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Type: Bar, Eatery

354 Metropolitan Ave
Brooklyn, New York, 11211-3308
United States

(718) 963-3404 | map

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Added by slander on 03-28-2007

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Ratings: 24 |  Reviews: 12
Reviews by sleazo:
Photo of sleazo
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

From the owners of Spuyten Duyvil across the street. You can smell the bbq as you near the place on Metropolitan ave. Inside is a sort of mix between a French butchershop and Texas BBQ joint. To the right is the meat counter where you order your meats and sides. To the left is a well stocked bar and a mural on the wall depicting various cuts of meat. The bar has meat related tap handles which was cool, cleaver, tenderizer, bbq fork, etc.

They had about 10 beers on tap with a well rounded selection. I was expecting it to be more Belgian inspired like its' sister across the street but it was focused on regional Americans. I ended up having a Capt Lawrence Liquid gold and a Slyfox Rauch. they had others from Bklyn, Sixpoint, Bluepoint, Rogue also on tap. The bottle selection was filled with rare beers. A very good selection.

Service was good, I didn't really talk with the French bartender about beer, but she was friendly and a bit funny.

The food is great, possibly the best bbq in the city. I had boneless beef ribs and pork belly. Both were smokey, charred and juicy. A good array of sauces complemented it well. The sides were just ok but I didnt have the baked beans which looked excellent. I will be back to try those and the beef cheeks. The ordering process takes place at the counter where you get your meat by the lb.

All in all a great place to grab some que and drink some quality brews.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of smithj4
4.06/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 5

Photo of CervezaNY
3.7/5  rDev -11.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of ChipChaight
4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.75

Photo of markgugs
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.75

4.4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of SkiBum22
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of liamt07
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of JoeMans
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of HannahSea
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of sirsteve42
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of seanchai
4/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

So this place is owned by the Spuyten people? And it hasn't been reviewed here on BA since 2009? And it supposedly has the best BBQ in town?

So we just walked by it after leaving Spuyten and I decided to check it out. It wasn't busy, why not? There's not much to it in terms of atmosphere here. Just a meat shack with picnic tables outside and a delightful smoke stench all over.

Once you go in, line up and choose your meat, you can stop at the bar and eat there (as we did) or grab a seat at the tables. They have 10 tap beers here, all local/regional: Sixpoint Signal, Greenport Porter, Kelso Nut, Brooklyn IPA, Captain Liquid Gold, Wandering Star Mild... great tap handles, like knives and kitchen tools that pour beer! A butcher atmosphere at the bar, I dig it.

The bbq is maybe a little pricey but damn delicious and filling. We paid $25 for 1/2 pound of brisket, 1/4 pork belly, a sausage, a side of beans and two rolls. Beer comes in mason jars for six dollars a piece, and can be had in half-pint, pint, quart, half-gallon and a gallon.

The joint started getting insanely packed right after we got there (the wife and I always cause that), but it was Saturday evening. I will be back for sure!

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Photo of koopa
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

A big thanks to kplynch and ms. kplynch for taking myself, beerloco, mrs. beerloco, deliriumfest, ms. deliriumfest, and DBhog to this fine establishment.

Atmosphere: Wonderful picnic in a wearhouse vibe happening here! The front driveway is full of open air tables, while the wearhouse has 2 long beer garden style picnic benches for patrons to "self seat" at. Thats right boys and girls, unless you want a table outside in the driveway, you have to find an open seat at the public benches. Gallon Growlers of craft beer poured into mason jars adds to the picnic vibe as well!

Quality: The beer was solid but not special, the service the same, but the food was awesome!

Value: 6 of us ate and drank a gallon growler for $30 a piece with tax and tip!

I will definitely come back to the Fat Pig anytime I'm in Brooklyn!

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Photo of dherling
3.8/5  rDev -8.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Very homey atmosphere with fun kitschy wall decor, wooden picnic tables, and butcher knives in place of tap handles.

The beer selection on tap is mostly American craft beers, good selection that gets changed periodically. Beers are served in a variety of sizes, pints are served in mason jars for $5. There is nothing wrong with the service, bartender seemed to know her stuff, admitted to not having tried one of the beers and offered me a sampling. BBQ guys were friendly and helpful in selecting meats. After that you are kind of on your own here, it's a bit of self service, bus your own table, etc. With Spuyten Duyvil across the street, you don't need to go here for beers, but you won't be dissapointed with the beer selection if you happen to stop in for bbq and need a cold one.

