354 Metropolitan Ave@Havemeyer, Williamsburg
Directly across from the sometimes overwhelming beer boutique Spuyten Duyvil and owned by the same people, Fette Sau opened two weeks ago with much hype and support from the food press.
Three of us snuck in under any line around 9:30 on Friday night, were seated quickly by scouting out a small opening to park ourselves. I gotta give it up to them: the BBQ was really good. We had a rack of pork ribs, a 1/2 pound of flank steak plus sides in potato salad and baked beans for around $40. Everything is ordered by the pound, which leads to some confusion about how much to get, but it's hard to have too much meat. Considering the volume they must be doing, it was great: the meat fell off the bone, beans were fab and the steak was perfectly medium rare. Beers are sold by pint/quart/half gallon/etc and there's a wall of bourbon, with a guesstimate at 80 different kinds available. It's crowded for sure and I bet could become a total nightmare at the wrong time, but being forced to share group picnic tables with kids on dates provides much eavesdropping entertainment.
Another worthy addition to the 'Burg. Nice to see really good places in 11211 finally becoming the norm instead of the exception -- add Fette Sau to my list of local faves that includes The Queen's Hideaway, Marlowe and Sons (and Diner), D.O.C., and Brick Oven Gallery.