looked pretty empty.

Cons: The people that run this place ARE a bunch of cons.

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ok, so the dumpy hostess was miserable, couldn't be bothered to explain the ""meal ticket"" rules. sorry, i'm not a cowboy and wanted to know the deal. i go to the bar to wait for my pal, bartender MIA at opposite end of bar while he chats up waitress for 15 minutes. Pal shows up, we sit down, place is like totally empty, literally 30 empty tables, we get our food, servers pleasant enough, sit to eat, food is OK, but not special, like a below average diner except it's priced outrageously for what it is, think it came to 40 dollars each for some barely below average sides, average meat, (think arby's and you're close) and a beer. \r
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anyhow, am shooting the breeze with my pal and manager seats a couple on their big date at table next to us, i mean like 10"" away, while the dive is empty. they can't chat, we can't talk business, so the four of us are going to be miserable and whispering or talking weather forecasts. total drag. \r
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you can find this kind of food done far far better anywhere at about half the price and the people/service is worst i've had ever here in town. so here it is ""pardners,"" i'm figurin' i could take the knicks to a kkk lunch and get better food and better service. do yourself a favor and skip it.

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★☆☆☆☆

ok, so the dumpy hostess was miserable, couldn't be bothered to explain the ""meal ticket"" rules. sorry, i'm not a cowboy and wanted to know the deal. i go to the bar to wait for my pal, bartender MIA at opposite end of bar while he chats up waitress for 15 minutes. Pal shows up, we sit down, place is like totally empty, literally 30 empty tables, we get our food, servers pleasant enough, sit to eat, food is OK, but not special, like a below average diner except it's priced outrageously for what it is, think it came to 40 dollars each for some barely below average sides, average meat, (think arby's and you're close) and a beer. \r
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anyhow, am shooting the breeze with my pal and manager seats a couple on their big date at table next to us, i mean like 10"" away, while the dive is empty. they can't chat, we can't talk business, so the four of us are going to be miserable and whispering or talking weather forecasts. total drag. \r
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you can find this kind of food done far far better anywhere at about half the price and the people/service is worst i've had ever here in town. so here it is ""pardners,"" i'm figurin' i could take the knicks to a kkk lunch and get better food and better service. do yourself a favor and skip it.

Pros: below average food is prob best that can be said of this dump

Cons: think arby's for 10x the price with lousy service

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There are some serious dishonest ppl and irresponsible mgmt working in this place! My husband and I came here for a family gathering. We hung our camera on the chair and left it behind. I called back within two days after I knew FOR SURE it was left here. Between my husband and I, we made numerous calls trying to speak to the dining room managers. The person answered the phone always took down our number and promised that one of the managers would get back to me the very next day, whether found the camera or not. and guess what? We NEVER heard from them...! We lost our camera once before at Marquee, the night club, and it was turned in before I called their lost-and-found, and we got it back within a week!\r
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This is the first time I had to write something here because I feel too strongly about this experience to not say anything. The food is acceptable, but nothing special. You can do it yourself at home, which now I regret we didn't choose so for our family get-together.\r

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★☆☆☆☆

There are some serious dishonest ppl and irresponsible mgmt working in this place! My husband and I came here for a family gathering. We hung our camera on the chair and left it behind. I called back within two days after I knew FOR SURE it was left here. Between my husband and I, we made numerous calls trying to speak to the dining room managers. The person answered the phone always took down our number and promised that one of the managers would get back to me the very next day, whether found the camera or not. and guess what? We NEVER heard from them...! We lost our camera once before at Marquee, the night club, and it was turned in before I called their lost-and-found, and we got it back within a week!\r
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This is the first time I had to write something here because I feel too strongly about this experience to not say anything. The food is acceptable, but nothing special. You can do it yourself at home, which now I regret we didn't choose so for our family get-together.\r

Pros: relax atmosphere

Cons: customer service doesn't exist in this place!

