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Smokin' soon in East Meadow: RUB BBQ

Barbecued ribs are a specialty at RUB BBQ

Barbecued ribs are a specialty at RUB BBQ in Manhattan. Credit: Handout

Barbecue buffs, your ship — er, make that your pit — is about to come in. The highly acclaimed RUB BBQ of Manhattan is opening soon in East Meadow.

Owner Andrew Fischel, who grew up in Roslyn, takes over a hard-to-spot strip-mall site that’s hosted a string of failed restaurants — among them BeSi and Ruby’s Famous BBQ (well, maybe not that famous). But a challenging location shouldn't faze those on the trail of serious 'cue.

In charge of the restaurant’s four pits will be executive chef Paul Kirk (aka. the Baron of Barbecue), whose repertoire includes slow-smoked ribs, chicken, brisket and — be still, my heart — pastrami.

At RUB's Chelsea location, the vaunted burger is available only on Monday nights. In East Meadow, the burger (made of house-ground beef and topped in a variety of creative ways) will be on the permanent menu.

The place will have 20 flat-screen TVs and a bar with 30 beers on tap.

RUB BBQ will be at 2367 Hempstead Tpke., East Meadow, 516-731-4227

Above, ribs at RUB BBQ in Manhattan

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