Fatty Crab

Fatty Crab

(Now Closed)
Asian Restaurant, Malay Restaurant, and Thai Restaurant$$$$
West Village, New York
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  • Chefs Feed
    Chefs FeedOctober 2, 2015
    "I always start with the steamed buns—pork, of course. Slow-cooked, super tender pork belly is served in a super soft rice bun with just a touch of spice. It’s delicious!" Chef Jim Botsacos Read more
  • Sajid M.
    Sajid MehmoodMarch 17, 2012
    Go with 3-4 friends and order 5-6 things to share! Try for the duck and Malay fried fish. And if crab's not your thing, get the "sauce and toast", which gives you the same great chili sauce w/ bread.
  • Compass
    CompassMay 16, 2014
    The brick-walled Malaysian eatery takes a boutique approach to savory street dishes, pairing generously sauced chicken wings and basil-spiced egg noodles with hard-to-find beers and craft cocktails.
  • Megan F.
    Megan FilippJune 30, 2013
    May be the best crab I have ever had in my life and the best meal in the city. Had the chicken wings, short ribs and crab between three with the recession drink series. Amazingness.
  • Quinton M.
    Quinton MaMarch 15, 2013
    Musts: beef short rib rendang, pickled watermelon/ crispy pork. Must avoid: fatty sliders (dry/boring), chicken clay pot (dry/bland), and steamed buns (dry/just not worth it-go to momofuku)
  • Village Voice
    Village VoiceAugust 15, 2014
    It serves chili crab, of course, a Dungeness crab served in a pungent chili broth, but almost as popular is the green mango served with a dipping bowl full of sugar, chili and salt. Read more
  • Ernesto G.
    Ernesto GutierrezFebruary 28, 2015
    Amazing seafood and duck with a small hint of spice! Health nuts be warned that if you don't like your pork or duck with a little fat you will not enjoy this place.
  • Epicurious
    EpicuriousFebruary 11, 2015
    Grab those sauce-dripping chili crabs with your hands and get messy; gnaw on the bones of salty and succulent chunks of "fatty duck." You'll think you've died and gone to Kuala Lumpur. Read more
  • Pedro D.
    Pedro Del PrioreApril 9, 2015
    One of the best restaurants I've visited in NY so far. Fresh, well prepared asian food. Pls try the pork buns and the Duck. You'll go nuts! Love Fatty Crab
  • Styleite
    StyleiteJuly 5, 2011
    Cracklin pork salad with watermelon might not sound like exactly what you want to eat on a summer’s day, but it is! If you go here for the famous Fatty Crab dish, be sure to bring a friend or two.
  • John A.
    John AntosMay 30, 2015
    Cute Asian restaurant with sidewalk seating a block off all the busy Gansevoort traffic. Serves Malaysia food: recommend chili crab and the curry mussels...get the coconut rice.
  • Brendan S.
    Brendan SpiegelFebruary 22, 2012
    The case for the $13 hot dog: homemade pork sausage topped with pickled chilies, cucumber, radish and cilantro, then laced with a spicy Asian aioli and stuffed in a toasted potato bun. Read more
  • julia t.
    julia tMarch 1, 2015
    Nice service, cute small space. Crab is popular but tough to get at. Shrimp in the starter appears to have been frozen, though still saucey and delicious. Solid pork buns. Not a scene, but good.
  • Rob D.
    Rob DysonMarch 3, 2012
    Fodors recommended as a 'cheap eat', & then ordered Chilli Crab not realising that it would rocket the bill (!) - but it was worth it. Pork belly & watermelon too - who knew? So tasty... :)
  • Savored
    SavoredMarch 15, 2012
    You can never go wrong with the Pickled Watermelon & Crispy Pork at Fatty Crab...in fact, you may need to order a few. The perfect mix of flavors - you won't regret it!
  • Halstead Property
    Halstead PropertyJuly 12, 2011
    Super casual traditional chinese, impressed! Don’t miss the late night happy hour Fri and Sat from 12-2am! The $7 dollar specialty cocktails were out of this world and a great price!
  • Bravo
    BravoDecember 2, 2010
    Love this small place in the West Village. Everything from the Quail Egg Shooter to the Tea Sandwiches and the Duck with Tamaki are all superb. -Thierry Rautureau, Top Chef
  • Brittney H.
    Brittney HermannJanuary 22, 2014
    Not another place like this! Try the Pork Steamed Buns & Nasi Lemak! Great portions and every bite tastes different. The staff is very knowledgeable and friendly.
  • Strip That Fat R.
