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fatty cue vs fette sau

if i'm not so crazy about the spicy asian dipping sauces, i.e., i mainly go there just for the cue, does fatty stand any chance against fette sau?

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  1. nope.

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    1. re: millerd

      agreed

    2. Meat is better at Fatty 'Cue, but, I don't think it's really a great restaurant. And there's really not "Asian dipping sauces". Meat is prepared with Asian influences though.....Fette Sau meat tends to be too dry. Sausage there is good though. But, for example, Fatty 'Cue brisket blows Fette Sau away- although, I've heard head chef at FC was dismissed, so things may have changed.

      1. fette sau is a much better value. The portions are miniscule at fatty cue.

        1. Neither is particularly affordable, but as others have noted, you get much more meat for your 30+ bucks at Fette Sau than at Fatty 'Cue. That said, while Fette Sau's pork lineup is solid, I've never been too impressed with any of their beef offerings, save for the pastrami (they never seem to have beef cheeks available on my visits). The sausages are well-smoked, but I find the seasoning a bit too subtle for my taste.
          Fatty Cue's rubs and marinades are far from subtle, but I think the smoked-in flavors they've come up with are wholly original and adventurous. It's not classic bbq by any means, and the sit-down service is inconsistent, but the smoking is still expertly executed. I've found that going for brunch is much more cost-effective, albeit the menu is limited. Also, the late night specials (banh mi, brisket sandwich, grilled cheese, fried duck, some sort of ribs, 11pm-2am Thurs-Sun) deliver a solid value.

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          Fette Sau
          354 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211

          Fatty 'Cue
          91 S 6th St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

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          1. re: CalJack

            I wish I felt this way. When the Fatty concept was explained to me, I was like, I love smoked meats and I love Asian flavors and spiciness, so these should go together like chocolate and peanut butter!

            In practice, I feel like the the pleasure of great barbecue is in the essence of the meat and the smoke. When you do a big spice rub on that, I lose my communion with those two essential elements. To me FC is less than the sum of its parts and that's unfortunate.

            As to the original question, I think neither place is destination barbecue, but if I was in the 'hood and HAD to have some barbecue, it would be Fette Sau for sure.

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            Fette Sau
            354 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211

          2. Different bbq concepts altogether. Fette Sau any day for me though. I too love love love their brisket and I'm not even a general fan of brisket. Sides again not so great ...but the beans and the potato dish are fine.

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            Fette Sau
            354 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211

            1. Tried Fatty 'Cue. When the entrees were presented they looked more like samples.
              Overpriced.. Left hungry.

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              Fatty 'Cue
              91 S 6th St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

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              1. re: E. Kantro

                on the other hand! I went to FS last night, turns out thursdays are "Fat Pig Thursday" when they serve the smoked meats from a whole hog...sounds good, right? But! Three people, $70, and a whole lot of fat and bone from the cuts we selected (belly and sirloin).
                Now don't get me wrong--I loves me some pork fat--but this was absurd.
                Also annoying, the crowds, jockeying for a table (although everyone who eats there is pretty nice about this)

                Anyone else there last night with a different experience? Maybe we just got unlucky...

                1. re: squinchy

                  you can't order pork belly and then complain about fat!!!

                  1. re: okaygo

                    ha! OK, you're right, but the sirloin we ordered was also pretty gnarly...