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Ribs tonight - blue smoke??

shen Jan 12, 2007 01:00 PM

can anyone suggest a manhattan spot for some good baby backs...have been to blue smoke - ehhhh

  1. TonyO Jan 14, 2007 01:43 PM

    I visited NYC in September and made a point to go to Dinosaur even though we were staying in the Upper Westside. If a Vermonter can navigate the city in the name of good chow, then shame on any NYC native that compromises good taste for the sake of a few dozen blocks ! Dinosaur is well worth the trip from anywhere in NYC (or a few hundred miles for that matter)!

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      protzman Aug 26, 2007 10:45 AM

      Two friends and I went to Blue Smoke for the first time recently and loved it. We shared a variety rib platter and had sides of cornbread, macaroni and cheese, baked beans, etc. The pork ribs were excellent, but we thought the Texas beef ribs were too salty and dry. I thought the macaroni and cheese was delicious, but I prefer a thicker sauce. We shared a wonderful banana pie for dessert. Try it--you'll like it!

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      powermd Jan 13, 2007 11:41 PM

      I've been pretty disappointed with Blue Smoke the last few times I visited. Totally NOT worth the $$. Same with RUB- also pretty awful value for money. Rack & Soul is also absurdly expensive for barbecue, but the food is wonderful. I love the smoky, meat-falling-off-the-bone ribs, and juicy pulled pork. Definitely the best barbecue I've had in the city (since Blue Smoke first opened, and they were good). Dinosaur is also excellent, if a bit out of the way.

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        senyc Jan 14, 2007 01:30 PM

        I didn't notice that R&S was that expensive...maybe because I went with my kids. They have a great kid's special - a real bargain, with plenty of great food.

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        Sweatshirt Guy Jan 13, 2007 06:41 PM


        1. nyufoodie Jan 13, 2007 04:49 AM

          Houston's baby back are delish! Eat some with a side of their eggless caesar salad also very good. Don't care if it's a chain as long as the food is good!

          1. senyc Jan 13, 2007 01:51 AM

            The ribs at Rack & Soul (109 and Broadway) are pretty great, as is the rest of their menu.

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              jwobkk Jan 12, 2007 09:30 PM

              Dinosaur gets my vote for top BBQ in Manhattan and the best ribs. As good as the Manhattan branch is, the original in Syracuse is much better.

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                tpigeon Jan 12, 2007 09:21 PM

                Smith Wollensky Grill used to have awesome memphis ribs. This was many years ago and they may not be as good today. Worth checking into though...

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                  jordanbaker Jan 12, 2007 05:39 PM

                  Just in case anyone is thinking of Blue Smoke tonight, they're closed until the 15th for renovations.

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                    howardthefoodie Jan 12, 2007 09:18 PM

                    Very funny about houstons. I rarely admit i go there, but their ribs are fantastic....and their french dip is also very good....must ask for the fresh horseraddish!

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                    Todd Jan 12, 2007 01:49 PM

                    I know I may catch some flack for this, but if you don't want to travel and you don't like blue smoke, you could always go to Houston's on Park...the baby back ribs are damn good

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                      jenniebnyc Jan 12, 2007 04:35 PM

                      Agreed on Houston's- i am sure i will get some flack too. i do like Blue Smoke though

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                        Todd Jan 12, 2007 05:26 PM

                        I actually love blue smoke and daisy may's (haven't tried rub or dinosaur yet)...but Houston's is constantly ignored because it's a chain eventhough it has really solid food

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                        ceeceee Jan 12, 2007 04:40 PM

                        hey you know what. houston's is underratted. i love their french dip. and the burger is kinda great too. some of the appetizers..yumm.

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                          jenniebnyc Jan 12, 2007 05:12 PM

                          agreed - burger at both Houston's and Outback are good. The last time I said this a feud began with another poster who said "The reason why I live in Manhattan is so i don't have to go to these chain places..". It's my Opinion and convenient to where I live in the city AND i probably go about once per year to each place! Anyway Cheers!

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                            roze Jan 12, 2007 05:16 PM

                            Houstons ribs are the bomb! Falling off the bone goodness!

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                              randymac88 Jan 14, 2007 04:59 PM

                              I'll jump on this train with the proverbial "paper bag on my head" (although I guess I can't do that here). I've consistently said that Houstons serves one of the best, if not the best, Ribs in the city. Awesome. And the fries are great too.

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                          mle18 Jan 12, 2007 01:34 PM

                          Went to Dinosaur last night and their ribs are pretty great. Probably the best I have had in Manhattan, not to mention a fantastic beer selection. It is a little further away (131st and 12th I think), but so worth the easy subway or cab ride.

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                            harrison Jan 12, 2007 03:07 PM

                            Big 2nd on Dinosaur - ribs are fantastic. And if you go, check out the wings as well.

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                            adam Jan 12, 2007 01:07 PM

                            RUB has pretty good baby backs (and lots of other good cue).

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                              Scott V Jan 12, 2007 01:59 PM


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