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Hill Country

30 W. 26th St., New York, NY, 10010
nr. Broadway

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Food: 7
Service: 5
Décor: 7
"Mixed Reviews"

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53% would go back.

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Even without comparing to great BBQ restaurants, this was a miserable meal.

By Neil_Glassman on 3/19/2008

  • Overall Rating: 2
  • Food: 2
  • Service: 2
  • Décor: 2
  • No, I would not go back!

Seated at a table with so much paraphernalia it was difficult to make space for the food and drink. Wait for beverage service interminable. Side dish portions small for price and cold. Moist brisket and pork ribs relatively tasteless and not enhanced by overly sweet BBQ sauce. Seated in basement, loud band made conversation impossible; would have appreciated being warned. Uncomfortable, overpriced, paucity of craft beer and undistinguished food. Is this really the best of New York?

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What a ripoff

By billybobnyc on 2/29/2008

  • Overall Rating: 4
  • Food: 3
  • Service: 5
  • Décor: 5
  • No, I would not go back!

I was very excited to find a BBQ place near work, as I am from NC. I stopped there for takeout. I have been in NYC long enough to know that you are going to pay more for stuff, but this place is absolutely ridiculous. I bought a (small) half chicken, an order of mac and cheese and cornbread. The total: $17.80. I felt totally taken. I would have enjoyed KFC better. The chicken was dry, the mac and cheese ok and the cornbread dry and crumbly. This is a perfect example of an NYC restaurant that takes advantage of the fact that it serves food that is "exotic" to New Yorkers. That is, southern food. The pork is horribly expensive - for God's sake, it is pig! I have lived here two years and have never written a review, but I feel so strongly against this place I had to write it. Places like this should be run out of business.

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By pegaso on 9/4/2007

  • Overall Rating: 5
  • Food: 4
  • Service: (NA)
  • Décor: 7
  • Yes, I would go back!

As noted - BIG RED! LSB! Mac & cheese to rival Zabars! But for way, Willie! All of the side dishes were fantastic; the meat was not. The brisket had a lovely flavor, but was as dry as particle board. The ribs were RAW - having grown up in KCMO and TX, I can tell the difference between smoked and undercooked. The sauce was in a BOTTLE! (Sure, it's their "house brand", but Kraft puts out a better product.) What's with the "dim sum" ticket , with each item priced separately - even pickles and jalepenos! Where's the pulled pork? Hot links? A combo plate? (For that matter, a PLATE might be a nice addition to the restaurant. Sure, it's sorta like eating at a roadside joint, but that roadside joint costs 5 bucks, not 40 bucks.) And for my extra 2 cents - Blue Smoke is for people who don't know pork butt from a rib-tip, and Daisy Mae's is fer slickers who want cheese in their creamed corn. There's a reason I make the pilgrimage to Angelo's on White Settlement in Ft. Worth, or to "Dat's Good" in Lewisville.........MEAT!

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By texaschris on 8/9/2007

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

Ok, you want to write a review about how there was no ribs when you got there...obviously that tells you that the ribs are great. You want to complain because you had to go through a line to get your servings..... you guys are babies. Please never come to texas if you didn't enjoy this restaurant. This place really reminded me of the texas meat markets back home. The brisket was juicy and the ribs where made with a great basic rub, not that b.s. bbq sauce that ny bbq joints seem to want to slather there meat in. The sides where all great...especially the mac and knew it could be soooo good..the peanut butter and jelly cupcakes where amazing as well. Ive been to tons of bbq places here in new york...and not one is as authentic as this place....LOVED IT.... and it was nice to have a big red and a lonestar while i was there, the only thing they are missing is shiner bock beer. But the owner told me they should be getting it in soon.

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Meat in a pile

By Glieds on 7/24/2007

  • Overall Rating: 4
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: 5
  • No, I would not go back!

This restaurant/cafeteria was really disappointing. I waited to enter a cafeteria, then waited at stations to only find out they did not have anything I wanted. They were out of the ribs! What bbq place runs out of ribs? The food was all thrown together on butcher paper in a giant pile that made it so I did not want to eat it... And I didn't even like the flavors. Go to Blue Smoke. It is worth the extra 15 dollars.

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By NYCmealgurl on 6/30/2007

  • Overall Rating: 4
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 2
  • Décor: 4
  • No, I would not go back!

i love bbq- sorry i've never been to texas but after this experience of texas bbq i never want to go. it wasn't sure what to put for service b/c there is none! they give you a meal tkt- which by the way if you lose there is a $50 charge (minimum!)- written on the front of the meal tkt but in a font size so small you require a magnifying glass to read. they tell you to find your own place to sit, stand in 3 different lines for meat, sides and drinks! no pulled pork or greens. the sweetpotato mash tastes like it came out of a baby food jar. i read other reviews and it sounds like they've got their employees on a PR campaign since they're not using their time serving anyone! oh did i mention they asked if we paid before we left b/c of THEIR poor organization! also the guy who served us the meat said that they dont have one break in their 8 hour shift?! isn't there labor laws against that? will never go there again- BLUE SMOKE all the way baby!

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call ahead

By ghiddie on 6/13/2007

  • Overall Rating: 7
  • Food: 7
  • Service: 7
  • Décor: 8
  • No, I would not go back!

don't expect to find everything on the published menu available to order--you may want to call ahead and find out what's being served. in my case, only half of the meats, otherwise food might get a higher rating here. when a well-known, way-uptown barbecue joint ran out of ribs, they gave a voucher to come back some time--a nice gesture. the gimmick is neat, but could be more fun--the staff should be more inclined to guide you through it and ensure that you get well-portioned, complete meal. that said, they all seem very friendly. $50 charge, supposedly, if you lose your ticket, so don't do that. would i go back? somebody else will have to initiate. some fine-tuning may still be in order here.

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