Fatty Crab
Fatty Crab

Fatty Crab

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.fattycrab.com/home/
  • Phone: 2123523592x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 4:30pm
    Dinner: Sunday - Wednesday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
    Thursday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 12:00am
    Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 11:00am - 4:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Fusion / Eclectic, Thai, Asian
  • Executive Chef: Zakary Pelaccio
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Gansevoort & Horatio
  • Public Transit: The nearest subway stops are the 8th Avenue stop on the L or the 14th Street stop on the ACE. Both are located at the station at 8th Avenue and 14th Street
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Fatty Crab
Fatty Crab serves Malaysian inspired cuisine, pulling from the fares of other Southeast Asian countries while using western style techniques. The locally sourced menu items are rotated seasonally and all the condiments and pastes are made fresh, from scratch. Classic dishes such as the Beef Short Rib Rendang, Pork and Watermelon Salad, Fatty Duck and Chili Crab are year-round staples. The highly received wine list is designed to pair with the robust and spicy flavors of Malaysian cuisine, while the cocktail list includes selections suited for the most demanding cocktail aficionado. Fatty Crab has locations in New York’s West Village and St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands. For more information and hours of operation, please call 212-352-3592 or visit www.FattyCrab.com
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Fatty Crab reviews from OpenTable diners
40 reviews since June 23, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food4
    Service4
  • Ambiance3.7
    Noise LevelModerate
75% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (25)neighborhood gem (20)great for outdoor dining (11)late-night find (8)hot spot (7)good for groups (6)great for lunch (5)great for brunch (2)vibrant bar scene (2)romantic (2)scenic view (1)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • We come here every couple years!
    SarahLovesFood
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    The food is interesting and always delicious, my favorite this time was the pepper lobster over glass noodles. Our only criticism is that we were hoping to have a long dinner and linger over the many dishes we ordered but we felt the pace was quite rushed and the dishes were served much more rapidly than expected. Still, we will dine here again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, vibrant bar scene
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  • Dynamic taste
    NotareviewwriterVIP
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    This was a great place to come to eat some exciting food. The visceral experience if cracking crab, eating with your fingers dipped in sauce. Great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ur fatty crab is on diet
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    $45 crab had no meat inside!!!! Waste of money. I wouldn't recommend this place to other people.
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  • Signature dish
    Maolain
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    It's easy to see why the pork belly and pickled watermelon is considered a signature dish -- it is terrific. Chicken wings were meaty. Eggplant was a muddle. I would go back to try some crab based dishes, though they seem a little spendy.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food with friendly staff
    BuddyEarns
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    We had an excellent meal. The cocktails were creative and the food had an unexpected flair. Best crab I have had in the city.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Had looked forward to eating here for sometime and was extremely dissapointed. Some of the dishes were good, none amazing, but the signature crab was terrible. The legs were so small that it wasn't worth trying to eat. For over $100 per person I expect better!
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  • Delicious Malaysian
    msbnyVIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    We went for brunch and had a great time. Sat outside at one of the sidewalk tables. We had pork belly tea sandwiches which were absolutely fantastic. Also had the rendang beef, vegetable buns and the fatty duck all of which were perfectly flavorful and had very satisfying flavor. Our servers were very nice, very friendly. Great for a laid back summer afternoon.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • jnvaVIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Went with a gilt city coupon. Was able to try a lot of different items. Service was very friendly and accomodating. Chicken wings had good flavor. Sliders were ok, had an unique sauce which was good. Char Kwey Tweow as a tad bit too salty. Short ribs lacked flavor. Chili crab was ok, not much meat and was so messy that it was hard to enjoy. All in all medicore food, nothing to go back for.
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  • PennyVIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    I liked the ambience, the music was cool and it was a cute spot. But for a place called fatty crab, I had high expectation for the crab. My expectations were not met, I was very disappointed with their specialty crab dish
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  • Delicious
    FoodLover
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Had a bunch of dishes on the menu. Everything was incredible. The Fatty Duck was off the chain.
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  • Food with Oomph!