The food is excellent northern bbq, not traditional cuts necesarilly, but all pretty good a taty. Well smoked, not dry, etc. Sides are ok, but not great. I give this a $$ reasonable rating considering it's in Brooklyn. $5 for a masor jar of beer, my fiance and I got a selection of meats and two sides that put us back around $55. I thought bbq was a way of making cheap cuts of meat taste good? For quality, you must pay. Worth noting they have a stellar whiskey collection as well.

Over all: I am in love with this place, real tasty food and enough of a beer selection to keep me happy during dinner. This is my kind of place, too bad I have to trek from Jersey to get there.

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Photo of JohnQVegas
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5

BBQ joint owned by the same folks as Spuyten across the street. basically you line up and order your food by weight, with the bar offering an array of whiskey flights and a nice selection of well paired beer as well. Can get multiple sizes of beer - from half-pints all the way up to gallon growlers. Decor is a plus for me - feels like the roadside bbq joints I'm used to in Tennessee, what with picnic tables, rolls of paper towels on the table, etc.

As for the nuts and bolts - the BBQ is stellar. best in the city as far as I'm concerned. The belly is amazing, the shoulder and brisket both quite good. The ribs can be a bit inconsistent. Sausages are nice but I never want more than a bite or two. Great sauces. Always a nice variety being served. No complaints there.

The beer selection is also nice, with a couple of interesting beers made specifically for this place (Kelso Fette Sauv) and a nice array of beers that go great with bbq. Always a smoked beer or two on tap. You'll get your beer in a jar generally, not the snifter you may have been hoping for, but I honestly don't have a problem with that. It's a bbq joint, dig in and stop worrying.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.83/5  rDev -8.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I've been mulling this over in my head for a while now... How can a vegetarian, such as myself, enjoy a place that's so much about smoked meat? I don't know. There are many answers to that, but I'm going to simply stick with this - it's a very casual place, with kind of communal dining that's cool and friendly, and everything just seems to work in some bizarre way.

I like the painting on the wall of all of the cuts of meat. And I love the knives and cleavers used as tap markers. And I like the long 'picnic' tables and the way people wait in que to order their meats. And I also like the smokiness, although I will admit that it inhibits my tasting of the beer.

The selection is good, and they have their own beer made by Greenpoint. The food, also, is apparently "to die for". I don't know about that myself, but I've heard. Everyone I've been here with has loved it.

I almost forgot the alley. It's kind of tucked away, and for some reason people really like that. There are garage doors that open up in the summer. Very nice. And, it's right across the street (well, almost) from Spuyten Devil.

Worth a try!!!

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Whereas I'm definitely a beer snob, I'm far from a BBQ snob. So as far as the food goes, I think it's good and I'm not going to get into any debates about southern BBQ superiority or anything like that. This is Brooklyn people. As far as beer goes, it's a decent selection, but nothing near what's going on across the street at SD. The best plan would be to hit Fette Sau for dinner, and Spuyten Duyvil for dessert. Though the intense flavors might wreck the palate for later on. Service is good. Décor is cool too. Besides the tv with the fireplace video thing.

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Photo of BucBasil
3.7/5  rDev -11.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

Atmosphere: simply amazing. Set back a distance from the street, a pathway leads you into what looks like an old warehouse. Inside, the place is huge with long tables and benches. The wall is decorated with pictures of different cuts of beef and pork, and these illustratons complement the smell of the place wonderfully. I have no words for how good this place smells. Another awesome part of this bar was that the taps were knives.

Quality: very clean, but not well lit. It was crowded and took a while to get to the bar. Seemed to be a bit disorganized, but not bad enough to really detract from the experience. Drinks are served in mason jars, which is a pretty cool touch, but I wish they gave you the choice of proper glassware. More of a "fun" place rather than a place to do a beer tasting.

Service: Again, just OK. The bartenders knew what they were talking about and would give small samples, but not very personable.

Selection: Several rauchbiers on tap, which went along with theme of the bar. Other than that, not very many choices, but the ones they had were great.

Food: If you drop by, you MUST get some BBQ from here. There is nothing more to say.

Overall a very fun and unique place to go. Leave the snobbery at home and just have a good time with a good beer in a fun atmosphere here.

