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Posted by Anonymous on 10/17/2007
I was impressed with the pulled pork, the sausage and the ribs. In fact, despite finding them stingy on their portions, and pricey I was happy when I got home when I found the meats to be quite tasty. The meats were really cooked and marinated perfectly and I would gladly pay what I paid for what I got. I was also given three sauces in the bag with my parkerhouse rolls. The red sauce a solid good BBQ sauce, and the vinegar passed muster with me. They also included a darker sauce that had the vague essence of a pepper, but lacked any real substance. It really tasted like someone forgot an ingredient or two. I had the infamouse beans and found them to be flavorless, A real waste of the burnt ends. It was like a study in texture from some cooking class drop out. Did they forget something in those beans too? I'd fork over the 8 dollars for good beans. Hell, I'd fork over 9 dollars for beans with delicious meat in them, but these were really awful. The recipe should be redone by someone who has taste buds. The brocoli was also subpar too and seemed like some kind pathetic substitute for coleslaw. And where is the m-fing cole-slaw anyway? It's like this billyburg joint is too good for cole-slaw or something! I didn't try the potatoe salad, but based on the two sides I did try, I'd just stick to the meat....
Posted by twb on 10/07/2007
Finally made it to Fette Sau last night and wasn't disappointed in the least. Had the pork ribs, pulled pork, beans, and potato salad. All were excellent. The BBQ sauces were very tasty and held up well. My girlfriend commented on how she even liked the place better than RUB. I'm not so sure about that, but it was damn good. My only complaint is that they were out of the beer I wanted. The place was packed, so I'm happy that some don't like it because when winter hits it's really going to be difficult to get a seat.
Posted by Barbecue Bill on 09/06/2007
I don't understand what the recent reviewers are beefin' about. We drive out a couple of times a month from the Upper West Side to get takeout or enjoy the scene at Fette Sau. It's not Texas, Memphis or any other regional US -- it's kind of its own genre, but when we feel like meet it's fine, moist without being too greasy and flavorful within its own definition of BBQ. We enjoy the beans and the broccoli salad as well. There are great beers on tap and its a friendly place and a cool space to sit for a while. Give it a try folks.
Posted by Juddy on 09/06/2007
Okay, first let me say that Im from AL, and yes that means I know BBQ. I've had some fancy BBQ in this city - which is wrong! BBQ is meant to be a messy affair, as in dont wear your work attire. There's really 2 simple rules to follow: (1)Dont cook the meat dry, and (2) Dont over marinate the meat, the smoke will flavor it naturally (anyways thats what side sauces are for). Fette Sau seems to follow these rules just fine - so dont worry about what these other people are saying. They're probably from California and have no clue what BBQ is all about. Bottom line: for BBQ in Yankee country, Fette Sau cant be beat!
Posted by P.I.G. on 08/24/2007
2nd visit was more disappointing than the first. Now that they have been open long enough to work out the kinks I can say with earnest, it is not worth going back. I hate when people weigh the food. You always get screwed on something, thus the beans comment. About the beans, they were smokey like the rest of the meal, exactly like, zero nuance between items. The most offense was the texture of the meat. BBQ should ooze with rendered fat allowing the sauce to flavor, not lubricate. Best dishes are the links and pie. Right, someone else made those. Ambiance is a bit self-conscience. Bummer.
Posted by Anonymous on 06/06/2007
Went last night and the pulled pork was pretty good and moist but the beef brisket... yuck! The beef was SUPER dry andnot at all worth the money. Also tried the baked beans which were pretty good but had to much of a smokey flavor. Sauce at this joint is a must since the meat is so dry. The darker sauce is a vain attempt at a spicey sauce and should be avoided at all costs. The beer is great though and the space is pretty cool. Over all the place is pretty cheap and the food doesn't live up to the space but as long as they keep it inexpensive it's worth checking out.
Posted by don't believe the hype on 05/15/2007
after reading many reviews my man and i tried the place on tuesday at 530....it wasnt busy.....i agree the 2 lines for food and beer are stupid- the food, dry....just so all you NYC non foodies know, BBQ is supposed to be succulent and juicy, very flavorful......brines, rubs, and SALT! no where to be found! German potato salad, please.... as a person of german hertitage i was expecting warm potato salad with bacon, and a mustardy sauce, however we got COLD potato, raw onion, and vinegar, OH! and dried herbs! the place has such great potential, very cute.... Do your research!