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Posted by E. on 05/04/2007
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 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?
Posted by meephasaurusrex on 05/04/2007
You would never know it was there, awesome food and the decor was really cool. The best part was the beer, get the one with "captain" in the name. Great place to fill your boots on a sunday and show up to work feeling like crap on monday.
Posted by Matt on 04/20/2007
I've made the trip out to Fette Sau twice in the last two weeks. It is simply spectacular. The full rack of ribs we had last night were the best our carnivorous group had ever had and the baked beans are sublime. My only words of caution are that you should not bring any vegetarian friends unless they are willing to have a meal consisting of broccoli and pickles (both are great, by the way).
Posted by Anonymous on 04/18/2007
After reading about this place having some good 'que my friends and I went over there this weekend. What a wasted trip. The place is disorganized and poorly setup. One line for food, another line for drinks. Getting drinks wasn't a problem, but getting the food was. I stood in line while my buddies grabbed a seat and started drinking. I think I was in line for 30 minutes or so and by the time I got up to order most of the food was gone, but the chalkboard listed a bunch of stuff. I asked if they still had it in the back or in the oven and the guy behind the counter said no. I ordered what was left under the heat lamps, and paid and went to eat. Well, all the food was luke warm and dried out. I like my food fresh, the people working there nice and not lose half the time I am there to wait in line for cafeteria style bbq.
Posted by sandy on 04/17/2007
we really enjoyed Fette Sau. the beer by the gallon and 1/2 gallon is a good deal, and they have some good stuff on tap -- expected, of course, from the Spuyten Duyvil owners. the pork belly bacon and ribs are certainly the best choices. the rub on the ribs is flavorful, complex -- we fought over the bones. the pork belly bacon is deliciously moist (and fatty). the brisket, i could take or leave. the pulled pork is pretty decent, but without sauce (i'd recommend the vinegar on it) can be dry. i did wish that they had a better selection of sauces for the meats -- just vinegar, ketchup, and mole (?), i think. potato salad is also great. we really enjoyed Fette Sau, but we got there pretty early after reading that they ran out of food during the first few days. after we sat down (at around 6, i think) the line started getting out the door. they're VERY slow with service, since it's just one little counter, and one woman meticulously cutting and weighing the meat that you purchase by the pound.
Posted by Chubby Jack on 04/11/2007
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 ended up getting scraps of the flank steak (overcooked & dried out) the bacon (pure fat) the scraps of 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.
Posted by xxx on 04/10/2007
Same owners (plus a few extra partners) as the Belgium beer bar across the street Spuyten Duval, one of my favorite bars in the boroughs. Fetter Sau was very good, super friendly staff, generous whiskey selection and a great assortment of beer on tap. The atmosphere is warm and consistant. Great choice for a meal before show at the Luna Lounge.