188 Ave B, New York, NY | Directions 1000940.727956 -73.979417
Mon-Fri, 4pm-4am; Sat-Sun, 11am-4am
Neighborhoods: Downtown, East Village, Alphabet City
A one of a kind in the East Village – 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.
The food is great (bacon pizza, wow) the staff great, vibe is great. I discovered this place years ago and now I can't get enough... it's my "escape from NY" place where the lights are low, the live jazz is soft, and I can just mellow out. I love hearing the groups of people laugh as I know people are having a good time - everyone wants to be around that kind of positive feeling.
Rue B is the kind of place where my grandparents would have met 70 years ago on a date. This is perhaps why this place is so special to me.
Great piano bar restaurant – 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.
Editorial Review – Live jazz, creative cocktails and solid bistro fare makes this nightspot a popular destination among young locals.
Not the same – 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.
Great for late evenings... – 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.
Expensive, bad attitude and crappy drinks – 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.
Brunch price increase, not so cool – 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
They Lost Two Customers Today – 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.
Go for the beer! Excellent party space. – 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.
Well... – The food wasn't great, but there are two-for-one martini cocktails during happy hour. I'm pretty sold.
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