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Mon, 4/23
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Dinosaur Bar-B-Que - Harlem

4.5
2758 reviews
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$30 and under
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Barbecue
Perfect For:
  • Comfort Food
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Good for Groups
The Scene
The Syracuse-based barbecue phenomenon plunked a sprawling roadhouse with all the familiar back-road accoutrements into an abandoned meat factory. Unfinished wood-beamed ceiling, burlap bag curtains, scattered country bric-a-brac, and an enthusiastic greeting feel worlds away from the city. The roll call of devotees includes area families, couples on casual dates and groups of Columbia students.

The Food
Though fried green tomatoes and punchy boiled shrimp start things off right, the smell of smoking meats quickly adjusts the focus. The smokey-sweet pork ribs gently release from the bone and the Texas brisket, a touch dry, gets a lift from a topping of tangy cured jalapeños and a dash of hot sauce. It's even safe to venture from red meat with the truly moist and tender chicken, brined then smoked for deep flavor. With the exception of the cakey corn bread, sides keep pace, with tangy Creole potato salad and sweetened baked beans the standouts.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Barbecue
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Hours of operation
Closed for Christmas. Closes 4 p.m. Christmas Eve. Open New Year's Eve and New Year's Day

Lunch: Monday - Sunday 11:30am-4:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday 4:30pm-11:00pm, Friday & Saturday 4:30pm-12:00am, Sunday 12:00pm-10:00pm
Catering is available.
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Phone number
(212) 694-1777
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Private party facilities
Two private party rooms for parties from 15 to 150 people. Our goal is to ensure your party, business meeting or specialized event is a rousing success. We’ll provide full customization to suit your needs so you don’t need to sweat the details.
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Private party contact
Lizette LeBaron, Catering Manager: (646) 213-1709
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Catering
1. Full Service
2. Drop off w/ servers
3. Drop off
4. Take out
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
12th Avenue
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Parking details
Street parking available. Pay lot is also available on 131st Street (btwn 12th Ave and Broadway)
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Public transit
1 train @ 125th Street
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Entertainment
Live Blues on Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 9:00pm-1:00am
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Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access
What 2758 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.2
service
4.4
ambience
4.4
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 2 days ago

Everything was great! I totally enjoyed myself! I will definitely go back!

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5.0Dined 2 days ago

It me and my family's first time eatting here and will definitely nit be my last. The food was amazing.

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3.0Dined 2 days ago

I love the atmosphere the waiter was beautiful a little forgetful but it was very crowded so I understand the food itself did not like it was too salty and very little on the place for the price was not good I might try it again I don't know yet so far probably not

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

It was amazing they accommodated my family which was a group of 17 (six of which were under 5 ) they were really pleasant and very attentive to the group the prices were not bad at all drinks were amazing and my son had an amazing birthday.

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4.0Dined on April 16, 2018

Sharley notre serveuse a été très sympa et nous a expliqué la carte Merci à elle
Les plats étaient copieux et la viande très bonne
Une très belle salle également

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Great meal, as always. Ribs are excellent. Must make reservation or you could wait 1-2hrs. for a table. Is worth the wait!

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

I arrived a little late to my reservation but I was taken care of. I enjoyed the live band while I ate. The food was very good. I had the Korean BBQ ribs (beef), potato salad and cole slaw. The macaroni and cheese was good as well. My waiter forgot to bring my water but overall the service was good.

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2.0Dined on April 13, 2018

I've been to Dinosaur BBQ several times before, and previous trips have been pretty on point as far as the food goes. However, I was really unimpressed with everything this time around.

I ordered the trio of meats (brisket, pulled pork, and 1/4 chicken), and they all honestly tasted like they'd been under a warmer for most of the day -- they were plenty tender, but I didn't feel like they'd been freshly prepared. The sides were the same, unfortunately -- the mac and cheese was just .... awful. But the baked beans were passable. Cornbread was dry as heck, but warm, so I guess that's something.

I'm still not convinced that Dinosaur is a bad place; there have been other occasions where the food is super scrumptious. However, the fact that it's a tossup is frustrating, ESPECIALLY considering that it's just as expensive, whether the food's on point or not.

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3.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Very very noisy. Hard to hear conversation. Fried was ok although the service was quite slow.

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Birthday but didn’t really celebrate

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Dinosaur BBQ was excellent as always. Highly recommended.

