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RUB - Righteous Urban BBQ (CLOSED)

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  • Barbecue, Southern & Soul, Wings
  • 208 W 23rd St, New York NY10011 40.744093 -73.996456
  • (Btwn 7th & 8th Ave)
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  • (212) 524-4300
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User Ratings (Based on 175 reviews)

Food 3.8 Value 3.4
Service 3.6 Atmosphere 3.3

Other Restaurant Info

(212) 524-4300
(212) 524-4303
Delivery Take Out Catering Major Credit Cards
Mon-Thu: 11:30am-11pm Fri-Sat: 11:30am-12am Sun: 11:30am-10pm
Lunch, Dinner
Happy Hour, Delivery, Wheelchair Friendly, Accepts Credit Cards, Take Out, Catering
Min Delivery:
Delivery Area:
14th St to 34th St 5th Ave to West Side Hwy

User Reviews

  • RUB - Righteous Urban BBQ

    Posted by Fooooodddiiiieeee on 11/03/2007

    The Best BBQ in the Country is in NYC!!

    I cant begin to tell you how I love RUB!! I have eaten BBQ from all around the country and the world. Given my well rounded travel as well as my belly can tell you. That if you want the best BBQ anywhere then just go to 23rd st....

  • RUB - Righteous Urban BBQ

    Posted by yeah right on 10/09/2007

    I luv Rub

    I just moved in to Chelsea. I found Rub a few weeks back and I've eten there about 10 times already. The food is great! They have the best ribs I've ever had. I also love the Duck. Its smokey and juicy all at the same time. They put some asian spice on it and that just kicks it up a notch. The sides are all really good with my favs being the onion strings and the baked beans. Service is friendly and fast. The walls could using a little art work but what ever. I go for the best bbq in this city, hands down.

  • RUB - Righteous Urban BBQ

    Posted by foodsnub on 09/26/2007


    Ya'll really haven't had REAL BBQ. Real BBQ does not require sauce, it's merely a matter of preference but not essential nor the key ingredient to the meats. The meat should smell and taste like smoke, essentially you should be able to distinguish what type of woodchips they used in the smoker. Tried the beef brisket and nearly choked on it. It was dry and needed sauce. Fried green tomatoes - I've had better and prefer a cornmeal based batter over the stuff you deep fry your onion rings in. At the very least they have real brewed sweetened ice tea. :)

  • RUB - Righteous Urban BBQ

    Posted by foodiewithbooty on 08/24/2007

    Darn Good

    Did I just say darn? Anyway the food here is very good! I had the Baby back ribs and my boy friend had the Burn't ends. Both great!!! Tender, smokey, juicy, what else is there. Oh yeah the baked beans and onion strings are the best I've ever had. Service was fast and friendly. The place could use a little work cosmetics department but who cares it joint.

  • RUB - Righteous Urban BBQ

    Posted by Clay on 07/06/2007

    Best Baked Beans Gone

    What happened to their great baked beans? They changed the recipe!

  • RUB - Righteous Urban BBQ

    Posted by blanchita on 07/05/2007

    BBQ Heaven

    Wow! Started with the best , perfectly fried "fried green tomatoes" that come with a yummy remoulade. Hush puppies could be a little more flavorful. Boyfriend and I ordered the two meats -- burnt rib tips, that we couldn't get enough of, and the roast chicken that just fell of the bone and metled in your mouth (they were out of brisket at 1:30 on July 4th) -- and the quarter rib slab, which I should've ordered a half. The ribs had a beautiful smoke line and came off the bone with ease. The best BBQ I've ever had (I have been to three Big Apple BBQ's) and I can't wait to go back! The iced tea is super tasty too and you can pick sweetened or unsweetened and they give you free refills. Service was very friendly and though they were busy, they would make eye contact from across the room to see how you were doing.

  • RUB - Righteous Urban BBQ

    Posted by Jason on 05/29/2007

    Pricey though delicious BBQ experience.

    Where I come from in South Carolina, you can get a plate of pulled pork with baked beans, cole slaw, bread, and ice tea for five bucks. You won’t find anything that cheap in NY, though there are a few good BBQ spots that come close in quality and RUB is probably the best. A plate of pulled pork and brisket with two vegetables runs $18.75 – add a quarter rack of ribs and we’re talking nearly $25 – which would raise eyebrows back South but isn’t egregious for NY prices. Other options include sausage, chicken, ham, and a unique delicacy called “burnt ends” that you either like or hate. From visit to visit our food has varied in quality, though when it’s good it’s great. The service is pretty friendly, low-key, and down to earth. RUB’s ambience is bare bones: you won’t find any cutesy pig decorations or pseudo-Southern charm. The food, likewise, comes in tin dishes wrapped in paper. Be aware that they often run out of things. I like the idea of serving really fresh food and when it’s gone, it’s gone, but if you have your heart set on something – beef brisket, for instance – and they’re out of it, it can be a bummer. With its open space, TVs galore (for short attention spans or people who want to ignore their dining companions), and plentiful alcohol selection, RUB also makes a smart option for parties or dinner out with the guys. I wouldn’t choose the restaurant for a first date though.

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