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Dinosaur Bar-B-Que

700 West 125th Street, New York, NY - (212) 694-1777
Posted By Bill Homan on 9/28/2009 5:57:00 PM
I grew up near the original Dinosaur Bar-B-Que in Syracuse, NY, so I've been a fan of their 'cue for years. I was very excited to learn they were opening a location in NYC only a year after I had moved there. I've been to the Harlem locale by myself and with friends on countless occasions and have loved it every time!

Start with Creole-spiked deviled eggs. Served on a bed of lettuce, I don't bother to bite into these, but rather throw them back like shooters. Mmmm. You'll love every spoonful of the turkey and sausage gumbo. It's filled with shreds of turkey, hunks of sausage, aromatics, and plenty of fluffy rice. Sometimes the ribs are just pretty good (over-sauced, not crusty), sometimes better than that. Either way, I can't help but denude them of every bit of their moist, porky goodness. The pulled pork is velvety soft, slathered with some of their signature sauce. Ask for some of the crusty bark pieces as well. The bar-b-que beans are always great: soft, goopy, and filled with shreds of pulled pork. A nice hunk of their Honey Hush corn bread comes with the meal as well. I like it so much, I've taken to making it at home, much to the delight of my friends.

A real treat for me is the BBQ fried rice. I love bar-b-que and have an affinity for Chinese takeout when the mood strikes. This is the best of both worlds. They make this very flavorful fried rice with soft bits of egg, onion, scallions, carrots, ginger, garlic, soy, and any leftover smoked meat they have (I've had it made with pulled pork). Could I get a quart of that to go, please? For dessert, the peanut butter pie with an Oreo crust is average, and I've eaten a lot of pies in my day. I'm just a big fan of old-fashioned fruit-filled crust pies I guess. If they have the apple cobbler or the peach-berry cobbler, get some; they are both excellent.

I saw the owner, John Stage, there one night working the line; it's nice to know that he gets his hands into the everyday toiling that is needed to make a great restaurant work. The staff has always been really great to me and my friends, joking with us, getting anything we need and, if they've got the time, they'll strike up pretty interesting conversations.

They are right off of the 125th Street stop on the 1 train (just a block away). If you make your way to Harlem, it's the place to be. They take reservations and I would recommend them most nights if you're going with a group, as they fill up quickly. If you go by yourself, you can sit at the bar or one of the tall tables by the bar and listen to some great live blues music Friday and Saturday nights. Hope to see you there!

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5 - Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
Pulled Pork
Wango Tango wings
Syracuse Style Salt Potatoes
Bacon, Lettuce, and Fried Green Tomato Sandwich
Pork-Sket sandwich
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The meat on these tender pork ribs fell right off the bone.
"The meat on these tender pork ribs fell right off the bone."
Stephen Rushmore





Smoky and tender, just how I like it.
"Smoky and tender, just how I like it."
Bill Homan


This tender pulled pork was bursting with flavor.  The hand cut french fries had a clean finish to them and the cole slaw was filling.
"This tender pulled pork was bursting with flavor. The hand cut french fries had a clean finish to them and the cole slaw was filling."
Stephen Rushmore


The chicken was moist enough to make the meat easily fall off the bone.
"The chicken was moist enough to make the meat easily fall off the bone."
Stephen Rushmore


A delicious mix of spicy shrimp boil, Wango Tango wings, fried green tomatoes and deviled eggs.  It comes with blue cheese sauce, BBQ-based cocktail sauce, and a cayenne-buttermilk ranch sauce for the tomatoes.
"A delicious mix of spicy shrimp boil, Wango Tango wings, fried green tomatoes and deviled eggs. It comes with blue cheese sauce, BBQ-based cocktail sauce, and a cayenne-buttermilk ranch sauce for the tomatoes."
Bill Homan


So good I now make them at home.
"So good I now make them at home. "
Bill Homan


A bowl of hearty, flavorful goodness.
"A bowl of hearty, flavorful goodness."
Bill Homan


