Rue B

★★★★☆
  • 188 Avenue B

    New York, NY 10009

    Cross street: nr. 12th St.

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  • 212-358-1700

About Rue B

Hours
Mon-Fri, 4pm-4am; Sat-Sun, 11am-4am

Food

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A classically appointed bistro lounge that harkens back to the 1940's. Black and white print photography adorns the walls. You find yourself conversing about a time or place or something that reminds you of one of the personas on the wall.

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★★★★★

A classically appointed bistro lounge that harkens back to the 1940's. Black and white print photography adorns the walls. You find yourself conversing about a time or place or something that reminds you of one of the personas on the wall.

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This is one of my new favorite spots! Had my birthday party here and it was the perfect location. Food and drinks were amazing! They were so accommodating to my late friends and scattered ordering. and loved the live jazz after 9PM.

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★★★★★

This is one of my new favorite spots! Had my birthday party here and it was the perfect location. Food and drinks were amazing! They were so accommodating to my late friends and scattered ordering. and loved the live jazz after 9PM.

Pros: Food, drinks, service, music

Cons: Location

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Where the hell is the old bartender??

Im used to the bartender at brunch who made great bloody mary's. I found out he's no longer there which is a shame. I'd love to know where he works at now. He was pretty cool.

1
★★☆☆☆

Where the hell is the old bartender??

Im used to the bartender at brunch who made great bloody mary's. I found out he's no longer there which is a shame. I'd love to know where he works at now. He was pretty cool.

Pros: the food is good

Cons: the vibe isn't the same

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I went here with a friend this week on Wednesday, and we had a great, great experience. Super-friendly bar staff and great drinks with an easy, non-pretentious vibe. It was intended to be a bar hop down Avenue B, but we ended up staying all night.

2
★★★★★

I went here with a friend this week on Wednesday, and we had a great, great experience. Super-friendly bar staff and great drinks with an easy, non-pretentious vibe. It was intended to be a bar hop down Avenue B, but we ended up staying all night.

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I went there for the first time and asked for a caipirinha, which the bartender didn't know how to make but still charged me $12 for it. My group of 5 sat at a table and got yelled at by the waitress because we could only sit there if we were going to order more drinks. We had the intention of doing that but I just had to leave or I'd throw my drink at her face. There was NO need to YELL at CUSTOMERS who wanted to BUY stuff from the place. Never going back and do not recommend anyone go there.

0
★☆☆☆☆

I went there for the first time and asked for a caipirinha, which the bartender didn't know how to make but still charged me $12 for it. My group of 5 sat at a table and got yelled at by the waitress because we could only sit there if we were going to order more drinks. We had the intention of doing that but I just had to leave or I'd throw my drink at her face. There was NO need to YELL at CUSTOMERS who wanted to BUY stuff from the place. Never going back and do not recommend anyone go there.

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We used to go here every weekend for the $10 brunch despite the fact that one of the waitresses was such a b*tch that we used to actually laugh about it every week. Then two things happened: the cooks changed and they raised the price. While the asparagus and eggs used to be made with high-quality olive oil and shaved parmisian, it's now diner-quality greasy with some Kraft-esque dust on top. These days the "Tuscan Truffled Eggs" should be changed to "Corn Oil Eggs in the Hole." While this was annoying, the audacity of the $2 increase that now results in a poorer-quality brunch for more money is disappointing. While a $12 brunch that includes a drink ain't shabby, it's not worth putting up with that borderline-psycho waitress. Needless to say, I've taken my brunch business elsewhere

1
★★★☆☆

We used to go here every weekend for the $10 brunch despite the fact that one of the waitresses was such a b*tch that we used to actually laugh about it every week. Then two things happened: the cooks changed and they raised the price. While the asparagus and eggs used to be made with high-quality olive oil and shaved parmisian, it's now diner-quality greasy with some Kraft-esque dust on top. These days the "Tuscan Truffled Eggs" should be changed to "Corn Oil Eggs in the Hole." While this was annoying, the audacity of the $2 increase that now results in a poorer-quality brunch for more money is disappointing. While a $12 brunch that includes a drink ain't shabby, it's not worth putting up with that borderline-psycho waitress. Needless to say, I've taken my brunch business elsewhere

Pros: Brunch includes cocktail

Cons: hit-or-miss staff, quality of food dramatically reduced

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We used to like this place for brunch but after today, we'll never go back. We were attracted by the lunch special, $10 for salad, 1/2 sandwich and a "soft drink or coffee/tea." That's a good deal. But wait...We ordered iced teas with our meal. When the check arrived, we were charged for both of them. When we showed the special as described on the menu to the waiter/bartender he told us that iced tea fit neither the description of a soft drink or coffee/tea. Couldn't he have said something when we were ordering? What a rip off. No wonder the place was empty.

