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Ever eaten at Fette Sau?

is this place worth a meal?

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Fette Sau
354 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211

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    1. The night I went, i did not particularly enjoy the meal but, I liked the space. If you go with a fun group, it would be easy to have a good time.

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      1. re: Daniel76

        this was what i wrote about this place when i went last year at this time

        Place is pretty good.. One thing I found was the meat was a little dried out.. Dried out and not at the correct temp. Then, i looked at the process behind the preparation..

        It's smoked well and everything but, meat goes from the smoker into the walk in fridge? Meat that has been previously smoked and plastic wrapped is taken out and heated up at 300 degrees..

        So, you spend 18 hours cooking the meat at 120 or 130 degrees but, right before you serve it, you crank it up to 300 degrees?

        They provided NC Vinegar Sauce for the pulled pork.. They have a K.C Masterpiece style BBQ sauce, they have this super Cumin sauce where all I can taste is cumin.. Felt like it was going for a Arthur Bryant type of sauce.. Not a good version.. Maybe they chose this sauce for brisket. They have a hot sauce that seems to be a mash of peppers.. I liked the K.C Masterpiece sauce the best..

        I only tried the German Potato Salad.. Which was not German Potato salad but, a pickely version.. Lots of dill and mint.. A potato salad yes but, a German one, no..

        Staff was nice and this place must rock in the summer.. Good selection of whiskey..

        A young hip Brooklyn BBQ place.. They sell beer by the gallon and food by the pound.. It's all pretty good

        I have been back a couple times since and had the same experience.. It's not bad but, not great.

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        Fette Sau
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      2. It's been a couple of years since I've been there, but the smoked pastrami is definitely worth checking out. They have a good draft beer selection, if you're into beer.

        1. There is no doubt in my mind that the barbecue there is the best in New York. The menu changes every night and the pastrami as mentioned by Egit is rarely on the menu. The beef brisket is amazing, as are the pork cheeks when they have them. Some sides are excellent (collard greens), and if you like sweet, the baked beans are delicious. I would stay away from the potato salad, brocolli salad and other sides.

          After a nice meal there, head across the street to Spuyten Duyvil (same owner) for the best beer bar in New York. You will not find standard bar beers here. The bartenders will guide you through your selection. Just don't ask for a Corona.

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          Fette Sau
          354 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211

          Spuyten Duyvil
          132 N 5th St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

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          1. re: ForestHillsFresser

            I'm from Austin. You may have heard, we have some decent BBQ in the area.

            This place in Bklyn is awful. Comically bad, the wait is stupid, the food is mediocre and WAY overpriced.

            I was dragged there by a native NY'er who raved about the place, but, honestly, what standards' do y'all have? None, I'd say. But, more power to 'em, I'm sure they're makin' a fortune. (I now live in Portland OR, no BBQ here either, but some clown has appointed himself the King of Siam and is pulling the pork-wool over the eyes of the local food geniuses who think he invented Thai food...so, same story as y'all's Fette Sau, when no one knows what the food really is, you can hype yourself into the financial stratosphere! But beware, this guy is now eyeing a location in Bklyn. Buyer beware!!!!)

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            Fette Sau
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            1. re: sambamaster

              I'm now living in Austin, and I think you are being overly critical. Is it as good as Franklin's in austin? No, but nowhere else in the country is TBH. Fette Sau still has pretty good food and a fun atmosphere. I had a great evening out and a good meal when I went there.

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              Fette Sau
              354 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211

              1. re: sambamaster

                I think I agree with both of you, twyst and sambamaster: the food is overrated and overpriced. The BBQ is mediocre by, say, Kansas City or Texas or North Carolina standards... but it's pretty good by NYC standards. (And if you're from Austin, you're 100% welcome to laugh at our BBQ standards.)

                From a pure food standpoint, Fette Sau isn't worth the trip, in my opinion. But it's a fun, lively place with some good beer taps. I'd go there again with the right group of people. I wouldn't go out of my way for it, but I wouldn't be upset if some friends dragged me back there, either.

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                Fette Sau
                354 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211

                1. re: sambamaster

                  True. Way overrated. The sides are good, the bbq is 1/2 assed, the wait, well, I've given up. The whiskey selction great. Not worth a detour...

              2. I don't see the hype about this place, AT ALL. Granted, I lived down south, and went to Memphis to study barbecue in my former chef days .... so the bar is set pretty high for me.

