Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, which will join other likeminded spots like Fort Reno Provisions and Pork Slope in the neighborhood. Is the area becoming a new destination for 'cue? We think it might be.
Guests of the new 180-seat spot can expect the same Southern-style fare as the Harlem outpost (think jumbo chicken wings, St. Louis style ribs, pork shoulder and beef brisket, smoked over hickory), along with some BK-specific items like "Breakfast All Day" - a smoked brisket and poblano hash served with a sunny side egg, or the F.G.T.V, consisting of fried green tomatoes, pimento cheese, shredded cabbage and chow-chow. Nine other menu options will rotate seasonally, local purveyors will be used when possible (including Brooklyn Brine pickles) and if you can manage to save room, its classic desserts (peanut butter pie, banana coconut pudding and cheesecake) will also be available.
And because no proper BBQ meal is complete without suds to wash it down with, there's a spacious separate bar area that will serve 20 different brews (with local ones from Brooklyn Brewery, KelSo and Sixpoint) and its signature cocktails, like the Donkey Punch. Had a tough day and want to forget about it? We have a feeling the drink's lethal combination of light rum, dark rum, tropical juices, grenadine and Bacardi 151 should be able to ease the pain.
As for the decor, founder and pitmaster John Stage has outfitted the former warehouse space with pieces that capture the restaurant's signature industrial and vintage vibe. Look for opera house banquettes and tables made from 1920's pushcarts alongside wood from the Coney Island boardwalk and a eye-catching installation from artist Brandon d’Leo that showcases 116 antique whisky bottles.
Given that the wait at the uptown location can exceed two hours during the summer season, we're hoping this additional borough branch helps with congestion. And since there are a few more barbecue spots in Park Slope now, there's always that ambitious, gut-busting food crawl you can plan...
604 Union St., Brooklyn; 347-429-7030