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RUB - Righteous Urban BBQ
Posted by JLM on 07/26/2005
Hoping for a new good BBQ place, RUB looked promising but was a let down. Liked the casual atmosphere & presentation, but sat in the back room with no air circulation & it was way too noisy, like a school cafeteria (admittedly the tables were packed). The sides were subpar at 3.50 a pop - the 'greens' were a collard green/spinach mix that sat stewing in their own juices til they didn't taste fresh and were mixed with bacon without notice - though the baked beans were decent. The BBQ chicken was tender and pretty good. By the way, it's cheaper to buy the quarter chicken and two sides individually than it is to buy the chicken platter. The "Sausage Sampler" only had one type of sausage, which was dry and too spicy as a main dish.
Posted by Razor on 07/20/2005
I enjoy eating at RUB, It's great barbecue served in an unpretentious atmosphere. I've been several times and have sampled most of the menu (no ham or turkey) and have had consistently good meals. I have found the pulled-pork and pastrami to be stand-outs, with the baby-back ribs to be excellent too. The two times I had the brisket it was good, as was the chicken. The FAQ sheet on my table explained that BBQ chicken should be pink, because that the color the smoke imparts, and that the food should be warm, not hot because BBQ is cooked at a low temperature, and if it's hot that means it has been re-heated. I have eaten at BBQ joints around NYC and around the country, and RUB rates as the best the City has to offer and on par with many of the best know joints around the country.
Posted by Anonymous on 07/19/2005
In response to the last two reviews- you don't go to RUB or any other barbeque place to get chicken, you go to get beef or pork. I don't know of anyone or any place that makes a big deal about barbequed chicken. The Carolinas traditionally specialized in pulled pork, Texas in brisket and hot link and beef ribs, and Kansas City in pork ribs and burnt ends. All the BBQ competitions down south I've watched on the Food Network involved ribs and pulled pork, and all the pitmasters from around the nation that came to the Big Apple BBQ Block Party serve beef or pork, not chicken. As far as RUB's beef and pork goes, last time I went, the pulled pork was great and the burnt ends beef brisket was quite nice. The other time I went the burnt ends were exceptionally good. I haven't had the chicken at RUB, I can say that RUB's barbequed turkey is reasonably tasty and I can't see how barbequed turkey would get much better but you should get the much more interesting pulled pork or brisket instead. Also, the onion straws and fries are great, the deep fried oreos are great too- like a funnel cake with a pleasingly softened oreo inside- and I did have a friendly, attentive server last time I was at RUB.
Posted by Anonymous on 07/16/2005
I came in for lunch on a Saturday when it was quiet. I was feeling open to trying anything, and asked my waiter what sandwich was good. He said the pulled chicken was "awesome". Although I was in the mood for pork or beef, I decided to give it a try. It took 25 min to arrive and it was bland and very dry. I did complain, and even suggest they should take it off the menu, to which the waiter responded he would suggest that to the kitchen. There is no excuse for serving subpar food.
Posted by Anonymous on 07/14/2005
I had BBQ chicken. The chicken was pink in some areas, but appeared cooked. The chicken was warm, closer to cool. The BBQ sauce was served in a little cup, so it was pretty much a piece of chicken that must have just sat around until someone wanted it, and they added a cup of BBQ sauce to call it BBQ chicken. The place did not strike me as terribly clean either.
Posted by Chelsea-ite on 07/14/2005
Was happy to see this place open in my neighborhood. Went last night to sample my two favorite sandwich meats: brisket and pastrami. First of all, I was the only one at the order counter - and was not acknowledged for at least three minutes. And at one point, there were 5 people standing behind the counter. I ordered a quarter pound of each meat. Very disappointing: dry, salty, unappealing. Though it's not bbq, you'd be much better off getting your brisket or pastrami elsewhere.
Posted by greg transplant from the south on 07/06/2005
It's a simple menu but it has what you need with respect to barbeque. Ribs, pulled pork, chicken pastrami it has it all. The meat simply melts in your mouth and literally falls off the bone. I enjoy spicey hot food but could not add anything to the unbelieveable bbq sauce that they apparently make in house. One of the owners happened by my table to inquire about the service which was excellent. She shared that the chef won several BBQ contests, This is not debatable due to the outstanding bbq. I tried a deep freid oreo on my 3rd visit. Wow. You can't eat too many of those and keep the weight off but at least they're small! A must visit in NYC.