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“Great BBQ in the city” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Fette Sau

Fette Sau
354 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211-3308
718-963-3404
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Ranked #72 of 4,515 Restaurants in Brooklyn
Price range: $0 - $20
Cuisines: American, Barbecue
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Good for: Outdoor seating
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Late Night
New York City, New York
1 review
“Great BBQ in the city”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

There most likely is a long line out the door, which in NYC is not necessarily a testament to the quality of the place. However in this case, the wait is well worth it. The brisket was definitely the highlight of the meal, it was juicy and falling apart at the sight of the fork. You can almost pass it as burnt ends. We also got pulled pork. That was good as well. Taking off a coin because of the sauces or rather the lack thereof. The chef probably wants the meat to speak for itself. IMO, a good sauce is a perfectly nice companion for BBQ. From the sauces on our table, the BBQ sauce was watery and pretty generic, the mustard sauce was too sharp and the ketchup was, well, ketchup.

Visited October 2013
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New York City, New York
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“FORGETTABLE!”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2013

Only ok ribs at $20 pound..keep in mind the bone is half the weight.
No scale in view of what they give you, so you have to assume you are getting an honest weight.
Very rushed service for the meat...side dishes expensive for the size of the portions.
When you can get the barkeeps attention away from his cell phone, he will give you a sample of a beer before your purchase, but the beer is NOT very cold. No diet soda available, not that this is a place for a diet, considering all of the fat on the meat. A lot of rib places are for eating, not dining, and this is no exception. Food thrown on a tray loose, no plate, and family style seating. I see no reason whatsoever to return.

  • Visited November 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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London
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39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
“Hipsterville Barbecue central!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2013

So this is a total hipster joint... No booking policy, tick. Latest food fad, tick. Craft beer selection, tick. Named after a slightly risqué insult(in German), tick! But don't be put off by that. It's good food. Choice of the usual plus barbecue goat, which was a little chewy but very tasty. Go early, around 5-6pm to avoid those queues!

  • Visited October 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Used to be great, quality has gone down hill.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

This place used to be my favorite bbq place in NYC and all the burroughs. However, I recently stopped in after work one day, around 5 o'clock and the place was dead. This was never the case, the line was always out the door at any given time of the day. But I thought, ok it's a week night it's just slow. Well when I ordered my food I got a sense of why it was so empty. So I paid $17 something and sat down with my 1/4 pound of pork belly, 1 sausage and small collards. The belly was a huge let down. I realize that it is a fattier cut, but this was 75% fat at least, very thinly sliced and seemed pretty measley for the $17 I just plunked down. Now, I have been coming here for years and never has the belly been this low quality. Also, some of the other items I would have like to have tried but the price of $34/lb for suckling pig, that seems a bit much, especially since they make you get 1/2 lb or more, no 1/4 lbs. Also, the garage doors were wide opened, and it wasn't exactly warm outside. An older couple who came in to try the place out had to leave before ordering because it was too cold. At the end of the day, it's just a pig. Maybe a higher quality pig than a grocery store product, but not the quality they are pricing it as. I think the prices here are much higher compared to comparable bbq joints in the area such as John Brown's or Spike Hill. I will come here again, maybe it was an off day, but I think it's kinda like chasing a high. It used to be sooo good, but I haven't felt that way about Fette Sau in a few years. Maybe some quality control is needed. Hope this is helpful to someone out there.

Visited October 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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“For carnivores”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2013

Fette Sau serves up trays of delicious roast meats (we tried pork belly and beef brisket) with simple accompaniments, as well as a good selection of beers, on communal tables in a busy and atmospheric garage-like space in Williamsburg. Unforgettable!

  • Visited November 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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