Dinosaur Bar-B-Que

Dinosaur Bar-B-Que

BBQ Joint and American Restaurant$$$$
Gowanus, Brooklyn
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    Mary J.
    "Great brisket and the donkey punch is great!"(7 Tips)
    La B.
    "Pulled pork sliders and fried green tomatoes is where it's at."(18 Tips)
    Sefi K.
    "Fried green tomatoes, wango tango wings and ribs are great."(5 Tips)
    Josh B.
    "... what to get, order the Tres Ninos - pulled pork, brisket, and ribs with 2..."(5 Tips)
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  • Laura B.
    Laura BeeOctober 24, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    This place is so good. The combo platter is great if you want to try a few things. We got brisket, sausage, pulled pork and chicken wings to share. Just enough for two.
  • Daniel R.
    Daniel RochaJanuary 26, 2014
    Here for the first time? For two, get the Tres Ninos with beans, an order of fries green tomatoes and an order of hot wings. Plenty of food, taste of everything, no regrets.
  • Hans H.heart icon on user image
    Hans HauptJune 21, 2014
    As a first timer, I ordered the 'Tres Niños'. It was excellently meaty & just fantastic. Plate filled with soft and succulent beef brisket, ribs & pulled pork. Perfect with a side of Mac & cheese.
    Upvoted Mar 15
  • Nate F.heart icon on user image
    Nate FolkertSeptember 25, 2018
    bbq combo with brisket and lamb over rice, served with french fries, greens, and corn bread
  • Paige C.heart icon on user image
    Paige CMay 2, 2016
    Amazing service! Outside seating with heatlamps and overhead protection from rain. You can always come and dine with your dogs! Don't miss the mac and cheese and brisket!
  • Bin Y.heart icon on user image
    Bin YangMay 6, 2016
    Ribs are pretty good (not incredible), but the pork belly and lamb shoulder is awesome. The BBQ fried rice is a great side and I recommend eating family style. Pair your food with an empire amber ale.
  • Christian L.
    Christian LopezJuly 26, 2018
    There are 3 certainties in life: death, taxes and quality tucker at Dino's. The ribs? Stunning. The brisket? Stunning. The pork belly? Yep, you bloody know it, stunning. I highly recommend this joint
  • Samantha S.
    Samantha SchwartzJanuary 17, 2015
    Not as much grit as other locations around the state. Almost feels more like a Applebees than a Dinosaur. New limited menu feels generic, lacks the genuine "honkey-tonk" vibe Dinosaur always had.
  • Barry B.heart icon on user image
    Barry BloomAugust 23, 2016
    The Brooklyn version of the Syracuse eatery. Long wait for food. Too long. But worth it in the end. Great cold spicy shrimp appetizer. Pulled pork sliders. Can't beat the ribs.
  • LaDawn P.heart icon on user image
    LaDawn Penigar-MitchellOctober 30, 2016
    Absolutely delicious barbecue! Very big space so great for large groups and the sweetheart deal is perfect for two people splitting food. Worth the visit!
  • Alex P.heart icon on user image
    Alex PyatetskyAugust 21, 2017
    Food dramatically surpassed kitschy Cracker Barrel interior. Ribs, wings and brisket all ~perfectly cooked and with delicious, balanced sauces. Decent sides. This place is a sleeper. My NY BBQ #2
  • Craig M.
    Craig MiddletonAugust 20, 2014
    Great bbq food. You have to peel the spicy shrimp yourself but it's worth the work. Plus, this place is right down the block from the Royal Palms Shuffleboard club. Have a bite and walk over!
  • Dana D.heart icon on user image
    Dana DSeptember 2, 2013
    Another fine edition to the Dino family from top to bottom. The smoky goodness hits you from the moment you enter, but the Dino Poutine is a must. Think Montreal meets Sturgis. Yeah, like that.