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Probably the worst restaurant I've been to in Manhattan...""A glorified Sizzler"". It was worse than cafeteria food

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★☆☆☆☆

Probably the worst restaurant I've been to in Manhattan...""A glorified Sizzler"". It was worse than cafeteria food

Cons: Everything

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This place belongs in a theme park. With so many competing NYC restaurants with great food and welcoming ambiance, this one can't last.\r
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At ?Hill Country,? you have to wait in line to get your own food and then carry it downstairs to your table even though there is wait staff to take your drink order. ALL of the food is served on paper products -- about as environmentally friendly as a coal refinery. You can't order food and receive a bill; you have to carry around a ""meal ticket"" to be checked-off for each item ordered (...even drinks).\r
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It is trying so hard to look authentic that they purposely scratched up the floors. But regardless of a revolting time at this disaster posing for a restaurant, you have awonderful opportunity to buy some souvenir t-shirts and hot sauce when you pay the cashier!

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★☆☆☆☆

This place belongs in a theme park. With so many competing NYC restaurants with great food and welcoming ambiance, this one can't last.\r
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At ?Hill Country,? you have to wait in line to get your own food and then carry it downstairs to your table even though there is wait staff to take your drink order. ALL of the food is served on paper products -- about as environmentally friendly as a coal refinery. You can't order food and receive a bill; you have to carry around a ""meal ticket"" to be checked-off for each item ordered (...even drinks).\r
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It is trying so hard to look authentic that they purposely scratched up the floors. But regardless of a revolting time at this disaster posing for a restaurant, you have awonderful opportunity to buy some souvenir t-shirts and hot sauce when you pay the cashier!

Pros: There are plenty of other restaurants nearby

Cons: It is still in business

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Hill Country serves delicious BBQ, with brisket, ribs, pork chops, and chicken. The sides are as good as the beef, with creamy string beans, mushrooms, mac and cheese, mashed potatoes, and more, all filling and delicious. Decor is appropriate--big, bright, airy space with barbecue tables and paper towel rolls in lieu of napkins. Great for lunch or dinner.

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★★★★★

Hill Country serves delicious BBQ, with brisket, ribs, pork chops, and chicken. The sides are as good as the beef, with creamy string beans, mushrooms, mac and cheese, mashed potatoes, and more, all filling and delicious. Decor is appropriate--big, bright, airy space with barbecue tables and paper towel rolls in lieu of napkins. Great for lunch or dinner.

Pros: Great food, atmosphere

Cons: Bit too yuppyish, like every other place in Flatiron

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Chrystie said it was her favorite place. You can eat at your own pace and you only pay for what you get for yourself. (Read the other reviews to learn about the meal ticket system.) Me? I drink a lot, so I like EVERYBODY paying equally... Mike and I paid $50 each! Ouch! Easier drinkers paid less, but it wasn't cheap. On the other hand, the food was good, the service unique (food on paper-- no I don't mean paper plates, I mean PAPER!), pay by the pound, with Lone Star beer and a ton of tourists. We came at 7PM and had no trouble getting in. Other reviews scared us, but proved wrong. The staff let people join us as they came, even moving tables to accommodate us. By 8 there was a line and they might have gotten tougher. We had a great time, and enjoyed the atmosphere, the staff, and the food. Pricey, yeah, but worth it. --Eat Club is a roving group of NYC Drinkers\r

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★★★★☆

Chrystie said it was her favorite place. You can eat at your own pace and you only pay for what you get for yourself. (Read the other reviews to learn about the meal ticket system.) Me? I drink a lot, so I like EVERYBODY paying equally... Mike and I paid $50 each! Ouch! Easier drinkers paid less, but it wasn't cheap. On the other hand, the food was good, the service unique (food on paper-- no I don't mean paper plates, I mean PAPER!), pay by the pound, with Lone Star beer and a ton of tourists. We came at 7PM and had no trouble getting in. Other reviews scared us, but proved wrong. The staff let people join us as they came, even moving tables to accommodate us. By 8 there was a line and they might have gotten tougher. We had a great time, and enjoyed the atmosphere, the staff, and the food. Pricey, yeah, but worth it. --Eat Club is a roving group of NYC Drinkers\r

Pros: great atmosphere, eat off paper and cardboard, fun crowd

Cons: expensive for barbecue

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The service at Hill Country is impressively bad. Our waitress was a very small step away from being a complete derelict, the hostess was snippy and abrupt - even bitter, and the manager was over it too... In fact the only non-disgruntled employees we encountered were the people working the meat station. Go figure. Recently made the tragic mistake of ordering delivery... 2 HOURS folks. No lie. We ordered two small lunches and it took exactly 2 hours. The food is good, but I'll just have to live without it.

