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For 2
Date
Tue, 2/20
Time
11:30 PM
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Dinosaur Bar-B-Que - Harlem

4.5
2711 reviews
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$30 and under
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Barbecue
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  • Comfort Food (41)
  • Casual (26)
  • Good for Birthdays (24)
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 2711 People Are Saying
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4.5  based on recent ratings
4.5
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4.3
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4.4
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4.4
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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AndreaR 
5.0  Dined 2 days ago

Waited a bit for seating even with reservation but everything else was FANTASTIC. Food and service were fast and friendly

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DanG 
4.0  Dined 4 days ago

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

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PaulC 
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

First time visiting on Valentine’s Day. Food and service was great. Really busy, but the atmosphere was fantastic. Would visit again if I was back in New York.

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TracyP (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

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

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

It was nice.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

The service was GREAT! Food was Amazing!

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Alix2015 (New York Area)
5.0  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.

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vipFoodieNYC (New York Area)
3.0  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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Jilly (New York Area)
4.0  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.

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RichardS (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on February 3, 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.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
1.0  Dined on February 3, 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.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

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

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on February 2, 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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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on January 28, 2018

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

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  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.

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JadaC (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

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

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  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.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  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!!

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vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  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.

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SamG (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on January 14, 2018

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

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vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
3.0  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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OpenTable Diner (London)
1.0  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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myalchin (London)
4.0  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.

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OpenTable Diner (France)
5.0  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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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on December 28, 2017

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

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on December 24, 2017

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

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on December 22, 2017

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

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Mary (New York Area)
1.0  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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sshoff (New York Area)
5.0  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.

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OpenTable Diner (Atlantic City)
5.0  Dined on December 11, 2017

Always good food and cozy environment

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