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“Hopping BBQ in Harlem”
Review of Dinosaur Bar-B-Que

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Ranked #65 of 13,765 Restaurants in New York City
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$20 - US$25
Cuisines: Barbecue
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Good for: Groups, Bar Scene, Child-friendly
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Delivery, Reservations, Takeout
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: 12th Avenue
Transit: 1 train @ 125th Street
New York City, New York
Level 6 Contributor
212 reviews
107 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 167 helpful votes
“Hopping BBQ in Harlem”
Reviewed 9 June 2014

As regular Fairway shoppers (that's a supermarket in the NY metro area if you're not from this region) we've passed Dinosaur BBQ countless times but never stopped in. But now that we have we love it! We decided to drop in on the Friday of Memorial Day weekend for an early dinner after a Fairway run. Perhaps not the smartest idea given how crowded it was. There was an hour-long wait, so we ordered from their takeout window and had dinner at one of their outdoor picnic tables. FYI, the Hudson River is a block to the west so you can have a picnic there just as easily.
Well, let me tell you, the food was delicious and definitely worthy of the long lines. I had the chicken and rib combo and my husband had the pulled pork sandwich. Mine came with two sides, so I tried the mac 'n cheese and collard greens. I may be wrong but think their BBQ is "Memphis" style. The BBQ sauce is tangy and finger-licking sticky, just as it should be. They have a full bar and a great beer menu including a category called "Your Father's Fridge," where Budweiser and Schlitz reign supreme over more trendy craft beers.
We liked the restaurant so much that we had dinner there this past Friday after another grocery run. Are you sensing a pattern here? This time it was before 6 PM and there was still a 20 minute wait. We opted instead to dine in the bar, which has full wait service at the high-tops. The food, I'm happy to report, was just as good as our first visit. Good all year round, but definitely a fun summertime restaurant. Another tip. . .they do take reservations but book up about a month in advance.

  • Visited June 2014
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 June 2014 via mobile

I havent been to the one in harlem ive been to the new one in unioin square the stop after Barcly center and let me you its an awesome place the food is to die for esp the wings very very addictive and the drink of choice is called the Donkey punch!!! You will love it!! And on the weekends they have live bands and what i love about it is they take your cell phone # to text you when your table is ready so you can chill outside and wait definite recomendation!!!!!!!!

Thank Cancunlov
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New York City, New York
Level 5 Contributor
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 May 2014

This is definitely an excellent restaurant serving excellent food. NYC has a few outstanding places for ribs, etc., but not as many as other cities. This is the best I've tasted. Servers are nice without attitude. Go enjoy it.

  • Visited May 2014
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2 Thank Joseph S
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Oundle, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Wow BBQ and some !”
Reviewed 27 May 2014 via mobile

Lots of great tasting BBQ and great value. Go hungry - leave stuffed. We had the family stylin' BBQ, 4 of us couldn't eat it all.

1 Thank Bill C
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Belo Horizonte, MG
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Reviewed 20 May 2014 via mobile

It's wonderful! Very good food with a very good price! Taste the ribs, but chicken is very good too. Excellent service. I preferer without chilli.

1 Thank Bruna M
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