    Strip That Fat ReviewApril 19, 2011
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  • Jessica C.
    Jessica ChanDecember 29, 2012
    Omg. Flavor burst in your mouth here! Love the fatty crab, fatty duck and curried fish. Earns more points for the mochi cake they give at the end.
  • Tarik H.
    Tarik HartAugust 19, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    The steamed pork buns and recession special are my go-to's. Squeeze in at the bar and grab a stool if it's crowded. Fun staff, tip well.
  • Find. Eat. Drink.
    Find. Eat. Drink.December 4, 2011
    Self-described as a “joint,” they serve Malaysian-inspired cuisine and delicious cocktails. Chef Jesus Nunez (Gastroarte) says “I really enjoy their Lo Si Fun pasta dish."
  • delivery.com
    delivery.comJune 26, 2012
    Try out the watermelon pickle and crispy pork - great at the restaurant but even better delivered to your home. http://www.delivery.com/menu/Fatty_Crab
  • Food Lover
    Food LoverSeptember 14, 2011
    The food quality is just fantastic, the Chicken Rice, which tasted so buttery and rich and don't miss the Fatty Sliders and the Black Pepper Mussels too. Great!
  • Food Network
    Food NetworkAugust 8, 2011
    Roger Mooking fills up on a sweet and salty special, Watermelon Pickle and Crispy Pork, at Fatty Crab in New York, NY, on Food Network's The Best Thing I Ever Ate. Find more tips at FN Local. Read more
  • D
    DJune 2, 2015
    Chili crab and Fatty duck were just delicious must order, their sliders and the Malay fish were a bit disappointing.
  • Amy N.
    Amy NitrateSeptember 21, 2012
    Must try the sliders, pork buns and chili crab. Cocktails are excellent too. Gets very noisy, so not a place for a romantic dinner.
  • Jonathan B.
    Jonathan BobrowJuly 15, 2011
    Wow this place is amazing! Our server, Scott, hooked it up with a round of specialty shots for the table on the house, after the best dungeonous crab. The atmosphere, food and staff earn 5 stars!
  • Srini S.
    Srini SamudralaMay 19, 2014
    Outstanding!!!! The whiskey pickle backs are amazing!! Crab, super delicious!!!
  • Gillian B.
    Gillian BenAryFebruary 23, 2016
    Malaysian street food gone haute / fusion. Pretty awesome, plus it has the coolest name of any restaurant in NY. West Village. No reservations
  • Find. Eat. Drink.
    Find. Eat. Drink.July 3, 2011
    The Tecate, lime & chili salt goes really well with the food. Highly recommend the Crispy Pork Belly & Pickled Watermelon Salad (recipe attached). Read more
  • Eyal G.
    Eyal GoldwergerApril 3, 2010
    Great food. Terribly slow service. Chilli Crab amazing treat (dip the toast in the sauce!). Sliders are great. Terrific short ribs. Quail egg shooters awesome if you're open to very different tastes.
  • Ramon C.
    Ramon CaceresAugust 7, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    A chupacabra cocktail, the watermelon pickle with crispy pork, the fatty duck, and you're all set. The free little piece of rice-flour and coconut cake will round things out at the end.
  • Tiffany S.
    Tiffany StrobelJuly 8, 2011
    Fatty duck is AMAZING, as is the soft shell crab and chicken clay pot. Chili crab is great but very messy. Bring a Tide stick!
  • Sam S.
    Sam SaundersJune 8, 2011
    Stop your gushing. This place is seriously over-priced on all levels: from wines to apps to mains. Get on the train and go to Chinatown. Save yourself about $100 for two, easily.
  • Aly O.
    Aly OradyDecember 28, 2014
    The sauce on the chili crab is awesome - thick, rich, and great to eat with bread or a spoon.
  • Epicurious
    EpicuriousAugust 24, 2010
    Malaysian streetfood finds a New York home in this Meatpacking District hotspot. Mingle with scenesters and get messy with the spicy, mouth-watering meats and sauces.
  • Juliana U.
    Juliana UribeOctober 9, 2011
    Got to order the lemon mussels. After, just pour the sauce into any rice. Amazing! To drink, order the coconut water!
  • lisa l.
    lisa limMarch 10, 2013
    Pork belly salad, beef rending and duck are the best dishes. Crab is good but very messy to eat.
  • Joe B.
    Joe BertinoApril 10, 2013
    The sliders come as a pair. You'll probably think that's nice. You'll probably suggest splitting them with a friend. Don't! Be selfish. Eat them both.
  • Elliot W.
