OK. So I'm a pork-eating Jew from NYC. What do I know from Barbecue? I've heard where to go for "authentic" this-style, or that-style BBQ, but all I want is a great, big portion of Babyback Ribs in the style of the ones you used to be able to get at Wiley's on 1st Avenue. Theirs were usually pretty mediocre, however, and I want good ribs. Not 'rubbed' , but gooey, with sauce. There's a place in Connecticut off of Rt. 84 called (of all things) Brannigan's-The Place For Ribs, which, if any of you have been to, are the kind I'm looking for. Yum.
We've never been to Brannigan's, so I can't make any comparisons. However, here's my view with regard to ribs in Manhattan.
RUB has babybacks, I thought they were very tasty. I can't remember now if they were dry-rubbed or, as you say, "gooey." But there was a good sauce because that's what I like with my ribs.
Blue Smoke has babybacks. They were o.k., but I can't say I loved them. However, it's been quite a long time since I tried them, so it's possible they've improved.
Daisy May's ribs are truly delicious. Though I don't think they're babyback, the Kansas City sweet & sticky pork ribs might please you. And, of course, there's sauce.
Btw, we've passed that Brannigan's on 84 dozens of times on the many trips we've taken to Quebec over the years, and I've often wondered how good the ribs are there. I, too, love babybacks (though I'm not against the regular style of pork ribs), so we'll have to stop and try them next time we head up that way.