Friday, January 28, 2011
NYC Top 10...#5 Fette Sau
Posted by Anna Macoboy
Yes, I'm back on the food bandwagon! But you have to understand, we had so much good food! Which is why, in addition to telling you all about this awesome place I'm also going to give a quick mention to a few other delicious experiences we had in New York.
But first, Fette Sau! Meaning "fat pig" in German, this place is a seriously cool barbeque joint in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Here's how it works: you line up (in our case for about half an hour or maybe more, but it was totally worth it), you pick your meats from an impressive display in the cabinet (we had pork ribs, brisket, sausages and pulled pork - a delicious US bbq staple), you pick your sides (we had potato salad, broccoli, pickles, bread rolls and a particularly delicious coleslaw), you grab a drink and you sit yourselves down at one of the huge communal tables. The walls are covered with meat charts, the atmosphere is fantastic, and the food smoky and completely delicious! Yuuummm!
So...here are a few of the other amazing meals we had as part of our New York experience:
Breakfast at Tom's Restaurant. Oh my God, so good! These chocolate chip pancakes came with a selection of different homemade flavoured butters and maple syrup...plus of course I got a side of bacon (it had to be done). We also tried our first egg cream - a combination of soda water (or selzter as they say in those parts) and milk, it was completely delicious and yes, contained neither egg nor cream! I just love the bottomless coffee, too :)
Breakfast and pie at Bubby's. This one causes me great grief to recall, as I was really sick this day (recovering from a hideous stomach bug that we all caught, one by one) and could only eat a few mouthfuls of these delicious pancakes before feeling like I was going to be sick :( And I couldn't even taste the pie! And it was banoffee - my favourite! But this place was seriously fantastic. Shout out to Eko for giving us the heads up.
Breakfast at Cookshop (thanks again to Eko for this one!). This place had a lovely fit-out and atmosphere and really delicious food - I got more amazing pancakes (yes, more pancakes!). It was also right near the entrance to the High Line...more on that another day, though!
Breakfast at Mile End Delicatessen, a tiny Canadian-Jewish joint. James had these amazing-looking bagels and dad had the much-anticipated Canadian favourite, poutine. Again, we had to queue but it was absolutely worth it.
Lunch at Katz's Delicatessen. Established in 1888 (yes, 1888!), this place is an institution famed for their pastrami on rye (look at the size of that beast!) and that scene in "When Harry Met Sally". We couldn't wait to try it and it didn't disappoint.
Also absolutely worthy of a mention is lunch at Balthazaar, where I had one of the best steaks of my life with outrageously good chips and a herb butter - soooo yummy and particularly good because it was the first time I had felt really hungry since the dreaded sickness. It was almost worth getting sick just to enjoy a meal that much!
PS Sorry but I've failed on the Happy Friday post again - I blame the weird mid-week break for throwing me out of whack! Here's hoping you have a fantastic weekend, though, and that Bianca doesn't wreak too much havoc!