    Elliot WehnerJanuary 25, 2015
    Great papaya salad and pork buns. Good cocktail list and interesting shot & beer combos
  • Calvin M.
    Calvin MultanenJune 6, 2015
    Portions are a little small but the crispy duck and the pork with watermelon are both delicious.
  • Aerie
    AerieFebruary 24, 2012
    This laid back and fun spot has an environment and menu inspired by Malaysian street food. Something so unique, it can only be found in the city that never sleeps!
  • Grace C.
    Grace CheungApril 16, 2011
    The Chili Crab was the lowest level of heaven. Dip the bread in the sauce. Nasi Lemak had lots of exploding flavours too.
  • Wesley B.
    Wesley BlissJanuary 5, 2015
    Crab! And... everything else. Don't miss the spicy shots and the raw quail eggs!
  • Julie N.
    Julie NathanApril 21, 2012
    The pork bun starters are really really great - don't miss them!. Fatty Duck also excellent.
  • Laura B.
    Laura BouldenApril 2, 2013
    Amazing food- the pickled watermelon and crispy pork belly is an absolute must!
  • Momar V.
    Momar VisayaMarch 3, 2012
    Try the Chili Crab - Specialty of the House, Chili Crab with chili sauce, white toast
  • nantini r.
    nantini rauchAugust 22, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    when you are in the mood to work for your food: chili crab for sure, delicous, messy and great bread to sop up the chili sauce
  • Zach M.
    Zach MaierDecember 15, 2011
    Good selection if spicy drinks that compliment the food well. Try the michelada or the chupacabra.
  • Jason K.
    Jason KonenSeptember 13, 2014
    Great food and atmosphere. Real food by real people. Get a pickle back.
  • Kev S.
    Kev SkinnyAugust 14, 2014
    Lamb shoulder. Order 2. Recession special and everything else on menu.
  • Bravo
    BravoJanuary 27, 2010
    In the West Village. Don't miss the Pork Belly & Pickled Watermelon Salad. The Skate is pretty fantastic too. -Laurine Wickett, Top Chef
  • Tarah F.
    Tarah FeinbergJune 14, 2013
    Pork bun starter is heaven on a plate.
  • Jules L.
    Jules LMarch 19, 2015
    Delicious Malaysian food. Spicy and very tasty. Great service
  • Winson W.
    Winson WongFebruary 4, 2015
    This place is not bad. It's authentic enough but pretty pricey for Singaporean / Malaysian food. The pork is good, crab is decent, vege portion was tiny. Clay pot is average. Overall it's ok.
  • Margarita K.
    Margarita KrupOctober 29, 2015
    I was really excited to try this place but left disappointed. The portions are small and the flavors are ok, too much red pepper. The fatty duck was amazing. The chili crab was ok, not worth $60.
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  • JonJon U.
    JonJon UmbaoFebruary 18, 2013
    The Chili crab is messy but delicious! And overall such great food.
  • Yunsun
    YunsunDecember 28, 2010
    And, if you don't want the mess of the crab, you can just order a side of toast & the chili crab sauce!
  • Village Voice
    Village VoiceDecember 20, 2010
    This Choice Eats attendee brought Fatty Devils (Deviled Eggs) to the event and handed them all out before the night was over! Delicious!
  • Jerald M.
    Jerald MaghirangMarch 31, 2013
    There's a Google offer, 20% off your bill. Valid through 6/12/13. Order the pickled watermelon and crispy pork belly!
  • Rowan B.
    Rowan BeneckeNovember 10, 2013
    Try the Char Kway Teo! Spicy chow fun noodles. Yum
  • Pueblo Viejo Tequila
    Pueblo Viejo TequilaDecember 21, 2016
    If you visit Fatty Crab don’t forget to pair your favorite dessert with Pueblo Viejo Añejo
  • MoRiza
    MoRizaOctober 22, 2011
    Try the Steamed Buns with pork - Live the boiled egg with the sauce.
  • Michelin Travel & Lifestyle
    It’s true…the chili crab is a must. Messy, but a must! - Inspector
  • Vinaya V.
    Vinaya VishwanathJune 9, 2015
    Chilli crab is very good. Veggie buns also good.
  • Erin G.
    Erin GreeneJune 29, 2015
    Must must get the half lobster w glass noodles.
  • Riddhima H.
    Riddhima HindujaSeptember 28, 2015
    Get the pork buns as an appetizer! Crispy and delicious! #justafoodie
  • Alex S.
    Alex StillJanuary 18, 2011
    The old fashioned here is the later version, muddled fruit and sugar with bitters, rye and soda. FYI
  • Melanie W.