With house-smoked bacon, crisp lettuce, and crunchy/tangy fried green tomatoes, I never knew I could love a sandwich this much.
"With house-smoked bacon, crisp lettuce, and crunchy/tangy fried green tomatoes, I never knew I could love a sandwich this much."
Bill Homan


An inspired combination of smoked brisket, house-smoked bacon, and Swiss cheese, with a judicious amount of sauce on top.  This is a winner in my book.
"An inspired combination of smoked brisket, house-smoked bacon, and Swiss cheese, with a judicious amount of sauce on top. This is a winner in my book."
Bill Homan


Not offered on the Syracuse menu, I'm glad to see salt potatoes served in NYC and I love explaining the origin of them to folks who have never experienced them before.  Salty, buttery, and decadent, they are not for the calorie conscious.
"Not offered on the Syracuse menu, I'm glad to see salt potatoes served in NYC and I love explaining the origin of them to folks who have never experienced them before. Salty, buttery, and decadent, they are not for the calorie conscious."
Bill Homan


This occasionally recurring side dish, Cajun corn, is buttery, with a nice smoky hint from the peppers.  It possesses a slight bite.
"This occasionally recurring side dish, Cajun corn, is buttery, with a nice smoky hint from the peppers. It possesses a slight bite."
Bill Homan


Dinosaur's version of mac and cheese is always creamy, cheesy, and flecked with just a bit of spice.
"Dinosaur's version of mac and cheese is always creamy, cheesy, and flecked with just a bit of spice."
Bill Homan


My favorite side at the Dinosaur, the baked beans are thick, rich, and laced with shreds of pulled pork (and sometimes chunks of sausage).  These are eternally comforting.
"My favorite side at the Dinosaur, the baked beans are thick, rich, and laced with shreds of pulled pork (and sometimes chunks of sausage). These are eternally comforting."
Bill Homan


The fries have been perfect every time I've tried them: crisp, never greasy, salted just right, and with a great soft potato texture, and flavor, inside.
"The fries have been perfect every time I've tried them: crisp, never greasy, salted just right, and with a great soft potato texture, and flavor, inside."
Bill Homan


A 1/4-rack of pork ribs, brisket and a hot link (from Elgin, TX).  The two sides are Syracuse-style salt potatoes and a mini iceberg wedge with Bar-B-Blues dressing.  There's also a square of Honey Hush cornbread.
"A 1/4-rack of pork ribs, brisket and a hot link (from Elgin, TX). The two sides are Syracuse-style salt potatoes and a mini iceberg wedge with Bar-B-Blues dressing. There's also a square of Honey Hush cornbread. "
Bill Homan


Smokey, spicy, meaty, and with a great char, these wings are addictive!
"Smokey, spicy, meaty, and with a great char, these wings are addictive!"
Bill Homan


One of my go-to sides, this mixture of shredded carrots, golden and dark raisins, and mayo is a bright, crunchy counterpoint to the rich meats.
"One of my go-to sides, this mixture of shredded carrots, golden and dark raisins, and mayo is a bright, crunchy counterpoint to the rich meats."
Bill Homan


Creole potato salad is cool and refreshing, with a nice mix of mayo, mustard, and just-soft-enough potatoes.
"Creole potato salad is cool and refreshing, with a nice mix of mayo, mustard, and just-soft-enough potatoes."
Bill Homan


Warm and comforting, this cobbler is a wonderful finish to a great meal.
"Warm and comforting, this cobbler is a wonderful finish to a great meal."
Bill Homan


Look here if you want to avoid the rush-hour lines.
"Look here if you want to avoid the rush-hour lines."
Stephen Rushmore


The biker theme has been transported from Syracuse with these motorcycle metalworks on display.
"The biker theme has been transported from Syracuse with these motorcycle metalworks on display."
Bill Homan


The dogs in that classic velvet print got nothin' on these guys!
"The dogs in that classic velvet print got nothin' on these guys!"
Bill Homan


A bit out of the way, but always packed inside!
"A bit out of the way, but always packed inside!"
Bill Homan



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