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Dinosaur Bar-B-Que

700 W. 125th St., New York, NY, 10027
at 12th Ave.
212-694-1777

Avg. Rating

7
Food: 6
Service: 7
Décor: 7
"Recommended"

Average Reader Rating on a Scale of 10.

58% would go back.

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LOUSY DELIVERY SERVICE 100%

By robert.monegan on 3/19/2017

  • Overall Rating: 1
  • Food: 1
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: 1
  • No, I would not go back!

Called to place a simple delivery order and was told there was no person to deliver order and try ordering online. COMMON SENSE: If you are open for business, be prepared to run like a full time business. And if you can't run like a full time business, then go OUT of business!

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23 out of 46 people found this review helpful.

It's a Joke

By foodjunky on 7/11/2009

  • Overall Rating: 3
  • Food: 1
  • Service: 5
  • Décor: 5
  • No, I would not go back!

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.

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248 out of 473 people found this review helpful.

bad service

By mmcurtis on 6/2/2017

  • Overall Rating: 4
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 3
  • Décor: 8
  • No, I would not go back!

I went to dinosaur BBQ in Harlem and as soon as me and my husband got there we ordered a drink and the bartender took it upon herself to tip herself from our change ( we had to ask her for our change which she already put in her tip cup without us giving it to her) how crazy is that! then when we told the ratchet manager (Steven Lloyd) he was not nice or professional and he act as if he didn't care, so I guess he condones stealing. Then we sat down to eat and found out they changed the fried rice. it was mushy, with overly vinegar tasting pulled pork in it instead of the cubed brisket that I'm used to. that was very disappointing on top of the waiter who kept disappearing for 15 to 20 mins. at a time. I was very disappointed and wish I never wasted our money in there tonight.

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13 out of 28 people found this review helpful.

bad service

By mmcurtis on 6/3/2017

  • Overall Rating: 4
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 3
  • Décor: 8
  • No, I would not go back!

I went to dinosaur BBQ in Harlem and as soon as me and my husband got there we ordered a drink and the bartender took it upon herself to tip herself from our change ( we had to ask her for our change which she already put in her tip cup without us giving it to her) how crazy is that! then when we told the ratchet manager (Steven Lloyd) he was not nice or professional and he act as if he didn't care, so I guess he condones stealing. Then we sat down to eat and found out they changed the fried rice. it was mushy, with overly vinegar tasting pulled pork in it instead of the cubed brisket that I'm used to. that was very disappointing on top of the waiter who kept disappearing for 15 to 20 mins. at a time. I was very disappointed and wish I never wasted our money in there tonight.

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19 out of 34 people found this review helpful.

very dissapointed

By iand on 7/9/2008

  • Overall Rating: 5
  • Food: 3
  • Service: 8
  • Décor: 8
  • No, I would not go back!

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.

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147 out of 323 people found this review helpful.

Nothing special at all, not worth a visit

By cb85 on 9/21/2011

  • Overall Rating: 5
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 6
  • Décor: 4
  • No, I would not go back!

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.

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275 out of 538 people found this review helpful.

Dino BBQ Good not Great

By tj54321 on 11/4/2013

  • Overall Rating: 5
  • Food: 6
  • Service: 5
  • Décor: 4
  • No, I would not go back!

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

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208 out of 424 people found this review helpful.

Better BBQ in the Big Apple

By TM27 on 6/15/2009

  • Overall Rating: 6
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 9
  • Décor: 8
  • No, I would not go back!

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.

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216 out of 452 people found this review helpful.

Stick with the Sides

By macbrainiac on 3/19/2009

  • Overall Rating: 7
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 9
  • Décor: 8
  • Yes, I would go back!

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.

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188 out of 400 people found this review helpful.

A Good NYC BBQ Experience

By lreev01 on 1/13/2007

  • Overall Rating: 8
  • Food: 8
  • Service: 8
  • Décor: 9
  • Yes, I would go back!

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.

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