The second New York location of Syracuse, N.Y.-based Dinosaur Bar-B-Que opened this week in Brooklyn’s Gowanus neighborhood, on Union Street near Fourth Avenue. The beloved "honky tonk rib joint" has seven locations in New York, Newark, N.J., and Stamford, Conn., and this one will most likely be just as crowded as the rest.
Even though it might seem to be in an off-the-beaten-path area in an industrial neighborhood near the Gowanus Canal, it’s also right near the affluent Park Slope neighborhood and the Barclays Center, which opened last year.
The sprawling space is heavy on the exposed brick and wood beams, and looks very familiar to the other locations, the nearest of which is in Harlem. The menu features a lot of smoked meats, including juicy wings, ribs, brisket, pulled pork, and gut-busting side dishes. There’s also a poutine, and in a nod to the area’s brunch culture, a dish called Breakfast All Day that includes a smoked brisket and poblano hash topped with a sunny-side up egg.
A couple of other dishes are unique to this menu, namely the "Ode to Domilise," a spin on the famed New Orleans restaurant’s po’boy that includes brisket, beef gravy, Swiss cheese, lettuce, tomato, pickled onion, jalapeño relish, and barbecue mayo, and the FGTV, with fried green tomatoes, pimento cheese, shredded cabbage, and chow chow.
A word of advice to those who are planning on checking it out: you’re going to need a reservation.