Fette Sau

Fette Sau

BBQ Joint$$$$
Williamsburg, Brooklyn
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  • brisket
  • ribs
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  • pork
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  • Gothamist
    GothamistAugust 1, 2014
    Fette Sau serves spectacular smoked meats by the pound - pulled pork shoulder, loin chops and boneless beef ribs. The baked beans are pretty meaty themselves, so consider yourself forewarned. Read more
  • Ras M.
    Ras MaliceSeptember 2, 2013
    Everything was quite delicious, but RIBS are the shining star of the meats. Bringpatience with you--the seating situation is a free for all. Sides: Broccoli salad is a go+tasty pickles. Will return
  • J S.
    J ScottJuly 30, 2012
    Just want to experience the delicious meats an laid bak environs (Williamsburg for driveway, but it's good) come before 6:30 on a Monday. Btw that beverage pictured is =pts ginger ale, root beer & Ri.
  • Dominik L.
    Dominik L.September 23, 2014
    Beautiful location, awesome food (ask for a mixed plate) and friendly staff which would not loose their coolness if they would give their customers a smile from time to time! :)
  • Cole K.
    Cole KennedyApril 13, 2015
    The patio is the perfect place to enjoy some barbecue and craft beer on a warm afternoon. The meat is a bit spicy, but that's a good thing in my book.
  • Village Voice
    Village VoiceAugust 4, 2014
    Smoky as a brush fire on the prairie. The boutique meat selection is quirky and variable. Sides like potato salad and crunchy pickles are better than even Texas barbecues. Read more
  • samantha h.
    samantha hankinsAugust 9, 2014
    I love you. Amazing juicy BBQ. Great sauces. Usually come with a friend and get at least a half pound of each thing. Without a doubt my favorite place in NYC. Get there early, lines are standard.
  • Emiliano V.
    Emiliano ViscarraDecember 28, 2015
    One of the best places I found for eating BBQ. It's my favorite along with Mighty Quinns. Only downside is that you need to wait in line and then find a seat so it's annoying for big groups.
  • Tasting Table
    Tasting TableNovember 7, 2014
    Get saucy at this festive, industrial-looking BBQ spot, housed in a former garage. Toast to your birth with beer by the gallon and whiskey by the Mason jar. Read more
  • Men's Health Mag
    Men's Health MagAugust 3, 2014
    It’s a former ironworker’s shop, refitted with long picnic tables, giant smokers, and a bourbon bar. And it serves some of the best BBQ north of the Mason-Dixon. Read more
  • PureWow
    PureWow2 weeks ago
    1. Wait in line while drinking spiked sweet tea. 2. Order brisket and burnt-ends baked beans. 3. Douse everything in spicy mustard sauce. 4. Happily roll yourself home. Read more
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsJune 27, 2013
    An ever-popular neighborhood spot with plenty of good beer to go along with the 'cue. The specials cuts, like pork cheeks and lamb belly, are by far the best.
  • RJ D.
    RJ DuganSeptember 5, 2013
    Send someone to order drinks from the bar while you wait in line-it gets long. Everything is good (for meat lovers) except for the brisket. Brisket is tough to get right in large quantities-imo. GF!
  • Chelsea B.
    Chelsea BalkanJuly 28, 2013
    #FabuLIST #DubiDO for two people get 1/2 lb ribs, 1/4 pork belly (my fav!), and 1/4 pulled pork. Broccoli side is very spicy but the pickles are great for cleansing the palate.
  • Vito T.
    Vito TartagliaOctober 14, 2015
    Averaging $25/pd, a perfect bbq meat that will bring you in heaven. The pork belly is highly suggested. Also good beers on tap. A must for meat lovers.
  • DailyCandy
    DailyCandyNovember 20, 2013
    As legit a cocktail bar as hip mess hall. Grab a muddled bourbon cocktail while you wait to weigh-to-pay your portions of pork (belly, shoulder, cheeks), Wagyu beef, and broccoli salad.
  • Mara B.
    Mara BinudinSeptember 7, 2014
    Great food, communal tables, easy going and cool vibe. Probably went there 8 times. Always bring tourist friends there or just go there cause of craving
  • Eater
    EaterSeptember 18, 2010
    Once a trendsetter, now a member of the Williamsburg establishment, Fette Sau serves up a rotating menu of pork and beef ribs that leads some to tag it as the best BBQ in NYC. [Eater 38 Member] Read more
    Upvoted Apr 9
  • George S.
