We finally made it to Fette Sau, crowned the best BBQ place in New York. And you know what? I agree! The food there was phenomenal, each piece of meat being so flavorful, moist and so tender it melted in my mouth.
This place is always packed, so, instead of going on a week end, we decided to go one of the days we were off, showing up at 5pm, the time they open. There were already few people waiting in front of the restaurant and I was surprised it was not more. Well, the crowd arrived 15 minutes later and the place was, as expected, packed, to the point that the tables outside would probably soon be used despite the cold (not so cold though) weather.
It is a cafeteria style restaurant: you order the meat, that is sold by the pound, you pay and then get a seat at one of the communal tables. I do not recommend the table next to the entrance, because it is where the line will form...
So, as it was my turn to order, I asked for a bit of everything. The person who was serving us did a fairly good job giving us enough food for one person (Jodi is not a big fan of meat, so it was mainly for me).
It was composed of:
Sausage (the casing was real hard and it had fennel that was a bot overpowering):
Pulled pork shoulder (moist and I loved the burnt parts):
Pork ribs (fantastic, not completely falling of the bone, but very tender):
Pork belly (delicious, nicely fatty):
Brisket (the best I ever had! it was so tender that I did not even need a knife to pull it apart and it literally melted in my mouth and that char was heaven):
The meat was fantastic and I loved the char each piece had. None of the pieces of meat were dry and the only one I did not really like was the sausage for the reasons I mentioned before. However, what was disappointing were the sides: no mac & cheese, no corn bread or corn pudding. No, what they propose is potato salad or broccoli salad! Seriously? Broccoli? We ended up with chips that they sold for $3 for a small bag and some pickles that were really salty.
For drinks, I went for root beer and Jodi for an orange soda.
I heard so much about Fette Sau that I was glad I finally went there. This is definitely my number one BBQ place that I highly recommend. So, no need to ask me if I would go back...
Enjoy (I surely did)!
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