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glenn sundel Apr 15, 1999 09:48 AM

Sometime early this year (February or March perhaps)
there was an item in the New York Times Dining IN/OUT
regarding a take out place on the upper east side
serving assorted foods but featurning ribs. Does
anyone recall this place?

  1. w
    wonki Apr 16, 1999 12:04 PM

    It's called Pret a Porter, like the movie. I believe
    it's on 2nd ave., in the low 80s. walk by there all
    the time. have been meaning to check it out since the
    article, but haven't had a chance yet. let me know if
    you try it.


    1. j
      John Knoesek Apr 15, 1999 08:06 PM

      The only thing I miss about getting to take the 7 train
      into Manhattan every day was the ability to read the
      Times every morning.
      I still try to pick it up on Weds. & Fri. to read about
      chow. ( Still get Sundays and read it cover to cover!)
      Didn't catch the article you're talking about, but I
      have my own BBQ query.
      Last week on Emeril Live! they featured a place called
      " The Rib Shack " and showed their marinating and
      baking process. Does anyone know where this place is ?
      Regards, JK

      3 Replies
      1. re: John Knoesek
        mitchw Apr 17, 1999 03:35 PM

        Perhaps the place you're referring to on the u.e.s is
        Brother Jimmy's, which is on the corner (NW) of 76th
        St. & 1st Ave. The food won't blow you away, but it's
        not bad...the sides tend to be pretty good as well.

        It can be a real zoo in there, so pick your times
        well. It's also usually a pretty boisterous crowd,
        especially towards the middle and end of the week.

        1. re: John Knoesek
          Billy Apr 22, 1999 02:58 PM

          I suggest you look under the search function and type in "rib shack" jeff has a funny story to tell about this place! I dont know if it's the same place that you were talking about?

          1. re: Billy
            Dave Ruth May 7, 1999 05:38 PM

            Don't know if others have had the same experience but
            we have some sorry news to report as regards the Hog
            Pit, on 13th and 9th Ave.
            This was one of the best rib places in the city for
            the past two years but things have changed in more
            ways than the ill-advised periwinkle blue paint job
            around the bar.
            Terri Mangrum, are you still there, if so what
            happened, if not thanks for the memories. We used to
            enjoy fall off the bone, clean, tasty ribs; the kind
            that engendered the desire to keep this place a
            treasured secret or sing the praises to selected
            friends that would truly appreciate the quality and
            care that was obviously present.
            Now, however, after two successive tries, the ribs are
            now fatty and tough, the very antithesis of what is
            Perhaps their success has led to the rise in prices
            and lowering of quality. It's a shame but certainly
            not the first time we've seen this happen.
            Has anybody else had a similar take on this formerly
            funky, comfy, rib joint??

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