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Fatty ‘Cue: A Veritable Explosion of FoodSpice Up BBQ Season at Fatty 'Cue
Grilling season is in full swing, which means you may be looking for a slightly more exciting kind of BBQ. And I must admit: If I were locked away for good and my last meal had to come from the famed Carmine street smoke house Fatty ‘Cue, I’d go happily.
I knew I was in for something big when the handle on the front door was a gilded pig’s foot. Since I’m 5’1” it’s barely an aid in hefting open the heavy wooden door that leads to culinary Narnia inside. Once inside, the seating at Fatty ‘Cue reminds me of the pork and watermelon salad I love so much at cousin restaurant Fatty Crab. Dark green banquettes, complemented by watermelon-colored chairs. But the comparisons stop there, because Fatty ‘Cue is Fatty Crab “all growed up.”
The whole evening was a veritable explosion of food, given my dining partner’s propensity for ordering everything on the menu. Plate after plate of bites rolled out. I honestly can’t remember them all. I wouldn’t expect to see the words “pretzel” on a fancy menu. But there it was, under the appetizers section. Edward’s ham, jam and butter served on warm pretzel bread. Delish! Have the kale salad topped with a creamy peppercorn dressing and the spicy, faintly fishy Malaysian garnish cincalok. Please try the Isaan-Style Duck Laab. Its almost curry-like in consistency, music to any Indian’s ear. But then again, it may be more reminiscent of the Ethiopian tradition of putting dollop-sized bites inside Injera bread. In this case, you get boston lettuce leaves to seal in the spice. Should you loosen your belt one more notch, have the Smoked Goat Ragu with roasted pepper and chiles.
The menu at Fatty ‘Cue is not for the faint of heart. If your date is prone to melting down into an “Along Came Polly” sweaty pool at the prospect of spicy food, none of the Fatty Crew restaurants should be your destination. Fatty Cue has great buzz. Great atmosphere. And although the small bites come at a big price, this ‘Cue is certainly worth a visit.—JOYA DASSFatty ‘Cue|50 Carmine Street |212-929-5050
Joya Dass is an NYC-based TV personality and film producer. You can check out her web site here.