Dinosaur Bar-B-Que

Dinosaur Bar-B-Que

BBQ Joint$$$$
West Harlem, New York
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    SuYeone J.
    "Fried tomato, devil wing, salted potato highly recommended!"(25 Tips)
    Hector
    "As recommended, Fried Green Tomatoes and Mac & Cheese are a must."(45 Tips)
    Benjamin B.
    "Have to try donkey punch, w swag sampler and the ribs are the best!!"(13 Tips)
    Devoni M.
    "I had the wings, mac n cheese, sweet potatoes and deviled eggs."(21 Tips)
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  • Mike t.heart icon on user image
    Mike the ElderApril 15, 2017
    Great place for ribs!!! Try Tres Niños to sample three different meats. Mac n cheese side and corn bread a must.
  • Staff Picks
    Staff PicksFebruary 25, 2016
    Fried green tomatoes are this week's trending taste and this joint in Harlem is worth the trip! Considered one of the best BBQ joints in the city, this place is a meat (and tomato) lover's paradise.
  • Elizabeth M.
    Elizabeth MaiuoloJune 10, 2016
    we had the full rack and a few appetizers (as the sides didn't grab our eyes). Fried green tomatoes were ok but the pulled pork sliders were amazing!!! The full rack was
  • Suzanne X.heart icon on user image
    Suzanne XieFebruary 21, 2016
    Get the wings, deviled eggs, BBQ pork fried rice and finish with the chocolate ice box pie. That's a meal!!(Got the ribs but they aren't as fall-off-the-bone as imagined. I prefer blue smokes.)
  • Time Out New York
    Time Out New YorkJuly 18, 2018
    The bluesy, bare-brick hall slings jalapeño-crowned Texas brisket; fleshy, pull-off-the-bone pork ribs; and thick-battered fried green tomatoes drizzled with cayenne-buttermilk ranch dressing. Read more
  • JPheart icon on user image
    JPAugust 28, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Best BBQ in NYC. The best ribs and brisket, very good pulled pork. Try the Mac & cheese, whipped sweet potatoes, and Syracuse salt potatoes as sides. Oh, not to mention the cornbread... So delicious
  • Mike F.heart icon on user image
    Mike FriedlichMarch 26, 2017
    Amazing place. Chicken Wings, pulled pork, and brisket are the best I have ever had. Chocolate Ice Box Pie is amazing, and the French Fries are great too. Ribs arent that good though.
  • Gothamist
    GothamistAugust 1, 2014
    Do not, under any circumstances, skip out on the jumbo chicken wings, which range in spice from mild to hellishly hot; be sure to pair your meal with a side of homemade mac and cheese and baked beans. Read more
  • Paddyheart icon on user image
    PaddyMarch 19, 2016
    Really good BBQ and soul food place on the very west side of the city. We got a 3 meat combo plate. Brisket was just like you'd find in Texas, sausage was moist and tasty and the ribs were great too.
  • Mahammatt B.
    Mahammatt BabaJune 20, 2016
    Had the Memphis chop with the baked beans, sweet potatoes, creole potatoes and Mac and cheese. Wasn't a big fan of the beans, the potatoes. The sandwich was very good as was the Mac and cheese
  • Megan B.heart icon on user image
    Megan BakerAugust 20, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    You can't go wrong with the Tres Niños (pulled pork, ribs, AND brisket) with a double side of Syracuse style salt potatoes, but they'll have to roll you out the door.
  • Kelsey S.heart icon on user image
    Kelsey SmithMay 6, 2015
    I had the Cuban with Mac and cheese and salted potatoes. It was one of the most delicious meals I have had in a while. The two sides were amazing!! Definitely recommend this place
  • Ms H.
    Ms HeleneDecember 8, 2012
    The nuevo sampler plate with BBQ ribs, 1/4 chicken and 2 slices beef brisket, 2 selected sides and cornbread $15.95. Beef was a little chewy but ribs and chook amazing. Best sides squash and corn!
  • Jesse B.heart icon on user image
    Jesse BagelsDecember 22, 2015
    Nothing - NOTHING - tops the wings (and the bleu cheese) and the deviled eggs, but go crazy anyway! Pro tip: If you do the big meal deals (which you should) swap out the half chicken for WINGS.
  • Erik C.
