Memorable | One of the Best
Review by: billyboy
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!
Directions & Hours
- Monday: Closed
- Tuesday: Closed
- Wednesday: 12:00 – 9:00 PM
- Thursday: 12:00 – 9:00 PM
- Friday: 12:00 – 10:00 PM
- Saturday: 12:00 – 10:00 PM
- Sunday: 12:00 – 9:00 PM
|Meals Served||Lunch, Dinner, Late Night|
|Credit Cards Accepted||Yes|