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★☆☆☆☆

The service at Hill Country is impressively bad. Our waitress was a very small step away from being a complete derelict, the hostess was snippy and abrupt - even bitter, and the manager was over it too... In fact the only non-disgruntled employees we encountered were the people working the meat station. Go figure. Recently made the tragic mistake of ordering delivery... 2 HOURS folks. No lie. We ordered two small lunches and it took exactly 2 hours. The food is good, but I'll just have to live without it.

Pros: good Q

Cons: awful - even unbearable service

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Okay, so it isn't very New York, to have to cue up to get yer grub. But you don't have to order a whole hog to get yer rib fix on. You can order what ever you please in the amount you please. \r
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I think their beef ribs are the best in the city, and the sausage is a surprisingly tasty adiction of mine. Of all the sides the corn pudding is the one you gotta try. Just don't forget to leave room to order desert, the Ancho chile Cherry Brownies and the PB&J cupcakes are worth the calories. Or Blue Bell Ice Cream direct from Texas!\r
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If you feel like making a big texas night of it, they have a rambunctious live band down stairs in the evenings. Close yer eyes and you've just been transported to the lone star state without having to git on an aero-plane. Yee-Haw!

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★★★★☆

Okay, so it isn't very New York, to have to cue up to get yer grub. But you don't have to order a whole hog to get yer rib fix on. You can order what ever you please in the amount you please. \r
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I think their beef ribs are the best in the city, and the sausage is a surprisingly tasty adiction of mine. Of all the sides the corn pudding is the one you gotta try. Just don't forget to leave room to order desert, the Ancho chile Cherry Brownies and the PB&J cupcakes are worth the calories. Or Blue Bell Ice Cream direct from Texas!\r
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If you feel like making a big texas night of it, they have a rambunctious live band down stairs in the evenings. Close yer eyes and you've just been transported to the lone star state without having to git on an aero-plane. Yee-Haw!

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HUGE place, you forget you're in NYC. There's a nice bar up front and a good crowd grabbing drinks, big screen downstairs for the game and a big dining area on the first floor. The ribs fall off the bone, the bourbon sweet potatos get an A+, and they've got cupcakes even a diabetic can't resist. Good place to come with your man or to meet one.

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★★★★★

HUGE place, you forget you're in NYC. There's a nice bar up front and a good crowd grabbing drinks, big screen downstairs for the game and a big dining area on the first floor. The ribs fall off the bone, the bourbon sweet potatos get an A+, and they've got cupcakes even a diabetic can't resist. Good place to come with your man or to meet one.

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Really enjoy the food here though the whole food ticket set up can be fun or irritating depending on your mood. I mean, it's fine but sometimes you just wanna get your food all in one line (not in separate lines each for meats, sides, drinks, etc). Anyway, despite the novelties of the cafeteria set-up&the ?no plates? thing, the food is quite scrumptious ? the ribs, brisket&chicken are delicious, as are sides like mac ?n cheese&beans, thought the corn pudding wasn?t great. They do have sampler dishes that terrifically help cut down on decision making by pre-determining the meats/# of sides per person but note, these are HUGE, 2 people could split the ?sampler meal for one.? As a Texan, I appreciate the Blue Bell ice cream, Big Red soda, large portions&ly-space dining room. Don?t forget to tip?there?s a place by the cashier where you do so, it?s easy to forget. Also, they sometimes have live music in the spacious downstairs. If you?re a bbq fan, this place is worth a try?the reviews are mixed on the cafeteria setup but the FOOD is the star.