    Melanie W.February 20, 2013
    Do yourself a favor and order extra toast to soak up the sauce from the chili crab.
  • Alexandra M.
    Alexandra MaAugust 15, 2015
    Chili crab and fried chicken is the way to go.
  • Ivoline L.
    Ivoline LeeJune 18, 2011
    If you love coconut get the coconut rice and rum&coconut drink. Yum!
  • Rewan P.
    Rewan PartiAugust 27, 2014
    This place has excellent crab! A must try
  • Cece L.
    Cece LAugust 4, 2013
    Wear long pants if you're going to sit outside in the summer; this is a mosquito alert.
  • Aimee D.
    Aimee DuellJune 28, 2011
    insanity. deliciousness. pork, crab, short ribs, curry. and a dark dishy ambiance. Read more
  • JM P.
    JM ParveauxJanuary 31, 2015
    Great innovative Thai/pan Asian food + great cocktails!
  • tze c.
    tze chunFebruary 1, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Try the "recession special", a slippery slope since 2008...
  • Find. Eat. Drink.
    Find. Eat. Drink.August 14, 2010
    The crispy pork belly and pickled watermelon salad is a fav of Chef Gabe Thompson (dell'anima). Read more
  • Annie K.
    Annie KearnsJune 25, 2015
    The main dish was so spicy I couldn't eat it. Pork buns were actually really good but coupled with a pushy waiter - I wouldn't come back.
  • Pueblo Viejo Tequila
    If you want to freshen up with a delicious cocktail at Fatty Crab, try a Paloma mixed with Pueblo Viejo Blanco.
  • Leslie R.
    Leslie RichinJuly 29, 2013
    Get the watermelon and crispy pork. Life changing.
  • Jess S.
    Jess SDecember 13, 2010
    Chili crab is magic in a bowl. Do it. (fresh coconut water is amazing)
  • Philip P.
    Philip PaulAugust 1, 2010
    If the weather is nice, sit outside. This is really exquisite Southeast Asian seafood. The dining room music is way too loud, alas.
  • Thrillist
    ThrillistMay 7, 2010
    Stop by on any Monday to stuff your face with all-you-can-eat Chili Crab for $39.
  • Albert W.
    Albert WengerNovember 23, 2013
    Pork buns - add the cilantro into the bun!
  • Masha M.
    Masha MurakhovskyFebruary 10, 2012
    Super spicy food, not for the faint. Papaya & mango salad is so so so good!
  • Leandro L.
    Leandro LageraMay 29, 2016
    As eclectic as it gets. I liked but felt too greasy for some reason.
  • Shah A.
    Shah Abdul-WahidJune 15, 2015
    The worst Malaysian/Chinese food I have had the misfortune to eat. Waited years to try this place - the was no singular good or authentic taste to any of the dishes. The rendang was sweet. Go figure!
  • Jon
    JonAugust 7, 2015
    Get the crab sauce with Texas toast.
  • nantini r.
    nantini rauchDecember 20, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    i'll have the usual please: pork buns, duck, watermelon/pork salad, fish & sambal, coconut rum drink...
  • Pueblo Viejo Tequila
    Close with a flourish this spring break and enjoy a refreshing Pueblo Viejo Cocktail here at Fatty Crab.
  • Andria C.
    Andria CantuSeptember 22, 2012
    The chicken clay pot was fantastic!
  • Srini S.
    Srini SamudralaMay 19, 2014
    There is no rooftop! ;) but the place is awesome!!
  • Pueblo Viejo Tequila
    Pueblo Viejo TequilaFebruary 15, 2016
    When you visit Fatty Crab, start by ordering a delicious cocktail mixed with Pueblo Viejo Blanco.
  • Shabeeb
    ShabeebJuly 20, 2013
    Chilli crab and the recession special. Perfect brunch
  • Gustavo A.
    Gustavo ArjonesNovember 8, 2013
    Pork sandwiches are amazing!
  • Suejin Y.
    Suejin YangMarch 15, 2009
    The pork belly sliders and chicken rice are ridiculous. Also, the bread and sauce that accompany the signature crab dish can be ordered as a side. Don't miss out on any of this!
  • Cheryl J.
    Cheryl JohnsonFebruary 4, 2011
    The chupacabra is pretty bomb, and the nasi lemak is to. die. for.
  • kristy a.
    kristy adamsMay 15, 2010
    Pickle juice for the pickleback shot is very spicy and unusual. Mixed reviews. I give it a 2 out of 5
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