Sorry for not updating the blog lately, but I do happen to have 3 restaurants that are in dire need of reviewing. R.U.B. in Chelsea, Mastugen & Megu in Tribeca have all been visited by me within the past week.
R.U.B. (or Righteous Urban Barbecue) is located in Chelsea and was named one of the best BBQ spots in NY by Time Out. Well let me just tell you Time Out lied. R.U.B. is a no frills BBQ located not too far from the far superior Hill Country. There really isn’t a theme in R.U.B. as the decor doesn’t say “western” or “BBQ” or anything like that. It actually looks like a normal restaurant where you’d go to get a burger. I wasn’t impressed upon arrival, but I decided still to give it a try since Time Out gave it such a great review. The menu is a bit different from its competitors Hill Country and Wildwood BBQ, as they feature items like duck and go a bit further by offering different ends of pork ribs (such as the long end or short end) rather than the “you get what you get” policy. One thing that was a big turn off is that R.U.B. doesn’t provide you with…well…rub at the table to put on your ribs (ironic right), only BBQ sauce. The ribs weren’t anything spectacular and the BBQ sauce was quite thick compared to its competitors. The food was mediocre at best and as much as I hate to say this, Blue Smoke was better. Don’t bother visiting R.U.B., please go to Hill Country instead!