The Scene The Syracuse-based barbecue phenomenon plunked a sprawling roadhouse with all the familiar back-road accoutrements into an abandoned meat ... More
Dinosaur Bar-B-Que - Harlem
The Scene The Syracuse-based barbecue phenomenon plunked a sprawling roadhouse with all the familiar back-road accoutrements into an abandoned meat factory. Unfinished wood-beamed ceiling, burlap bag curtains, scattered country bric-a-brac, and an enthusiastic greeting feel worlds away from the city. The roll call of devotees includes area families, couples on casual dates and groups of Columbia students. The Food Though fried green tomatoes and punchy boiled shrimp start things off right, the smell of smoking meats quickly adjusts the focus. The smokey-sweet pork ribs gently release from the bone and the Texas brisket, a touch dry, gets a lift from a topping of tangy cured jalapenos and a dash of hot sauce. It's even safe to venture from red meat with the truly moist and tender chicken, brined then smoked for deep flavor. With the exception of the cakey corn bread, sides keep pace, with tangy Creole potato salad and sweetened baked beans the standouts.
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.
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