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Dinosaur Bar-B-Que Opens in Brooklyn

Dinosaur Bar-B-Que Opens in Brooklyn

The second New York location of Syracuse, N.Y.-based Dinosaur Bar-B-Que opened this week in Brooklyn’s Gowanus neighborhood, on Union Street near Fourth Avenue. The beloved "honky tonk rib joint" has seven locations in New York, Newark, N.J., and Stamford, Conn., and this one will most likely be just as crowded as the rest.

Even though it might seem to be in an off-the-beaten-path area in an industrial neighborhood near the Gowanus Canal, it’s also right near the affluent Park Slope neighborhood and the Barclays Center, which opened last year.

The sprawling space is heavy on the exposed brick and wood beams, and looks very familiar to the other locations, the nearest of which is in Harlem. The menu features a lot of smoked meats, including juicy wings, ribs, brisket, pulled pork, and gut-busting side dishes. There’s also a poutine, and in a nod to the area’s brunch culture, a dish called Breakfast All Day that includes a smoked brisket and poblano hash topped with a sunny-side up egg.

A couple of other dishes are unique to this menu, namely the "Ode to Domilise," a spin on the famed New Orleans restaurant’s po’boy that includes brisket, beef gravy, Swiss cheese, lettuce, tomato, pickled onion, jalapeño relish, and barbecue mayo, and the FGTV, with fried green tomatoes, pimento cheese, shredded cabbage, and chow chow.

A word of advice to those who are planning on checking it out: you’re going to need a reservation.

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Dinosaur Bar-B-Que Owner John Stage Shares Skirt Steak Recipe

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — What started out as a mobile concession stand at a motorcycle hangout in 1983 is now one of the best barbecue joints in the New York area.

Dinosaur Bar-B-Que has been serving its St. Louis-style ribs and signature sauce for 30 years.

Owner and pit master John Stage says consistency and persistence is the secret to their longevity.

He also offered some advice for anyone planning on breaking out the barbecue this summer.

“Start with a good, quality piece of meat. If you don’t, there’s nothing you’re gonna do to be able to make that good,” he said.

Dinosaur Bar-B-Que owner and pit master John Stage shares a recipe for skirt steak with grilled tomato and avocado salsa. (Credit: CBS2)

Skirt Steak with Grilled Tomato and Avocado Salsa Recipe

Skirt Steak

  • 1T Olive Oil
  • 1T Dinosaur Bar-B-Que Rib Rub (or Kosher Salt and Ground Black Pepper Mixed 50/50

Preheat grill (or grill pan) to high heat.

Brush Ssteak with olive oil and season liberally with rub. Carefully place it on the grill. Do not move the steak for at least 1.5 minutes. Cook the steak:

  • 1.5 minutes/side for RARE
  • 2 minutes/side for MEDIUM RARE
  • 2.5 minutes/side for MEDIUM to MEDIUM WELL.
  • 3 minutes/side for WELL DONE

Take it off the grill and let it rest for about two minutes before you slice and serve with salsa (recipe follows).

Equipment: Blender

  • 1T Olive Oil
  • 1T Kosher Salt and Ground Black Pepper, mixed 50/50
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1.5 whole Chipotle Peppers in Adobo Sauce
  • 3 Roma Tomato, cut in half and de-seeded
  • 1-inch Thick, Round Slice of Spanish Onion, peeled.
  • 1 Avocado, cut in half and pit removed
  • 1T Honey
  • 1/2 Cup Water
  • 3/4t Kosher Salt
  • 1/2t Smoked Paprika (or regular if you can’t find Smoked)
  • 1/4t Ground Cumin
  • 1/2T Finely chopped Cilantro

Preheat grill (or grill pan) to high heat.

Brush tomato, onion and avocado with oil, season with salt and pepper, and then carefully put them all cut-side down on the grill for 1.5 minutes without moving them.

Take the avocado off the grill, flip the tomato and onion and cook them for 1.5 minutes more.

Peel the avocado, put half in the blender cup and finely chop the other half and set aside. Take the tomato off the grill and set aside for a moment to cool. Take the onion from the grill and put it in the blender cup.

When the tomato is cool enough to handle, peel off the skin and discard it, and put tomato flesh in the blender with all remaining ingredients EXCEPT the lime juice, cilantro and remaining avocado.

Pulse the salsa to a pulpy-smooth consistency, add the remaining ingredients and serve with skirt steak.

How is the mood in Dinosaur Bar-B-Que?

A very particular feeling, like I told you before, it is like going into the mountains, there is nothing similar with any other restaurant in NYC.

It is a mix of a mountain house, American farm, and an abandoned warehouse.

From the floor all the way to the ceiling, everything is made of wood. There are deer heads on the walls, Harley Davidson motorcycles replicas, pictures of singers and box fighters… A nice place!

Dinosaur Bar-b-que Brooklyn Opening

I spent a lot of time in New York City this summer, and one of the events I attended was the opening party for the newest Dinosaur Bar-B-Que outpost in Brooklyn. Set in an old tool and die factory, every detail in this space was meticulously restored and planned.

Vintage signage lends character in the bar area.

Exposed bricks, carefully chosen art, and industrial lighting set the stage for a classic Dinosaur design that’s uniquely Brooklyn.

My favorite design feature: a massive mobile made from sandblasted bottles gathered from under the Brooklyn Bridge. Owner John Stage likes to purchase local art for each space and he told me that this piece was the only thing that wasn’t destroyed in the artist’s studio during Hurricane Sandy. It’s both majestic and meaningful.

A peek in the pit room shows a row of gleaming Ole Hickory and J&R pits.

Thank you for inviting me to your party … looking forward to making lots of memories here!

One Response to “Dinosaur Bar-b-que Brooklyn Opening”

The place looks awesome! Love the décor, and the huge smokers look incredible! Hope all goes well at the new location! Good luck, and keep on smoking”. Bye, Paul from Boston.

First opened in 1988 on Willow Street in downtown Syracuse, the restaurant subsequently opened locations in older buildings of historical significance in several cities. The Syracuse location used to be N&H tavern, and once housed a Cadillac dealership. The Rochester restaurant is a former Lehigh Valley Railroad station overlooking the Genesee River. The Buffalo restaurant is a former Universal Pictures film storage vault. The Brooklyn restaurant had been a tool & die shop and the Newark location was once a boxing club where Rubin Carter trained, Stamford was a Yale Lock Co. factory. [1]

A cookbook with many of the restaurant's recipes was published titled Dinosaur Bar-B-Que: An American Roadhouse in 2001. [2]

In late November 2006, the Syracuse location was affected by the Norovirus and was closed for about a week until cleared to reopen by county health inspectors. Hundreds of customers and employees were affected. It is unclear how the virus materialized. Onondaga County health inspectors did not find any fault on the part of the restaurant. [3]

In May 2009, Dinosaur Bar-B-Que was voted America's best barbecue in ABC's Good Morning America poll. Approximately 4000 out of the 7500 participants in the poll chose Dinosaur Bar-B-Que. [4] [5]

Adam Richman, host of the Travel Channel's Man v. Food, took the show to Syracuse (season 3, episode 13) on June 8, 2010. Dinosaur Bar-B-Que was the first stop for Richman, who tried the restaurant's "Pork-Sket" sandwich (which features 1/2 pound each of brisket and pulled pork). It was first broadcast on the Travel Channel on September 1, 2010. [6]

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Harlem Potato Salad

I love the Dinosaur BBQ chain, and have been to every location in NYS. This one is definitely the most underwhelming - NYC folks try the location in Harlem instead if you can. The food here is fantastic, but the lost stars come from mediocre service.

We came for lunch last weekend and the host informed us that the wait would be about an hour. We were super hungry and asked if we could eat at the bar, they said that was fine. I'm kind of surprised they didn't offer that as an option to us because there were 6 seats at the bar open and people waiting around. We sat at the bar and waited for about 10 minutes before anyone acknowledged us. We didn't see anyone tending to the bar. The bar back saw us and made eye contact several times, but didn't say anything.

Eventually the bar tender arrived, and we ordered drinks, some wings as an appetizer, and a platter with 3 meats (brisket, ribs, sausage) and two sides ( Harlem potato salad , baked beans). Our drinks took some time to arrive, and while we waited we felt both sympathetic to the bartender for being understaffed, and uncomfortable that the bartender was standing right in front of us just non-stop talking about how much they hated their job.

It took a pretty long time for our food to come out. We both thought that was a little weird because the food at a bbq joint isn't made to order. Brisket takes hours to smoke, so it's not like they are just starting to make it, or the baked beans when you order. So waiting 45 minutes for the food does seem a bit long for a restaurant like this. Anyway, our food arrived and as the bartender set down the platter they said "Why did they serve your wings with your meal?! Ugh! I hate it here!" I just said thank you because I didn't really know how I was supposed to respond to that.

The food was fantastic. The honey bbq wings were hot, juicy, and falling off the bone. All of the food was really well seasoned. I personally love brisket, and they do it so well here. It's not lean brisket though, so if you don't like the fat, it may not be your cup of tea. Overall, a decent experience, but we'll probably stick with the Dinosaur BBQ in Harlem next time.

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  • Chris E.
  • Brooklyn, NY
  • 637 friends
  • 1273 reviews
  • 12196 photos
  • Elite ’21

Delicious BBQ food that hits the spot.

Having been to Dinosaur Bar-B-Que twice in the past, in 2013 and again in 2015, I always thought the food was pretty darn good. When I first came here, there was a train of hype behind Dino because of the success of their other locations, so when a location finally opened up in Park Slope many years ago, throngs of customers couldn't wait to dine here.

However, it has been years since I last dined at Dino BBQ, so I thought I'd write a brand spankin' new review of their restaurant during the COVID-19 pandemic because, well, my tastebuds and preferences have probably changed over time and have hopefully become more sophisticated with my experiences.

Since we are in a pandemic, my wife and I ordered some takeout for a celebratory meal. We conveniently ordered through their website and swung by for a pickup. To summarize, we ordered A LOT of food and it did take a little while to prep, but I don't blame them for it since it was quite a bit to prepare.

In our order, we had what we thought was the best of everything - A rack of ribs, a brisket plate, and a pick two combo with brisket and pork belly. In addition, we had a TON of sides - Harlem potato salad , cajun corn, BBQ beans with pork, mac & cheese, simmered greens and mashed potato .

I don't think I can comment on everything, but it was all gooooooood. The ribs were fall off the bone and had plenty of rub and sauce on it. The brisket (where we specifically asked for fatty) was . well . super fatty and just the way we like it! The pork belly was the same. Each and every side was very enjoyable and, honestly, we had no complaints what so ever about the meats and sides. Everything was flavorful and tasty.

By no means was this a Franklin Barbecue, which happens to be the best BBQ I've ever had, but it was still all excellent. I hate to say anything negative since restaurants are struggling during the pandemic, but there was one small issue. We requested for a side of Wango Tango and Sensuous Slathering sauce for each plate we ordered (3 in total) and we got . none of either sauce. It was the only damper in our most recent meal from Dino BBQ, but otherwise all of the food was fantastic.

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  • Lucy R.
  • Manhattan, New York, NY
  • 187 friends
  • 11 reviews
  • 6 photos

Food is amazing !! I love their Brisket, their wings, and their ribs very much. I would highly recommend their Harlem potato salad .

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  • Iqubal H.
  • South Ozone Park, NY
  • 14 friends
  • 62 reviews
  • 168 photos
  • Elite ’21

This is my second time visiting this location. I unfortunately didn't write a review the first time.
I gave them a second chance, to see if they'd listen to their patrons who voice their concerns and opinions in person but I guess they don't.

Both visits the meats were at best luke warm.
I had the trio of meats: Pork Belly, Brisket, and Pulled Pork. My Best Friend had the same except he got Ribs on the side, and my fiancée had the same as I did but the smaller version (trio sampler?)

Pork belly - typically what comes to mind is moist, tender, juicy, and tasty! Sadly, they fell short. It was more of a thick cut bacon that was burnt, and hard.. yes, I said hard. I don't know how they managed to do that - and it wasn't even warm.

Pulled Pork - more like mushy pork. It was cold, and smothered with a sour tasting bbq sauce. No more needs to be said.

The ribs. once again nothing what you want ribs to be was this. It was burnt, and hard to chew/rubbery texture.

The brisket was their saving grace. It wasn't warm but it was fall apart tender, and juicy. The sauce they dump on top doesn't help. I wish they would ask if you'd like it drenched in it.

The Sides were ok. Harlem potato salad was the winner that night. The corn bread was cold and hard. The AK chili is literally just beans in sauce. The mashed potatoes were meh. The Mac and cheese was good according to my little god daughter. She enjoyed her cheeseburger slider from the kids menu and the older one enjoyed her chicken fingers (I'm sad that was the highlight)

The server was polite, and accommodating.

Their entire staff are wearing masks and gloves. Thoroughly cleaning tables after patrons leave. Distance between tables.

This will be my last visit here. Two strikes, and you're out in my book.

Whoops! Almost forgot the deviled eggs were good.

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  • Karman L.
  • Brooklyn, NY
  • 270 friends
  • 83 reviews
  • 133 photos

Well-known place in park slope for BBQ food. The aesthetic is super cute, like a old tavern. The servers are super friendly. I would recommend coming here with a few other people because the portions are pretty big. The nachos are huge and delicious and served with your choice of pulled pork or brisket. I would avoid getting the sampler platter if you come with a group because it's only 1 piece per person (depending on the size of the sampler platter). The pick your meat combo is the best, you can get a platter with your choice of 2 or 3 meats with two sides. I usually go for the brisket, chicken, and ribs. The meats are tender and well seasoned. The sides are awesome too. The corn is flavorful with subtle hints of smokiness and sweet. The Harlem potato salad is very good too as well as the fried rice.

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  • Chloe L.
  • Brooklyn, NY
  • 9 friends
  • 198 reviews
  • 162 photos

Came here on a party of 10 for a Friday night outing. We all had similar items, all had the Ribs. I had the pick 3, brisket was okay, but the sauce made up everything for it. My dark meat chicken was moist and good until i bite into the last bite, the meat inside wear pink were raw, very unacceptable. The ribs were average, not amazed by it nor was I was disappointed by it.

Theirs sides,
Mac and cheese was def good.
Hand cut fries were dry.
BBQ fried rice, not a good.
Cornbread was dry and hard.
Harlem potato salad was a okay.

Their drinks were pretty strong and had good variety of beers and seasonal beers.

Services was okay, it was on a busy Friday night.
I would come back for another shot.

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  • Steven C.
  • Queens, NY
  • 23 friends
  • 130 reviews
  • 205 photos
  • Elite ’21

Really wish yelp had 1/2 stars because Dinosaur is a solid 3 1/2 star place. Been meaning to get here for a while now. Heard such great things about dinosaur for years and finally made it out.

The food was good but I kinda expected more then good. Had the ribs and pork belly which were both good. There are other BBQ joints around that are better tho. What I really enjoyed was the sides. The Mac and cheese and Harlem potato salad were very good. But not good enough to come back to Brooklyn for. I'll stick with John Browns smokehouse which is by far the best in NYC

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  • Nathalie C.
  • Queens, NY
  • 683 friends
  • 150 reviews
  • 641 photos

We were walking around the neighborhood and happened to stumble upon this place. Finally!! After being told countless times to give it a try! First off, it's enormous. Biker bar/restaurant vibe, nice ambiance and it was pretty full for a Tuesday night. We sat by the bar to watch the Knicks game and ordered the Deluxe Brisket plate ($18.99, with pickled onions and jalapenos) and mashed potatoes and beans over rice as the two sides. (Each plate comes with 2 sides and cornbread). I had the All natural BBQ half-bird ($15.99) with the pickled cucumbers and the Harlem potato salad as sides. The waitress told us the first Dinosaur Bar-B-Que here in Nyc is in Harlem . (News to moi) So anyway, I'll be sincere. the brisket was under seasoned and a tad bit dry. Maybe the time of day had something to do with it? My chicken however, was incredibly juicy, tender and flavorful. Those sides were also delicious. Especially the potato salad . The dishes are pricey but I guess it's understandable with cuts of meat like these. I say it's pretty good. 3 1/2 stars if that was possible. Good food but not impressive, wouldn't call myself a fan. If you're a BBQ or meat lover, try it. It's definitely a step up from chains like Dallas BBQ. (In my opinion, Mighty Quinn's is still king. shhhhh)

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  • Chantalle U.
  • Las Vegas, NV
  • 230 friends
  • 251 reviews
  • 111 photos

I've been dying to check this spot out and I finally got the chance. Let me start with the wings, those were AMAZING! I don't know what sauce my friends' chose but I could just eat those bad boys for days. We also sampled the deviled eggs, it was another win for me.
For the main course I wanted a burger. Of course, I go to a BBQ place and I want a burger. What's wrong with me right? It was the Bacon Delux, it's the bacon that reeled me in. I had baked beans and the Harlem potato salad . I dunno if its because of growing up in the Southwest or what but I was expecting a little more in the portion size for the sides, but hey they were tasty.

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solid as take out and in house.

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  • Duey Y.
  • Brooklyn, NY
  • 3 friends
  • 24 reviews
  • 4 photos

This review is for their takeout and food, I did not eat at the brick and mortar location. Let's talk about the good and great first. I got the pork ribs and they were fantastic, even luke warm it was great and these are the reasons why:

1. Nice meaty pieces of baby back ribs. I don't know who their meat purveyor is but they do an excellent job. Baby back can really run the gamut of meat to bone ratio.

2. Perfect amount of firmness to the meat, right before "fall off the bone": Now I know everyone likes to say "fall off the bone" when describing their bbq ribs as if that's the standard for good cue but I beg to differ as "fall off the bone" usually means "cooked too long and is a mush without much flavor left". This meat was firm and tasty and came off the bone very easily but kept it's composition

3.Flavor of meat and bbq sauce to meat ratio: Most places spend 20 hrs slow cooking their ribs to get the perfect flavor and smoke ring just to drown it in bbq sauce where if you just put it in the oven for 2 hrs and it came out like crap it would taste the same slathered in sauce. The whole point of slow cooking is to get the ribs to have their own flavor and bbq sauce should elevate that, not overpower and dominate it. Dinosaur has perfected this. The meat is smoky and tender but that firmness keeps in some fantastic melted fat and juice that escapes once you start chewing which mixes with the smoke and bbqsauce flavor and it creates an elegant waltz of flavors in your mouth. These ribs are almost without peer.

4. Harlem Potato Salad : Another winner! It's slap yo' momma good! Would be proudly served at any cookout. It tastes like it definitely has mustard in it cutting the overly sweet flavor that too much mayo can sometimes bring and I love that it does cut it a bit! but if you are the type that does not like mustard in your potato salad then move along.

5. Mashed Potatoes and Gravy- Tastes like homemade and light, the texture on the tongue and the mouth is divine and the gravy is a winner

6. Cucumber salad - cucumbers/ vinegar/ red onion. - very simple and tasty, nothing over the top but it's cucumber salad , Whaddaya want from it?

Now the not so great:
1, The delivery took 90 mins- I don't live all that far from the location and I was quoted 45- 1hr by seamless, originally and then later messaged to 90 mins, now in fairness, that could be on seamless and have nothing to do with the restaurant but I know from experience that if you are getting your food 90 mins from ordering it's gonna be luke warm at best as the delivery person is delivering to many other locations before finally coming to you. If I knew at the beginning it would be 90 mins I would have chosen otherwise.

2. Food was luke warm to room temperature but the cold items stayed fairly cold.

Wings were overcooked thus dry as I'm sure the residual cooking from being put in takeout packaging for so long overcooked them and then it didn't even keep the heat as delivery was so long from ordering. Again, this is just part of delivery, I'm sure at the brick and mortar location it comes out fine for the most part.

Fried Rice was wayyyy too salty, I don't know what they were trying to do with this but it's a miss, I'll try the mac and cheese next time.

Corn bread was flavorless. I don't need the extra carbs anyway as both potato options were soooo good!

Will definitely have it again but will do the brick and mortar location and if I do order delivery again I'll just go with the Ribs and expect a long wait ahead of time :-D

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  • Ken W.
  • Forest Hills, NY
  • 41 friends
  • 335 reviews
  • 1574 photos
  • Elite ’21

Was here recently for a private work event the meats available were the St. Louis ribs and bar-b-que chicken , presented in large containers cafeteria style, and with additional bbq chicken wings ordered for the table. The ribs were solid, tender and flavorful, though a few pieces were charred or too saturated with sauce. The chicken was quite good, as even the chicken breast was pleasantly moist. The wings were also tender but offered slightly too much sauce. The sides were dismal, from the blase coleslaw to the drab baked beans the cornbread was dry and bland.

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  • Ruby C.
  • Manhattan, NY
  • 19 friends
  • 149 reviews
  • 3124 photos
  • Elite ’21

Came here for the first time for my dad's birthday on a Sunday night. We made reservations for 5:30pm just in case it gets super crowded. When we got there, it was pretty full already. We got seated pretty quickly.

For drinks, we ordered a couple of cocktails, a cider and a beer. As for the food, we got a kids plate and a famiy style BBQ . For the set, you had the choice of 1lb of pork or brisket, or half and half, but we went for brisket instead.It also comes with a whole chicken cut into 6 pieces, a full rack of ribs, sides and cornbread. For the sides, we got the coleslaw, black beans over rice and simmered greens.

The kids plate came pretty quick, but the family style BBQ took a while to come. It also took a bit of time to get the waitress to get water for the whole table, but I think it was partially because they were understaffed. I didn't see many waiters or waitresses around other than the few. After some time, we finally got our food. The sides came first and then the BBQ finally came. We then realized that the cornbread was missing so we waved our waitress down and asked her about it and she said the new batch was coming out.

The food was really good. My favorite would be the ribs because they are so tender. My sister in law loves their brisket, but felt like they were cut a bit uneven so you get some thick and thin slices. Along with some being more lean than others. The chicken was really good too, nice and smokey. The meats were good on their own, but for people who like to add more flavor, I would definitely say to try their BBQ sauces they have on the table.

We also got some wings for appetizers and I thought they were ok. We tried 3 pieces with Honey BBQ and 3 pieces with Wango Tango. They were labeled as Jumbo BBQ Chicken wings but they were definitely not very big. And I'm a little confused if small drumsticks are considered wings because they were pretty much all small drumsticks. We also got mild thinking it wasn't spicy, but there was a little bit of a burn after you eat it, so it wasn't very kid friendly.

As for the sides, they were ok, but nothing I found to be spectacular. It was just a nice palette change from the meat at times. You also get a decent amount. The cornbread was ok too, but a little on the dry side. We ordered the set to feed a family of 5 adults and it was pretty filling. The platter claims it feeds 4-6 and I can definitely see it feeding that amount, also depending on how much you eat.

After the dinner, we were debating about dessert and we decided to get a slice of cake for my dad. She told us they were out of everything except for the peanut butter pie. We somewhat hesitated but ordered it anyways. Our waitress was actually nice enough to find us a chocolate pie and gave that to us instead. She also put a candle in it since I told her it was for a birthday.
For my first time here, I was quite satisfied with the food here and I would say that I would come back to try more out. If anything, even come back and get the sweetheart deal if I just want ribs.

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