1
★★☆☆☆

We used to like this place for brunch but after today, we'll never go back. We were attracted by the lunch special, $10 for salad, 1/2 sandwich and a "soft drink or coffee/tea." That's a good deal. But wait...We ordered iced teas with our meal. When the check arrived, we were charged for both of them. When we showed the special as described on the menu to the waiter/bartender he told us that iced tea fit neither the description of a soft drink or coffee/tea. Couldn't he have said something when we were ordering? What a rip off. No wonder the place was empty.

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This place is a beer lover's paradise. Solid selection. They keep their draft beer lines impeccably clean. I had the first pour from their Stella, Sierra Pale, Guinness, and Blue Moon taps on Saturday afternoon. I was blown away at how I actually got to taste fresh beer (The bartender told me they had a company come in and clean the hell out of their beer lines often.) Beer lovers: you will not be disappointed with this place.

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★★★★★

This place is a beer lover's paradise. Solid selection. They keep their draft beer lines impeccably clean. I had the first pour from their Stella, Sierra Pale, Guinness, and Blue Moon taps on Saturday afternoon. I was blown away at how I actually got to taste fresh beer (The bartender told me they had a company come in and clean the hell out of their beer lines often.) Beer lovers: you will not be disappointed with this place.

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The food wasn't great, but there are two-for-one martini cocktails during happy hour. I'm pretty sold.

1
★★★☆☆

The food wasn't great, but there are two-for-one martini cocktails during happy hour. I'm pretty sold.

Pros: happy hour, live music

Cons: food

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My group of friends and I stumbled (really, stumbled) into this place on Saturday night "for one drink" on our way to another bar. I had a sombrero on my head (31st bday...yes, "31 not 21" but whatever) which probably indicated that this may be a fun crowd. Needless to say we livened up the place, which was small but still very fun. The bartenders were SOOO much fun, entertaining us, and putting up with alot of drunkeness, I'm sure!!! But when we tried to leave to go to the next place, they asked us to stay and so we did. Finally, we really stumbled out around 3am. I left without my sombrero but I figured it was a good tip (besides, it had all of the drink garnishes inside the rim...thought they could use them back!)

2
★★★★☆

My group of friends and I stumbled (really, stumbled) into this place on Saturday night "for one drink" on our way to another bar. I had a sombrero on my head (31st bday...yes, "31 not 21" but whatever) which probably indicated that this may be a fun crowd. Needless to say we livened up the place, which was small but still very fun. The bartenders were SOOO much fun, entertaining us, and putting up with alot of drunkeness, I'm sure!!! But when we tried to leave to go to the next place, they asked us to stay and so we did. Finally, we really stumbled out around 3am. I left without my sombrero but I figured it was a good tip (besides, it had all of the drink garnishes inside the rim...thought they could use them back!)

Pros: friendly bartenders

Cons: small venue

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Stellar food -- "old school" sopressata sandwich (not on the menu anymore but the sandwich jedi in the back can whip one up pronto), fabulous ciabatta creations, amazing polenta, yummy guac, and one of the best brunches in the village!

Staff has changed, less friendly and less attentive. Manager can be very blunt but he's a good guy.

Music has changed; used to be great, amazing, well-balanced jazz that still let you have a quiet conversation. Now it's louder blues with the guitar amp turned up so loud you can't hear the piano or your friends.

Drinks very tasty and priced New York style; stay away from their "specials" and your dry martini with lots of olives will be nice to your tongue and wallet.

Fun people watching, especially on the weekends.

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★★★★☆

Stellar food -- "old school" sopressata sandwich (not on the menu anymore but the sandwich jedi in the back can whip one up pronto), fabulous ciabatta creations, amazing polenta, yummy guac, and one of the best brunches in the village!

Staff has changed, less friendly and less attentive. Manager can be very blunt but he's a good guy.

Music has changed; used to be great, amazing, well-balanced jazz that still let you have a quiet conversation. Now it's louder blues with the guitar amp turned up so loud you can't hear the piano or your friends.

Drinks very tasty and priced New York style; stay away from their "specials" and your dry martini with lots of olives will be nice to your tongue and wallet.

Fun people watching, especially on the weekends.

Pros: Great food, fun atmosphere, great social scene

Cons: Can be loud; spotty service

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Our waitress knew that our group of five was only ordering drinks, and she offered a table to us anyway. We proceeded to order a stream of expensive cocktails and bottled water, but clearly we were not spending enough $. It began to fill up, and we had just finished our cocktails and were about to leave (we had even collected the check) when the manager came over and said (in an extremely rude tone) "I don't mean to be rude, but there are people waiting and it is time for you to go." We were floored. We had done nothing to deserve this hostility, other than fail to order dinner, which they were aware of when we arrived! To make matters worse, the waitress followed us out, and demanded that we leave a better tip. We shouldn't have left a tip at all, and we WON'T be going back.

