Answer: Fatty 'Cue!
Combining these two cuisines results in truly amazing Asian flavors with great quality meats. I just visited Fatty 'Cue in the West Village, and they also have a location in Williamsburg which I visited over the summer. Surprisingly the menus differ at the two locales, which makes it all the more interesting to try both!
The food was delicious and every dish had different flavors. Nothing one-note here! The food line up consisted of:
|Ham, Jam, Butter & Bread (edward's ham, pretzel bread, cincalok, aged butter)|
|Trippa 'Malaysiana' (Tripe in a red anchovy curry)|
|Special: Braised Beef Cheeks with Noodles and Chinese Sausage|
|1/2 lb Deep Fried Bacon ('cue coriander bacon, sweet & spicy salse verde)|
|Smoked Brandt Beef Brisket (aged gouda, roasted mushrooms, charred onions and chilies, soft rolls)|
|Nasi Ulam (rice salad, ikan bilis, spice blend)|
We also had the Kale salad (with creamy green peppercorn & cincalok dressing) which was delicious.
Now onto drinks! This part was actually the pretty unexpected highlight of the meal. Fatty 'Cue offers Thai Style Bottle Service. Built into the wall of our booth was a small liquor cabinet lined with small bottles of vodka, tequila, whiskey, rum, jameson, etc. If you opt for the bottle service, you are given a gold key from the server, unlock the magic cabinet and pick your liquor of choice. How cool?! Then you are given a selection of housemade mixers to blend with your liquor. We wound up going with whiskey. I've never had anything like this in the city before so it was fun to try something new. Keep in mind this is not necessarily always the most economical option. They have a good selection of cocktails, which would work well if you're with a smaller party or not in the mood for several rounds of drinks.
|The coveted gold key. Question of the night: is there a locksmith around the corner that will make a copy??|
|Yes that is my grubby little hand reaching for the whiskey|
In the mood to try something different? Order a pickle back shot. It's a shot of whiskey, chased with a shot of pickle juice. If your first reaction is "ew!", I hear ya... my thoughts exactly! But surprisingly it was really good, the pickle juice totally masks the whiskey! Talk about an effective chaser.
However, all was not perfect that night...
My party had to wait 35 minutes past our reservation time. It was mid-week, on a Wednesday evening at 8:45. Still waiting at 9pm, we were starting to get grouchy and very hungry. Come 9:15, we were ready to chew someone's head off. 9:20.. well you can just imagine. We stayed on top of the hostess, who claimed repeatedly that it would not be long. The last 10 minutes of waiting were excruciatingly frustrating while watching them set the table at a snail's pace. If you take a reservation, then you should honor it. They did try to redeem at the end of the meal by offering us complimentary tequila shots.
The shots were yummy and the gesture was appreciated. Our server at the West Village location was also very pleasant and knowledgeable. I must admit though, the shotty hostess and the prolonged wait would put me in enough of a sour mood to give this a 'Piggy says eh...'.
However since I have been to the Williamsburg location before and also had a great meal there too, I can vouch for the consistency of the food, and I had no problems with the seating there. I will give it another shot!
Piggy says yes!
*All photos are courtesy of my sis-in-law AL. Lucky for me (and you!) her photo skills are way better than my iPhone point and shoot technique. Check out more of her amazing shots here!