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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • ThePurplePassport.com
    ThePurplePassport.comJanuary 20, 2012
    We love how Fatty Crab goes all out to make this an authentic Malaysian dining experience, from making all condiments and pastes from scratch to encouraging eating with your hands. Read more
  • 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
  • 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!
  • 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... :)
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • D
    DJune 2, 2015
    Chili crab and Fatty duck were just delicious must order, their sliders and the Malay fish were a bit disappointing.
  • 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!
  • Strip That Fat R.
    Strip That Fat ReviewApril 19, 2011
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  • Gillian B.
    Gillian BenAryFebruary 23
    Malaysian street food gone haute / fusion. Pretty awesome, plus it has the coolest name of any restaurant in NY. West Village. No reservations
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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."
  • Srini S.
    Srini SamudralaMay 19, 2014
    Outstanding!!!! The whiskey pickle backs are amazing!! Crab, super delicious!!!
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Calvin M.
    Calvin MultanenJune 6, 2015
    Portions are a little small but the crispy duck and the pork with watermelon are both delicious.
  • Elliot W.
    Elliot WehnerJanuary 25, 2015
    Great papaya salad and pork buns. Good cocktail list and interesting shot & beer combos
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Wesley B.
    Wesley BlissJanuary 5, 2015
    Crab! And... everything else. Don't miss the spicy shots and the raw quail eggs!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Kev S.
    Kev SkinnyAugust 14, 2014
    Lamb shoulder. Order 2. Recession special and everything else on menu.
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