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About Dinosaur Bar-B-Que - Harlem

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.

700 west 125th st
New York, NY 10027
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Barbecue

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.

Cross Street:
12th Avenue

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(212) 694-1777

Website:
http://www.dinosaurbarbque.com/

Entertainment:
Live Blues on Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 9:00pm-1:00am

Catering:
1. Full Service
2. Drop off w/ servers
3. Drop off
4. Take out

Parking Details:
Street parking available. Pay lot is also available on 131st Street (btwn 12th Ave and Broadway)

Public Transit:
1 train @ 125th Street

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.

Private Party Contact:
Lizette LeBaron, Catering Manager: (646) 213-1709

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access

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Dinosaur Bar-B-Que - Harlem Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.5

service

4.3

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4.4

value

4.4

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Moderate

88% would recommend it to a friend

Comfort Food (38)
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Fit for Foodies (17)
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Special Occasion (15)
Good for a Date (14)
Kid-friendly (13)
Worth the Drive (13)
Hot Spot (13)
Happy Hour (12)
Great for Lunch (12)
Sunday Lunch (12)
Bar Seating (9)
Good for Anniversaries (8)
Quick Bite (8)
Cozy (6)
Live Music (6)
Vibrant Bar Scene (6)
Creative Cuisine (5)
Late-night Find (5)
Great for Brunch (4)
Live Sports (4)
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People Watching (4)
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Spicy (4)
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·Dined 3 days ago

Best chicken wings ever !!
Ribs and brisket very good.

Tags: Fun, Spicy, Late-night Find, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on February 11, 2018

BBQ In the city , not what I expected. Best BBQ. I’ve had in a longtime.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Late-night Find, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Hot Spot
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·Dined on February 10, 2018

It was nice.

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·Dined on February 10, 2018

The service was GREAT! Food was Amazing!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Food was delicious as always, fast and friendly service, good atmosphere. We will keep coming back for southern style barbecue. Rye ribs and collard greens are be best around.

Tags: Special Occasion, Great Beer, Casual, Disabled Access
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 8, 2018

I've always wanted to try Dinosaur BBQ as I've heard the hype. The place is loaded with charm and welcoming. However, the seats in our booth were worn and broken, and I was surprised when we were given extremely scratchy plastic plates. This is a turn-off to anyone who loves dining out. The wedge salad is naked lettuce and tomato, no bacon or cheese, but came with a delicious dressing. We had the family special which, for $70, is a good deal and feeds 4-6. I recommend the chicken, moist and tasty, and the ribs were good. Both the pulled pork and brisket were over-smoked. Cornbread was very good. The mac & cheese forgettable, but the house made fries excellent. Overall, good not great. They need to replace their scratchy plastic dishware and re-stuff the seats in the booths.

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·Dined on February 6, 2018

Excellent food ! We went to Dinosaur BBQ for a retirement dinner for a colleague. The service was excellent! Love the fried green tomatoes ! We had the combo plates. Tasty ! The place has a good selections of wines. We finished the dinner off with Key Lime Pie. A purely enjoyable dining experience.

Tags: Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Quick Bite, Cozy, Business Meals
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Went for my sons Birthday with family members(14), we had reservation for 830 pm, we all arrived on time , but still had to wait 30 minutes to be seated. Waitress was pleasant and friendly , but I think she may have had to many tables , because after she took drink order , food order there was long wait for both to come.

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Had a reservation but still had to wait twenty minutes. The staff figuring out what to do with us simply seemed annoyed we were there at all. When seated the table next too us played a basketball game loudly on their phone during our whole date. The last time I was here the table next to us was on her phone loudly as well, really loudly, but it's not the sort of place that would pay any attention to a complaint or move you. Chaotic waiter service. They seemed overwhelmed. The food is great here but we will never be back.

Tags: Comfort Food
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·Dined on February 3, 2018

The wings were good but the full rack of ribs we ordered were burnt, hard, and very cold.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 3, 2018

The ribs were just okay. Nothing special. Definitely not as good as the dry rub ribs I get when I’m in Nashville. (Peg Leg Porker is the place if you ever get to Music City.) I did like the sides, especially the barbecued fried rice. The Cajun deviled eggs were also pretty good. Collared greens were a bit too spicy. Baked beans were pretty ordinary as was the Mac n cheese. I was really hoping the ribs would have been better. I’m just used to moist, tender, fall off the bone goodness. Dinosaur did not deliver.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Great food, great atmosphere, and friendly servers. Love this place!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 27, 2018

We had a fantastic time.It was a family gathering .We had not seen each other for a long time .We didn't want to leave.Will definitely come back one day.

Tags: Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Authentic, Waterfront, Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays, Live Sports, Bar Seating
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Love this place ! Every time I go it’s a better experience than the last .

Tags: Hot Spot, People Watching, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Live Music, Fun, Great Beer, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Late-night Find, Worth the Drive, Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 23, 2018

Great food, plenty of it. Casual and fun, space to move around. Big bar, big tables, big portions. Great tasting food, really nice servers.

Tags: Happy Hour, Casual, Comfort Food, Fun, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 21, 2018

I took my father and some family here when he was visiting from Florida over the holidays and the food and service was far beyond anything I was expecting! The brisket and wings are the best I’ve ever had and the smoky flavor of the meat is amazing! I used to work as a waiter in nyc for 6 years so I have had a good amount of food experience in this city and this is definitely my #1 go to spot being that I live close by. Recently I took my wife here for lunch and we ate so much we didn’t eat anything else for the rest of the day, the value is great for the quantity & quality. I look forward to my next visit!!

