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Dinosaur Bar-B-Que

700 West 125th Street, New York, NY - (212) 694-1777
Posted By Patricia Beninato on 10/21/2008 9:34:00 PM
When I was of college age in the mid-eighties a friend of mine attended Syracuse University and introduced me to the joys of Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, then a roadside stand run by three foodie bikers. Twenty-some-odd years later I found myself in New York City with many recommending I try Dinosaur's Harlem location. For those who believe that truly excellent barbecue can only be found in the Midwest or south of the Mason-Dixon Line, I will beg to differ and point strongly in Dinosaur's direction.

Dinosaur's NYC location occupies a large building just east of the Hudson River, blaring the blues and occupied by foodies of every make. I need to disagree with my fellow Roadfoodie billyboy about the location--Dinosaur is only a block away from the subway in the most technical sense; it's more along the lines of two blocks. Bear to the left when coming down the stairs and walk towards the river. Reservations are a must, particularly on weekends when the place is full of people coming from a Yankees game.

If you enjoy beer Dinosaur's list will not disappoint you--they offer many local microbrews as well as the usual Big Brew selections. The interior is dark, the tables are rickety, the ambience is chaotic, and the food is sublime.

I ordered a Chicken and Pork Deluxe sandwich, which is a grilled chicken breast sandwich topped with pulled pork and melted cheese, sided by outstanding potato salad and a mini-iceberg lettuce wedge doused in a mix of blue cheese dressing and barbecue sauce. My husband ordered a brisket platter with beans and salad. The brisket was juicy, tender, and incredibly well-seasoned, as was the pork. My only disappointment is that I missed trying the Creole deviled eggs--I ordered them but never received them.

For those to whom the word "Harlem" invokes fear, don't worry about it; the neighborhood is deserted at night. If you're a BBQ fan and find yourself in NYC, get thee hence to Dinosaur and prepare to eat your head off.

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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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