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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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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.1

ambience

4.2

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

88% would recommend it to a friend

Comfort Food (48)
Casual (44)
Good for Groups (37)
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Fun (37)
Neighborhood Gem (26)
Good for Birthdays (25)
Great for Lunch (23)
Authentic (21)
Kid-friendly (21)
Great Beer (19)
Fit for Foodies (17)
Sunday Lunch (16)
Worth the Drive (16)
Special Occasion (16)
Good for a Date (15)
Bar Seating (14)
Good for Anniversaries (11)
Quick Bite (11)
Great for Brunch (10)
Happy Hour (10)
Hot Spot (10)
People Watching (10)
Vibrant Bar Scene (10)
Cozy (9)
Live Music (9)
Late-night Find (8)
Spicy (7)
Tasting Menu (7)
Waterfront (6)
Creative Cuisine (5)
Live Sports (5)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Business Meals (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Paleo Friendly (4)
Scenic View (4)
Great for Outdoor Dining (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Seasonal (2)
Quiet Conversation (1)
Romantic (1)
Tapas (1)
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·Dined on September 30, 2017

We love this restaurant as long as you have a reservation in advance. Just stopping by will earn you a 1+ hour wait for a table depending on the night. The baked wings are to die for!!!!! The ambience is great and the location is prime for coming out of the city or heading into the city afterwards.

Tags: Late-night Find
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Always a wonderful time when coming here with friends and family! The family meal is a great value and the drinks are always on point. Kudos to the manager for making his rounds and checking in with the guests!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Service was prompt but signature drink was mediocre. I didn’t really like the side orders but main course were great.

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

Came here with my mom and fiance for an early birthday dinner. Honestly, no complaints. Ribs are killer and try the jalepeno margarita if you like it spicy!

Tags: Casual, Great Beer, Fun, Live Sports, Bar Seating, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 24, 2017

The location of the restaurant, under a viaduct, is in an area undergoing change. Our reservation was honored immediately, otherwise the reported wait was 45 minutes. We enjoyed our fried green tomato appetizer and all loved their ribs, brisket and most of the sides (especially the cole slaw and mac'n'cheese. Much of the food is on the sweet side, but you kind of expect that, although not necessarily in collard greens. Portions were generous and the service was attentive. My wife would not order the chicken again nor the salted potatoes, but we were happy to have some left over ribs and brisket to take home. The price tag at the end was quite reasonable.

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 24, 2017

They had no regular sugar to put in coffee. They had no burger buns without sesame seeds once it was sent back so they just threw the burger on hero bread cut the burger to make it fit. Ordered lettuce and tomato and received a little stalk piece from the lettuce and a very small piece of tomato on the one side of the hero bread that they cut in half. Waitress seemed upset at being asked for regular sugar. Not even a welcome smile. Disgusting service. But thw ribs were good. Delivery from them would be the way I go from now on. Then they reported that i didn't keep my reservation when they never bothered to ask if I had one.

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·Dined on September 23, 2017

Wait was very long, food was not good. Manager and waitress was very attentive though.

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·Dined on September 22, 2017

I wanted to see what all the hype was about, and I was a little disappointed because the food wasn't great.

Tags: Casual, Good for Groups, Fun
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 21, 2017

The service was great. The food wasn't good as it used to be. The proportions have gotten smaller. The drinks were good.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Late-night Find
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 19, 2017

I am from Denver, but ALWAYS get up to Dinosaur when in town. It is GREAT BBQ, fantastic drinks and FUN!!!

Tags: Great Beer, Casual, Worth the Drive
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 17, 2017

My daughter attended Syracuse where we first learned of Dino. Tried to get there every trip to the campus. Then Dino came to Chicago and we were thrilled to have one locally. Alas, it closed . My daughter now lives in Harlem and we once again can get our BBQ fix when visiting her. Love the cornbread and pork platter so much I break my usual no meat policy and chow down. Lots of side choices inc some we never had in other locations. And due to busy night and wait for our food, waiter Carlos brought a complimentary piece of cheesecake. Nice customer service!

