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Fatty Crab

643 Hudson St., New York, NY, 10014
nr. Horatio St.
212-352-3590

Avg. Rating

7
Food: 7
Service: 6
Décor: 6
"Recommended"

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55% would go back.

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Terrible food

By koi on 1/16/2006

  • Overall Rating: 2
  • Food: 2
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: 2
  • No, I would not go back!

What is all the fuss in NY magazine about this joint. The food was really bad. I am not trying to be cruel or anything but it really was not good. Besides the fact the portions were ridiculous for the price, everything tasted the same, it was spicy in a very bland way. I don't understand it and I LOVE malaysian food. Very disappointed!

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302 out of 684 people found this review helpful.

Awful in so many ways...

By emilyvernon on 2/15/2007

  • Overall Rating: 3
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 2
  • Décor: 5
  • No, I would not go back!

We should have known after the waitress smugly denied us simple lemon wedges for our water that we were in for a ride... The quail eggs were odorous and slimy, the spicy fish soup infected everything else with its stench and the fatty sliders were such a mish-mosh of meat that even the biggest carnivore would turn it down. The fatty duck was the only delicious thing on the menu, but was sadly eclipsed by the surrounding over-hyped and over-priced dishes. And while the judgmental waitress emphasized time and time again that the food is "authentic" we had to suffer through a blaring soundtrack made for a New Jersey arcade that detracted greatly from the ambiance. In summation: Avoid!

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300 out of 652 people found this review helpful.

Are You Done Yet? or Make Room For the Bar Crowd, Bye!

By MarcoPalermo on 10/13/2009

  • Overall Rating: 3
  • Food: 3
  • Service: 3
  • Décor: 5
  • No, I would not go back!

We met another couple here to enjoy a meal and talk. Forget both. This branch of Fatty Crab's kitchen is not the same as the UWS. The food was pathetic and the service was unabashedly brazen about getting us the hell out. The decibel level of the redundant music was the hint to go elsewhere. Against my better judgement we stayed and endured a series of plates that were at best uninspired and meagre. The slidders were dry, under spiced and had gristle to boot. The fish fry was lame as were the steamed pork buns. The duck breast was mostly fat and bone. A horrible rip off. Zak Pelaccio best take a look here. The before-tip tab was $155 with four glasses of wine. Would not return even if comped.

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105 out of 210 people found this review helpful.

Left hungry and thirsty

By charissita on 11/10/2005

  • Overall Rating: 4
  • Food: 3
  • Service: 4
  • Décor: 6
  • No, I would not go back!

Went to Fatty Crab 11/9 and the food was lousy. The place is definitely borderline clean - we saw a waiter clear a table next to ours, but leave the dirty water glasses. Yikes. I ordered a glass of wine and I received what I considered to be a thimble-full. The portions are teeny tiny and the flavors of the food all seemed the same. The chicken wings and ribs had the same, mysterious, slightly burned sauce and the quail egg shooters had something resembling fish food on top of the them. Avoid.

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372 out of 699 people found this review helpful.

Your wallet won't leave fatty

By nyraddoc on 1/31/2007

  • Overall Rating: 4
  • Food: 3
  • Service: 5
  • Décor: 6
  • No, I would not go back!

In one word: Disappointing. The portions were miniscule, but not the prices. The food tasted okay, but the undercooked egg included in each dish spoiled it for me. The music was too "hipster" and too loud. If forced to go back, I would not order the chile crab again. Never had one before, but I was unimpressed. 10$ for a 12oz beer??? The atmosphere was okay, but it is very tight and crowded. They have a lot of people working in there given the small number of seats, but the service was only average. Over $50 each and left hungry! AVOID.

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220 out of 532 people found this review helpful.

switched the crab

By mga56grg on 6/15/2007

  • Overall Rating: 4
  • Food: 3
  • Service: 4
  • Décor: 7
  • No, I would not go back!

I ate at this restaurant the tonight, and ordered the Chili Crab. Quite a disappointment to get 5 ultra small blue crab instead of the Dungeoness crab. WasnÂ’t a bit of meat to be found. I think we should have been warned if they're going to make a switch like that.

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Can't cook rice? Really?

By koorong on 7/10/2009

  • Overall Rating: 4
  • Food: 2
  • Service: 6
  • Décor: 5
  • No, I would not go back!

I am worried whenever a restaurant purports to serve any sort of Asian-style cuisine and they can't even cook rice properly. The pork in the tea sandwiches was insufficiently fulsome to redeem the fact that we were just served 2 pieces of Wonderbread cut into 3. I don't remember Wonderbread being a staple food item any time I've ever traveled in SE Asia. And as much as I love pork floss, it absolutely suffocates the skate rather than enhances what could have been truly enjoyable. The Fatty Duck was the only redeeming dish - but unfortunately, only 3 pieces for all that you pay, and it was presented on top of that insipid, undercooked rice.

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120 out of 223 people found this review helpful.

Paid Way Too Much For Way Too Little!

By tomtrucker on 5/23/2010

  • Overall Rating: 4
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 3
  • Décor: 2
  • No, I would not go back!

I hear great reviews about this place and I was excited to take my wife there for a date night-what a disappointment. I spent over $80 on bite sized food and I'm pissed. After looking at the menu and being assured by the hostess that the food was "exceptionally yummy", I waited 20 minutes to be seated with my wife. I got an outdoor table, which was fine. I got the recession special, a shot of whiskey, a PBR beer and spicy pickle juice. So, I order the steamed veggie buns-what a joke! Really? Did I pay $13 for 2 small sliders that took two bites to eat? I could've went to White Castle and saved a load of money! I saw an entree at another table, so I thought-ok, surely our entrees will be bigger. I ordered the chicken claypot and the baby bok choy. It tasted great, but what the hell? It was only a small serving each. Between my wife and I, we both left hungry! Save your $! You can get a better deal in Chinatown anytime. What a joke-how are they in business?

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87 out of 173 people found this review helpful.

oh look another average Malay restaurant in NYC

By exibanker on 3/12/2009

  • Overall Rating: 5
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 5
  • Décor: 5
  • No, I would not go back!

Overpriced and overcrowded. These are mainly peasant food dishes in Malayasia and they want $16 for Nasi Lamak? It is rice with a egg on it.., (minus the traditional baby cuttlefish).., thank G*D! $32 for Chili Crab and all you get is a tiny dungenous! Authentically they are Sri Lankan crabs and these are the size of your head for this price. For Dungenous at this price you should get several. The table next to us actually were served tiny blue crabs instead and they did not complain. Ignorance is certainly bliss. Nope, nope and nope! Fatty Crab is Fatty Slag

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97 out of 230 people found this review helpful.

too little of a good thing

By Rainie205 on 11/3/2005

  • Overall Rating: 8
  • Food: 8
  • Service: 8
  • Décor: 7
  • Yes, I would go back!

I went with a friend to fatty crab. The food was very good although not nearly as firey hot as reviews suggested. Some people will probably be dissapointed at the tameness of the flavors. What we found to be disappointing was the portion size of everything as related to the prices. We left hungry after each paying $38.00 for our meal- we shared the chili crab, the checken leg appetizer, and the squid salad, and a large asahi, all delicious but too small portions. Also, desert seems to have been elimated from the menu to make for faster table turnover

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