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★★★★★

Really enjoy the food here though the whole food ticket set up can be fun or irritating depending on your mood. I mean, it's fine but sometimes you just wanna get your food all in one line (not in separate lines each for meats, sides, drinks, etc). Anyway, despite the novelties of the cafeteria set-up&the ?no plates? thing, the food is quite scrumptious ? the ribs, brisket&chicken are delicious, as are sides like mac ?n cheese&beans, thought the corn pudding wasn?t great. They do have sampler dishes that terrifically help cut down on decision making by pre-determining the meats/# of sides per person but note, these are HUGE, 2 people could split the ?sampler meal for one.? As a Texan, I appreciate the Blue Bell ice cream, Big Red soda, large portions&ly-space dining room. Don?t forget to tip?there?s a place by the cashier where you do so, it?s easy to forget. Also, they sometimes have live music in the spacious downstairs. If you?re a bbq fan, this place is worth a try?the reviews are mixed on the cafeteria setup but the FOOD is the star.

Pros: FOOD, lots of space

Cons: cafeteria setup

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Quite disappointing experience overall as we had heard good things. The beef ribs did not have enough meat on the bone while the moist brisket had a decent flavor but was quite fatty. The sides were mediocre, the atmosphere felt like a Texas theme park. The hardest part to swallow though was not the food but the bill. $78 for 2 people for cafeteria style eating is just not acceptable!

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★★☆☆☆

Quite disappointing experience overall as we had heard good things. The beef ribs did not have enough meat on the bone while the moist brisket had a decent flavor but was quite fatty. The sides were mediocre, the atmosphere felt like a Texas theme park. The hardest part to swallow though was not the food but the bill. $78 for 2 people for cafeteria style eating is just not acceptable!

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Katz Deli meets Texas Roadhouse Barbecue.!! It's like grillin in your backyard and pigging out like a fat slob in your wife beater t-shirt. Go for the brisket and the pork ribs not everything on the menu is to write home about. But Real New York Attitude and Ambiance!!

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★★★★☆

Katz Deli meets Texas Roadhouse Barbecue.!! It's like grillin in your backyard and pigging out like a fat slob in your wife beater t-shirt. Go for the brisket and the pork ribs not everything on the menu is to write home about. But Real New York Attitude and Ambiance!!

Pros: Old Fashion Cafeteria Style!!

Cons: Would it hurt them to have free refills on soda?

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Food was mediocre at best and way overpriced. No draft beer seemed weird for that sort of place. Staff was friendly, but not too attentive. People at the meat station looked tired and ain't exactly too happy to see us:). Overall it was an interesting experience (eating off of a piece of paper on a tray that is, instead of a plate), but I would not go back there again. I can find a much better meal for two for $76 in the city. My wife, not a picky type, has absolutely the same opinion.

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★★☆☆☆

Food was mediocre at best and way overpriced. No draft beer seemed weird for that sort of place. Staff was friendly, but not too attentive. People at the meat station looked tired and ain't exactly too happy to see us:). Overall it was an interesting experience (eating off of a piece of paper on a tray that is, instead of a plate), but I would not go back there again. I can find a much better meal for two for $76 in the city. My wife, not a picky type, has absolutely the same opinion.

Pros: Unusual setting.

Cons: Expensive food of mediocre quality.

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Being a Texas native and BBQ lover, Hill Country is definitely the best BBQ experience I've had in the city. I've read the negative reviews...but I think it's more of knowing what to order here and sticking to those. The Moist Brisket and Japapeno Sausage is second to none. The Prime Rib is exceptional. The Beef Shoulder is good as well. I do think other BBQ places is better for ribs (pork or beef) and I've also had better chicken. As for sides...the Veggie Casserole, Corn Pudding, and the Bourbon Sweet Potato Mash is great. Downstairs is great for watching a game but they have had techinical issues at times...and the checkout process definitiely needs to be improved (waited 15m in line to pay last time). Overall though, sticking with whats good, this is great BBQ for the true foodies.

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★★★★★

Being a Texas native and BBQ lover, Hill Country is definitely the best BBQ experience I've had in the city. I've read the negative reviews...but I think it's more of knowing what to order here and sticking to those. The Moist Brisket and Japapeno Sausage is second to none. The Prime Rib is exceptional. The Beef Shoulder is good as well. I do think other BBQ places is better for ribs (pork or beef) and I've also had better chicken. As for sides...the Veggie Casserole, Corn Pudding, and the Bourbon Sweet Potato Mash is great. Downstairs is great for watching a game but they have had techinical issues at times...and the checkout process definitiely needs to be improved (waited 15m in line to pay last time). Overall though, sticking with whats good, this is great BBQ for the true foodies.