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 16, 2017

WILL!!! WILL!!! WILL!!!
He is one of the best servers since O have been going there. My friends first time and she loved everything. The location, the staff, the food and our server Will. He made everything twice as good. I love the food and the staff. Dinosaurs is a 10+ for me.

Tags: Late-night Find, Kid-friendly, Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on September 15, 2017

Dinosaur is always a favorite. I was surprised this visit with amount of fat in the pulled pork. Not very "clean".
Service is excellent.
Atmosphere is great.

Tags: Comfort Food, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Good for Groups, People Watching
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·Dined on September 13, 2017

It would be better if open table gave me my 100 credit points for using their service for this.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Return visit to one of our favorite BBQ joints in the city. We had the Sweetheart Special for two - which was delicious and enough food for leftovers; also an excellent price for the quality/quantity. We started with the wings. The devil's duel wings were extremely hot - exactly as advertised! Can't wait to return.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Cozy, Hot Spot, Casual, Great Beer, Great for Lunch, Late-night Find, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Spicy, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, People Watching
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 (Panama)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Awesome BBQ with a great beer list - a perfect combination! This place is definitely worth seeking out. Service wasn't as good as we're used to at other locations, but it was friendly and not really too slow.

Tags: Spicy, Worth the Drive, Fun, Bar Seating, Great Beer, Casual, Authentic, Comfort Food
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 (Birmingham)·Dined on September 10, 2017

It was my friends birthday, the food was amazing, their deviled eggs and fried green tomatoes were delicious. I always get the brisket and ribs plate with a side of Mac and cheese and potato salad. I got the Donkey Punch which is amaze balls. A cute cake with a fireworks type of candle was brought out to my friend. It was soooo cute!!! The waitress was so attentive and nice. I love it there, food is good, drinks are good, ambience great. Perfect for dates that are established and don't mind eating with their hands! Not that great for a first date. May be too loud.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 10, 2017

A group of us went on a Saturday night, the restaurant was packed. I was happy I made a reservation because the wait time without a reservation was 1hr 30mins. It took about 10 minutes to be seated which was great. The server got a few items that we ordered wrong but the taste of the meal made up for it. I recommend the brisket and the ribs, both were tender and very tasty. The donkey punch was also very good. We also had the whiskey carmel cheesecake which was amazing!I will definitely recommend the Harlem location to others.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Wow this place is BUSY! you will need to make reservations if you do not want to wait 1 hour or longer. I made my reservations via Opentable and had no issues, actually got seated 1/2 hour earlier. The line was out the front door. Got the look from folks on the line waiting lol. Super friendly staff and comfortable seating, we were 9. food came fairly quickly, drinks were reasonable at 8 bucks for a martini and same for beer. We went with the BBQ rib special for 2, 31 bucks for a full rack of ribs and 4 small sides. More than enough for 2, actually 3 of us shared this. Sweet potatoes are creamy and delicious and so were the pork/prime rub/Beef sliders we shared. Another good app were the fried green tomatoes, will def get all of these again on our next visit.

Tags: Special Occasion, Casual, Good for Groups, Fun, Fit for Foodies, People Watching
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·Dined on September 9, 2017

Great as always, it's worth the trip from Long Island for great BBQ

Tags: Bar Seating, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch, Live Music, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Good for Groups
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·Dined on September 9, 2017

They didn't give me a table after my reservation, although i waited for 1 hours

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·Dined on September 8, 2017

Good place to meet with friends for good BBQ. Service is always professional and friendly. Cozy ambience but noise level can be a problem.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Cozy, Spicy, Great Beer
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·Dined on September 8, 2017

Food wasn't anything special. I was expecting better flavors in the meat but not a bad value.

Tags: Fun
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 (Birmingham)·Dined on September 2, 2017

The food and drinks are always delicious. In the process of making reservations again. Love it there.

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on September 1, 2017

Awful experience unlike any I've ever had at that restaurant. Our drinks took over a half an hour to get to our table and food took over an hour. When the food came out it was cold. My brisket had big pieces of fat on it that I couldn't even eat.

