RUB BBQ: New York, NY

Righteous Urban Barbeque…while I’m not really sure what it means, I know that I was pleasantly surprised to find some interesting and exciting new twists on this menu.

“Ooohhhh…Frito Pie,” I exclaimed to Damany, “we have to try this!”  Described as Frito corn chips still in the bag, topped with chili, baked beans, cheese, onions, and jalapeños…I wondered where this tasty snack had been hiding all my life.  I mean, I guess its just nacho’s really, but there’s something about changing the tortilla chips for the sturdier Frito scoop (so it stays crunchy longer) that makes it way more interesting.  Plus, it’s served in the bag, which is just cool for whatever reason.

Ohhh…there was also the addition of those chunks of succulent meat that fell apart in your mouth that made it extra amazing…yeah, it’s going to be one of those things that I’ll have random cravings for, and when I tell my co-worker about the craving, she looks at me like I have six heads (like french fries with gravy, she just doesn’t get it).

I had a hard time deciding on what I wanted for dinner…brisket and ribs were both runners up, but I ultimately couldn’t resist the pulled pork sandwich, which was lightly sauced, with onion strings (I love onion strings, and these were some of the best I’ve had in a while).  They have 4 bottles of sauces on every table, peppered vinegar, ketsup, original BBQ, and spicy-sweet BBQ, something for every variety of BBQ fan.

Damany had the “Puttin-On The Dog Sandwich” which is your choice of one of RUBs own homemade sausage creations, on a bun (like a real bun, not a hot dog bun).

A testament to the fact that I believe almost anything is better fried, RUB provides the perfect sweet ending to a night of BBQ with the deep fried Oreo cookie.  More like a zepoli than I expected, the oreo sits inside a ball of fluffy fried dough, topped with confectioners sugar.  The only thing that could have made this better, would have been an ice cold glass of milk to accompany it.

There’s also a bacon chocolate chip cookie on their dessert menu, which they didn’t have when I was there, but I do imagine it to be the perfect combination of salt and sweet…I’ll have to go back for that one.


208 West 23rd Street
New York, NY 10011
(212) 524-4300


About katrinamauro

Landlord in Brooklyn, antique rug dealer, food & travel junkie who loves to experience new cultures and customs. On a mission to do big things.
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