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BBQ near Penn Station

Hi,

I'm going through NYC, from Canada, for a 2.5 hour stopover at Penn Station. I've been watching a lot Food Network lately and am very interested in the whole Smoked Brisket idea, which I have never tried. I also like pulled pork sandwiches but have only had a chance to try it in Canada and a Hard Rock Cafe in Asia. So I'm looking for a combo plate or sandwich. Based on Google maps, it seems the closest options are:

Spanky's
Virgil's
Rub BBQ

Of these three, which would you recommend? And is there anything better but just as close that is off Google's radar. I don't mind dirty hole-in-the-wall type places.

One more question, all the plates seems to come with one or 2 sides. What sides are recommended?

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  1. Hill Country, about a 10 minute walk from Penn (30 West 26th St), for sides, depends on what you like...I'm a mac and cheese addict, there's is good, so are the beans, slaw, etc.

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    1. re: owlwoman

      Yes. For brisket, you need to go somewhere that's more Texas style BBQ and Hill Country is quite good. The atmosphere is interesting and very much a clone of what you're find in the actual rural hill country of Texas. Focus is on brisket, ribs (pork and beef), no pulled pork (that's Carolinian). They do have a few other specialty items like beer can chicken.

      You're paying for BBQ by the pound at a counter, which is handed to you, grease and all on butcher paper. No utensils. Paper towel rolls on the tables. I think sides are separate though, and a big portion if you're just one person. The only "for one" sized platter they have is a combination of many different types of meat.

    2. Brother Jimmy's is right outside Penn, but I would aviod anything within spitting distance of Penn (way to crowded; not the best quality either).... you can walk about 10 blocks downtown to R.U.B (righteous urban barbeque) http://www.rubbbq.net/
      208 West 23rd.

      1. Blue Smoke, which is just about 15 minute cab ride east, has good BBQ items.

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        1. re: RCC

          agreed...must try the homemade BBQ chips with blue cheese dipping sauce.

          1. re: RCC

            I think Blue Smoke is known more for their ribs and pulled pork than brisket though. I do like their pulled pork a lot but the coleslaw is definitely nontraditional (has a bit of an Asian accent with the sesame seeds IIRC).

          2. I'd go to RUB, which is only one stop away on the subway -- you could even walk it. Haven't been to Hill Country but I hear good things.

            1. I would definitely recommend either Hill Country or R.U.B. as others have. Blue Smoke is okay, but it's a little too fancy/polished for me to feel like it's "credible." I've been there a number of times and come away feeling like I just paid for Haute-BBQ.

              Hill Country's definitely not a hole in the wall. In fact I'm surprised Google didn't find it for you. It's about a year and a half old and very popular.