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Photo of slander
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5


How now, Fette Sau. Where you been? We’ve been patiently, very very patiently, awaiting your arrival. Don’t get me wrong, I mean, we didn’t suffer badly during them test runs, but there were no pickles. I’ve been kind of jonesing for ‘em as of late, so this opening couldn’t have come at a better time. Yes, we’ve been sitting across the street sulking for too long now. Beer, bourbon and killer barbecue, why does Joe hate us so…...

Spot the pink neon light and head down the narrow foldy metal wall walkway past the 5 picnic tables outside, push your face up against the garage door and wish you were everyone inside already seated with food and drink. Starting at the end of the line because that’s where you are, in the far corner forward the cooler, 8 John Deere tractor seat stools on a massive cut beam bar with an angled end pointing you off towards the food side of things. The barback is a metal counter with bourbon, whiskey and rye on 2 tiers, beneath a ceramic brick tiled wall with 2 shelves of booze to both sides of 10 tap handles on a center panel. I’'ve seen gnarled sticks and twisted bramble used for tap handles, I’'ve even seen gardening tools, mini surfboards, carved wooden frogs, flashlights, and deer antlers, but the collection of knives and carving tools (and a hammer for the Heavyweight Gotslander) they use for tap handles here makes this a most dangerous place to drink, at least for the staff. Up above, a large framed mirror with blackboards to both sides; wines (3 red, 3 white and a sparkling) and taps listed on one side, a dozen plus bourbon and whiskey flights now listed on the other.

10 taps; 9 beers, mostly local (Brooklyn, Six Point, Kelso, Chelsea, Blue Point, Captain Lawrence), a few regional (Heavyweight, Stoudts, Arcadia) and the local cider (Doc’s). Drafts are served in ½ pint or pint Bali mason jars, although you can get a quart jar, and even ½ gallon or gallon jugs. And you might want to have a look at the Bourbon & Whiskey list (I’m drinking the Van Winkle Pappy’s Reserve 20 year, neat), and they'’ve also got a small but carefully chosen collection of Tequilas, Rums and Vodkas.

On the food side, it’s a “wait in line, get your food, now go away” kind of thing. The tactical thing to do is send someone for the drink and seat procurement while you deal the food. There’s a large menu board over the counter listing everything (meats, sides, Manhattan Special sodas and Cheeks Bakery Truffles) but you really need to check the “Tonight’s meat” board over on the wall to see which 6 are up just now. At this moment, we'’ve got Hand Pulled Boston Butt Shoulder, Baby Back Ribs, Hot Pork Sausage, Pork Belly (Bacon), Boneless Beef Ribs, and Beef Pastrami. (No Leg of Lamb, Flank Steak or Pig’s Tails tonight). I, myself, consider the Baby Back Ribs, the Pork Belly and the Boneless Beef Ribs to be a winning trifecta in any order. If you have any doubts, just wait ‘til you spy the beautiful meats in the glass front display case when you get up to the counter. Most everything is dealt in ¼ lb, ½ lb and 1 lb increments (although the ribs are done in ½ rack and full rack, sausages by the link and pig’s tail by the each), all served on wax paper lined trays. Sides? Yep, lemme get a small (Burnt End Baked) Beans and a large side of Pickles (to share with Honey-Vegan Randy). They also do German Potato Salad, Broccoli Salad and Sauerkraut, but I’ve chosen my sides so step off. Dinner rolls are doled out accordingly, you pay to play and hit the benches. Now go sit down. 4 large cut tree picnic tables inside with rolls of paper towels and these sauces three (vinegar, sweet, spicy) already waiting you. Or you can head outside the roll up garage doors to one of the tables there. Either way, you’ll probably be sharing table space with others, looking at their food, thinking “Man, I should’ve gotten some of that, too”. No matter, there’s next time (but note to self).

They do well with this old garage space. Walls painted brown with pink stripes over ceramic brick in some places, but the mad beauty is the far white cinderblock wall with the “lamb chart, pork chart & beef chart” cuts of meat painted on it from end to end, top to bottom. A single flatscreen TV always showing a cozy fire in what would be the fireplace, and a large framed mirror above the mantle place. Drop glass ball lighting throughout and old phonograph amplifying horns converted to lamps above the bar. Prep & smoker tucked behind the bar. Great music piped in, old timey for the most part.

Your clothes are going to smell like barbecue for (like) 3 days, so don’t lie and say you weren’t there when you were, ‘cause you’re going to get totally busted (that’s free advice). A good focus on local beer and seriously great barbecue, a cut well above the rest of '‘em I'’ve seen. Definitely where I want to be for dinner, and um, what do you think about a beer across the street before or afterwards, or both?

