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Ruby’s Bar & Grill

Posted on | August 10, 2010 | by Jason | 1 Comment

Ruby's Bar & GrillIt took me about 22 years of living in NYC to finally make it out to Coney Island & when I did, I headed straight for Ruby’s (1213 Riegelmann Boardwalk).  This place takes ‘Dive Bar’ to a whole new level & throws in a side of Coney Island Boardwalk & sea views.  Mismatched furniture, a jukebox on it’s last legs & no-nonsense, gray-haired bartenders complete the look.

Jameson Shot at Ruby's Bar & GrillThe space is basically cut into 3 parts; the bar which is along one wall, seating in the cavernous dark room (I still can’t figure out where the bathroom is, or if there even is one at all) & the ‘restaurant’ which serves up everything from oysters to corn dogs.  I haven’t been brave enough to try anything from the raw bar there, so I normally rock the fried oysters.  After a ride on the puke-inducing Cyclone (hold on to your sunglasses, trust…), you need to be careful about what you eat.

Fried Oysters at Ruby's Bar & GrillThe food here is pretty much what you’d expect from a CI Boardwalk spot where you can hear the emcee from ‘Shoot The Freak’ heckling passersby about 10 feet away.  Fried, Fried & Fried.  The real attraction here is people-watching & the respite from the heat & humidity in the city.  As a remedy, Ruby’s holds her own quite well.

The bartenders are all ‘adults’, don’t chat to you (unless you’re a local) & are VERY heavy-handed (that whiskey pictured above was twice the size…) when it comes to shots.  My kinda place!  If you’re fancying a trip to the beach (not that much summer left!), try out Ruby’s.  With the Coney Island development project looming, God knows how long this place will be there for…

Update; Ruby’s is now Closed.

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  1. East Village Eats » Ruby’s Bar & Grill to close
    November 3rd, 2010 @ 8:04 am

    [...] good in 2 weeks.  It’s already closed for the season, but it’ll never open again.  I reviewed it back in August & I can honestly say that I’m really going to miss this place.  It was my [...]

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