Dinosaur Bar-B-Que started in Upstate New York by a group of bikers, and it became legendary for its ribs and opened its first store in NYC in 2004. With so many restaurants to try in the city, Dino BBQ was not on our radar for some time, until we saw After Hour with Daniel. So with much anticipation, Gan and I drove north from Jersey City to Harlem on Friday night to sample some really good ribs.
Because of the restaurant's popularity, there was a 2 hour wait to get a table, but of course being an experience diner (*wink), I had reserved a table ahead of time, so we only waited for about 20 minutes before we got seated. I didn't have time to research on the popular dishes there but I thought the fried green tomato sounds good and Gan like the drunken spicy shrimp boil, so we ordered those for appetizers. As for the entree, I had the Three Meat Combo, which came with a 1/4 rack of ribs, Texas briskets, BBQ chicken and two sides, while Gan had the 1/2 rack of ribs with 2 sides. We had a good start with the amazing appetizers; the friend green tomato and the drunken spicy shrimp boil were so delicious. However, when the ribs came, we were quite disappointed. My ribs were not bad, they had a faint apple and hickory wood smoky taste and they were tender, but Gan's ribs were not cooked well at all. The meat should really be cooked another 4 hours or so before it was served. I guess that was a good example of bad quality control??
Overall, thumbs down for Dinosaur Bar-B-Que. Maybe the Syracuse and Rochester restaurants serve better ribs, but not this one in NYC. They've got to focus on getting their ribs right.