Tags: Comfort Food, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 20, 2018

I have had BBQ in all the top regions is the US. Dino holds its own. Love the Ribs and Brisket as well as the sides and cornbread. We shared the Sweet Potato Pecan Pie for dessert.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Get there early before they run out brisket. Overall the food was great.

Tags: People Watching, Happy Hour, Hot Spot, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Arrived at 6:25 (all of us) for a 6:30 reservation. Was told we’d have to wait 30 minutes. Not sure what the point of the reservation was. Walk-ins were told the same thing. Waited just over 35 minutes. Food was OK. Strong flavor of liquid smoke in most things. Not as good as it once was.

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 (London)·Dined on January 4, 2018

They accepted and confirmed my family's booking during a time they were advertised as open. We got there and it was closed. It cost us 12 dollars each way to get there, then a walk through the snow and wind. Disgraceful!

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 (London)·Dined on December 30, 2017

We ate here after checking trip advisor for American BBQ style food in NYC. This place is brilliant. The food is delicious. Service is faultless, ambience was fab. Highly recommend this place.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (France)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Awesome ribs, it was the perfect way to get warmer and be ready to face the cold !

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Great time. The foods and drinks were great like always.👍

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Servizio cortese e disponibile, mangiato benissimo in un’atmosfera accogliente.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Great meal everyone could find many dishes they liked. Everything was delicious and the cocktails were tasty.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Sunday Lunch, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Overall, The food was very bad...chicken uncooked. The ambiance was okay, however the smell of smoke was over powering. If you have elimainated beef/pork from your diet this is not certainly the place to dine. Dinosaurs is known for the comfort food I.e Mac&Cheese, collard greens it was bad too! Recommendations:
New Menu, new cooks and better service
NEW STRATEGIC PLAN

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Dinosaur BBQ is always one of my favorites, it is my go-to barbeque in NYC! We brought friends from out of town there and they truly enjoyed it. Dinner with shared app not including drinks comes to about 25/person including tip and tax. It can get pricey when you start out but overall a really great choice everyone is pleased! Great for families and groups.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Kid-friendly, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Authentic
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on December 11, 2017

Always good food and cozy environment

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 9, 2017

The best BBQ in NY. First had it in Syracuse, so glad they're in NY now.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 8, 2017

When we got there our whole party wasn’t there and the receptionist told us no problem the table was ready and to let her know. As soon as everyone showed up we were seated right away. The server was friendly and easy going. We ordered an appetizer and it was on the table 5 minutes later. Once we ordered the food it was very quick to come out. Food was very good. Kinda small portions but we got the sampler that came with 2 meats and 2 sides. Once we were done check came quickly and we were on our way. Didn’t feel rushed but was defiantly expecting a little more time at the restaurant. Defiantly would recommend.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Haven't been to this Dinosaurs in at least a couple of years. Last time was soso, but this time was fabulous! New management? Really delicious, food fresh and hot, nice waiter and hostess, fun!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Kid-friendly, Comfort Food, Gluten Free Options, Good for Groups, Fun
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 4, 2017

Their food is always tasty but the Korean BBQ ribs are a bit salty for my taste. They made a mistake on our order but were quick to remedy it.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Always heard great things from my Ithaca living sister who's gone to Syracuse restaurant several times. Thought wife, son & I from Bayside, Queens should finally try Harlem branch.
Our visit began on a late Sunday afternoon, unbelievably pulling into a legal parking spot right outside Dino BBQ...WOW, off to a great start! Our waiter was a cool, very polite guy. Food was EXCELLENT, nice size portions of the " Real McCoy". Enjoyed a drink (wife drove) which was reasonably priced. No room for dessert; we all left full. Overall we were very happy we finally did this and look forward to returning sometime soon. PS- this is a legit review, I'm not being paid for this. Steve

Tags: Great for Lunch, Casual, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Bar Seating
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Nice BBQ options, very friendly service, good vibe

Tags: Happy Hour, Casual, Great for Lunch, Comfort Food
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 2, 2017

We were seated properly. Ordered our drinks which were very good however must have gotten mixed up because I kept getting the same drinks even though we didn't order them. Cut to the same appetizers again even though I only wanted one and then finally the food came out and everything was correct however it took a very long time. We were not in a hurry so that was good my son's love their food

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Food was not great, staff was attentive,ambience nice. Finding parking was an issue....

Tags: Tapas, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 25, 2017

The food was very tasty. The service was good. My skirt steak was delicious.

Tags: Fun, Comfort Food
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 (London)·Dined on November 22, 2017

I thoroughly enjoyed my dinner at Dinosaur Bar B Que. The portion sizes are decent and the food was very tasty. I ordered the ribs which were very succulent and moreish. Staff were attentive and knowledgeable. I would not hesitate to recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for good southern cuisine.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 19, 2017

The brisket was recommend by all that I told I was going to Dinosaur for the first time and boy was I so disappointed. The food came out freezing cold I couldn't even eat it. When the waiter seen that I didn't eat the brisket she asked me if I wanted to take it with me and I said no throw it in the garbage.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Girlfriend wanted to try it out. I thought with the name “Dinosaur” in it the meat portions would be huge, slightly disappointing. Food was good though.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Quick Bite
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