Hill Country - Flatiron
Hill Country - Flatiron

Hill Country - Flatiron

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.hillcountryny.com/
  • Phone: (212) 255-4544 ext. 10
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 12:00pm - 4:00pm, Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm; Bar open until 2:00am daily
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Barbecue
  • Executive Chef: Elizabeth Karmel
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Dancing, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Hill Country Catering & Events brings the award-winning Hill Country Barbecue Market experience to your backyard. We offer world-class, Texas-style barbecue, Southern hospitality and a signature vintage western aesthetic that is a fun, relaxed and refreshing alternative to run-of-the-mill wedding rehearsal dinners, company picnics, parties and celebrations, from 20 to 2,000. Our eye-popping, custom-made “HC Barbecue Trailer,” a mobile barbecue pit complete with a sound system playing Hill Country’s signature Austin-inspired soundtrack, brings freshly smoked barbecue straight to your door.
  • Private Party Facilities: Laura Cady
  • Private Party Contact: Lanier Brooks 2122554544x13
  • Entertainment: Live Music Nightly celebrating the Austin Scene - Rock, Blues and Country. Live Music Karaoke Tuesday Nights.
  • Special Events: Check out our Recession Specials! All You Can Eat Mondays! Two for Tuesdays featuring Live Music Karaoke and 2 for 1 Specialty Cocktails and Pit-Smoked Whole Hog! Ladies' Night Drink Specials Thursdays! Feed Yer Family Discounts on Sundays!!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between Broadway and 6th Avenue
  • Public Transit: 1, 6, N, R, & W trains to 28th Street, and F & M trains to 23rd Street.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Street or garage parking available.
A word from Hill Country - Flatiron
Named "Best Barbecue in NY" by both New York Magazine and Time Out New York, "Top 10 Barbecue in the U.S." by the Wall Street Journal and "Best New Restaurants of the Year" by New York Magazine, Hill Country takes its "cue" from legendary Texas barbecue joint Kreuz Market and its distinctive dry-rub style. Hill Country's brisket, sausage, ribs and other meats are smoked low and slow over Texas post oak. The barbecue is served in butcher paper, counter-style by the pound, with traditional trimmings. Hill Country features two full bars with an extensive menu of long neck beers, tequila and bourbon, and a state-of-the-art sound system and stage for live music celebrating the thriving Austin music scene. Signature versions of classic southern sides and sweets include Longhorn Cheddar Mac & Cheese, Campfire Baked Beans with Burnt Ends, and the Original PB&J Cupcake. A marketplace full of Lone Star State favorites includes: Big Red Soda, Blue Bell Ice Cream, Kreuz Market Sausages.
Continued
Foodspotting photos
See all photos
Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBarbecue
Hill Country - Flatiron reviews from OpenTable diners
125 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.2
    Service3.8
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelEnergetic
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (92)fit for foodies (49)kid-friendly (40)great for lunch (32)neighborhood gem (32)hot spot (27)vibrant bar scene (14)special occasion (14)late-night find (12)great for brunch (3)great for outdoor dining (3)Show More
  • As good as it gets
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/20/2014
    For tourists to New York, this is a food detour away from the tourist trap of Manhattan. Take the N or Q train from Manhattan and in 20 minutes, be at the Queens suburb of Astoria. Along the way, take in the sights as the subway rises above ground after leaving Manhattan heading east. Get out at the last station of Ditmars Boulevard in Astoria, walk 300m to MP Tavern. We liked the modern decor and ambience. The service was good and attentive. The grilled octopus was as fantastic a described by others before us. Succulent, smoky and burnt in some places with a nice bed of salad. Must try! We had the seafood paella and lamb shack. What a combination! The tomato base of the Greek style paella had a nice acidic touch. Each spoonful demanded another in succession. The savory base of the lamb shank added to the great food symphony. The lamb was juicy and tender. Wow! The mussels and prawns bathed in the tangy paella tomato gravy were soft and fresh. What a delightful meal!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing find!
