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Fatty Crab

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This rustic Malaysian cantina showcases the exciting cuisine of chef Zak Pelaccio, who spent years cooking at famous French restaurants before escaping to Southeast Asia for a year, where he fell in love with the flavors of the region. Start with the addictive pickled watermelon and crispy pork salad, an improbable combination that's both refreshing and decadent. The can't-miss signature dish is chili crab—cracked Dungeness crab in a pool of rich, spicy chili sauce, served with bread for dipping. It's messy for sure, but worth rolling up your sleeves. The small space fills up quickly and be warned that the tables are practically on top of each other, but it's lots of fun.

    Contact Information

  • Address: 643 Hudson St., between Gansevoort and Horatio Sts., West Village, New York, NY, 10014 | Map It
  • Phone: 212/352–3592
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  • Subway: A, C, E to 14th St.; L to 8th Ave
  • Location: West Village

    Restaurant Details

  • Reservations not accepted
  • Credit cards accepted.
Updated: 02-25-2014

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    Go back maybe once..

    I'd go back one more time. Maybe. Go for the wonderfully-fatty pork-belly pork buns, into which you stuff pickled veggies/cilantro. AMAZING, decadent, to be savored. By the time we got to the porkbelly salad (we wanted to dig into the hot food first), the pork was hard on the edges – I don’t know why – and I didn’t like the pickled watermelon, whch was funny b/c I’d been waiting to try that one dish for over a year. Our waitress waited way too long to bring the dipping toast that I ordered halfway through our mussels, so at that point the leftover broth was cooled and slightly congealed. Based on the slightly-overpriced prices (and $3 for plain rice on the side!?) that was really lame

    by Jel212, 7/17/08

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