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Authentic BBQ spot with lively atmosphere. Reservations recommended & honored in a timely manner. Standouts: craft cocktails & extensive beer list, wings, deviled eggs, pulled pork, BBQ chicken & ribs, along with their sides of mac n cheese, sweet potatoes & creamed corn. The icing on the evening...by far the friendliest & stellar service by Charlene. Thank you for a memorable visit.

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Very good service, food was delicious as well as the drinks, great atmosphere. My family & I had a wonderful time. I will definitely be returning here and will definitely recommend.

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4.0Dined on April 3, 2018

Have been wanting to go to Dino BBQ for years and we finally made it. It was definitely worth it. Good for both small and large groups, fun country atmosphere in a city setting. The ribs were fantastic, chicken was juicy, and their signature BBQ sauce amazing!

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3.0Dined on April 2, 2018

Food is very good- authentic. BUT it took a long time to get our order (at least 30 minutes) and we found the portions to be a bit small. We liked some things (ribs are great) but others fell short (beans just ok, hot link sausage disappointing).

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

absolutely love this place. the wings are the best in town! must have them. and the fried green tomatoes ! I get them every time .

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Food was great, from Rochester NY so know all about the dinosaur.

Moving my son into a NY City Apt so wanted a fun place for Easter Dinner

Staff is always very friendly, great drinks too.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Came for my wife’s birthday and we had an awesome time it was also Easter Sunday so it was super busy. Shout out to are waiter Angel he took care of us the whole time and made sure we go what we wanted. Definitely would recommend to anyone who wants some good comfort food and chill place to go.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Took friends out to eat after church for Easter. We had a great time!

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

I'm from Texas, so I always enjoy finding a BBQ joint that does it right. In addition to great food, you couldn't wish for a friendlier waitstaff. Never disappointing.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Great experience! Briskets and ribs were awesome!

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Great honors reservations sat on time. Food is fab. Best fried green tomatoes

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4.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Went for a bday celebration dinner...the waiter was very attentive. Kid friendly and the food was ok.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

me and family enjoy our self cant wait to come back again thank you for wonderful services again. Frederick branker

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

I've been here a few times but it was my friend's first time and she thoroughly enjoyed herself. There was a mishap but that was easily and professionally taken care of thanks to our server (I forget her name, one too many cocktails) but she had on a red and white plaid shirt and her section was by the bar, and the manager who came over to apologize. There was a live band who was great and recreated songs that we haven't heard since we were in high school. Overall this place was great, the food was great, the ambiance was great, and our service was even better. Also, thanks to the bartender, a young guy with a red shirt on who took care of us while we waited be seated. He was very polite and happy. We appreciated that!

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Great place for families, large groups. Great comfort food, big portions.

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Great bbq spot. Service was excellent as well as the food. Best deviled eggs I have ever had. Wings and ribs were great as well.

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2018

They NEVER disappoint. Only problem is parking in area, but it was a Thursday, so it wasnt that bad.

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4.0Dined on March 20, 2018

First time dining at this rustic and family-friendly restaurant. The BBQ rib and chicken combo was delicious. Had fun!

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4.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Dino BBQ is always a classic. Very easy go to if you are looking for some solid BBQ and great beers on tap. Waitress was very pleasant, and the atmosphere was fun.

I thought that the brisket was a bit lacking from where it was last time I had it. Did not have the signature smoke ring I was looking for.

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4.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Reservations helped wait time

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4.0Dined on March 17, 2018

The food was great. The waiter (Carlos) was fantastic. I will be going again.

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5.0Dined on March 8, 2018

Best ribs in the US

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4.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Waitress took almost 10 minutes to get us water and take our order after we got seated. Everything else was great.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Always a good time! Super accommodating for our large group. Our sever Carlos was top notch!

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4.0Dined on March 3, 2018

This place truly is a neighbourhood gem. Love the ambience. The brisket and the ribs used to be even more tender and come right off the bones. I wouldn't mind paying $5 for the combo platter if that brings the falling off the bone quality of the meat back!

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5.0Dined on February 26, 2018

The food was amazing and our server was the best! She was very accommodating even when we had to push our reservation back!

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4.0Dined on February 25, 2018

The staff doesn't really care about the food although the BBQ is great and everyone should go. The mac n' cheese leaves a bit to be desired. I loved the brisket!

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

My children and i had a great brunch it had something for everyone thanks again

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4.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Solid BBQ top to bottom. Only complaint this time was that the waiter was VERY inattentive. I had to go up to the front desk area a few times to get some service.

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