OK- I may not be a BBQ expert but I've been to Dinosaur (Harlem and Syracuse), Blue Smoke, Virgil's, Daisy Mays, the old Pierson's in Queens at 2 locations,the Big Apple BBQ festival and had Spanky's at the 9th avenue festival. Just tried RUB which seems to be at or near the top of the most recent NYC bbq rankings. Great atmosphere and music similar to Dinosaur. Though huge and meaty, the St. Louis ribs didn't do it for me and the sauces, although purportedly award winning, were weak and watery.The side of beans were great but not up to the chili (no beans) of the Daisy May carts. I'm going to Dallas and San Antonio in July in order to be able to speak more authoritatively. I hate to say it, but a buddy sent me 25lbs of ribs and brisket from The County Line in Austin by Fed Ex (order on-line) which were vacuum sealed and frozen and which Mrs. GG brought back to life over several weeks of meals by steaming them. Their meat blew away all of the above and their sauce I would happily bathe in and they are considered touristy by Texas standards.