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Photo of mkobes
3.68/5  rDev -11.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

We stopped in last night. The restaurant is very clean and lit well. They have a great beer selection. The beers are great too. The barbecue is good. When you get up to the counter, you pick the food you want and then you pay for the food by the pound. I really liked the beans. Depending on the amount of food you want, it depends on how much you pay. The beers are served in mason jars which is a nice touch. Its a nice place. If you can make a trip there, go, the food is good and the beers are good.

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Photo of LineNoise
3.88/5  rDev -7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Stopped in with a buddy of mine on Saturday night. We arrived around 9pm, and the place was packed. They had about a half dozen picnic tables outside in the alley leading to the restraunt, which was in an old but very nicely redone garage. There was a large garage door which opened up to connect the place to the outside area, which made it feel nice and airy. It was a bit chilly that night, and they closed it around 10pm, however the outside area remained open.

The line was about 20 people deep when we arrived. They had about 6 different meats on the board that night. By the time we made it to the front of the line, after a 45 minute wait or so, they were almost cleaned out of food. The guys infront of us got the last of some sausages which looked great. We tried some belly bacon, flank steak, pork, and beef shoulder. All were very good however the beef shoulder was a bit dry, but I will attribute that to the late hour. There was only one sauce available, which while good, made me wish for more variety. Sides wise we had some broccoli salad (good), and some baked beans (excellent). They were out of the potato salad that others were raving about. Total cost for food came out to around $50 for 2 sizeable portions for 2 guys. We were trying to sample as much as we could though, so I would say on average you can probably get away for 20 bucks a head.

The bar area was staffed seperately from the food area, which was great as it allowed you to quickly get a beer while you waited on line. 3 heavyweights, including the rye which was great. Captain lawrence Liquid Gold, Brooklyn Pils, and an additional one I can't remember at the moment. Available by the half pint\pint\quart\half gallon\gallon, served in Ball Glasses which was a cool touch. Pretty reasonable running from 5 bucks a pint to ~35 for a full growler of some stuff. Also had an extensive whiskey\burbon\rye selection, and seemed to know their stuff.

Friendly barstaff as well.

Had a great time and will definately be back. I'll give it a few more weeks to give them some time to work on managing the line times and having the right amount of food on hand. I understand this is tricky when it takes 10 hours to cook something. My only concern was it was not a very large space, and with the quality of food and beer they have, plus the outdoor area, this place will be packed once the weather warms a bit.

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Photo of Billolick
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

40 yards from Spuyten Duyvil across Metropolitan Ave, it’s in a converted smallish garage. 6 outdoor picnic tables are passed by as you walk towards the rolling garage door main entrance. 4 larger, long family style wooden tables in the main/only room. The bar is straight ahead, the small food serving area to the right. Quirky touches abound (what else would you expect from the owners of S.D.?) The tap handles are large knives, meat mallets and other BBQ implements. There is a “fireplace” with a flat screen TV playing a “yule log” scene nonstop. 9 beers on tap, when I visited they had 3 from Heavy weight (those wont be around much longer) Slyfox Rauch, Bklyn Pilsner, Captain Lawrence Golden, and selections from Greenpoint and Kelso. About 1/2 of their beer offerings are brewed just for them which is very cool. Not sure if that will keep up. Beer selection really was a bit dissapointing, I would have like to see a nice double IPA, or domestic hoppy tripel to compliment the food, but hopefully that will come soon. NO bottles. Of course you could easily take the food to go, head over to SD and enjoy some more interesting selections. Beers will rotate and remain domestic micros. Tons of Bourbon/scotch. Tried the pork sausage and flank steak, very tasty, especially with some of their home made sauces. All food is served the authentic BBQ style of all meat sold by the pound, on a tray, with a sheet of wax paper with some white bread (they actually do potato bread here) Beer to go in growlers was either $16 or $20 for a ½ gallon, so that’s pricey, but pints were more reasonable at $5. I went on a weekday afternoon right at opening time, so the crowds were not a problem and no waiting was involved. Friendly, informative folks serving the food and drinks. A lot of buzz about this place, so they have been swamped with business since opening, I think they are still working on cutting down the lines and waiting. A good option will be to get a drink, relax and be happy that you have access to an interesting/different BBQ and booze outlet like this place. Location, tasty BBQ, quality beer selections, quirky/fun room add up to making this well worth a visit if anywhere near the area or as part of a Bklyn. crawl

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