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RUB or Hill Country

ronnie1404 May 7, 2010 03:20 AM

I've seen older threads but was wondering at this moment in time if you had to pick one what would it be?

Hill Country
30 W 26th St, New York, NY 10010

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    rpk RE: ronnie1404 May 7, 2010 04:13 AM

    I left Hill Country feeling like they were trying to impress me with their authenticity, but that they had failed to do so. The chopped bbq'ed beef sandwich and the bbq'ed chicken were good, while the baked beans and sausage weren't.

    At RUB I felt like they weren't trying to impress me, but I left there happier than I did from Hill Country. The brisket, the beans, and the slaw were all good.

    Hill Country
    30 W 26th St, New York, NY 10010

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      sam1 RE: rpk May 7, 2010 06:03 AM

      well put...i like the hill country space, the size...but i prefer the bbq at rub.

      that being said, the service at rub can be pretty hit or miss. i almost feel like after the success of hill country, the place sort of just put up their white flag and dont care anymore.

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        Mr Porkchop RE: rpk May 7, 2010 10:00 AM

        I think if you want Texas BBQ specifically than Hill Country is the best you're going to get in NY. Generally I think they try and do too many things and that the results can range from good to mediocre.

        One thing it's hard to criticize at Hill Country though is the sausage. It's imported from Lockhart, Texas and is pretty much exactly what you'd get from arguably the most famous BBQ spot in the state. So to say that you don't like it you should pretty much disclaim you don't like Texas BBQ sausage.

        Hill Country
        30 W 26th St, New York, NY 10010

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          rpk RE: Mr Porkchop May 7, 2010 10:39 AM

          Never having been to Lockhart, let alone tried sausage while there, I can't say if my problem is with Texas BBQ sausage or with mishandling somewhere between there and my plate while standing in the restaurant on W 26th St. Sadly, my notes from 2 years ago fail to record the reason for my displeasure with the sausage I had there. Same with the beans, which may well be as authentic as the sausage, but they didn't suit me as well as those at RUB did.

          On the other hand, I liked the bbqed sausage and jalapeno beans at Dickeys in Richardson, TX, that I had 8 years and the brisket and beans at Rudy's, Austin, but not the beans at Mann's, Austin, while I did like the brisket there.

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            Mr Porkchop RE: rpk May 7, 2010 12:31 PM

            Some Texans would say the mere idea of sides other than some white bread, onions, and pickles is inauthentic. I'm not one of those though. It might be worth giving HC's Kreuz's jalapeno cheese sausage another chance.

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        travpard RE: ronnie1404 May 7, 2010 05:43 AM

        second RUB, more about the food there than atmosphere.

        great smoke flavor in the meat.

        1. thew RE: ronnie1404 May 7, 2010 05:49 AM

          RUB or Hill Country?


          Hill Country
          30 W 26th St, New York, NY 10010

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            princeofpork RE: thew May 7, 2010 10:46 AM

            Completely agree. Dinosaur wins hands down. Except for the location.

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              a213b RE: princeofpork May 7, 2010 12:15 PM

              And the fact that it sucks.

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                thew RE: princeofpork May 7, 2010 01:03 PM

                whats wrong with the location?

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                  a213b RE: thew May 8, 2010 06:10 AM

                  The location is fine ... I meant that Dinosaur, itself, sucks.

                  I'd say it's on par with Tony Romas.

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                    thew RE: a213b May 8, 2010 06:51 AM

                    it was not you but princeof pork who said it about the location. I happen to disagree with you about the quality, but i try not to matter argue matters of taste. I like it, you don't. no biggie.

                    but PoP said "except for the location" so i asked

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                      princeofpork RE: thew May 8, 2010 08:23 AM

                      I dont like the location as I live downtown. The cab is $20, there is nothing to do before or after within walking distance. However as this is my favorite BBQ in NYC I go regardless

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                        thew RE: princeofpork May 8, 2010 08:43 AM

                        i live on the upper east side. so i have to travel to any BBQ place.

                        but if the cab is too costly, it is very very close to the subway - less than a 5 minute walk.

                        and there certainly are things to do within walking distance - there are plenty of small bars that have live music, and many more that don't. the neighborhood is becoming more genteel, with bistro's and wine bars, and galleries popping up. and jazz is ubiquitous in harlem

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                          princeofpork RE: thew May 8, 2010 12:07 PM

                          No idea there were so many places popping up in that hood. I will have to explore next time.

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                        a213b RE: thew May 8, 2010 09:09 AM

                        Fair enough; and I'm glad you enjoyed it. I sometimes wonder if my experience was just on an off night, but then I ask myself how "off" would they have to be to reach the chain-level quality I experienced?

                        As I've mentioned before, I grew up eating TX Hill Country 'cue, so I've certainly been spoiled. I don't know, maybe that unduly influences my perceptions.

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                          thew RE: a213b May 8, 2010 01:51 PM

                          maybe it has. also they are not only texas style, so maybe your expectations are different from what they offer

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                            a213b RE: thew May 8, 2010 03:05 PM

                            Fair point.

              2. 2slices RE: ronnie1404 May 7, 2010 11:37 AM

                Hill country brisket is ridiculous. I don't go for their sides, tho the cole slaw is amazing I would agree the mac and cheese is just ok. The corn pudding thing is very good. But who needs all that when you have a pound of brisket?

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                  princeofpork RE: 2slices May 7, 2010 11:38 AM

                  One of the only BBQ places in the city that serves Beef SHoulder. Its quite good. I do love the corn at HC also.

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                  drmoze RE: ronnie1404 May 9, 2010 12:06 PM

                  RUB. With few exceptions, the food there is far better imo. In fact, I've had better ribs at some deli buffets than at Hill COuntry (which tasted kind of like boiled pork).

                  And I also think Dinosaur is really good, better than RUB or HC.

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