    Bleeckerbabe
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    We went to Fatty Crab with foodie friends for brunch and all of us loved it. It's probably not for folks who don't go for unusual, exotic fare, but we all thought the menu was fabulous. We especially enjoyed the quail shooters and the crab. The service was friendly and helpful, the atmosphere casual and comfortable. We will definitely make a repeat visit.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A consistent favorite
    keikeiG
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Fatty Crab is one of my favorite restaurants ever. I recently moved across country but go back frequently to NYC for work and I try to go there each trip, if possible. Do yourself a favor and always get the Chili Crab. It is very messy but trance inducing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lives up to the hype
    GramercygirlVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    I went with a friends and every single dish was outstanding. Our "worst" dish, the chicken wings, was still better then almost any wings we've had elsewhere. I can't wait to go back.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Tasty
    GennyVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Small portions of spicy and really flavorful food served family style. Try the pork buns, fatty sliders and the Char Kwey Teow.
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    neighborhood gem, hot spot
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  • What's up with this place?
    WorldDinerVIP
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    I'm not sure if this was just an "off night" for them or what? We dined on July 4th and wanted something different in the Meat Packing District and we got it. I booked through Open Table and received a notice from O.T. that we were a No-Show the next day. Our server rang our bill through twice, for two different amounts so now I need to dispute with Visa. It wasn't a busy night, but the entire staff seemed to be having a great time singing and playing very loud old-school rap music Tupac Shakur, etc. I don't mind the music, but we couldn't have a conversation it was that loud. The food was good, our server was good, but I'm not sure what was going on there that night. I might not hip enough to know. It was bad.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wowzers
    bigbelly
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    Fatty Crab is amazing. The interior was dark and rich, but modest. I liked the rough wood tables. I went with 9 co-workers and everyone enjoyed the experience. One after another, the dishes came out and we were oohing and aahing the flavors, colors, spices, displays, and meats. Do not leave without getting a pork bun or two.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding!
    Rocket
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    Great dinner outdoors on a beautiful summer evening. It doesn't get any better than this; great food and great service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 23 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 23, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance3.7
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 34 reviews are from the Fatty Crab reviews archive.
  • Delicious
    cpdddd
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Found Fatty Crab last minute in Meatpacking District. Excellent service, picked us a great wine and made recommendations that we enjoyed. Food very fresh and flavorful. Would eat there again.
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    late-night find
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  • Excellent!
    tgaonkVIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Really great food with a fun vibe and great service. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Is this a Malaysian restaurant?
    BrianVIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    The nasi lemak is awful. The crab is ok while the gravy it came with is actually not bad at all.
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  • Favorite near the High Line
    foodie4life
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    The Fatty Crab experience is one not to be missed if you like a lively dining experience full of energy and flavorful food. The craft cocktails from the bar are excellent and don't miss the chili crab. Mix and Match small plates or build a meal of courses. You WON'T be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing experience
    OpusThreeVIP
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    I thought the food was inventive and delicious, but I was disappointed with my overall experience. My party of 3 was crammed into a table that was meant for 2 (and would have been tight even for 2), despite the fact that the restaurant was empty when we arrived and still had a table or two empty when we left. The service was very rushed, and we felt pressured to eat quickly and leave quickly. The moment we finished our main courses, the bill was presented; we were not offered coffee or dessert. Also, for a restaurant with such high quality food and high prices, I thought the decor seemed a bit dingy and cheap.
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    fit for foodies
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  • awesome staff & delicious crab
    selkieinkspell
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    I had dinner here with some friends the other night to celebrate a birthday and it was amazing. The wine list is excellent and the chilli crab was really fun to share. The staff is friendly and attentive. The toasted rice cakes at the end of the meal were even more delicious than the cake we brought in from Paris Baguette.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food, hyperspeed serving
    HunterV
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Original asian cuisine in a down to earth setting. Fatty crab buns are delightful, large shrimps tasteful, including the fried heads that could be eaten as a whole (quite an experience). The negative on this place is the hyperspeed serving.. what is this? A speed eating contest? Next course was put on the table, before finishing the other. I mean, why does any restaurant want to do that? So in whole, I like the cuisine and style of cooking, it's not haute cuisine, but authentic and tasty. But please please please, slow down the speed!
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    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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  • Pleasant surprise
    Austraves
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    Fatty Crab was a great find. Our meal was tasty and plentiful. Our waiter couldn't have been more friendly and helpful. Everything was delicious. Particularly the pork & watermelon. The signature dish 'chilly crab' was delicious but hard to eat. So many other great options on the menu. Looking forward to going back.
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    Fit For Foodies, Late-Night Find
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Crabless Fatty Crab?
