Dinosaur Bar-B-Que - Harlem

Restaurants, Barbecue Morningside Heights
5 out of 5 stars
(2user reviews)
Dinosaur Bar-B-Que - Harlem
Venue says Harlem Dinosaur has a Happy Hour! Every Mon-Fri from 3pm-7pm at the bar. Check out our website for $2-$6 happy hour specials

There’s a reason why Dinosaur Bar-B-Que is perpetually packed with neighborhood families, leather-clad bikers and everyone in between: The smokehouse regularly appears on lists of the city’s best barbecue. Even though you’re here from the meat, you still might want to start the meal with some fried green tomatoes (three pieces for $6.99, five pieces for $8.99) or Creole deviled eggs (three pieces for $3.99, six pieces for $6.99). For your main course, choose plates piled high with St. Louis–style pork ribs (a half rack for $18.99, full rack for $28.99), slow-smoked brisket with pickled jalapenos ($18.99) or skirt steak with chimichurri and sauteed peppers ($20.99). All the plates come with sides, so you’ll have to take your pick from options such as barbecue beans, Creole potato salad, simmered greens, crispy coleslaw and mac and cheese. Diners who aren’t quite so hungry might go for one of the burgers or barbecue sandwiches. Wash the meal down with one of the 25 beers on tap.

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Dinosaur Bar-B-Que - Harlem says
The Dinosaur Bar-B-Que began life in 1983 as a mobile concession stand using a 55-gallon drum cut in half. For five years, the Dinosaur's home was the road, where they served good bar-b-que at motorcycle shows, fairs, and festivals throughout the Northeast. Burned out from life on the road, the Dinosaur settled in 1988 as a quick-service lunch/dinner bar-b-que joint.

Our bar-b-que is nationally acclaimed. Our food and sauces have won honors in publications such as Men’s Health and Eating Well magazines. We were named the country's Number One BBQ on Good Morning America and have been featured on various Food Network and Travel Channel shows. Our spice rub and full line of specialty sauces are available throughout the country and in Europe and Japan. Our cookbook, Dinosaur Bar-B-Que: An American Roadhouse, was voted as one of the best BBQ cookbooks in 2002 by the National Association of BBQ.

At Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, fresh, homemade, and high-quality aren’t just catchwords, they’re our foundation. Our commitment to food quality and genuine hospitality is unyielding and intense. We pride ourselves on our loyal guests, employees, and being a great place to have fun and while sampling some of the best bar-b-que in the country. Our menu is firmly rooted in the traditions of Southern bar-b-que, but there are other influences that shape our flavors and give our food its own distinctive character.
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Venue name: Dinosaur Bar-B-Que - Harlem
Address: 700 W 125th St
New York
Cross street: between 12th Ave and W Riverside Dr
Opening hours: Mon–Thu 11:30am–11pm; Fri, Sat 11:30am–midnight; Sun noon–10pm
Transport: Subway: 1 to 125th St
Price: Average main course: $20. AmEx, DC, Disc, MC, V
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The first time I came, I had a coupon that I took full advantage of and basically ordered everything on the menu. I ended up stuffed and happy and with lots of leftovers. The food here is very good. So good in fact, that my husband and I had our wedding reception here with a packed lunchtime buffet. If this means anything, our friends still talk about the food at our wedding. I know I'm supposed to say "come here for the meat" (which you should), but I'll also say "come here for the sides" (the curried succotash is my favorite). 

I cant get enough of this place. Go all out and get a platter, you can box up what you cant eat after! Portions are big here so pace yourself. The brisket is definitely worth a try too. If you go during peak times, you might experience a wait, this place is pretty popular and for good reason.