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Jul 30, 2006 01:03 PM

Good Barbecue below 14th?

I read something about a great-sounding new uptown place for barbecue today, and it had me realizing that I haven't had barbecue in quite some time. While I'd love to head up there, I figure I'm more likely to actually go somewhere nearer to where I live.

A lot of my family is from the South, and I have not generally been impressed by what passes for barbecue up here. Not interested in a "variety of styles" or the upscaled stuff they do at Blue Smoke (though I won't lie, those cheese fries are awesome). I'd just like to go somewhere that does one style right (I'm not extremely partisan to any, though if I had to pick I'd say Memphis).

Any suggestions? I see a lot of back and forth about RUB, a lot of it seemingly negative.

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  1. RUB has had some quality control problems. When it's on, it's the real thing and the best in the city. If you haven't been, give it a try.

    1. um, below 14th street, i can only recommend bone lick park...rub is on 23rd.

      anyone been to that tiny bbq place on bedford street right off houston and 6th ave? any good?

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      1. re: sam1

        bone lick has gotten some terrible reviews on this board, but i have to admit the one time i ordered it, delivery, i really liked the ribs. they were smoked perfectly and fell right off the bone. the only qualm i had was it needed more sauce, which came on the side, so i was set.

      2. rub is awful.....I'm afraid you're out of luck

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        1. re: hardcore

          Not even CLOSE to awful, in my opinion and the opinion of many others. I respect your post, but you are an outlier.

        2. While it may be true that RUB, like many other bbq joints has better days than others, I don't think I've ever eaten anything there that comes close to being awful. I've eaten alot of barbeque all over this country, and I think it stacks up pretty well. Depending on the regional style you prefer I could see it not floating your boat, but RUB is awful compared to what?

            1. re: Peter Cherches

              rub is awful compared to Angelos, salt lick, krytes, coopers smoke and dinosaur are also disappointments...Tenderness, flavor, subtlety...It should be as ethereal as Katz'pastrami otherwise it's just food