    Aliandwayne
    Dined on 11/20/2014
    Amazing find, great atmosphere and tasty BBQ meats
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • best moist brisket in Manhattan
    CountesslurkulaVIP
    Dined on 11/20/2014
    best moist brisket in Manhattan and their specials (Pork Belly last night) are also outstanding!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best BBQ outside of Texas
    Kevandnic
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    Best BBQ outside of Texas (or Kansas if you are from there)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious Texas Barbecue in the heart of the city
    Cashew
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    My husband and I really enjoy this restaurant. We go here for anniversaries and when we want to eat great food that works for both of our diets. He has to eat gluten free, I eat low carb- Texas style bbq is the answer to both of our issues- the meat is delicious- succulent and unctuous- no sauce needed, but always available on the side, and you can always go back for more. The side dishes are nice large portions and are always incredible! You'll want to go back again and again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    Slightly pricey. I'm from Texas and it did our food justice! But it was really pricey, comparatively.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of the best pit BBQs in NYC!
    NYCGourmandVIP
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    Forget about examining the 4-sided "menu card" they present to you as you're escorted to your table. It's self-serve via ordering from the counter for all BBQ meat items; there's a second line for sides. Simply look up at the menu board and order BY THE SLICE or ITEM....who knows what 1/2 a pound or a pound comes to. Order slices of "moist" brisket (much preferred over lean), turkey, chicken pieces, pork or beef ribs (pork are much better IMO), prime rib, roast beef, or pork chops. Sides are expensive and the smallest size feeds 2....everyone over orders the sides and wastes half of what they paid for, i.e. the $12 sides. Way too much food. Always get the $5 size. Food is great once you relax and get past the idiosyncratic ordering.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Family Find w/Authentic Southern
    TuesdayLunchVIP
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    great family-friendly restaurant with a delicious menui. Great variety of meats and sides to share with all. Desserts looked great but not allergy friendly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best BBQ in NY
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Although expensive, what place in NY isn't. The cuts of meat are well worth it and everything is served up in a timely manor, even when busy. Only downside is tight navigating when walking back with a pound of meat. One trip and you can spill all over everyone.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • favorite!
    Mary
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    Favorite spot. Reasonable price. Quality food. That's it . No need to say anything than this.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great music!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Went to HCBBQ for the first time. The staff was not very helpful in explaining the rather odd way we retrieved our food. I did not like purchasing large portions of food and taking one bite to find out it was not the best. The live music was amazing, well worth any other inconveniences.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best BBQ in NYC
    SaraVIP
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    I've tried many, several, most of the BBQ joints in NYC and I keep coming back to Hill Country. From the moment the smoky goodness hits your senses at the front door to the finger licking good end - this is a must!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good
    ChrisVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Fun, relaxed atmosphere. Everyone who works there is very nice. The concept is unique and a fun way to eat. You go up to a large carving station and select your meat choices ( chicken, ribs, brisket, etc,) and then slide over to another station where you choose your sides ( sweet potato mash, beans, mac n cheese, etc ) and then go back to your table and dig in. I have been here before and I feel that the ribs and brisket should be of a higher quality. If you are a barbeque joint then everything should be awesome. We found some of the beef and pork ribs to be just ok with a bit too much fat.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Meat Heaven
    BlandVIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Great place for ribs, brisket and dessert...that's it. The sides were lame and the coffee so-so. The prices were a bit much as well....they should have daily specials and drop the price of all their meats. The desserts were awesome and the service was very good...but redo the sides and improve your coffee kidzz!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Kudos from Texas BBQ fans
    Amyc
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We lived in Austin for 15 years and have made many many pilgrimages to Lockhart over the years. We live in CT now and Hill Country inNYC is the real deal!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Underwhelmed and overcharged
    Food4thought
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    The smoked meats which are sold by the pound, were expensive but quite good. Unfortunately the sides,which are overpriced and,sold separately, blew. The Mac and cheese was cold(we were there at the start of dinner hour), sweet potato purée was vile, and coleslaw bland. We were among two other diners there and the restaurant reported that we failed to keep our reservation. Not a fan.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best Brisket in NYC
    BlitzerBlitzerVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    The Brisket is amazing. The rest of the food is pretty good too. Just an overall fun place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Birthday BBQ
    SGJ1
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    I took a friend for her birthday - she was missing her college Texas days. She loved the place. Food was great, staff added fun. We went early on a Friday so crowd wasn't bad yet. nicer that way!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • As close to TX as we've been in NYC
    Doug
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    The food was authentic and moderately priced. The Shiner was great. And the staff was attentive and friendly. My only regret was choosing the moist brisket. It was very good, but the dry brisket is likely closer to true Texas BBQ. But that gives me a reason to return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Not good for groups pay indivually
    rabbit
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Hill country no longer lets individuals in a group pay separately. So unless your planning on splitting the bill evenly or have one person pay calculating the bill is very difficult. Still great food and great place.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What's not to love?
