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  1. My favorite Manhattan BBQ - although it can be inconsistent.

    1. Pretty authentic, down to the sliced white bread and sweet iced tea (and I'm speaking as one who grew up in SC). However, stay away from the burnt tips or whatever they call them - completely inedible.

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      1. re: edwardspk

        Burnt ends. I grew up in Kansas City, this is KC-style BBQ, and I think the ends are fantastic. Maybe you got a bad batch?

        1. re: edwardspk

          Do you mean rib tips or burnt ends? As Chelsea notes, the burnt ends are awesome. But the wings are my favorite for sure.

        2. I like it a lot. I haven't tried all of the things on the menu. The meats can tend to be a bit dry from time to time. I do like the smoked ham, and chicken. The brisket and pulled pork is hit and miss for me. Love the Burnt Ends. I've had them about 1/2 dozen times and have been great every single time. That said, they are very fatty, but it does melt away when you eat it. Think of a tender, fatty pot roast with a really dark crust on the outside and a ton of smoke in each bite. They aren't really "burnt", they just look like it and are more caramelized I would say. The BBQ beans with burnt ends in them are my favorite side dish. Very peppery, smoky and spicy. I have friends who love and those who hate these beans. The potato salad is good, nice balance of mustard/mayo. Onion straws are greasy, salty and an unholy mess. Enjoy them, but not too often. They do make some very tasty burgers on Mondays only.

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          1. re: billyboy

            The burger, which is only served on Mondays is awesome. I like their chili cheese fries as well. I've had good brisket and burnt ends there, but like people have said, it can be inconsistent.

          2. Uneven, to say the least.
            Last try was a pulled pork sandwich to go - pretty good!

            1. is it hyped at all? there's rarely more than a ten minute wait and there's definitely no pretense there. like anywhere, some dishes are better than others, but nothing is bad. i'm all for the pulled pork and the brisket, but the true winner is their chicken wings and sides.

              1. I'm very picky about my BBQ but I really like these guys. In particular the Burnt Ends (which are in limited supply & often sell out fast). The beans there are also amazing; smoky, sweet, awesome. Plus as an added bonus, this is one of the few (if only) places in the city that serve Shiner Bock. Happy Eating!
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                1. not to hijack - but how do people think it compares to dinosaur - which is the yardstick i judge NYC BBQ by?

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                  1. re: thew

                    Better than Dinosaur but that's not saying much. Do like the wings at Dinosaur however...

                    1. re: thew

                      Dinosaur blows RUB away for both pulled port and brisket. Much less wait at RUB which says alot considering how much easier RUB is to get to.

                      1. re: princeofpork

                        Agreed. Shiner Bock, Beans & the fact that I'm lazy are the main pluses for RUB.

                        1. re: princeofpork

                          Did we just have a terrible experience the one time we were at Dinosaur? We tried quite a variety of their offerings, and left feeling it was run of the mill at best ... on par with chain BBQ places, but certainly not noteworthy. In fact, my sister went with us, and she said she wouldn't return even though she lives in Morningside.

                          Caveat: we grew up eating in the Texas Hill Country (Lockhart, Luling, etc), for whatever that is worth.

                      2. The burnt ends are great I eat them way too often...but beware they sell out. Burgers are also very good but only served on Mondays bet 6-9. Cornbread and Fries are both OK.

                        1. I went to rub on a sunday night with boyfriend. It was lively, but not overcrowded. I ordered the burnt ends (not the dinner) because I don't eat carbs, so wanted to avoid the sides. He had the 2 meat platter with pulled pork, chicken, baked beans and potato salad. We both thought that the pulled pork and chicken were nothing great. The chicken is actually better at Dallas BBQ-juicer and tastier. Rub's chicken was a little dry and bland. The pulled pork came as a really small portion and he said the best thing about it was the sauce they serve. Due to the portion size the whole meal was overprized. However, we both agreed that the baked beans were absolutely delicious-smokey and rich tasting. My order, the burnt ends blew me away- amazingly smokey, soft, juicy.. I would definitely return just for the burnt ends!! however I would order by the pound again (like I did) and not the dinner version because it is a better deal that way if you're not so big on sides. Boyfriend said he'd rather go to Dallas BBQ for better value on everything we had.

                          1. I join in the "good" votes. Besides, how can you not like a place where the *only* dessert is Fried Oreos???

                            1. I think the burnt ends are fabulous and deliciously fatty. A surprise find I had the last time was the duck, which was outrageous with a nice Asian spice. The bans and onion strings are to die for (perhaps literally if you eat them too often).