Pros: Food, Ambience

Cons: Can be Expensive, Takes a while to Pay

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man - i heard some good things about this place but first impressions left a definite bad taste in my mouth. and it wasn't even the food! it didn't even make it! after calling twice and being LIED to about the food being on the way. then we found out all they had was ""chicken""?? really bad communication and service overall. i cant say much about the food though

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★★☆☆☆

man - i heard some good things about this place but first impressions left a definite bad taste in my mouth. and it wasn't even the food! it didn't even make it! after calling twice and being LIED to about the food being on the way. then we found out all they had was ""chicken""?? really bad communication and service overall. i cant say much about the food though

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Went to Hill Country last night for an early dinner. A party of four, we arrived at 5:45 when the main dining area was about half full. A young woman at the entrance handed us off to a kid wearing a headset who led us past empty tables interspersed with occupied ones, to the far end of a communal table near the bathroom. Beyond the communal table was an entire section of empty tables, two-tops and four-tops. We asked for a four-top and he told us that the empty section was reserved for a large party. This seemed dubious but we acquiesced. As the empty section slowly filled over the course of our meal it was patently clear that no party being seated there had any acquaintance with or relation to any other party sitting there. So obviously the staff makes some kind of value judgment as to who gets to sit where. Based on what? We asked about the parking meters out front when we came in, so possibly they decided we were from out of town (pretty hilarious really, since the four of us are native New Yorkers, while the faux sophistication of the headset-sporting staff in charge bespoke a year out of college, and a big six months in the city).\r
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It doesn?t really matter though. This kind of garbage is amateurish and rather nasty, there is no reason given the pretensions of Hill Country?s set-up to treat clientelle like this. As to the food, the moist brisket is very good, the dry brisket is not so good, the sides are fine. But this seating game left a bad taste in my mouth that overrides any good taste that the food could provide. None of our party would go back for more of that.\r

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★★☆☆☆

Went to Hill Country last night for an early dinner. A party of four, we arrived at 5:45 when the main dining area was about half full. A young woman at the entrance handed us off to a kid wearing a headset who led us past empty tables interspersed with occupied ones, to the far end of a communal table near the bathroom. Beyond the communal table was an entire section of empty tables, two-tops and four-tops. We asked for a four-top and he told us that the empty section was reserved for a large party. This seemed dubious but we acquiesced. As the empty section slowly filled over the course of our meal it was patently clear that no party being seated there had any acquaintance with or relation to any other party sitting there. So obviously the staff makes some kind of value judgment as to who gets to sit where. Based on what? We asked about the parking meters out front when we came in, so possibly they decided we were from out of town (pretty hilarious really, since the four of us are native New Yorkers, while the faux sophistication of the headset-sporting staff in charge bespoke a year out of college, and a big six months in the city).\r
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It doesn?t really matter though. This kind of garbage is amateurish and rather nasty, there is no reason given the pretensions of Hill Country?s set-up to treat clientelle like this. As to the food, the moist brisket is very good, the dry brisket is not so good, the sides are fine. But this seating game left a bad taste in my mouth that overrides any good taste that the food could provide. None of our party would go back for more of that.\r

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I am not a meat eater, but I enjoyed the side dishes! And I can see why people like the meat-- so cool that you can ask for, say, one slice of this, 2 ribs, a slice of that, and a sausage. A great way to try a bunch of stuff. I am excited to go back with a group so we can try different things, and to check out the live music... The price is not bad either-- and the drinks are good :)

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★★★★★

I am not a meat eater, but I enjoyed the side dishes! And I can see why people like the meat-- so cool that you can ask for, say, one slice of this, 2 ribs, a slice of that, and a sausage. A great way to try a bunch of stuff. I am excited to go back with a group so we can try different things, and to check out the live music... The price is not bad either-- and the drinks are good :)

Pros: you can try a little of everything

Cons: pretty noisy

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We came here with high expectations, having eaten at Blue Smoke and Dinosaur BBQ. This one was a disappointment. The BBQ sauce was ok and there was only one at that, and the pork ribs were tougher and chewier than I'm used to. Granted, they give you more meat on the bone than at Dinosaur, but still, I prefer quality over quantity. The sides were good for the most part. We got the deviled eggs (flavorless) and the green bean casserole (what all veggie dishes should taste like!). I sampled the mac n cheese from my sister's plate and it was deliciously rich and cheesy. Given that the side dishes outshine the meat, I have to say this is a deal breaker for me. I don't really plan on returning.

