Dinosaur BBQ, New York City

Dinosaur BBQ logoOkay, so Manhattan barbeque joints probably aren’t the first thing to spring to mind for most visitors to New York.

But whenever we’re back in New York, my kids insist that we go back to eat at Dinosaur Bar-b-que, a popular Harlem restaurant and Columbia University hangout.

Sometimes we eat there, and sometimes we get takeout to enjoy it at home.

Dinosaur BBQ, New YorkOnce we even braved a blizzard to get there, climbing over massive snow drifts, and (not surprisingly) we had our pick of tables. But that’s rare, usually you have to arrive early – especially on weekends- unless you’re prepared for an hours-long waiting list.

The original Dinosaur Bar-b-que opened in Syracuse, New York in 1988 (and the salty Syracuse potatoes are a set item on the menu) and the Harlem location in 2004.

Prices are good, the setting is informal and the barbeque makes it well worth the visit. Desserts look good, too, but I’ve never made it that far.

So, fellow travellers, when you’re in Manhattan and in the mood for good ribs, brisket, cornbread, and and pitchers of beer, be sure to make a visit to Dinosaur Bar-b-que. Reservations aren’t accepted – so get there early.

Dinosaur Bar-b_que, Harlem, New York

Happy customer


  1. evelyneholingue on February 18, 2014 at 7:27 am

    I love NYC and remember of my first time there in the mid 80s when I was still a student and had no money. The dollar was high and the French franc had little value. I was lucky to stay at friends’ of friends. They took me to Harlem where we ate an African American dinner. Harlem back then was so different from Paris. This Bar-b-que place tastes good to me!

    • kimberlysullivan on February 23, 2014 at 8:25 pm

      Haha, I can remember going to Europe (including Paris) in the mid-80s and being thrilled with the high dollar vis-a-vis the European currencies. Boy, those were the days. Now it feels a little like having useless Monopoly money next to the strong euro. Glad you saw Harlem – you’ll have to get back and see all the changes.

  2. Catherine on February 18, 2014 at 4:13 pm

    I’m quite partial to a great burger! I’ll definitely be emailing you for tips the next time I go to NY.
    Ps I’ve nominated you for a LIEBSTER BLOG HER AWARD over on http://thedivorcedladyscompaniontoitaly.blogspot.com

    • kimberlysullivan on February 23, 2014 at 8:26 pm

      Sure, Catherine. Let me know when you’re next in NY. Better yet, arrange it so we’re both there. : ) Thanks for the nomination! I’ll go take a look.

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