208 W. 23rd St., New York, NY, 10011
nr. Seventh Ave.
By HRose on 6/29/2007
Real BBQ that is! I never do this sort of thing but i feel it is required. I came back to NY as a tourist as i now live in TX. I had to visit RUB as all my friends were telling me it was the "best" BBQ in town. They most certainly were right. THe Pastrami is amazing, dare i say it easily gives Katz's a run for thier money?! and the burnt ends (oy vey!), dont even get me started they are AMAZING! The wings were perfectly cooked as well. It is clearly obvious that the added "plugs" for other named restaurants from the low rating reviews by others are"friends" of those establishments, not I, just a BBQ loving fan and a new fan of RUB.
By MDGirl on 4/27/2007
RUB BBQ is amazing. The meat is extremely tender and tasty. If you want delicious BBQ, you need to go here. RUB BBQ is definately the best BBQ around.
By fattyrick on 3/5/2007
Beef Ribs! That's all I need to say- And the Deckel sandwich are killer. About the best Reuben in town, and Definitely the best ribs.
By jackmogee on 6/3/2008
Been eating BBQ for a long time and the burnt ends are really really good!! The best I've ever had. St. Louis ribs and pulled pork were also tasty... but agree with most reviews that the brisket was dry. I would definitely go back again though. Casual dining environment works well for the food. This place is a winner in my book.
By jackmogee on 8/26/2005
Never really got into dry rub bbq until eating here. Absolutely love it. Brisket was dry, but the best items are the St. Lous style ribs and pulled pork. Sauce is kinda sweet and could definitely be spicier, but not bad. The baked beans totally rock - best I've ever tasted! Can't wait to try the BBQ Szechuan Duck!
By titicaca on 7/11/2005
At last we have access to the black stuff! This is world class. The brisket, ribs, chicken and pulled pork are all stellar, and every bit as good, if not better than their counterparts in cities better associated with barbeque. On a good night, the brisket is as good as brisket gets- leaps above every other place in NYC and elsewhere. Ribs â€“ meaty; chicken â€“ smoky and moist; Burnt ends - just killer. Like the best places in NY (ie Katz'), you order, get a big pile of food, sit down and eat, and go home and lay down. None of the usual NYC formality... I love it.
By jforst02 on 12/29/2008
This is a great place if you want Ribs. If you're looking for Brisket, stick to Hill Country. If you want something nice, go to Wildwood. However, for Ribs these are arguably the best. I'd stick to the pork ribs. The pastrami and wings are also great. I also like how they have vinegar based slaw. Texas lager is also a nice touch on the place. Definitely one of the best BBQ joints in the City. Anyone who likes Dallas BBQ or Virgil's is insane.
By rwisdom on 7/10/2008
I've been to RUB many times (at least 25); obviously I like it. especially the baby backs, and the St Louis ribs, the brisket and the burnt ends. The burnt ends and brisket are not always consistent which can be a common problem at smoke houses. The brisket is usually very lean and tender; but hey, it's not corned beef, so if you like it more moist then just add a little sauce. The wings are also great (very different though than fried Buffalo wings, these are of course smoked but are still spicy because of a spicy rub). The sides are just OK, the collard greens are good but not my thing; this place could use a really good selection of salads or and some other vegetables. Also, I found the beans to be a bit much, very beefy and smokey. But overall, love this place. This place compares very favorably with any other place in NYC, better IMO than Blue Smoke or Virgils but not as good as Burnt ends from Kansas City or most brisket in Austin which is where I'm from. (HS in KC and college at UT)
By vbfc on 1/5/2007
I can not believe that RUB is not packed every night. The food is as close to the best down south and I am still licking my fingers. I had the pastrami and beef brisket platter with the onion straws and the creamy slaw. It came with pickle chips and two slice of thick plain white bread. (Think Texas toast over Wonder bread). There was not a crumb left on that big silver plate. Many of the meals come with a choice of two sides. I can highly recommend the creamy slaw and the onion straws. I have also enjoyed the smoky beans and the vinegar slaw. My hubby had a pulled pork sandwich and my kids swear they saw dad lick the silver tray Â– more to get at the crumbs than to gross out the kids. The kids felt well fed too, which is not always easy in NYC. They had burnt ends and chicken. Loved the ends, liked the chicken. Everyone finished with a deep fried oreo that was out of this world. we will be back! Yum! The service was decent, the decor was simple. The soda kept coming and the beer was good. enough said.
By songyii on 6/13/2010
Never get the bacon chunks appetizer. There's about 7 small bacon "chunks" in there... for 7 dollars and change??? NO WAY. My boyfriend had the smoked turkey and brisket platter while I had the pulled pork sandwich. The meat platter was not worth getting- it was incredibly dry and nothing really worth remembering... but the pulled pork sandwich was AMAZING. I'm hardly a meat eater but I felt like I could eat that sandwich for days on end.