As promised, Fatty Crab and Fatty Crab UWS previewed the Fatty ‘Cue menu on New Year’s Eve. Fork in the Road happened to stop in to the West Village location for a taste of the much-hyped dishes on offer, including the justifiably ballyhooed brisket.
Diners had the option to sample the brisket, a smoked crab soup, or a clams-and-bacon dish, each priced at $19 and shareable. The brisket, rubbed with garlic, shallots, young ginger, palm sugar, fish sauce, coconut milk, chilies, lime zest, salt, and pepper, and served with fluffy bao, was a satisfying combination of sweet and tangy, with just a tinge of heat, and adequately fatty. The clams came in an unapologetically spicy broth of various bones (lamb, pork, chicken, and duck) with generous chunks of house-smoked bacon, and a slab of toast for dipping. The three dishes left a number of people hungry for more — if not reaching for water. Those who had only the ‘Cue to sip on — a house cocktail made with overproof Demerara rum, smoked pineapple syrup, and some unknown spices — were wishing they’d just ordered beer.