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★★★☆☆

We came here with high expectations, having eaten at Blue Smoke and Dinosaur BBQ. This one was a disappointment. The BBQ sauce was ok and there was only one at that, and the pork ribs were tougher and chewier than I'm used to. Granted, they give you more meat on the bone than at Dinosaur, but still, I prefer quality over quantity. The sides were good for the most part. We got the deviled eggs (flavorless) and the green bean casserole (what all veggie dishes should taste like!). I sampled the mac n cheese from my sister's plate and it was deliciously rich and cheesy. Given that the side dishes outshine the meat, I have to say this is a deal breaker for me. I don't really plan on returning.

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Best barbecue I've ever had as New Yorker. Fantastic environment - great live music. Tons of people, hi energy, great looking people, perfect for large groups...\r
Come hungry!

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★★★★★

Best barbecue I've ever had as New Yorker. Fantastic environment - great live music. Tons of people, hi energy, great looking people, perfect for large groups...\r
Come hungry!

Pros: Great food, Great fun!

Cons: Tough on the waistline.... can't say no...

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I may not be from Texas but I have had my fair share of barbeque, and so has everybody else that I went with -- and we all agreed that hill country was some of THE BEST we have ever tasted. The sides were absolutely to die for -- the mac and cheese maybe the best I have ever tasted and the corn casserole thing, the bourbon sweet potatoes... The cheese sausage was out of this world too. The brisket was excellent -- but the fatty brisket was a little too fatty for my liking. I cannot eat peanut butter but apparently the PB&J Muffin is heavenly. This place is an EXPERIENCE!

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★★★★★

I may not be from Texas but I have had my fair share of barbeque, and so has everybody else that I went with -- and we all agreed that hill country was some of THE BEST we have ever tasted. The sides were absolutely to die for -- the mac and cheese maybe the best I have ever tasted and the corn casserole thing, the bourbon sweet potatoes... The cheese sausage was out of this world too. The brisket was excellent -- but the fatty brisket was a little too fatty for my liking. I cannot eat peanut butter but apparently the PB&J Muffin is heavenly. This place is an EXPERIENCE!

Pros: Simply amazing food. My favorite barbeque I think I've ever had.

Cons: Very expensive. $80 for three people and not a lot of meat!

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Dallas BBQ, RUB, and Hill Country in Chelsea all have good BBQ. However, the beef brisket in Hill Country is the best. mmmm.mmmm...good. The chicken is also very good. Meats can be ordered by the pound and it took all my self control to not overstuff myself too much. The atmosphere is very homey and comfortable (like a picnic). The service was extremely friendly and nice, too.

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★★★★☆

Dallas BBQ, RUB, and Hill Country in Chelsea all have good BBQ. However, the beef brisket in Hill Country is the best. mmmm.mmmm...good. The chicken is also very good. Meats can be ordered by the pound and it took all my self control to not overstuff myself too much. The atmosphere is very homey and comfortable (like a picnic). The service was extremely friendly and nice, too.

Pros: Beef Brisket (Lean or Juicy)

Cons: A bit pricey...no wheat-free options

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The food was just above average. The atmosphere was very plane. The staff was the most arrogant and impersonal of any restaurant that I have been to. This place is also about three times as expensive as it should be. They are living on hype and must be bribing the food critics. I am speaking of the location on Country Hill on west 26th street on Chelsea.

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★★☆☆☆

The food was just above average. The atmosphere was very plane. The staff was the most arrogant and impersonal of any restaurant that I have been to. This place is also about three times as expensive as it should be. They are living on hype and must be bribing the food critics. I am speaking of the location on Country Hill on west 26th street on Chelsea.

