I had been wanting to try Fatty ‘Cue for a while now – a restaurant specializing in smokey, Southeast Asian-inspired goodness of the pork specialization (they also feature other meats). First of all, I love BBQ – it’s a serious love, and one that I’d like to believe is requited. Second, any restaurant with “Fatty” in its name has to possess a certain level of deliciousness. So on one sunny NYC afternoon, off I went with an eating buddy to check this place out.
The first thing we noticed were that there were only two of us, and about 8 things we wanted to try on the menu:
Alas, there were only two of us, and our table was only so big. In the end, “1/4 pound of bacon” was a clear winner in my book (more on that later!) and my eating buddy also made an equally indulgent yet scrumptious selection. To accompany our smokey porky selections, we first had to order our accompanying beverages. Eating buddy ordered a watermelon juice (you can see that buddy took a serious sip before I could get a snapshot in:
While I ordered a smoked pineapple yuzu drink – tart, sweet and smokey. Me likey!
We were then ready for some serious pigging out! Eating buddy ordered the Heritage Pork Ribs - seasoned with Indonesian long pepper, fish sauce, and palm sugar. These luscious ribs were accompanied by cabbage and daikon slaw and hearty, fried-in-pork-fat cornbread:
I’d be lying if I said there wasn’t a slight flicker of disappointment at the number of ribs presented on the plate – eating buddy might be small in stature but she is large in appetite. However, the ribs and the cornbread and the slaw proved to be a pretty good portion (my various eating buddies and I sometimes suffer from “eyes-way-bigger-than-stomach” syndrome).
BUT – just in case, we ordered a side of potato chips:
and it was good.
For my entree, I ordered the 1/4 Pound of Deep-Fried Bacon, (it was listed as coriander bacon on the menu – yum!), with sweet & spicy salsa verde and nasi ulam. A glamour shot of the bacon is featured at the top of this post.
Okay, first of all. 1/4 Pound of Deep Fried Bacon – there are so many things RIGHT with that statement. I don’t think I need to explain myself, right? This thick-cut bacon was amazingly juicy, fatty, flavorful and crispy right at the edge. A perfect specimen of of the bacon milieu, if you will. The salsa verde complemented it perfectly, and the nasi ulam – well, just see for yourself:
If you like pork products in all their forms, Fatty ‘Cue won’t disappoint. Slow smoked and treated with care, the bacon and the ribs were simply fantastic. Our waitress was knowledgeable about the menu and polite without being overbearing. Stop by and let me know what you think!
Your meal will leave you dreaming of bacon.
50 Carmine Street (between Bleecker & Bedford)
Bacon fans out there – chewy or crispy? I’m a chewy gal myself!