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    My only wish is that they did all you can eat every Monday, not just t be first of the month. Also, very happy Flatiron now has turkey lime BK.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food is amazing
    blossoms
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Always my go-to when I want some good BBQ - especially the short ribs!! Prices are a bit on the high side, but worth the occasional splurge as a treat, especially with a group of friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Place!!!
    BirthdayGirl
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    I celebrated my birthday on 9/12/2014 and had the best time with my girlfriends. The food was amazing and the staff was friendly! I would highly recommend this place to everyone!! I enjoyed the relaxed feel of the restaurant. I will definitely return to try more of their dishes. The lean brisket and ribs were delicious!!! Everyone loved the desserts!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best of BBQ in NYC
    tomnowVIP
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    This is the best of casual BBQ in NYC. The fact is if you like the more formal side of a Blue Smoke than this may not be your choice but if you want the best ribs, then you must try HC. The mac and cheese, ribs, burnt ends and to top it off try the chocolate pudding for dessert. The fun of going to the counter and choosing your selections and bringing it back to the table just makes it so much more authentic. And now, you can close your bill right at the table and not have to wait at the register! Can't wait to go back next week with some more friends and show them the HC way!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • crippynycVIP
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Although the food is quite authentic and delicious, and the bartender (we ate at the bar) was exceptionally friendly and helpful, the drinks we ordered were incredibly weak. Perhaps this is a beer, rather than margarita, joint. Overall, delicious but not a very good value due to the issue with the weak drinks.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OK barbarcue, expensive
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Rib where not that great and expensive even for NYFit
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Almost Perfect for Large Group
    NYerInTheBurbs
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    I chose Hill Country because I had heard good things... and it was good: food, casual atmosphere, unique food. I had expected "separate checks" based upon info on the website but was told that for large parties, they collect your "tickets" and give one bill. It worked out okay but wasn't what I had expected. Food is sold by the pound, something else I didn't know in advance. Overall excellent service and unique atmosphere. Definitely recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food & drink and a fun place
    NYCGourmandVIP
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Hill Country is a little bit, make that a big bit of Austin, Texas pit barbecue in the middle of Gotham. The surprise here is the prime rib, the pork chops and the turkey in a place that most people just associate with succulent pork and beef ribs, Kreuz sausages and Texas-size special drinks. The pork belly is to die for. And Tuesday nights, is the real thing: a 200 lb. smoked pit barbecued pig with the meat pulled right out of the beast (not to worry, all the innards are long gone) for some of the freshest, tastiest fresh pulled pork in a 100-mile radius. A self-serve place, just order by how many pieces, ribs or slices of meat you want; let them worry about the actual weight. It's all served on paper and saves the environment.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yummy BBQ
    FaithNYC
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    The food is always good. The closest BBQ I've found to Texas. My favorites here include the brisket (I get the moist), green bean casserole, sweet potato mash, deviled eggs and the collard greens. The corn bread is also good. You won't be disappointed. I never am =)
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good to average
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    The choice of BBQ meats was pretty limited, which was disappointing. The quality of the meats was good but not mind blowing. Choices of sides was good and fairly eztensive. All the sides tasted great. All in all I thing average to good sums it up.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    The flavours of the meat and side dishes served at Hill Country are amazing! You have to line up for them to serve you meat and side dishes- but the staff were great. There was a bit of a wait to get the food- but it was well worth it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Was not impressed.
