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Oct 3, 2006 08:55 PM

Dinosaur or Blue Smoke this Sunday?

Planning on having BBQ this Sunday... just wanted to near the latest dish on both restaurants!

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  1. I've eaten at Blue Smoke several times and Dinosaur once.

    If your primary focus is on the quality of food, I would recommend Blue Smoke, hands down. I found the 'cue at Dinosaur to be unremarkable and the sides (cornbread, fried rice, mac and cheese) were extraordinarily disappointing. The NYT review ( is still fairly accurate, except the point below.

    The final nail in the coffin, for me, was the service. I wasn't expecting special treatment and we didn't put a lot of demands on our server, our table was blatantly ignored. So-so food and good service I can take. So-so food and bad service is unacceptable. The food was nowhere good enough to make me consider going back.

    Blue Smoke has large selection of bourbons and whiskeys available. I didn't check the bar at Dinosaur closely.

    1. Has anyone been to Daisy Mae's lately?
      Haven't tried it yet.

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      1. re: johnk

        We did the Big Pig Gig a few weeks ago. It was pretty crazy. I'd definitely do it again.

        We had the whole pig and it served 17-18 of us. Plus we had sides left over.

        1. re: CornflakeGirl

          we went a few weeks ago to the big Pig Gig as well. There were 9 of us eating a whole pig and we did fairly well, but there was still a lot left to eat...and the sides, though relatively unremarkable, was just too much food.

          That being said, it was fun. And re: Blue Smoke, it really is hit or miss depending on the night.

      2. I just read the Time's review on Dinosaur so scratch that idea. Anybody been to RUB lately? RUB vs. Blue Smoke?

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        1. re: Alexx

          unfortunately I can't do a head to head, but I will say that I've had some pretty good meals at RUB before (good brisket, good dry rubs, good pulled pork, decent onion strings and baked beans) and also pretty cheap. and I found daisy mae's food to not be that good, although the big pig gig sounds pretty amazing.

        2. Hi Alex,

          If you've spent any time in the South, you'll soon discover that neither RUB nor Blue Smoke come anywhere close to tasting like real barbecue.

          Dinosaur isn't the best barbecue in the world, it doesn't hold a candle to the real stuff, but it's the best NY has to offer. The wings are incredible. The ribs adn pulled pork are also delicious. I don't love the mac n'cheese, but the cornbread is good.

          1. Dino is awesome. That old NYTimes review is just that...old. That came out right after the place opened...not enough time for the pit to become properly seasoned. Here is a good NYC BBQ breakdown...