Pros: nothing

Cons: everything

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Hill Country BBQ flat out stinks\r
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My first thought when I tasted the food was that whoever owns this place doesn't love BBQ. Remember that Aunt that you had to visit during the holidays who would always serve her ""famous"" roast beef? A roast beef so dry that you wondered how many days it had been in the oven? Well I couldn't see her in the kitchen of this BBQ themed cafeteria but I'm pretty sure Auntie was back there because that is precisely what the Hill Country brisket and shoulder tasted like. As a matter of fact, it was pretty hard to distinguish the difference between the taste of the ""brisket moist"", ""brisket lean"" and the ""beef shoulder"". There were two things worth eating, the corn pudding and the sausage. The thing about the sausage is that they don't even make themselves, they ship them in from some famous place in Texas. I suspect the same might be true with the corn pudding. I didn't try the ribs.\r
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So basically, the meat sucked, the sides sucked, even the beer selection sucked and I'm quite sure the service would have sucked had there been any. The fact that they sell meat-thermometers at the cash register was both amusing and offensive. Hill country is nothing more than an MBA case study of how to stretch margins. If you don't care about taste or service, Hill Country is for you. Otherwise, save your cash. NYC has some respectable BBQ but Hill Country ain't it.\r
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Hill Country BBQ = F\r
Hill Country BBQ's PR people = A+

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★☆☆☆☆

Hill Country BBQ flat out stinks\r
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My first thought when I tasted the food was that whoever owns this place doesn't love BBQ. Remember that Aunt that you had to visit during the holidays who would always serve her ""famous"" roast beef? A roast beef so dry that you wondered how many days it had been in the oven? Well I couldn't see her in the kitchen of this BBQ themed cafeteria but I'm pretty sure Auntie was back there because that is precisely what the Hill Country brisket and shoulder tasted like. As a matter of fact, it was pretty hard to distinguish the difference between the taste of the ""brisket moist"", ""brisket lean"" and the ""beef shoulder"". There were two things worth eating, the corn pudding and the sausage. The thing about the sausage is that they don't even make themselves, they ship them in from some famous place in Texas. I suspect the same might be true with the corn pudding. I didn't try the ribs.\r
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So basically, the meat sucked, the sides sucked, even the beer selection sucked and I'm quite sure the service would have sucked had there been any. The fact that they sell meat-thermometers at the cash register was both amusing and offensive. Hill country is nothing more than an MBA case study of how to stretch margins. If you don't care about taste or service, Hill Country is for you. Otherwise, save your cash. NYC has some respectable BBQ but Hill Country ain't it.\r
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Hill Country BBQ = F\r
Hill Country BBQ's PR people = A+

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You have to give them props for the Texas decor, esp if you're from Texas... it's always nice to see that wonderful lone star flag hanging up. The BBQ was definitely good. I really liked the jalepeno sausage, it's got just enough kick to it, a nice change from the hot/spicy phobic taste buds of this part of the country. The brisket was moist and the ribs were definitely good. My other fellow Texan said he's had better, but honestly, this was plenty good. One note, the chilli was a little too sweet for our taste buds, but other than that, it was great. Needless to say, I will be back there for seconds.

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★★★★★

You have to give them props for the Texas decor, esp if you're from Texas... it's always nice to see that wonderful lone star flag hanging up. The BBQ was definitely good. I really liked the jalepeno sausage, it's got just enough kick to it, a nice change from the hot/spicy phobic taste buds of this part of the country. The brisket was moist and the ribs were definitely good. My other fellow Texan said he's had better, but honestly, this was plenty good. One note, the chilli was a little too sweet for our taste buds, but other than that, it was great. Needless to say, I will be back there for seconds.

Pros: Great Jalepeno sausage, mac&cheese, brisket, ribs, live music

Cons: could use a few more waitress/waiters

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The selection was GREAT/even the prices weren't too bad. The hostess was GREAT/but the waitress was ok. The meat servers were very nice/explaining about the different cuts. This kitschy place was a nice change for NYC but the actual BBQ just ok. But I must

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★★★☆☆

The selection was GREAT/even the prices weren't too bad. The hostess was GREAT/but the waitress was ok. The meat servers were very nice/explaining about the different cuts. This kitschy place was a nice change for NYC but the actual BBQ just ok. But I must

Pros: Selection

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