700 W. 125th St., New York, NY, 10027
at Twelfth Ave.
By foodjunky on 7/11/2009
The food was good and nasty, cold and small portions. I had the pile high pulled pork., and i must say that i should have gone to Mc Donalds and order a Big mac and super size the fryes instead. The glass of water had a long black hair in it, i let that go. But the food taste like it came from a box, the ribs were burned. the corn bread tasted like it had pellets in it. If you can cook i wouldn't recommend this place to you.
By iand on 7/9/2008
I liked everything about Dinosaur except for the food. The ribs were just plain bad. You needed a knife which they provided with the ribs which I guess was an ominous sign. I was expecting "fall off the bone" teder and what I got was tough, fatty, and stringy. The sauce was tasteless (so was the cornbread) and the beans were disgusting. After reading Adam Platt's where to eat in 08 and the reader reviews on here, I was totally shocked. The Mac and Cheese was the only saving grace. Sharp cheese with a nice crust, good texture, and a tasty spice rubbed topping. Very good. If anyone feels compelled to give Dinosaur a try, make sure to keep your expectatons low.
By cb85 on 9/21/2011
Everything about the place is just ok. The food is passable, but there is better BBQ in the city. The decor is a little cheesy and the service is ok. I didn't feel fully satisfied by anything I had (pulled pork as an entree) and the whole time I wished I had picked another place. The side dishes (corn, etc.) tasted just like the frozen microwaveable ones you can buy at the grocery store.
By tj54321 on 11/4/2013
I finally made the adventure up to Dino BBQ at 125th St. Atmosphere is OK. Service was unfortunately slow and inattentive, even though the place was far from busy on an early Monday evening. I got a big combo, so let me talk about the food in detail: - Wings - meaty, smoky, nice and charred and soaked up the sauce well - Ribs - meaty and tender, slid off the bone - Brisket - great beef flavor, held up well (you don't want it falling apart) - Sauces - OK, but each had too much tomato flavor and needed more heat/spice/sweet respectively - Beans - a tasty side, but almost pureed in form (yuck) - Sweet potato - a light and fluffy side that needed just a bit more spice - Corn muffin - awful - very bland and dry
By TM27 on 6/15/2009
My job takes me to many BBQ-centric cities and I've eaten my share of ribs, pulled pork and brisket. I was excited to try Dinosaur as I've eaten at other NY BBQ joints and been fairly impressed. Unfortunately I can't say the same here. I had the Tres Hombres which gives you a sample of ribs, pork and brisket. The ribs had a very good flavor but were a bit small and stringy. The pulled pork was DRY like it had been cooked and then set under a heat lamp for a while. The brisket had a good smokey flavor but the meat was tough. The sides, thank goodness, were pretty good. With so many other good BBQ spots in the city I would not put this one on my list.
By macbrainiac on 3/19/2009
The mac and cheese were very good. Collard greens were even better--spicy, moist, memorable. Exactly four ounces of each side dish, along with a teensy slice of unremarkable cornbread. The ribs looked really good; they had a medium spice rub and basting glaze on them, which I prefer over the KC style sweet stuff. Unfortunately the pork was charred and stringy on top, chewy, fatty and grey below. Maybe this is what dinosaur meat is supposed to taste like! Still, it's an interesting place and location, might return to drink beer and hear music with friends.
By lreev01 on 1/13/2007
I'm originally from Kentucky, not far from Owensboro, which claims to be the BBQ Capital of the World. So, I'm tough on NYC BBQ. That said, Dinosaur BBQ is pretty darned good. Half of any good BBQ experience is the atmosphere and Dinosaur does atmosphere very well. The BBQ itself (specifically the ribs and the pulled pork) is pretty good - and that's coming from someone who won't touch most New York BBQ. Most people, therefore, will fall in love with this place. Worth the trip to northern Manhattan - give it a shot.
By cygnerose on 6/11/2009
i totally recommend this place, however avoid the weekends it get extremely crowded and you must wait hours for a decent table, I think they accept reservations but i'm not sure. The food is well prepared. Their burgers and mac and cheese are yummy. ribs are good also, although i feel theirs not much of a variety to choose from when it comes to sides. The homestyle portions make up for their lack of sides and good wines. Great place to take your friends for some comfort grub.
By ErinbhNYC on 8/26/2009
This is my husband's favorite place! Dino is fun and the food is reliable and tasty -- if you like to drink and eat good BBQ this is the place for you. It's just a hike to get to. We need another one downtown!
By mistermcgoo on 2/7/2010
Before NY I lived in the South for 10 years so I've tried a ton of bbq over the years. Dinosaur is not in the same league as my favorite joints down South but it was still pretty damn good, and better than I expected for Manhattan. I had the ribs which were quite tasty if a little dry (best ribs should be fall off the bone tender and juicy with a bit of a charred glaze on the outside). The cornbread was perfect and for my sides I had the mac and cheese and their cajun corn (which is corn off the cob mixed with spices and red peppers). The corn was delicious though I thought the mac and cheese just OK. I got take out so I didn't get the full dining experience but the staff were friendly despite the fact that it was a Sunday and packed.