Brooklyn >Food & Dining > Fette Sau
354 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn, NY | Directions 1121140.714143 -73.956503
Brooklyn's let-it-roll style works well in the case of barbecue, which is best served in dressed down, funky environments. Unfortunately, it also requires a lot of precision, which Fette Sau doesn't always lay down. The food is excellent, and there are meats smoked here you won't find elsewhere, but they sometimes sit around too long. Go early when they first open, and look for the pork belly if they have it.
Get there early – I read that this place was open till 4am, so I headed over around 11. Unfortunately, the menu is shortened to three choices "after hours": pulled pork with a bun, a sausage with a bun and beans, all served in small portions. You can't order your meat by the pound "after hours". The pulled pork lived up to its reputation. There was no sauce on it, but it didn't need it, and after tasting it i totally ignored my sausage - it was so good. The beans had alot of flavor, and there was pulled pork and sausage in there. Yum. I'm not much of a bean person, but I got it because it was recommended and wasn't disappointed. The portions were way too small, though. 20 minutes later when I went back for seconds, the "after hours" food had run out. Someone told me to get there around 5:30 next time - but what's the fun for gorging yourself on meat at 5:30? I wish they kept the meat coming late.
Its a fun experience – Alright! This place is a ton of fun, even if the food is sort of lacking. I agree with the fatty cuts of meat - my ribs were tasty but mostly inedible. The pulled pork was fantastic though, absolutely my favorite. I enjoyed the baked beans very much, lots of meaty, smoky flavor. The potato salad was good but it would have been much better if it was so cold, I couldn't exactly taste it very well. The brisket was a lovely cut of meat but a tad tasteless. All the spices on all the cuts of meat were underwhelming. I wish there was more differentiation between the rubs and explanation as to what what they were - sweet, spicy (no), heat - all of the above? I would have liked the ribs to be sweeter since I THINK that's what they were going for - I could taste it, but it wasn't there just yet. Don't let them force you into getting more food: "That's not enough for two people...." It was enough for the two of us, and we would have gotten more if we weren't so stuffed and happy. I did not leave room for pie!!! Oh, and the prices were very affordable - the two of us had 3 meats, 2 sides, a few beers and we spend around $30. We did not partake in any of the whiskey (we had a rough night previously). I'll definitely go back, the atmosphere was right on (for me), the beers on tap were all delicious (and you get to chose your size so you can taste more than one), the decor was thoughtful, welcoming and clever, the staff was good (bartender could have been in a better mood), and it was an overall fun dining experience. I just wish they gave you cornbread (with honey) instead of a bland roll. Nice place, hope it continues down the right path. Good job! We were there at about 7pm and were not denied anything. The place was pretty darn full too. Will they be open through the winter? I can see myself on a brisket and baked beans run during a blizzard.
Best BBQ in NYC – Seriously, I don't know what the negative reviewers are talking about. I've been to Fette Sau twice, had exceptional barbecue, and the people who work there are nothing but super nice. Their lines are continuously out the door, so yeah, sometimes they may be a little harried, and yeah they may sell out of some stuff, but give them a break! It's a new business, and they're wildly successful. I'm sure they never dreamed they'd be selling as much as they are. However, they always have several offerings (I've never seen the case empty), and the fact that they change over what they offer several times a night ensures that what you're getting is fresh and delicious. It takes a while to cook brisket until the fat and ligaments break down so much that it MELTS in your mouth. I think Fette Sau is an unpretentious, delicious, inexpensive (my boyfriend and I ordered A LOT of food and the bill was $20) alternative in Williamsburg. The only complaint I have is that the crowd can get a little rowdy...but feh, what does that matter if I can have amazing BBQ and delicious beer at a reasonable price?
An old garage makes the picture-perfect location for this Williamsburg-style barbecue joint. – If you've ever pondered the aesthetic of pairing a $5 thrift store tee with $250 jeans, then you'll probably appreciate the rehabbed irony of tractor-seats barstools at a white-tiled bar, and an antique-looking mantle surrounding a blazing digital fire. The carefully distressed details are everwhere--including the weathered indoor and outdoor picnic tables filled with 20- and 30-something carnivores. Though the restaurant's German name means "fat pig," it's the beef that gives Texas' best a run for the money. Both the brisket and the house-made pastrami benefit from a lengthy stay in the wood-fired smoker and hold up well to the rich, heavy-handed rub. All the meat comes caked in char--thanks to the carmalized sugar and espresso-ground coating.
Horrible BBQ! No flavor and dry – We saw a line of people outside so we naturally assumed the food must be great. we were so disappointed with the metal tray of what they served as BBQ. The meat was cold and had no flavor The pork belly was so fatty I couldn't even eat it. We tried the flank steak and the meat was falling apart because it was so dry. They sell the meat by the pound so if you want to try this place, make sure you have FETTE POCKETS!!
Lousy BBQ, overcrowded, loud, rude service & long lines – Went there after reading mixed reviews about this place the other night. Got in line at 7:45, but the time we made it to the counter, 45 minutes later, they were out of most of the food we wanted. We ended up getting the flank steak (overcooked & dried out) the bacon (pure fat) the brisket (dried out except for the fat) and the baked beans (which was the best part, but was not that good) I don't understand why people think this place is that good. Is it because BBQ is rare in NYC and people will eat anything and think its good? Being born and raised outside of Memphis, I can tell you its not that good. Overpriced fatty meats and long lines to get slim pickins of food. Also everyone working there had an attitude. Smells good, but leaves a bad taste in your mouth.
Real deal BBQ in NYC - Bring on the fatty brisket!! – After having BBQ in Luling, TX, I could only dream about it here in NYC. That was until Fette Sau! If you thought you'd never find good BBQ in NYC, your in luck. This is the real deal! No frills (except the bar) style restaurant. Get in line and get pounds of succulent brisket, ribs and flank steak. My favorite was the brisket and the fattier, the better. The sides are excellent too, having tried the baked beans and potato salad. I'm going to try some of thier whisky and great beers next time I go back. Amazing!!! The prices are higher than Texas, Memphis or KC but it's worth it. The sauces were not so great but the rub is so good, you don't need any. Where's the sweet tea? Best BBQ in NYC!
Worst customer service. Fatty cuts of meats. – I have been a couple of times to Fette Sau since it has opened, and have had very mixed experiances. The first time the bbq was good, but the bacon, brisket, and the pork butt was all very fatty. I went back Saturday night after a friend told me they wanted to go and after waiting in line for over 45 minutes we found out they had run out of food when we finally made our way to the counter. Management and the servers are way over their head and don't know how to run a restaurant. When we said something about them having to let all the people in line know they were out of food, the management got confrontational and in my face. They were all rude, and I will never be going back.
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