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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 Robert M on 03/19/2007

    If they could only get it right…

    Okay, so I've tried both delivery and take out for a total of four times now. The first time I ordered I told people how fantastic the pulled port sandwich was. That was my last good experience, it all went down hill from there. Each of the other three times my order was wrong and the third time I tried them, I paid for three sides and got two. Even after walking up to the restaurant to order and take out, and then confirming my order with the cashier, when I got home and opened my bag, I had the wrong meat on my sandwich and the wrong side order.

  • RUB - Righteous Urban BBQ

    Posted by Bernie on 03/17/2007

    Pretty Good

    First, I have to take issue with the poster who claimed New Yorkers know how to barbecue. Apparently, the poster doesn't know barbecue. The give away was the complaint about his/her sandwich coming on a hamburger bun. That's the way it's supposed to be served, like that or on white bread. That said, I've had the pulled pork and chicken and it was anything but bland. Just the right touch of vinegar sauce. Also, the bbq bacon chunks were great. I'd say it's worth a visit. I have no complaints.

  • RUB - Righteous Urban BBQ

    Posted by Bill R on 03/10/2007

    The Sauce?

    Having lived in Texas for a decade, I became accustomed to good barbeque, and this ain’t even close folks. After reading all the phenomenal reviews, like the recent article in the NY Times, I couldn’t wait to hoof it on down to RUB and gorge myself on brisket. My wife was out of town but I simply couldn’t stomach the notion of waiting another day, so I went alone and spent $30 on a plate of sausage and brisket. I didn’t blink at the price because decent barbeque is expensive and rare in Manhattan and I’m willing to pay for the real deal. In this case, the real deal didn’t materialize. The meats were cooked okay but not nearly as tender or juicy as you’d get in a real barbeque joint. However, more than any other single element, barbeque is about the sauce. If your sauce is not good then your barbeque is not good. And the sauce at RUB is so poor I actually avoided using it, which meant I was stuck with chewy, dry meat to cram down my gullet. What a bummer! By the way, the place was packed when I was there on Friday night and the line of people waiting for a table was almost out the door. I can only assume that New Yorkers are flocking to this like a bad movie because they’re ignorant and don't know what real barbeque should taste like.

  • RUB - Righteous Urban BBQ

    Posted by Anonymous on 02/25/2007

    You people must not know barbecue

    I overlooked the inflated prices of this restaurant because I saw so many good reviews on menu pages and the restaurant itself was crowded, so I thought it must be good. I ordered the pulled chicken sandwich and an order of onion strings. The food came on a plain hamburger bun and was very bland plain chicken and they had regular barbecue sauce in a ketchup bottle for flavor. This meal which reminded me of something you would find in a school cafeteria, cost me 15 bucks plus a tip. I would have been much better off going to the Dallas BBQ chain down the street for 5 bucks and at least got a bigger serving of bland chicken. I am certain now that new yorkers just dont know how to barbecue.

  • RUB - Righteous Urban BBQ

    Posted by anonymous on 02/12/2007

    Darn Good BBQ

    Absolutely fabulous food. The pulled chicken and pulled pork were tender and very tasty. Great baked beans as well. We sat in the corner by the kitchen - a dodgy spot. several near collisions and one lady had drinks spilled on her. Not a smart set up but otherwise a great experience!

  • RUB - Righteous Urban BBQ

    Posted by Stephanie on 01/21/2007

    Best BBQ I've ever had!

    This place has the best BBQ EVER! It's tender meat and flavorful sauce with mouth-watering fries keep me coming back for more and more and more. Great location and atmosphere fits the food. Highly recommended!

  • RUB - Righteous Urban BBQ

    Posted by Alison on 01/16/2007

    It's sweet y'all!

    Since it has been some time since my last authentic N Carolina bbq experience, I figured that RUB would be a good choice in filling the void. I was right! For appetizers, I strongly suggest the corn bread. It is served warm and practically melts in your mouth. The chili cheese fries were also awesome. Usually, I prefer a sweeter tasting hush puppy, but RUB's spicy variation was neat. The pulled pork platter as the entree was simply delicious. RUB was able to keep the pork quite juicy with a really nice smoky flavor. The beef brisket was excellent as well because it also had that smoky flavor and the cuts were pretty lean. There are some good side dishes to go with your meal and this really reminded me of the southern bbq's. You will be glad you ate at RUB and your tummy will thank you ;)

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