                Each time, i've been disappointed and some meat has been dry.

                For barbecue in Williamsburg, I am a HUGE fan of Mabels Smokehouse. Much better on all levels.

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                Fette Sau
                354 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211

                Mable's Smokehouse
                44 Berry St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

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                1. re: kariface

                  There's all different styles of BBQ. Some wet, some dry, some mixed. Fette Sau has great brisket, pork belly and ribs. And it's in a cool atmosphere of an old garage, in what used to be a ghetto area

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                  Fette Sau
                  354 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211

                  1. re: foodwhisperer

                    Agree with others. Fette Sau is way overrated, inconsistent, and lousy service. The brisket at Mable's is much better. Neither pork belly nor brisket are anything special at FS. Ribs are ok, but they are often St. Louis style and Mable's does these just as well, if not better, and certainly at a better value. Agree on the Fette Sau atmosphere though. But it's only barely a chowish destination if you can catch some of the specialty items like pork cheeks.

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                    Fette Sau
                    354 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211

                    Mable's Smokehouse
                    44 Berry St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

                    1. re: Silverjay

                      I guess I've let the Fette Sau "critiques" stand for long enough.

                      Here's my BBQ history:
                      1) native Texan. Grew up with BBQ. Have eaten at great places and bad places, and everything in between. I've done a BBQ roadtrip through central Texas MULTIPLE times, including the greats, such as Snow's, Luling City Market, Kreuz's, and Smitty's.

                      2) What I've discovered: BBQ is a fickle thing. It's never the same way twice. When you're working with temperatures, wood, cuts of meat, there are so many variables that are introduced in the process. There are places that are consistent, but may not necessarily be good. Say, for instance, a chain place like Spring Creek BBQ. Not a great place by any means, but they put out "consistent BBQ." They have a business model that relies on high volume, low cost. The most consistent places I've found (lower volume, higher cost), that are also great, are Snow's and Luling City Market. The problem with Snow's is that it's only open on Saturday and sells out before noon. Smitty's has been fantastic for me sometimes, and downright uneatable at other times. Same goes with Kreuz's. (Sausage, however, is pretty consistent across the board at these places.)

                      3) I have not been to Franklin's in Austin (in which I've heard great things).

                      4) All of this is to say, Fette Sau may have a problem with consistency. I've been a few times, and sometimes I'm wowed, and sometimes I'm not wowed. If we're strictly speaking about the BBQ and not the atmosphere, I think they do a pretty good job for being a place in Williamsburg. Their brisket is almost always good, and they give you good rolls (a must for BBQ) and a variety of sauces. I'd rank Fette Sau higher than chain places in Texas, but a lower tier than the legendary Central Texas locations.

                      Have not been to Mabel's yet, but will have to check it out. NYers, accept Fette Sau for what it is and realize that BBQ is inherently an inconsistent art! But when it's perfect, it's perfect! BBQ is such a difficult thing to judge, especially when you have other distractions such as wait-time, atmosphere, prices (esp. in Wburg), crowd.

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                      Fette Sau
                      354 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211

                      1. re: smirkrevenge

                        We've been to a lot of the same places. I wouldn't put fette sau above Rudy's, but definitely above Bill Miller and Luther's.

                        How does FS compare to Hill Country

                      2. re: Silverjay

                        Looking forward to trying Mable's, but what do you mean about the "service" being bad? There is no service to speak of at Fette Sau, to be bad or good... you wait in line, get your food, and sit down. You wait in another spot to order beer. All human interaction I've had there has been knowledgeable and friendly.

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                        Fette Sau
                        354 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211

                        1. re: Peter Cuce

                          The people are nice but the service model and the layout causes LONG waits. And they take their time slicing weighing and serving and can seem oblivious to the line of people standing in front of the bathrooms and snaking out the door of the restaurant. At Mabel's you place your order and they come bring it to you a few minutes later so you can spend your time sitting at the table with friends. Not stepping aside for someone to use the toilet you are blocking.

                      3. re: foodwhisperer

                        True, there are all different styles of barbecue. I've never been impressed by any of the meat i've gotten at Fette Sau. Also, to note, I used "dry" above to not describe style of 'cue, but the consistency of the meat.

                        The atmosphere doesn't do much for me, at all. It's a crowded clusterfuck, hard to find a table, and loud, and not relaxing. In what used to be a "ghetto" neighborhood? Well, i'm just not going to touch that. :)

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                        Fette Sau
                        354 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211