    LESismore
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Gothamist listed this as one of the Top 10 BBQ spots in NYC..."Not!" Other blogs said it was kid friendly-wrong again. The only thing kid friendly about the place is that it’s noisy, menu is limited to only the adult fare unless the Mac & Cheese is the kid friendly portion of the menu. They need to train their staff on the serving line not to paw the food-I know they're trying to front this devil may care attitude when serving-part of their shtick, but walking back and forth from the carving station with dripping meat is a little too much shtick. The brisket has an overbearing smoky bitter taste, the pork ribs were way too fatty-only the BBQ sauce made it palatable. Been to St. Louis MO, Dinosaur & Mighty Quinn's in NYC - I know good BBQ.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Enjoy one of NYC's best Texas BBQs!
    NYCGourmandVIP
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    You just can't go wrong once you learn how to order: FORGET that you are charged by the pound, order by the slice or piece, i.e. "4 ribs" or "one pork chop" or "a half-inch slice of prime rib" or "1/4 or 1/2 a chicken, dark meat"...just like you normally would. It will be weighed and you will go back to your table with exquisitely prepared BBQ/pit-smoked for over 24 hours meat. They have fantastic beef and pork ribs, roast beef (known as beef shoulder), prime rib, pork chops, pork belly (some nights), chicken: whole or part, chicken wings (some nights), mild and spicy home-made sausages. Their turkey was a HUGE hit with our crowd. Who knew pit-prepared turkey could taste this incredible? Incredible vegetable sides and amazing desserts.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Horrible
    IknowgoodfoodVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Food was disgusting. Everything was over cooked and had no taste. There where 4 of us and we all hated it!!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The Brisket! The Moist Brisket!
    RIRI
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    A Texas barbecue-lover's dream come true. Not fancy, a little loud, moist brisket worth traveling for.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • No errors on your order here!
    Aleeda
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    The ticket system is a great way to get your food to you quickly and without errors. They have a wide variety of foods, so that even a vegetarian would be able to enjoy a meal at this BBQ joint. Our service was excellent, but our table was placed in an awkward spot and my friend and I kept getting jostled by waiters and other diners.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • FOODROCKS
    FOODROCKS
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Nothing fancy - just good ole smoked meat! Also a bit pricey as everything is weighed (I paid $8.00 for one rib) but overall a good neighborhood find and great place to get together with a group of friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great BBQ Place
    dowens64
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    If you are looking for real authentic Texas BBQ this is the place. But, be careful, your eyes will be bigger than your stomach! Ample portions and a great selection of Bourbons and Whisky! Highly recommend!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Buena carne
    Elmarquesdrelaverneda
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Probamos el menú que ofrecen y disfrutmaos mucho de todos los cortes de carne probados, excepto de la costilla de ternera que pedimos al margen del menú. La ofrecian como SPECIAL y no nos gustó nada. Las guarniciones, unos macarrones con queso y unas judias con cebolla frita, excelentes tambien. Muy recomendable
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • NYSuzy
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    We took 2 young friends from France to experience some real AMERICAN style food. They loved it!!!! Especially the fact that they could pick up the ribs and eat with their hands. :) The experience was fun, food was great, wait staff was friendly and the employees working behind the food stations were more then helpful when explaining about the different types of meats, sides and how too order according to your likes. The desserts were also delicious with plenty of choices. The chocolate chip cookie was monsterous. The decor went perfectly with the smokehouse theme. Natural wood walls, chairs, tables, papertowels for napkins and an open air feel.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic