Review – Dinosaur Bar-B-Cue in Harlem

Awesome appie plate at Dinosaur Bar-B-Cue in Harlem

Spicy Shrimp Boil • Chicken Wings • Fried Green Tomatoes • Deviled Eggs in the Swag Sampler Plate at Dinosaur Bar-B-Cue

I was really stoked with Julien of VillageVines.com asked me if we’d be up for joining him for dinner while we were in NYC and I agonized over the list of restaurants that VillageVines had relationships with trying to pick the right one for our Tuesday night excursion.   Logistics were a bit tricky as I had a pair of really awesome Yankee’s tickets courtesy of Karen Garcia and I wanted to make sure that whichever restaurant we chose would have us headed in the right direction (towards The Bronx) if at all possible.  Dinosaur Bar-B-Cue in Harlem looked to be a perfect choice.   I gathered up a dining/baseball game partner in Stephanie (@MicroSteph) Lichtenstein and met Julien at our hotel to catch a cab to Harlem.

I was stoked when we arrived and realized that we were just a block from the Cotton Club, where we’d gathered for the CAMA Gospel Brunch last year.  Once we stepped into the restaurant, I knew we were in for a treat as the smoky aroma of BBQ goodness greeted me immediately.   We started our adventure with a Swag Sampler Plate (Spicy Shrimp Boil • Chicken Wings • Fried Green Tomatoes • Deviled Eggs) and a round of beers and dove in.   The appetizers were awesome and flavorful and we were only about 2/3 through when our entree’s showed up.

HALF BAR-B-Q CHICKEN-ALL NATURAL from Dinosaur Bar-B-Cue in Harlem

Barbecued Chicken Apple brined, pit smoked and slathered with original Barbecue Sauce

As always, we each ordered something different so we could sample and share and we ended up with a nice representati0n of the menu.  I ordered the Texas Brisket and Pulled Pork Combo Plate  – for sides I went with Mac and Cheese and Simmered Greens.  The Brisket was tender and sweet with some spice from the pickled jalapeno’s it came with – the smoke ring was gorgeous and the flavor was to match.  The Pulled Pork was also awesome – slow smoked Pork Butt hand pulled and mixed with a savory sauce.  Mac and Cheese seemed to be one of my theme’s of the week as I was really on a comfort food rampage and the mac and cheese at Dino BBQ held it’s own.   It was definitely not the “Kraft Dinner”  version-  homemade with plenty of creamy, buttery, cheesy goodness.  The greens were delicious as well.

Wade's dinner at Dinosaur Bar-B-Cue in Harlem

Awesome Barbecue grub - Texas Brisket, Pulled Pork in Savory Sauce, Homestyle Mac and Cheese and Collard Greens

Stephanie’s Half Bar-B-Q Chicken was delicious as well.  Brining was key as it makes for moist delicious chicken with flavor that is embedded deep in the meat.  Stephanie chose the Bar-B-Q sauce option (they also offer Creole Honey Mustard) and it was a winner.  Julien stepped up and ordered the whole rack of Bar-B-Cue Pork Ribs, which he proceded to share liberally (thanks Julien) and they were the real winner of the evening.   The key here is the preparation as the Ribs are marinated for 24 hours in Dino BBQ’s “Action Spice Rub”  then cooked low and slow to perfection.   The natural juices from the ribs combining with the rub made sauces unnecessary.    The flavor and texture were phenomenal – I know that next time I go back (and I will) I’ll be ordering up some ribs for myself. All and all – the meal was super tasty and approachable – the service was a little spotty, but I always put more importance on the food, especially at a casual spot like this.

After finishing our entree’s and our second beer, we knew we were done for and waived off the dessert menu and walked/rolled our way to the subway station where Steph and I headed uptown to Yankee Stadium and Julien headed downtown to another engagement.   Thanks to Julien and VillageVines.com for a wonderful meal and thanks to Dinosaur Bar-B-Cue for cooking it up.


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