Founder John Stage began Dinosaur Bar-B-Que with two partners as a mobile concession unit in 1983 with a 55-gallon drum cut in half. The idea was ... More
Founder John Stage began Dinosaur Bar-B-Que with two partners as a mobile concession unit in 1983 with a 55-gallon drum cut in half. The idea was hatched at the the Harley Rendezvous, a massive motorcycle gathering near Albany, NY because they believed that bikers deserve a good plate of food. At Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, fresh, homemade, and high-quality arenac2t just catchwords; theyac2re 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 sample 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. Thatac2s one of the secrets of great bar-b-que- staying committed to tradition, but finding your own stamp and signature.
As a grad of Syracuse, I love the Dino's in Syr. It took awhile but I finally went to the Dino's in NYC. The NYC location is no where near as good as the one upstate. In fact, it is really not that good in general. The wings are mushy, not crisp and the sauce not that hot for ordering hot. The ribs were boring and a bit on the dry side. Service was nice and the location is not as bad as it sounds. Bottom line, it was not an inspiring trip to Upper Manhattan for BBQ. I think Virgil's is better.
OK, here's the skinny. I have Lived in Jamesville, south-east Syracuse suburb, and eaten at Dino in 'Cuse. It is pretty good. I have been living in Manhattan for 5 months. The Dino here is pretty good too. So is Hill Country, so is Blue Smoke, as well as Virgils.
BUT, being from Central Texas, none of it can even come close to touching Coopers in Llano, TX or Mac's in Brady, or The Salt Lick in Driftwood, or any number of hole in the wall BBQ joints in the State of Texas. Mind you, when I lived in Nashville, there was also a really great place for pulled pork, right across from Centennial Park out in West End called Hog Heaven. (115 27th Avenue N.)
Enjoy what you have up here, it is a lot better than some.
wow most of you people are so negative...who cares where its located or if nyc people like bbq(which might i add is the most ridiculous statement i've ever heard)...ive never eaten there but i love bbq..so next time im in the heart of the world!(i live on long island, not the rich part either)stop hatin!
I've never been to the Dinosaur in NYC, but have been to the flagship in Syracuse (when visiting in-laws) a number of times. There is no par. Baby backs - outstanding. Pulled pork - mouthwatering. Chicken - superior. You can also buy sauces to take home - they're not as good as the BBQ, but the spicier Wango Tango is quite good. Can't go wrong.
Typical of whomever is reviewing that you ignore the original location of this restaurant, in Syracuse, and instead mention NYC. So provincial! There is life above the Big Apple, and in this case, this restaurant started there, right in the heart of Central New York, in little ole Syracuse.