  • Chey K.heart icon on user image
    Chey KingJanuary 19, 2015
    Love there ribs and pulled pork a must try I would have to say are the fried green tomatoes they are so yummy and served with this yummy ranch sauce the donkey punch is yummy as well love it
  • Ras M.heart icon on user image
    Ras MaliceMarch 8, 2014
    Everything was delicious! Food comes out FAST! The app wings are STILL on my mind- weeks later! I wanna sample the entire menu- at once! U can get $3 beers! Shiiiiiiiiiiit! My kinda joint! IllBeBack
  • The Corcoran Group
    The Corcoran GroupOctober 16, 2013
    Now NYC has a 2nd Dinosaur Bar-B-Que location, and the food is just as good here as in Harlem! The ribs are pretty incredible, as is the mac and cheese.
  • Carla
    CarlaJuly 30, 2013
    Tres Niños! cornbread and 2 sides gets u- portion of pulled pork, 2 ribs and 3 slices of brisk.. I chose mac&cheese and gravy mash potatoes for sides. The best of everything w this order DO IT lol
  • Michael N.heart icon on user image
    Michael NataleMay 25, 2016
    Had the family shared feast. Sampled a lot. Chicken was great. Brisket and ribs on point. The fried tomatoes are awesome and grab a bucket of beers with the chow.
  • Varun S.
    Varun ShettyAugust 8, 2014
    Pile your plate high with mac n cheese and thank the lord that you are not lactose intolerant.
  • Nate S.heart icon on user image
    Nate SDecember 20, 2018
    The food is good, but I wouldn’t go out of my way to eat here. I recommend this place if you have a large group + pair it with a visit to Royal Palms shuffleboard nearby. Makes for a good group outing
  • Chris P.heart icon on user image
    Chris PolloneOctober 1, 2015
    Just as good as the original. Somewhat easier to get to from midtown east. Ribs, deviled eggs, green tomatoes, wings, all great.
  • Sean S.heart icon on user image
    Sean SmithJanuary 24, 2015
    The sauce is delicious on anything, though I usually get the ribs. The Dinosaur Poutine is good, but a little extra cheese would take it to great. Fresh house fries are amazing!
  • Jack T.heart icon on user image
    Jack TarAugust 23, 2015
    The best Chicken Barbecue that I ever shoved down my throat. Unbelievable how they are marinated and smoked I think: Wango Tango /my favorite. Excellent staff. Smells great. Generous.
  • J. L.
    J. LongoMarch 4, 2015
    Y'know, it's not always the best BBQ, but the sauce's good, rub's tasty, no major/affordable competition aside from another DBBQ. AND, a damn tasty bowl of chili; something the area has none of.
  • Tony X.heart icon on user image
    Tony XerriFebruary 16, 2020
    It's good bbq. NOT great bbq. Confused by the sauced brisket, but the pork belly was interesting. The sausage link was also thin, small, and dry. Cornbread was great, so was the lamb shoulder.
  • Kereem A.heart icon on user image
    Kereem AbrahamJune 22, 2016
    The RIB's are the best thing on this planet. The collar greens are great, the mash potatoes are on point. Didn't like the fried green tomatoes to much.
  • Will F.heart icon on user image
    Will FlemingDecember 31, 2014
    The ribs & pulled pork are favorites of mine. The brisket is fine, but you can do better elsewhere. Their wings are a bit non-traditional, but really excellent, especially with Wango-Tango sauce!
  • Jack T.heart icon on user image
    Jack TarJune 3, 2015
    Tthe best chicken I have had. Always busy and I am never disappointed. Plenty of sauce, plenty of napkins, waitress's / marathon runners remain absolutely amicable and gregarious.
  • Lenita H.heart icon on user image
    Lenita HarrisonAugust 16, 2013
    Fried green tomatoes! Mac n cheese was better than s'mac, and the black eyed pies are a hit! Try a half n half too 1/2 lemonade/ice tea! Yummy! Great food friendly service.
  • Kenneth B.
    Kenneth BingSeptember 22, 2013
    Ribs are top-notch, and the sides were also good , although I like my Mac and cheese a bit more"gooey ". It is a large place , so you may need to wait a bit for your server.
  • Edward R.
    Edward RodriguezJanuary 5, 2014
    Got to make a reservation, if not you're waiting 30mins. Brisket was great, pulled pork was dank, everything was pretty delicious. Best BBQ spot that I've been to so far.