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·Dined on August 28, 2017

It's been years since I've been to Dinosaur BBQ. But I wanted to take my boys and I have to say, I was very happy with the experience! The only downside (and to be fair, it was Saturday night at 8:15) was the wait for our food. Outside of this, everything else was phenomenal! Our waitress, Nikki (hope I spelled that correctly), was an absolute doll! She was attentive; although she was clearly swamped, and did an excellent job of making sure I and my boys were happy from appetizers to dessert. The son's mac & cheese was sooo good, I ordered a side for myself. The manager brought it to the table himself. We had wings for an app; delicious. My small boys ordered sliders (pulled pork & brisket) and audibly ate the whole thing. I had the chicken & ribs, whipped sweet potatoes & green: it was perfect. Be warned, it's a lot of food, but every bite was worth it! When my youngest complained that his mac & cheese was too spicy (it really wasn't, but he's the type of child that cannot stomach any seasoning, it's all spicy to him) Nikki gladly comped his meal and replaced his plate with cornbread and beans. She was attentive, responsive and proactive! I can't say enough about her. I'll definitely go back with friends or the boys.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Cozy, Great Beer, Kid-friendly, Paleo Friendly, Happy Hour, Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Late-night Find, Fun
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·Dined on August 27, 2017

in August 27, 1989 i was born and this year in 2017 was my official birthdate. it has been 3 years sine I have been home and since I've heard about Dinosaurs and never been my mom brought me there. I AM SO GLAD THAT SHE DID!!!! The food was off the chain, the service was great and my server even personally came and sang happy birthday to me. This was the best visit home for a wonderful birthdate and great food and company. I am going to look to se if they have a Dinosaurs out on the west coast where I live because people has got to taste the greatness in the food. Thanks Mommy, you are the best and so was Dinosaurs food. Rating 10+ and ** !

Tags: Good for Groups, Casual, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Brunch, Quick Bite, Good for Birthdays, Vegan
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 26, 2017

The portions have gotten smaller now that the side dishes are not in individual bowls. I am disappointed and it's not worth the money people spend to dine out. When I go out I don't just want meat I want the side dishes as well and not happy how skimpy the food has gotten. I wont eat here like I used to.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Meat lovers come one come all the best barbecue in Harlem ❤️

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 (Oxford)·Dined on August 25, 2017

Great food, great service, a hit with the family.

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·Dined on August 20, 2017

The Spareribs are great and the Sites are yummy. The homemade Sangria is delicious.

Tags: Live Sports, Good for Birthdays, Great Beer
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 (Orlando)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Great food and server. Horrible and delayed checkin and seating experience.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Took my family including my mother in law and niece out for a late lunch. Food was delicious and everyone enjoyed meal. Will try to leave room for dessert next time!

Tags: Kid-friendly, Great for Lunch, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 19, 2017

We were a party of 7, I would have given the restaurant 5 Stars but 2 of the dinners came out 15 minutes after everyone else received theirs. The waitress did compensate with 2 Beers but would have liked for all the meals to have come at the same time, no excuse!

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

I have been to Dino BBQ many times. Their wings are amazing and ribs are really good as well. Everything was very solid except the chairs we happened to have at our table were some of the most uncomfortable chairs I had ever sat on and when I said something all 5 others members of our party agreed very uncomfortable.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New England)·Dined on August 16, 2017

Had a group dinner with friends and we all enjoyed our meal. Pulled pork sandwich and the ribs were amazing.

Tags: Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 13, 2017

The place is fun, and even on a Sunday night, pretty busy. The food was all good, nothing was disappointing, but nothing was truly special either. The sides were more notable than the mains.
Portions are huge, so we ordered 3 mains and one app for 2 adults and 3 teens, though no one was very hungry, and that was plenty of food.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on August 13, 2017

Awesome food and cocktails! The brisket, pulled pork and Mac and Cheese are Amazing!! The ribs are only okay and kinda tough (I've had them multiple times and it seams to be the same every time.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 12, 2017

as usual the food didn't disappoint. while the other locations are good, the harlem location is just that much better. never had a bad meal there!!! we usually enjoy the ribs along with the wings (devil duel are my absolute favorite) and the green fried tomatoes.

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·Dined on August 12, 2017

Just a great place for great food and drinks bring friends family its a fun place for the money worth every penny you spend

Tags: Late-night Find, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Casual
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