    Erik CintronAugust 11, 2016
    New York has good BBQ. We might not have the open pit. But the recreation is divine. Combined with that New York service and drinks. This place is gigantic , fun and fairly priced. Off the west side!
  • Ade L.heart icon on user image
    Ade LeriSeptember 18, 2017
    I made reservations because I heard it's quiet a wait, I have to say that the food was delicious and our waiter was very friendly. I definitely look forward going back
  • James G.heart icon on user image
    James GreenOctober 1, 2014
    The Swag Sampler is a great if you just want a bite of each starter. The portions are big, the prices decent, and the beer varied. The sides are awesome, but I was a bit disappointed by the cornbread.
  • Eater
    EaterSeptember 18, 2010
    Along with Daisy May's, Dinosaur tops the category of Best BBQ in New York. Waits are epic, as are the ribs. Be aware that outside tables are first-come first-served. [Eater 38 Member] Read more
  • dawn.in.newyork
    dawn.in.newyorkJanuary 31, 2016
    Wings and brisket are good too, but it's all about ribs in this place! Totally worth the trip to all the way up on the west side in Manhattan.
  • Adrienne C.
    Adrienne CooperJuly 27, 2015
    Been here 25+ times
    A transplant from Syracuse and a long-time NYC fave, this spot has great BBQ food and a pretty sizable offering of great beers. They're great for groups and now have an event space for parties.
  • FoodtoEat
    FoodtoEatJuly 27, 2012
    Absolutely phenomenal BBQ with a fun atmosphere. Order the "Sweetheart Deal for Two" for BBQ and four sides! The Roasted Whipped Sweet Potatoes with Spicy Nut topping is out of this world!
  • Time Out New York
    Time Out New YorkAugust 8, 2018
    Nestled under railway tracks, the bluesy, bare-brick hall slings jalapeño-crowned Texas brisket; fleshy, pull-off-the-bone pork ribs. Read more
  • What's Good Hereheart icon on user image
    What's Good HereAugust 8, 2014
    Save this idea for a great day out. Bike up the Hudson Greenway up to the Little Red Lighthouse. Stop here to enjoy some of NYCs top BBQ. Plenty of seating. Rent bikes at Bike & Roll @ 12th & 43rd.
  • Jin M.heart icon on user image
    Jin MoonAugust 26, 2016
    Devils wing is REALLY spicy. But for spicy lovers its a wing that was done right. Must have for those who love really spicy food
  • Dira B.
    Dira B.April 29, 2013
    If you go on a Sunday, please expect a wait exceeding over an HOUR. I waited for about an Hour and 30 mins. However the food came quickly! Had 2 donkey punch each and the BBQ wings are a MUST!
  • Corey N.heart icon on user image
    Corey NeilsSeptember 21, 2014
    Food was great! Always busy! Deviled eggs on the menu! They could use a little spicing up, but still tasty. The rib slabs at huge and the service was good for a late Sunday brunch.
  • Harlem A.
    Harlem AmbassadorApril 9, 2013
    Follow the crowds packing them in for Bar b cue goodness. Give them your name and come back in about an hour and you'll be about ready for your table. The smoked meats are legendary. Excellent sides.
  • Karin R.
    Karin RendelmanJuly 12, 2011
    deviled eggs, marbled brisket, fried green tomatoes...wings are yummy too! great place for a group to celebrate the winning game you just pitched & share lots of things. & the drinks...delicious!
  • Victoria W.
    Victoria WenzelSeptember 12, 2014
    We ordered the Sweetheart Deal (Ribs cornbread and four sides ) the fried green tomatoes and wings. OMG so much food and so delicious!
  • Chelsea B.
    Chelsea BalkanJanuary 27, 2013
    #FabuLIST big ass pork plate and ribs are to die for! The best sides are fried rice (my fav), corn bread, coleslaw and corn. Love their bbq sauce options too. Mac and cheese wasn't anything special.
  • Lee H.
    Lee HoffmanApril 25, 2013
    Fried Green Tomatoes AMAZING! The brisket is the best I've ever had (ask for it extra lean if you like it that way). The collard greens are also very good.
  • Ms H.
    Ms HeleneJanuary 2, 2013
    The menu pricing encourages you to try their samplers which comprise 3 varieties of meats. I had one with chicken, pork ribs and beef brisket with 2 sides and corncake for $15.95. Value and taste!
