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October 9, 2009 3:17 PM   Subscribe

What are the best BBQ restaurants in Manhattan? Bonus points if it is Texas themed in someway. Cost is not an issue.

I had a great first date with a girl I met from Texas. She recently moved to NYC and is feeling a little homesick. She also loves steak, ribs and good Texas eating, so I thought it would be a cute idea to take her to a great NYC BBQ place for our second date. Any ideas?

Cost is not an issue. One of us is lives midtown and the other the east village, but anywhere in Manhattan is fine.

So far, I am thinking about Blue Smoke as a good option.

Also, any other Texas themed things I am missing that may be fun to show her in NYC?
posted by anonymous to Food & Drink (27 answers total) 17 users marked this as a favorite
Hill Country struck me as much better than Blue Smoke.
posted by Sidhedevil at 3:20 PM on October 9, 2009 [2 favorites]

RUB's not bad (Chelsea). Definitely get your fill of folksy folks.
posted by kcm at 3:22 PM on October 9, 2009

Seconding Hill Country. It's delicious, but you should be aware that it's cafeteria style. But, boy is it good. I love the beans. They have live music; check their site for details.
posted by Wet Hen at 3:41 PM on October 9, 2009

Thirding Hill Country. I'm a native Texan and love that place.
posted by youcancallmeal at 3:47 PM on October 9, 2009

The Dallas Bar BQ is kitschy, but they do have very satisfying food. And enormous margaritas. Spots all over the city.
posted by musofire at 3:48 PM on October 9, 2009

For my money Fette Sau is the best BBQ in New York. Not in Manhattan, but it's quick ride on the L train. That said, Hill Country will do the trick - very good cue and an atmosphere (though kitschy) that's true to the Texas style.
posted by boots at 4:13 PM on October 9, 2009

Not in NY but just to make sure you do the right thing. BBQ is regional. Texas BBQ is different then say Kansas City or Memphis. So you should really be looking for the best Texas BBQ in NYC ;-)
posted by bitdamaged at 4:21 PM on October 9, 2009

Not BBQ, but since you asked for other Texas-themed things:

Johnny Utah's has a mechanical bull.

Rodeo Bar is honky-tonk bar with great live music and a Tex-Mex menu.
posted by Majorita at 4:28 PM on October 9, 2009

Another vote for Hill Country.
posted by Frank Grimes at 4:30 PM on October 9, 2009

The brisket and bbq sauce at Blue Smoke was underwhelming. I say that as someone who didn't grow up in Texas, but did grow up eating Texas style bbq at home.
posted by mandymanwasregistered at 4:37 PM on October 9, 2009

FWIW, the Hill Country website makes it look like a good option to this Texas girl :). At the very least, they have Blue Bell ice cream. That alone would make it a worthwhile place to me.
posted by MadamM at 4:57 PM on October 9, 2009

Wildwood -- on Park Ave. South in the teens somewhere.
posted by Zambrano at 5:36 PM on October 9, 2009

If cost is not an issue come to texas, there is no good bbq that far north.
posted by djduckie at 5:42 PM on October 9, 2009 [3 favorites]

Nobody's mentioned Dinosaur Bar-B-Que? It's so tasty! You may want to make reservations, though; they get super-busy. (Because, man...tasty.)
posted by ilana at 5:44 PM on October 9, 2009 [1 favorite]

For the best BBQ in the city, Daisy May is it, but it's Kansas City style.

They deliver anywhere in Manhattan, by the way... ;)
posted by kathrineg at 6:17 PM on October 9, 2009

Seconding Rodeo Bar... my favorite bar in Manhattan.
posted by blaneyphoto at 6:17 PM on October 9, 2009

Another Texas native n'thing Hill Country. Blue Bell, Big Red soda, great brisket, mmm...

If you're still dating by next June, make sure to take her over to the Big Apple BBQ in madison square park:

Lots of BBQ vendors from all over the country, and specifically some great ones from Texas (Salt Lick from Austin is amazing).
posted by still at 6:53 PM on October 9, 2009

For the best BBQ in the city, Daisy May is it, but it's Kansas City style.

I'm jotting this down, because I love KCBBQ, but it isn't going to be much of a nostalgia trip for a Texan.
posted by Sidhedevil at 7:07 PM on October 9, 2009

As a Texan from the Hill Country, if the place has Blue Bell ice cream, it's legit. Also, cafeteria style is correct for Texas BBQ. You never have table service at true Texas BBQ (then again, you rarely have plates, either).
posted by ishotjr at 8:04 PM on October 9, 2009

n'thing Hill Country. A coworker from Texas recommended it to me, and it was just as good as she said.

I'll also give a thumbs-up to Dinosaur.
posted by gchucky at 9:46 PM on October 9, 2009

Nthing Hill Country....and I did like Blue Smoke's brisket. Too many places here make it too dry.

Dallas BBQ is a local NYC chain that sucks( and should not be confused with Dallas Jones).

Wildwood puts beans in their "Texas" Chili.

Ultimate Texas themed? Cowgirl Hall of Fame!.
posted by brujita at 11:54 PM on October 9, 2009

Nth+1ing Hill Country.
posted by andrewraff at 8:24 AM on October 10, 2009

Again, Hill Country. Best BBQ I've had in a long, long time. RUB in Chelsea is a different kind of BBQ, but great. Get the burnt ends and deep fried oreos.

Dallas BBQ *is* kitchy and relatively low quality, but you can't beat a huge plate of ribs and fries for $11.
posted by dantekgeek at 10:42 AM on October 10, 2009

I've been to Texas a few times. I've eaten at Salt Lick, Smitty's, and Black's, and go to the Big Apple BBQ every year.

Hill Country is in the authentic central Texas vein and nothing else in the city is really in that genre. Get the brisket, moist, and don't let any sauce anywhere near it.

PS The barbecue at Dallas BBQ is not even smoked (it's steamed or baked and then finished on the grill), so it shouldn't really be called barbecue.
posted by kathryn at 8:15 PM on October 10, 2009

Go early for burnt ends at RUB.
posted by brujita at 12:20 AM on October 11, 2009

Late to the party, but n+2 to Hill Country moist brisket, Fette Sau's pork belly, Dinosaur's chicken wings and spare ribs, and RUB's burnt ends
posted by chalbe at 9:06 AM on October 19, 2009

I tried the rib sampler at Blue Smoke last night, after Hill Country closed for a private party. I figured it's hard to screw up ribs. The texture of the meat was okay but the tastes were all wrong. I didn't like whatever they used to flavor their ribs, or their sauces. And I've never had a rib in Texas that tasted like their Texas beef ribs.

Also, I didn't like the way they pushed appetizers, sides, and dessert. Very different from the Texas experience.
posted by grouse at 4:32 AM on November 2, 2009

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