RUB BBQ (@rubbbq) has been on my list for a while, having already checked off most other NYC BBQ spots between the Big Apple BBQ and just life in general. It’s short for Righteous Urban BBQ – I took the name as a challenge when we arrived. Would it live up to such a lofty name? I liked the ambiance from the moment I walked through the front door. It didn’t feel like I was in a Manhattan restaurant. Take the walk over out of the equation and it could have easily been a family restaurant in Alabama.
We took a varied approach, ordering a little of everything and sharing. To start, we had fried green tomatoes and hushpuppies. The fried green tomatoes were just right, paired with a spicy remoulade. The hushpuppies were good, but were on the dry side and unlike I usually see them, were not sweet at all.
We ordered the two meat plate, with pulled pork and beef brisket. The pulled pork was my favorite – nicely seasoned and smoked, no need to add any sauces beyond how it was served. The brisket was good, but the bulk had a thick strip of fat along the bottom which was not endearing and flavorful – it just needed to go. (Do any of you like that? If so, I’d love to discuss further…)
The ribs were a nice touch as well. We added a quarter rack of ribs to our order. The ribs were dry and flavorful. They were quite good, although I found myself wanting to follow them up with the ones dripping with sauce I’m familiar with from the Deep South. Different can be good though!
I had to run back over the next day to pick up something we left behind, which meant one thing – an opportunity to complete my overall meal. And by that I of course mean an order of fried Oreos. The girl working the bar thought it was funny, explaining to a patron to my right that she wasn’t from the South and had never heard of such a thing until she came to work there. And I’ll admit, I actually had to come to NYC to encounter my first batch of them. They were quite good, though I’ll admit I’ve had some which were slightly better. I’m forever a fan of the way the deep frying makes the oreos become so soft and the cream blend in with the cookie. I’d say add a bit more powdered sugar here, and I’m sold.
Next time, burnt ends and bourbon & cola (RC Cola! swoon! love!!), I’m coming for you!
208 West 23rd Street (at 7th Avenue) – 212-524-4300