    George SpartanAugust 30, 2012
    If you love someone down to earth bring Em here. Some of the Best FN BBQ I've ever in NYC. Seating & waiting is horrendous. Plan ahead be hungry & well peed B4 coming here the lines are long wknds etc
  • Ed F.
    Ed FrazierOctober 1, 2013
    Ribs, Brisket were on point! Bourbon Mule (Bar) was fantastic! Get there around 7 for little to no wait! Don't forget desert and plan on eating too much food :) All major CC accepted!
  • pablco
    pablcoDecember 1, 2013
    short rubs are by far the best, pork belly is also good, take the german salad and some beans. Sausages are not so high quality compares with the rest, a meal around 30$ and beer 7$
  • The Corcoran Group
    The Corcoran GroupJanuary 21, 2011
    For BBQ and Meat lovers! Awesome Brisket, Pork Ribs and Berkshire Belly. The Baked Beans and Potato Salad are rockin. Get a pitcher of Sly Fox Rauch.
  • Rich K.
    Rich KearneyNovember 12, 2012
    Brisket, pork, sausage, beans, sauerkraut, mac and cheese, GET IT ALL and make amazing little sandwiches with your potato rolls. Oh! and try all the different bbq sauces, they're all awesome.
  • Pei 👻 W.
    Pei 👻 WenApril 29, 2016
    Outdoor seating in an alley, communal tables, beer in mason jars and can be ordered in half pint. Order the pork belly and thank me later!
  • Kimmie O.
    Kimmie OhhFebruary 20, 2015
    Order pastrami, brisket, wagyu beef cheeks, pork shoulder, pork belly & pork cheek! The meats are all tender & juicy & they have those needed smoke rings. Remember, it's by pound!
  • Men's Health Mag
    Men's Health MagSeptember 23, 2011
    A former ironworker’s shop that serves some of the best BBQ north of the Mason-Dixon. Order the smoked prime rib medium rare and sit at a picnic table, take in the butchery charts and dig in.
  • Nat H.
    Nat HarwardDecember 21, 2013
    BBQ Brisket: "Everything you could possibly require on a cold winter night: a blazing fireplace, vast quantities of smoky, succulent barbecue, and a wide selection of excellent whiskeys." Read more
  • exfm
    exfmFebruary 14, 2012
    Some of the best BBQ in New York and one of our favorite places grab a bite before hitting a show at the Knitting Factory. Just make sure to get there early because there is always a line.
  • Chet M.
    Chet ManciniAugust 30, 2013
    Expect to wait. Too close to the Bedford stop, so it gets the NJ tourists. But it's absolutely incredible BBQ--perhaps the best in the city--and has some great beers to wash it down.
  • Yanin D.
    Yanin De JesusDecember 11, 2014
    I love the belly, sausage and beans. The pulled pork and ribs are great. This is what my bf and I get all the time:2 sausagesSmall beansPickles1/3 lb belly1/3 brisket1/4 pulled pork
  • Calvin T.
    Calvin TeohOctober 8, 2012
    Come hungry. Meat by the pound American BBQ at it's best. Vegetarians steer clear. Communal seating here so get one of your party to secure a spot while someone else goes up and orders.
  • NearSay NYC
    NearSay NYCAugust 2, 2011
    Need some BBQ, head over to Fette Sau. The menu varies daily and It's self serve Texas cafeteria style. We love the pulled pork, sausage and baked beans! They also have an amazing bourbon selection.
  • Colleen E.
    Colleen ElizabethJune 9, 2012
    The pulled pork, sausage links, and baked beans are to die for. No line if you come on a rainy day, otherwise be prepared for it to wrap around to the sidewalk. Well worth it.
  • JunkyardJoe
    JunkyardJoeAugust 12, 2014
    The pulled pork and pork belly are delicious! The brisket is not as tender and savory as it should be. The beans are ok. Go with a group and share a large tray of food.
  • AskMen
    AskMenJune 3, 2011
    No question, it's the best barbecue in the city. The best part is the casual & playful atmosphere: beer served in mason jars, buffet style line-up & huge communal tables. Read more
  • The Spark Group
    The Spark GroupJune 6, 2011
    Great atmosphere, great food. If you're in the mood for great BBQ, you cannot go wrong here. Bring a group of friends and order for sharing. It's all worth having. Our favorite: the pork belly.
  • Ale T.
    Ale TowerMarch 12
    One of the best BBQ spots in NYC, although I once got a lot of really fatty meat. Best to point to the server which cuts you're looking for in the meat you want.
  • Haley H.
    Haley Hughes BryanJune 10, 2012
    Slap your mama it's so good! Get the pork ribs, pork shoulder (no sauce, perfect smoky flavor), brisket, and burnt end baked beans with a beer to wash it down with.
  • Lauren D.
    Lauren DMarch 13, 2013
    Awesome meat, got the brisket, pickles, & key-lime pie for dessert! Also get the Brooklyn Mule in Ball-mason jars :)Pretty sweet bar pulls- various kitchen knives
  • Abdullatif
    AbdullatifNovember 8, 2014
    Great BBQ joint inside a garage. They have an amazing brisket. Try not to miss it while you're in Brooklyn.
  • David Z.
    David ZhangSeptember 21, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    If you can't go to Delaneys Briskettown, this place does great brisket too. Pork belly, bacon, and those beans are also great. Ribs and pulled pork are fine.
  • Zii H.
    Zii HammadApril 15, 2015
    This is one of the few places around that is worth the wait. As usual, the people who come here aren't the greatest, but just grab a whiskey and you'll be fine.
  • Becca B.
    Becca BaeSeptember 11, 2014
    Order a pound of a brisket and dine cafeteria style with your carnivorous friends. The baked beans are a little too sweet for my liking.
  • Raphael L.
    Still got it. Even after years, the brisket is great and the ribs fall off the bone. If you're in the mood for bbq, it's pretty much exactly the right place.
  • Lewis K.
    Lewis KingJanuary 10, 2015
    A word of warning: it's very easy to spend a fortune here if you don't understand how big the portions are. Also they'll serve you before there is anywhere to sit... Great food though
  • Jessica P.
    Jessica PerryNovember 11, 2011
    The smell alone is intoxicating, but the meat is divine. Pulled pork, sausage, and brisket are my favorites. Until Fette Sau, I never knew that I could crave and lust over baked beans.
  • Ed F.
    Ed FrazierSeptember 30, 2013
    Yeah it's THAT GOOD! Brisket and ribs are off tha chain! Go to the bar and get a burbon mule! Oh and that key lime pie will get you making funny faces!
  • Olly N.
    Olly NewportSeptember 5, 2015
    Very decent BBQ — 1/4 brisket, 1/4 pulled pork, 1 sausage and BBQ beans. Service from the bar was wrong side of the bed territory.
  • Eric R.
    Eric RautioFebruary 5, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    if you are lucky enough to visit while they have beef cheeks on the menu, do not hold back. they are perhaps the best meat they have: crunchy chewy on the outside, tender on the inside, super flavor!
  • Jake S.
    Jake SmithMay 20, 2016
    The pulled pork was a bit dry, and the three sauces (vinegar, sweet, and spicy) were all a bit lackluster. I liked the experience, but the food was lacking. Burnt End beans were very good.
  • Alex P.
    Alex PyatetskyAugust 23, 2015
    As far as bbq joints go, fette sau's does the job but it's far from great. The meats can get dried out from sitting in their case and the sauces are ok. I like more tang. Def check out Mighty Quinn's
  • Ana Marie 💃
    Ana Marie 💃February 13, 2015
    I'm a skeptic on BBQ above the MaseDix, but this place has good smoke. Brisket and sausage are delish, nice to go in the summer and sit outside.
  • Erik C.
    Erik CintronMarch 19, 2012
    Incredible everything was great. It had this cool cafeteria feel. They have their own beer the BBQ is perfectly cooked and they give u everything on butcher paper
  • Nicholas L.
    Nicholas LambertJune 27, 2014
    Half a pound of brisket, half a pound pulled pork, sausage and BBQ beans + potato salad - enough for 3 of us to share but could've eaten twice as much. Soooo tasty.
  • Experiences
    ExperiencesAugust 10, 2012
    Ace BBQ, brilliant sides, huge wooden tables for cozy communal seating, magical flatscreen "fireplace," and, last we checked, 30 kinds of bourbon. Don't go there looking for a salad.
  • Bastian B.
    Ribs and pulled pork are phenomenal. What trumps everything are the fried beans as a side - an absolute must!
  • Mike H.
    Mike HJuly 28, 2011
    Really good. The pulled pork was awesome, not doused in sauce. Pork ribs were super juicy, beef ribs were kinda dry. Try the potato salad, its not the normal mayo-soaked kind. Pass on the sweet tea.
  • Rich G.