1
★★★☆☆

Our waitress knew that our group of five was only ordering drinks, and she offered a table to us anyway. We proceeded to order a stream of expensive cocktails and bottled water, but clearly we were not spending enough $. It began to fill up, and we had just finished our cocktails and were about to leave (we had even collected the check) when the manager came over and said (in an extremely rude tone) "I don't mean to be rude, but there are people waiting and it is time for you to go." We were floored. We had done nothing to deserve this hostility, other than fail to order dinner, which they were aware of when we arrived! To make matters worse, the waitress followed us out, and demanded that we leave a better tip. We shouldn't have left a tip at all, and we WON'T be going back.

Pros: good jazz

Cons: rude manager, rude waitress

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Your best bet is to visit Rue B on a weekend during happy hour. Drinks are half-price (at the bar ONLY). Shane should be working the bar and you can pretty much be guaranteed your drink will be nice. If it's not simply say something and he'll make it right. Rob follows up for the late night crowd and he's equally accomodating. The food is fantastic. It's better than typical "bar" fare with options ranging from antipasta to polenta and desserts to match. It does get crowded, though, and, like every other piece of real estate in NYC, space is limited. It's definitely one of my favs and promises to remain as such. Pros: fair prices for great drinks and food, good music, live music (on occasion), great photos, nice people. Cons: small space, the occasional pretentious bloke. Verdict: rock on!

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★★★★★

Your best bet is to visit Rue B on a weekend during happy hour. Drinks are half-price (at the bar ONLY). Shane should be working the bar and you can pretty much be guaranteed your drink will be nice. If it's not simply say something and he'll make it right. Rob follows up for the late night crowd and he's equally accomodating. The food is fantastic. It's better than typical "bar" fare with options ranging from antipasta to polenta and desserts to match. It does get crowded, though, and, like every other piece of real estate in NYC, space is limited. It's definitely one of my favs and promises to remain as such. Pros: fair prices for great drinks and food, good music, live music (on occasion), great photos, nice people. Cons: small space, the occasional pretentious bloke. Verdict: rock on!

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I randomly walked on in the other night and the place was packed with nice people. They had live music and one of the best piano players I have ever seen. He completely took over the bar. The service was great as well. I'll defintely be back!

2
★★★★☆

I randomly walked on in the other night and the place was packed with nice people. They had live music and one of the best piano players I have ever seen. He completely took over the bar. The service was great as well. I'll defintely be back!

Pros: Music, Friendly Staff

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Way too loud when packed... One perfectly nice waitress versus one psycho waitress, somewhat clueless bartender and a hyper-sensitive owner make it kind of unpredictable. The unassuming Jazz trio makes it more mellow on less crowded nights. The sweet drinks will get you over the top before you know it...

1
★★★☆☆

Way too loud when packed... One perfectly nice waitress versus one psycho waitress, somewhat clueless bartender and a hyper-sensitive owner make it kind of unpredictable. The unassuming Jazz trio makes it more mellow on less crowded nights. The sweet drinks will get you over the top before you know it...

Pros: Great Drinks, Live Music

Cons: Loud, Expensive

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Low key, great food, well-mixed drinks, EXTREMELY nice and accomodating staff, great jazz (but you can still hear who you are talking to!), there is nothing bad I can say about this place. Highly recommended.

2
★★★★★

Low key, great food, well-mixed drinks, EXTREMELY nice and accomodating staff, great jazz (but you can still hear who you are talking to!), there is nothing bad I can say about this place. Highly recommended.

Pros: Great Jazz, Intimate, Great staff

Cons: Crowded on weekends

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Cozy, welcoming lounge-restaurant. Came here on a Saturday night. No-cover jazz that was actually pretty decent. A good atmosphere & crowd--not snooty and not boorish. Everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves. A nice (not overwhelming) selection of light plates, appetizers, sandwiches and cocktails. I had a mozzarella, prosciutto and arugula panini--yummy. Everything at gentle prices.

2
★★★★★

Cozy, welcoming lounge-restaurant. Came here on a Saturday night. No-cover jazz that was actually pretty decent. A good atmosphere & crowd--not snooty and not boorish. Everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves. A nice (not overwhelming) selection of light plates, appetizers, sandwiches and cocktails. I had a mozzarella, prosciutto and arugula panini--yummy. Everything at gentle prices.

Pros: good atmosphere, affordable, food & music

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looks like a cafe--I was surprised to have such tasty treats and a great selection. had a bluefish spread on toast which was really, really good. small place, but comfortable and worth the duckets.

2
★★★★☆

looks like a cafe--I was surprised to have such tasty treats and a great selection. had a bluefish spread on toast which was really, really good. small place, but comfortable and worth the duckets.

Pros: comfortable, food

Cons: space, privacy

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The owners of Rue B seem to know exactly what the burgeoning Avenue B neighborhood wants. A casual place for inexpensive eats that looks like it's been there for decades. Rue B fits the bill on all counts. There's the menu of good panini…

 

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