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643 Hudson St., New York, NY, 10014
nr. Horatio St.
Best meal I had in NYC
By dimensionless on 1/4/2010
The crispy pork belly with watermelon is a perfect blend of melt-in-your-mouth meat and herbs with the sweetness of the watermelon. The duck also just melts in your mouth with a perfect balance of spices and herbs, and the meat is cooked perfectly with a crispy exterior and a soft, tasty inside. Oh and yes, the meats are greasy. It's called "Fatty" Crab. The Chili Crab is also cooked in an out-of-this-world sweet and spicy sauce, the contents of which my taste buds could not figure out. Only down-side, we were surprised by the total: almost 100$ for two without alcohol. Make sure you ask how much the crab is, as the price changes with the season.
Fantastic birthday dinner
By jennyjayhawk on 9/6/2009
Two of my girlfriends took me here for my birthday dinner. We started with a large can of Asahi.. and a Shrimp Roll with yummy chips. Then we had the Wonton Mee - probably the best soup I have ever tasted. We were all practically drinking out of the bowl because it was just that good. I could eat that soup everyday. Then we had the Chicken Curry dish - something Lemak? Outstanding- you have to be ready to get in there and cut up the chicken, remove it from the bone, and mix things up. But, that first bite melts in your mouth and all the flavors of cilantro and peanuts, chicken and spicy curry all meld together perfectly. Last thing to arrive to the table was the Chili Crab. Large large portion - we couldn't finish and were so sad to leave those legs in the bowl. It is definitely a lot of work to get the crab meat - with the spicy sauce dripping down your hands and your face sweating from the heat, but the meat is so fresh and FANTASTIC. HIGHLY recommended, will definitely be back!
Good food, fun atmosphere!
By mmstaple on 1/28/2009
The food was delicous, and the waitstaff and cooks were lively and friendly.
Don't trust those who don't know great NYC in the cut spots
By deanfooddiary on 3/5/2008
It frustrates me that these are all these wanna be NYC food critics who attack great spots in Manhattan because they may not run into Paris Hilton or Jay-Z there. Fatty is one of my fav spots to go to in Manhattan. Yes it does get a bit crowed, and a little noisy but really, if you go 2blocks Northwest its the same damn thing, only then you have to deal with the $20 martini and the the wanna be Lindsey Lohans, the noise and the crowds. Fatty has the most amazing chicken wing app, outstanding fatty duck and crab, coconut and chicken rice to die for, and the cocktails, just say that I never go there with out having at least 6 different drinks. If you get there a good time, the bartenders and wait staff enter act with you, making you try new things and coming up with drinks that best suit your taste. So sorry there is no red carpet, but you will get great service, unique food, and a low key atmosphere to enjoy your friends and family.
By Leonam on 11/1/2008
You will only like it if you like authentic S.East Asian food
By Luus on 8/29/2007
You will only like this place, most likely, if you have actually spent time in South East Asia eating at local joints. The food here is incredibly authentic and great! I hate to say it but most New Yorkers aren't familiar with authentic SE Asian food as 95% of the places in the city are far from authentic and usually run by Chinese that aren't even from the regions their restaurants claim.
By mandelbrot on 6/18/2010
exceptional food with pretty good service. not a fan of the menu, but that doesn't mean it wasn't good! I'd go back.
Good food for a good time
By west_villager on 7/30/2007
My wife and I joined a friend and her friends for a fun night of dining at Fatty Crab recently. We knew going in (thanks to this web site) that (1) Fatty doesnt take reservations, (2) Saturday night would be crowded, meaning (3) we would wait for a table, and once seated our table would be cramped (4). Even with those upfront inconveniences, we had a great time! Our server was extremely helpful for us first-timers, and accommodating to our vegetarian. We ordered WAY too much food - due mainly to other reviewers complaining about portion size. (Hey haters, this aint Chicago - not all dishes need to be deepdish!) The food came out randomly, which was different, but fun. We enjoyed the buns (veg & pork), wings (my wife is a coinsure), mussels, duck, ribs, chicken and the coconut rice that came with most dishes was very good. My only complaint was that because I ate a relatively big lunch (in fear of small portions), and combined with over-ordering, I left a bit too stuffed to savor the experience (thanks for nothing, Fatty Crab bashers!) If you havent been, we recommend!
Hit or Miss
By ywwan on 5/19/2007
The key to Fatty Crab is (i) you have to be early and (ii) order the "right" dishes. The real problem is the place is way too small and oncethe restaurant isfull and there is a line, the service suffers and the eating environment becomes stressful. The bad music does not help. But try around 11:30ish for brunch and 6:30pm for dinner and all the problems disappear. In terms of what to eat, I would agree that the crab is overhyped. Avoid it if you are from Southeast Asia, you are bound to be disappointed - it is far from the real thing. But if not, its a very different preparation from the insipid mayo/creamy combos presented at Western restaurants so you may actually enjoy it - most of my friends love the slightly spicy tomato based sauce. And the grilled skate on banana leaf is to die for - it is my favorite dish at Fatty Crab. Other highlights include the mussles, pork ribs, vege with salt fish, kangkung belacan and the pork steam buns. Value for money this is not but its not absurdly expensive either.
By Mikey2005 on 11/22/2005
Went at a quite period and seriously impressed with food and friendly, helpful service. Fatty duck was tasty and Grouper was excellent. Good selection of wines and beers.
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