    Rich GallagherSeptember 6, 2011
    Grab a gallon of beer as you gear up in line for some of the best BBQ in the city. The brisket holds up to some of the best you'd find on the Gut Trail.
  • Sarah N.
    Sarah NelsonMarch 2, 2012
    Favorite BBQ- communal tables, large shared portions of BBQ, and lots of mason jug beer and whiskey. great outdoor seating for good weather. unique spot.
  • Kate Y.
    Kate YanJuly 6, 2015
    They sell bbq by the pound, nothing is bad here so try a little bit of everything. Get here earlier in the day, they can run out later at night.
  • Danny T.
    Danny TrejoAugust 9, 2015
    Excellent BBQ. Prepare to wait in line for a while of you get there during peak hours. Go to the bar, grab a drink and wait in line. It's worth it.
  • Joy C.
    Joy ChenJanuary 17, 2016
    Baked beans here are phenomenal: they've got bits of pork shoulder, bacon, and beef cooked with the beans in a tangy, splashy sauce that pairs well with your BBQ main.
  • The Family Records
    The Family RecordsJune 28, 2011
    Great BBQ with very laid-back summer atmosphere in the Burg. Beer comes in mason jars (or mini mason jars for half pints). Right across from the Knitting Factory.
  • Giovanni D.
    The ribs were delicious! I enjoyed the pulled pork and brisket a lot as well. The bbq sauce options are perfect individually or mixed.
  • Brian B.
    Brian BOctober 7, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    The pulled pork shoulder is the regular hero here but the specials are always sublime. Grab some beer at the bar to drink while in line.
  • Kyle Dean R.
    Kyle Dean ReinfordApril 6, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    favorite place to get texas style bbq. the line is long, but it's worth it for the pork belly. get beers for the wait in line.
  • Stefan E.
    Stefan ErschwendnerJuly 23, 2016
    Amazing BBQ joint and craft beer selection. Pulled pork, brisket and chicken were awesome
  • Francisco
    FranciscoMay 13, 2013
    Unfortunately, I have lived in North Carolina and this is just mediocre Pulled Pork BBQ. Also their sauces need name tags. I guess this is the best you can get in NYC, but I would't do the line again
  • Josh M.
    Josh MateoOctober 20, 2012
    First of all amazing. Try out a 1/4 pound of the brisket and a 1/4 of the pulled pork with a sausage link. Prime combination
  • Ina L.
    Ina LiSeptember 5, 2016
    Get a group of friend and a big platter to share! Try their Brooklyn mule cocktail
  • Andrew F.
    Andrew FurmanJuly 6, 2015
    The brisket is amazing. Ribs are great. Pork shoulder is good but really fatty. One person can eat about 3/4 lbs of meat.
  • Sofia F.
    Sofia FigueroaNovember 12, 2016
    Make sure to stake out a table while you wait in line, brisket & pulled pork w/ broccoli and beans. Get spicy bbq sauce!
  • Guest of a Guest
    Guest of a GuestOctober 19, 2011
    Fette Sau is a meatlover's dream. It has all the finest types of BBQ-style cooked meat that you can possibly imagine. And really, really good whiskey. Read more
  • Stanley S.
    Stanley StuyvesantOctober 11, 2011
    Fette Sau is a meatlover's dream. It has all the finest types of BBQ-style cooked meat that you can possibly imagine. And really, really good whiskey. Read more
  • Jessica W.
    Amazing BBQ place, long benches and outside area, and a great bar with a great range of beers with novelty kitchen knife taps!
  • Kev S.
    Kev SkinnyAugust 14, 2014
    Dont be stingy. Order more then u can handle, cuz that line ain't getting any shorter. Get a gallon of beer and make sure to eat as sloppy as possible. Its how god intended you to eat this shit.
  • Men's Health Mag
    Men's Health MagAugust 3, 2014
    Don’t forget to send a buddy to the bar for growlers of beer and shots of bourbon. Then sit at one of the picnic tables take a deep breath, and dig in. Read more
  • Alex V.
    Alex VanderkooyJanuary 24, 2015
    Meat is priced by the pound. Sides are priced individually. Great bbq. Beers. Brisket. Beans.
  • somejerk
    somejerkFebruary 26, 2016
    Order food by the pound! If you're not sure how many ribs are in a pound, just tell them how many you want. Be prepared to pay a premium.
  • Marc W.
    Marc WatleyNovember 2, 2013
    Stupid good. Get the ribs, the pork shoulder, and - most definitely - the sausage. Oh my.