  • ZenFoodsterheart icon on user image
    ZenFoodsterJanuary 10, 2014
    Stars here that outshine the rest of the menu items are the Fried Green Tomatoes app, BBQ wings or any BBQ or BBQ jerk chicken dish, collard greens & BBQ fried rice sides! ;9
  • CityRover M.
    CityRover MediaJanuary 10, 2011
    Once you get a look at the menu, devote some time to the appetizer section, because the Jumbo BBQ Chicken Wings (with Wango Tango sauce) and Fried Green Tomatoes are well worth the artery clogging. Read more
  • Tara G.
    Tara G.November 11, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    There's almost always an enormous wait for a table, but you can order quick take-out from the friendly staff in the back and enjoy some amazing Mango Tango wings and ribs back at home.
  • ᴡᴡᴡ.Graham.linodxz.ru D.heart icon on user image
    Don't miss the habernero BBQ sauce. Really enjoyed the Memphis pulled pork sandwich. High quality pulled pork. Fries were better than the Mac and cheese ad a side.
  • jasmine j.heart icon on user image
    jasmine jeffersonFebruary 25, 2017
    Always been a favorite place of mine. Bartenders are so sweet and the food is even better and I'm usually picky about BBQ. Definitely get the Donkey Punch too
  • Sarah S.
    Sarah SeedsMarch 19, 2012
    "Sweet-heart deal"full rack of ribs & 4 sides: the mac n' cheese, BBQ fried rice, potato salad, baked beans and deviled eggs are AWESOME. LOVE this place! Be prepared to wait if u walk in on weekends.
  • PureWow
    PureWowMay 9, 2017
    The spicy Wango Tango wings are a glorious, sticky, delicious mess, as are the St. Louis ribs. Grab extra napkins. Read more
  • Natalie B.heart icon on user image
    Natalie BeckMarch 26, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Deviled Eggs and Brisket with Mac and Cheese & Syracuse Potatoes are phenomenal choices to try here at Dinosaur.
  • Roberto T.
    Roberto TobarSeptember 23, 2012
    Barbecue here is absolutely amazing. Pork-sket sandwich is incredible! Good sides here too, especially the Syracuse salt potatoes. If you crave good barbecue, you absolutely have to be here. Worth it!
  • J B.
    J BriggsJanuary 10, 2014
    Tasty ribs. Brisket good-could be hotter. Sides are very small. Salt potatoes, fried rice, and cole slaw are solid. Mac & cheese is overhyped. Knowledgeable servers, FAST service and CHEAP prices
  • The Corcoran Group
    The Corcoran GroupApril 27, 2010
    Hailing from Syracuse, this popular rib joint boasts the best BBQ north of the Mason Dixon. We recommend the chicken wings and the BBQ rib smackers for fall-off-the-bone deliciousness.
  • Lenny G.heart icon on user image
    Lenny GalloApril 6, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    This place is phenomenal and does BBQ very well. Stand out must try's are: Wango-tango sauce (on their wings or ribs), blue cheese dressing, Salted Potatoes, and Mac-and-cheese.
  • Chris P.heart icon on user image
    Chris PolloneSeptember 18, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Ribs, wings, fried green tomatoes all great. My favorite bbq in NYC. Try the hot Wango tango sauce.
  • Hector
    HectorDecember 22, 2010
    As recommended, Fried Green Tomatoes and Mac & Cheese are a must. If too packed, bar may be okay for 2/3 ppl. Excellent ribs.
  • DailyCandy
    DailyCandyNovember 20, 2013
    It’s out-of-the-way location doesn’t deter crowds who chow down on short ribs, pulled pork, and sides of Syracuse salt potatoes — a staple that harks from the original brick-and-mortar upstate.
  • Ms. Dee B.
    Ms. Dee BellJanuary 27, 2012
    A carnivores paradise. Rustic, woody, and brash! Food can pretty be described the same. Side dishes are hit or miss. Location is off the beaten path, but worth a trip. Drinks are great! Food coma!
  • amNewYork
    amNewYorkOctober 10, 2011
    A rustic, appealing spot with whitewashed walls & West African décor, the funky-yet-traditional approach is best seen in dishes like salade Nicoise, escargot and coq au vin. High energy, great music.
  • cwh
    cwhOctober 27, 2013
    13 wango tango as main, side of BBQ fried rice & choose one more (ask what side of the day and soup are!)
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