Dinosaur Bar-B-Que

Restaurants, Barbecue Gowanus
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Dinosaur Bar-B-Que
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Brisket at Dinosaur Bar-B-Que

Pit powerhouse John Stage—the Harley enthusiast behind the wildly popular 'cue empire—expands to Brooklyn with this 208-seat Gowanus outpost. Along with signature dishes including dry-rubbed pork ribs and apple-brined BBQ chicken, he unveils a few new items: a "Breakfast All Day" barbecue hash with BBQ brisket and a poached egg; brisket po' boy–style; and a fried-green-tomato sandwich with pimento cheese and chowchow. At former tool-and-dye factory, this expansive honky-tonk is done up Dino-style, with exposed-brick walls, reclaimed banquette booths and sidewalk picnic tables. An installation of recycled whiskey bottles hangs from the high ceiling, and the bar is a set piece from the Russell Crowe film Cinderella Man, stocked with draft beers from Kelso, Sixpoint and Brooklyn Brewery.


Venue name: Dinosaur Bar-B-Que
Address: 604 Union St
Cross street: between Third and Fourth Aves
Opening hours: Mon–Thu 11:30am–11:30pm; Fri, Sat 11:30am–midnight; Sun noon–10pm
Transport: Subway: R to Union St
Price: Average entree: $16. AmEx, MC, V
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Family Stylin' BBQ consists of 1 whole chicken (6 pieces), 1 whole rack of ribs, 1 pound pork or brisket, 3 Side Dishes, and MIni Rolls.  It serves 4-6 people, and is priced at 69.95.  The first time I went in January, I was impressed by how everything tasted. Everything was on point.  We had three people and could not finish everything, which is a good thing.  That's nothing to complain about.  I remember marveling at how it was so worth it, and how I would come back again.  The service, however, was decent.  The entire look of the place looked pretty cool.  For my first time there, I would give this place four stars.  

Now, three days ago, I came here again with another group of friends, and we had six people altogether.  We ordered two Family Stylin' BBQ's.  In fact, my friends actually agreed to come because of my recommendation.  Unfortunately, I let them down because we were treated with not just bad service (waiting 20 minutes to order), but terrible taste in the meat.  The mashed potato with gravy side was good, along with the BBQ beans w. pork.  Seriously though, with all of this meat, it would be a complete disaster if we had to bite through every single piece reluctantly.  And, knowing that we were paying for the dinner, we had no choice but to reluctantly try to finish all of the pieces.  We were all appalled.  For this second time, I would give the experience one star.

Overall, I'll bump my average rating for this place to three stars, because I did have a good time eating the family style the first time around - though I am disappointed by what I experienced the second time there.  I doubt I'll come back.  If I do decide to try Dinosaur Bar-B-Que again, I will probably try the Harlem location.