  • William K.heart icon on user image
    William KeelerNovember 7, 2013
    Great staff, great food, large selection of beer and a family atmosphere make Dino's a great place for lunch or dinner.
  • Cancun P.heart icon on user image
    Cancun PFebruary 16, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    This place is awesome the food is to die for the drinks are good esp the one called Donkey punch def you must try And app you must est the wings!!!!!!!!
  • Ember B.heart icon on user image
    Ember BakerJuly 12, 2014
    The family combo is a lot of food but so worth it. Also get the Mac and cheese. The best Mac and cheese by far.
  • Jeremy W.
    Jeremy WilcoxJune 27, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Hands down, the best macaroni and cheese I have had in NYC. Also, the ribs are so good, every ounce of sweat from your body for a day will smell of meat. That's a compliment.
  • Idil U.
    Idil UygunJune 17, 2019
    Get 3 meat combo: ribs, brisket and pulled pork. Interesting but pulled pork was the best, fries are enough as side: just concentrate on meat.
  • Jodi B.heart icon on user image
    Jodi BeanSeptember 20, 2017
    Our waiter actually cared if we're in the mood to have a hearty meal or just wanted to sample all of the top picks. The soda drinks don't taste light soapy water. The plates really fill you up.
  • Eddie J.heart icon on user image
    Eddie JonesNovember 27, 2016
    Good casual non-pretentious BBQ place. That is hard to find in NYC. Mac and cheese is great.
  • Josh B.
    Josh BerkowitzAugust 13, 2014
    If you don't know what to get, order the Tres Ninos - pulled pork, brisket, and ribs with 2 sides.
  • Cristina C.heart icon on user image
    Cristina CasasMay 26, 2017
    Really good meat, soft and tender. I recommend this place despite the waitress wasn't​ very engaged and we had to fight to keep our plate on the table. Every minute 1 waitress wanted to take it away.
  • Vicky O.heart icon on user image
    Vicky OlivierJuly 4, 2014
    The food here is delicious!!! Just to let you know, the wait is never usually an hour. They say an hour, but it's rarely the case. the food is worth the wait. Wouldn't be crowded if it wasn't.
  • Henry Y.
    Henry YuanJune 23, 2013
    The Wango Tango sauce is one of the best BBQ sauces I've had and their mac n' cheese is amazing. I can't say the same about their ribs, which were pretty bland and not so tender.
  • Theresa R.heart icon on user image
    Theresa RoldanJanuary 3, 2016
    The wait is ridiculous but the food is just SOO good! I got the spicy wings, ribs, mash potatoes, and pork beans.... I ate every single bite all by myself
  • Marthaheart icon on user image
    MarthaDecember 28, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    love this place. belly-buster, for sure. the deviled eggs are insane! wango tango wings are some of the best i've ever had. and of course, the BBQ is delicious.
  • Amanda J.heart icon on user image
    Amanda JuncoJune 29, 2013
    Try the chopped salad w BBQ blues house dressing. Top w meat of choice. I know it sounds lame but it's DELICIOUS! Also. Don't miss the fried green tomatoes!
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    ShahSeptember 1, 2014
    I'd eat here every day if I wasn't afraid of dying. Go for the meat, stay for the sides; the mac & cheese and Harlem potato salad is amazing.
  • Daniela M.
    Daniela MasciangeloJuly 16, 2013
    Coleman gave us great advice on what sampling platters to order and we ended up tasting every meat they make there! Loved the hot link sausage the best!
  • Alex R.
    Alex RainertJune 21, 2013
    First time here? The Tres Niños is a great way to go to sample the goods -you get some brisket, some ribs and some pulled pork for 16 bucks.
  • Cole K.heart icon on user image
    Cole KennedyJanuary 15, 2017
    The mac 'n' cheese is good but not the best I've ever had. The Memphis pulled pork sandwich, on the other hand, is remarkably tasty.
  • Jay B.heart icon on user image
    Jay BlessedAugust 13, 2015
    We had the sweetheart deal, 13 wings, crackers/cheese & sausage and all 3 of us are full! WE'LL BE BACK!!!
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