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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 Anonymous on 06/22/2005


    I love BBQ and was really looking forward to trying RUB as it is in my 'hood. All I can say is that it was just disappointing. My two friends and I tried the sampler and everything was dry and lacking flavor. The sauce was only so-so. The onion strings were fabulous but for what you're paying, the meat was subpar... Oh well. Maybe it will get better...

  • RUB - Righteous Urban BBQ

    Posted by me luv food on 06/21/2005


    Ate at RUB Saturday night and thought it was pretty darn good food with friendly service. Had babyback ribs, brisket, and pulled pork with sides of coleslaw and baked beans. All the food was very good with the beans rating as exceptional. Thought that for the quality/quantity of the food the price was reasonable. For the real deal, RUB's the place for me.

  • RUB - Righteous Urban BBQ

    Posted by John from Chelsea on 06/15/2005

    Rubbed the Wrong Way

    Stopped by RUB last night and was told everything they were out of. It would have been easier to list what they actually had. It was uncomfortably warm since the AC was not functioning properly. But the biggest fault I found was a mediocre being overpriced. $3.50 for a tiny, I mean tiny side of baked beans. Nothing exceptional about the ribs.

  • RUB - Righteous Urban BBQ

    Posted by Big Al on 06/08/2005

    Ran Out

    I went to RUB last night with great expectations. While waiting for my wife and two friends I warmed up with a draft beer in a plastic cup at the bar and perused the menu. The bartendress mentioned that they were out of pastrami and sliced ham which was ok since I came for brisket. My friends came and we sat down by the rest room which by the way was not clean. I ordered brisket and the waiter said he was sorry but they were out of brisket. I got up to walk out but my friends prevailed on me to stay. I had pulled pork which I don't dislike but it isn't my favorite. It was ok. The beans were good and the mayo based cole slaw was ok also. Despite the disclaimer on the back of the menu which is certainly part of the marketing shtick, when I go to a barbecue place at 7:00 in the evening I expect brisket. So I won't be going back to RUB or any other barbecue place in NYC. I make a mean slow cooked brisket myself and will enjoy it at home from now on.

  • RUB - Righteous Urban BBQ

    Posted by Boy Bunny on 06/05/2005

    Rubbed The Right Way

    RUB has only been open a little while, but I have already been there a couple of times, and will keep coming back. The food is great, the service is enthusiastic if sometimes a little amateurish, and the atmosphere is unpretentious. So far I?ve had the rib tips?delicious and tender--and the deep fried ribs?also delicious, but really heavy. (Think twice before ordering the full portion!) I look forward to returning many times and working my way through the rest of the menu.

  • RUB - Righteous Urban BBQ

    Posted by Big Ben from Money Makin' Manhattan on 06/03/2005

    Best BBQ in NYC

    Not sure what some people here don't like about this place. As someone who's sampled BBQ from all over the nation and usually found NYC's BBQ lacking this place is a welcome addition to the city. This is the closest your gonna find north of Georgia that can even compete with real southern and mid-western BBQ. The brisket is rich and smokey, the pulled pork not over seasoned and the ribs good, tough and meaty. The digs themselves ain't much to look at it but that's what real BBQ spots are about, the food not the decor. Of the sides my 2 faves are the baked beans and the potato salad and their deep fried Oreos are wickedly delectable. If you want to make the scene and be a cool trendy NYC restaurant maven, go somewhere else. If you want to taste what real BBQ is all about eat at RUB.

  • RUB - Righteous Urban BBQ

    Posted by Lizy on 05/26/2005

    Good BBQ

    The "burnt ends" platter is the best. The brisket is smokey, moist and in bite size portions, with two sides. This is definitely a good value. The smoked chicken is underseasoned and nothing to rave about, a little on the dry side. The baby back ribs have good flavor but not consistent. The first time they were moist and slightly tender. The next time they were dry and tough. RUB is definitely a step above other bbq places I've tried in NYC but there has got to be something better soon, New Yorkers deserve a great bbq and I'm still waiting.

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