Thursday, June 21, 2007

Dinosaur Bar-B-Que

Went to Dinosaur BBQ tonight with a group of 20 for a lab dinner.

I've been here twice before and both times it was good. The meat isn't as smoky as that from R.U.B. and the ribs lack the pink smoke ring you come to expect from great barbecue, but they have the texture right, everything tastes good regardless, and the restaurant is fun.

We did a set menu of Pulled Pork, Pork Spareribs, and Brisket with sides of Corn, Baked Beans, Mac and Cheese, and Corn Bread. The meat was excellent. It was all freshly sliced, moist, and fatty. I usually don't enjoy pulled pork as much as other things because it tends to be dry, but tonight it was moist and flavorful. The spareribs were also prepared just right. And the brisket was the moistest, fattiest brisket I've had.

After sitting for about 30 minutes, though, the pulled pork and especially the brisket lost its succulent texture. That's why it's important to go to a place that will give you their product at its peak. Dinosaur is definitely one of these places.

The sides were good, though the baked beans and corn bread were just okay. The corn was amazing. Nicolas thought it was too sweet, but for me the other flavors balanced out the sweetness.

I think that the food might have been better because we were such a large group. We had to wait a little before the barbecue started coming out--a waitress apologized that it was taking so long--but to me that just meant that we were going to get the freshest barbecue. It was worth the wait.

Dinosaur Bar-B-Que
646 W 131st St (at 12th Ave)
New York, NY 10027

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