  • ReALTO
    ReALTOAugust 21, 2012
    Make sure to get there early on the weekend to avoid the long line. However, you can grab a craft beer from the bar while you're waiting. Read more
  • Tony X.
    Tony XerrayMay 12, 2014
    Food was great but I wish the guy behind the counter wasn't such a jackwad. Either he woke up on the wrong side of the bed or he just loves displaying his hipster-pretentiousness towards patrons...
  • Cooper S.
    Cooper SmithJune 18, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Spread your group out wisely. One person waits in line for the meat and orders for the table (sharing is caring), one person to the bar for liters of beer. And 1 brave soul looks for a table.
  • alexandra k.
    alexandra kJanuary 28, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    I always get the broccoli salad, then regret it. Just don't even try to get a healthy thing just get in, get fat and be happy 😍
  • Tom W.
    Tom WolfsteinMarch 11, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Flat out the best BBQ in NYC. If you are fortunate to come in on a day they have beef ribs, get them.
  • Andie S.
    Andie SleemanDecember 14, 2016
    This is one of the few places I don't mind lining up for. The BBQ is awesome, the whiskey & beer selections are great!
  • Ernesto B.
    Ernesto BernalMay 17, 2014
    I get that you should save seats for your group, but you're not getting your food for another hour! Everything else is incredible.
  • Bassim A.
    Bassim AlgashamiApril 27, 2015
    I ordered black Angus beef brisket. Man. It was the best beef ever! The atmosphere and the staff are great too.
  • Compass
    CompassJuly 24, 2013
    Slices of brisket, legs of lamb, pigs’ tails, and ribs make up the vast and meaty menu at this Williamsburg BBQ haven.
  • Melanie D.
    Melanie DudekJune 3, 2015
    Try any meat because they are all amazing, also try the German potato salad
  • Rachel J.
    Rachel Jeong3 weeks ago
    Pork ribs and pork belly are the best ones. I'm loving it!! 👍
    Upvoted 3 weeks ago
  • Carolyn T.
    Carolyn TrawinskiOctober 19, 2011
    Get a beer in a mason jar from butchery-inspired taps, order the pickles, steal barbecue sauce from someone else's table and get the pork ribs
  • Adrien L.
    Adrien LSeptember 4, 2014
    The ribs are okay but the brisket is to die for. Beans and potato salad for sides. You can't go wrong.
  • Mark L.
    Mark LeeDecember 9, 2010
    It gets crowded but it's totally worth the wait. Although you may be tempted to eat outside on a cold night, don't as the food will cool off very quickly. BBQ is not meant to be cold.
  • Kim
    KimMay 5, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Amazing BBQ. Good jams. Rad bartenders. Friendly counter and meat cutter. Stop in for some jowl and a quart of sixpoint vienna pale ale *brewed exclusively for Fette sau!
  • Jason W.
    Jason WoodardOctober 5, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    The tap list and the bourbon selection is awesome. The barbecue is solid and the source is fun and casual.
  • New York Habitat
    New York HabitatDecember 6, 2011
    The best bbq in Brooklyn hands down. Try the brisket and/or pork belly, and don't forget about the baked beans!
  • Phil B.
    Phil BucklerAugust 7, 2014
    Brisket here is better than Mighty Quinn and Brisket Town. There I said it. Also the sauces are really good.
  • Emma S.
    Emma StorySeptember 21, 2011
    Try to go early in the evening, because it can get super crowded here. But it's a great place to eat before a show at Knitting Factory.
  • Elif O.
    Elif OnerOctober 15, 2014
    Absolutely amazing - brisket in particular. And I don't even LIKE red meat. ++ Planning on washing down that w/ diet coke or something? :/ Too rustic to serve processed aspartame, y'know.
  • valentina a.
    valentina alvaradoApril 13, 2014
    Irse con digestivo en cartera: van a comerse jna deliciosa BBQ de puerco, carne, pollo o lo que quieran. Los contornos son divinos y compartir jarra de cerveza. Ir temprano para escoger buena mesa.
  • Filippo U.
    Filippo UrbinatiNovember 27, 2013
    Mi sono commosso dopo il primo boccone di carne...dire sublime è riduttivo, mai mangiata una carne del genere... prima vieni a mangiare quà, dopo puoi andare a vedere la statua della Libertà! :-)))
  • Rachel B.
    Rachel BoucherOctober 17, 2013
    Allez y à plusieurs pour commander le plus de choses possibles! J'en ai l'eau à la bouche rien que d'y penser!
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