    Chris
    Dined on 4/8/2014
    We went specifically to the Fatty Crab to try their chili crab, but they didn't have any that night. They offered lobster in the same sauce. instead. It was more meaty but it didn't taste as fresh as it could have been. The sauce was savory and delicious, but on the heavy side, like a curry. It went well with the toast, but I would recommend getting a bowl of rice, too. The watermelon pickle and crispy pork, nasi lemak (curry chicken), and short rib rendang were all scrumptious. We had four dishes for the three of us. I think I would have enjoyed the meal more with a larger group and more dishes - six dishes split between four people would vary the flavors more widely, and I think would have enjoying sampling more dishes.
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    neighborhood gem
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  • Fatty Who?
    TommyChardonnayVIP
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    Overall, tastey treats on the pricier side. Tables are quite close together to the point where it is uncomfortable. For the money, I prefer the sister restaurant Fatty Cue- different feel for sure- but I left raving about the Cue. I can't say the same for the Crab.
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    fit for foodies
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  • hot, hot, hot!
    dydraVIP
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    This place was rockin' - even on a rainy night it was packed! The food was great but I was unprepared for how spicy it was. We had the Steamed pork buns, Malay fish fry and Char Kwey Teow and they were all delicious. Service was great and but we missed out on the crab, they didn't have it that night. We'll definitely come back but will have to ask for mild...their spice level is way too high.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Spicy!
    Bine72
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    I was very pleased with the Service and that they were able to accommodate us an hour earlier then our reservation was for. The food is great if you like VERY spicy food! I however do not enjoy too spicy and without any notice anywhere on the menu, all 3 dishes we ordered left my lips burning! They need to ease up on the spicy or at least make it known in bold letters that all items are very spicy. As a side note, we also overheard a customer sitting next to us comment on how spicy everything was. Otherwise, if not for that (I actually left the restaurant a little hungry!) it was a really cool restaurant with very attentive service!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • asian fusion
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    The fusion was not in the menu but in Kurt Cobain's voice ringing throughout the night as well as drinking rum out of a coconut.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups
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  • Uniquely Delicious
    BeantownAlumnasVIP
    Dined on 3/10/2014
    I love the Chili Crab from Singapore, so I wanted to find a place that satiated my cravings. Though the sauce was sweeter and thicker, kind of like the sweet chili sauce used in a condiment, it was still something tasty and not offered around the city. I would go back for the Pepper Lobster (usually served as Pepper Crab in Singapore). Pepper Lobster prices ($22-28) change from time to time, as does the Chili Crab prices (because it's based on market price, we paid $54). Chicken rice ($3) is always a taste of SE Asian delicacy, but I despised the high prices for Char Kway Teow ($18) and Nasi Lemak ($19) when it's usually a dish no more than $5. The veggie buns were not the best, but I would definitely go back just for the crab/lobster.
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    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food, slow service
    ksta
    Dined on 3/9/2014
    The tea sandwich appetizer was underwhelming but the fatty duck and the chilly crab were great. At 54 for one chilly crab feels overpriced. The service was quite slow took 25 min for appetizer and an hour for main
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not just for Crab
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    We weren't in the mood for the Crab and the other choices were just as good and very tasty.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food was great. The service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 3/6/2014
    The food was great. The service a little spotty but overall good. A great place to make friends and have a fun evening
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    neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great, unique
    Disappointing
    Dined on 3/3/2014
    Fatty crab serves very unique food you aren't going to find in a lot of your typical Asian restaurants in the city. All of the pork dishes were excellent - don't miss them. The space is a little cozy, but we were still comfortable. Service was on point. Would definitely return and recommend for people looking for something delicious and a bit different.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Urban pleasure
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/27/2014
    With a rock'n roll attitude, great food is served in an ambiance that makes you belong. Would return anytime!
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    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, hot spot
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  • Nice spicy dishes. The pork
    BWish
    Dined on 2/18/2014
    Nice spicy dishes. The pork dumplings are great. The short ribs are juicy as well but the meat was very fatty. I was underwhelmed by the Chili Crab - do not order if you're on a first date....very messy!
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    late-night find, neighborhood gem
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  • Love Everything Fatty
    FooddawgVIP
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Yes it's small and feels like you are dining at a communal table with barely an inch between tables but it's the food you came here for. Depending on the day of the week I will take fatty crab or fatty cue any night of the week
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    fit for foodies, hot spot
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  • Good food, very accommodating
    DannyJ
    Dined on 2/11/2014
    Good food, very accommodating for our group - food is meant to share and the place has a nice energy to it
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    good for groups, hot spot
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  • Fun time
    LoveFood
    Dined on 2/9/2014
    Food was very good and staff was knowledgable and friendly. Definitely recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic