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354 Metropolitan Ave., Brooklyn, NY, 11211
nr. Havemeyer St.
best value in williamsburg
By thelover on 8/10/2007
well these days, looks like the 'deli counter style' version of BBQ places is coming in season. between that 'other' place in the city which is more like disney land than a real bbq place, fette sau is the perfect combination of great food, at a great value.
Quite the Surprise...But Hardly a Good One
By loveitmadly on 8/6/2007
Given the gushing reviews, I might have expected too much from Fette Sau. But then again my only expectation was for the food to be tasty, so what gives? If I had to go back, I'd look forward to the great bourbon selection, laid-back casual atmosphere, the hip but not pretentious decor, good service, and open communal setting. But it's unlikely I will go back due to the tiny food menu, so-so bbq sauce, and the worst ribs I've ever eaten. When I ask for ribs, I want ribs. Not an overpriced, overcooked slab of what turned out to be mostly inedible animal fat, not meat. The mediocre sauerkraut wasn't much of a consolation.
gotta love the pig
By vinosaurus on 5/27/2007
coming from the south, people feel like no Q is as good as their Q. fette sau puts those folks in place. my coming from the south and a town where there is a fairly famous bbq challenge every year, i feel like i understand and appreciate the art of smoke better than maybe some yankees out here. this place has got it. deliciously fatty belly- moist, dense shoulder- perfectly finished ribs, crisped, tender and with give that teases with a little meat still on the bone and plenty fallin off. the gallons of beer are a nice touch. the sides are fairly lackluster, but lets face it- who is goin for the sides? this is great meat.
bo derek, eat your heart out
By foozie on 5/18/2007
this place is a 10, 10, 10. spell it any way you like... a most impressive selection of barbeque. the line wasn't so bad when i went and the food was awesome. we got a gallon of beer to wash it down... what a selection. amazing bar, amazing food, amazing scene... what more can you ask for... this place kicks (boston) butt.
Finally!! Killer Q in my hood...
By BKhipsta on 5/17/2007
it has been a long time coming to finally have such a treat in the neighborhood. Fette Sau has a great vibe from the moment you walk in the door. The place wreaks of awesomesauce. I was totally impressed with the burbon selection. i would recommend getting there early, especially on a weekend since the demand outweighs the supply, as is usually the case with amazing BBQ places. The food is quite good, especially the ribs and the pulled pork. I would definately go again, but next time i will go on a weeknight when it's not so packed.
Northerners just don't know BBQ
By ahsatan on 5/4/2007
The SALT LICK metal door these guys have inside the restaurant is about the only thing that's paying homage to real BBQ about this place. Sure the decor and beer taps are super cool (each tap is a different knife, boner or tenderizer) and the bourbon is the stuff of gods, but the food, you just have to pass on. When it comes to BBQ, the veggies shouldn't get cold within 5 minutes of seating, the pork belly should never be undercooked and the ribs should fall from the bone. And no signature pulled pork sandwich!? Definitely NOT impressed. And only spicy BBQ sauce on the tables? With all their pork belly boasting, they completely neglected a tangy South Carolina vinegar sauce! Great atmosphere, great employees, great customers, but once again New York has shown how important style is before taste. Come on people, just cause it smells like BBQ and looks like BBQ doesn't mean it's BBQ. Try Dinosaur up in Harlem or just you wait til you get to Tennessee....
He swings. It's a long fly ball--going, going and... caught at the fence.
By reginald on 4/29/2007
The ribs were worth the trip. Both the pulled pork shoulder and lamb lacked distinction and were served cold. The sauce was too sweet for my tastes and equal to bottle varieties. Nice beer selection sold in imperial volumes. While rustic and seemingly child friendly the overwhelming clientele of hungover twenty-somethings were anoyed by my two year-old. The menu is true to pit style roadhouses and welcomely fills a void in NYC. This joint is not Cooper's, but I'm grateful for that.
By EdgeSmith on 4/25/2007
One thing you must know and be ready before you go is this place is a smokehouse. There will be a line, we arrived around eight on a tuesday night and waited behind five or six people. There was a steady stream of people, be ready to share a big pine picnic table. You walk up and order your meat and sides, they are weighed out on a tray in front of you. Four of us split a rack of ribs (pork), 1/2 lb pulled pork, 1/4 lb pork belly, some baked beans, and potato salad. The hot sauce has a nice chipolte smokey flavor but was a bit hot for our taste but mixed with their sweeter sauce was great. The rub is very spicy with hints of coffee, paprika, and cyanne pepper. The beans were nice and smokey, think I would skip the potato salad next time. Admitedly I am a huge pork fan - I have a website www.iluvpork.com. I think this restaurant is great and definitely plan on going back.
take it from a midwestern girl that grew up on barbeque...
By gogogirl on 4/25/2007
...this place is a serious contender. the line is long, service is slow and the picnic style seating is limited, but this is a smokehouse, not the four seasons. we had a party of four that arrived around 7:30/7:45 and there was about a 10 minute wait in line (on a friday night!). i must confess, we were drinking beer across the street and keeping an eye on the crowd before arriving. as we waited for our order (flank steak, slab of ribs, pulled pork), one in our party slipped over to the bar area for one of their whiskeys on tap. we skipped out on the in-house dining, opting for our apartment a few blocks away and feasted on the kitchen table. the meats were smoked to tender perfection; the dry rub is very smoky and spicy, but not over-powering. their sauce sucks, so bring you own and the sides are nothing to write home about...but the main attraction is worth the wait.
How not to run a reastaurant.
By sausagegut on 4/24/2007
Positives: the ribs were good, the brisket was good (did not provoke memories of Texas, Memphis, NC or L.C.'s in Kansas City) The sides are pretty dull. The service set up is clumsey and inefficient, a really bad way to start off a meal. Service people flustered and confused, no one seemed to know what they were doing. One guy weighs the food and two people watched. Nowhere to sit so we took it home. Possible spot for beer hang out in good weather. There is an ample outdoor space, not open when I was there. Duh. Lunch might be a good idea. Revamp that dumb service set up and hire someone who has worked in a restaurant before and maybe. Fette Sau has good potential but right now, OK food, overpriced, lousy service.
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