As I started writing this post, I knew it had been a long time since I'd written, but I didn't know THIS much time had passed! Apparently the last time I posted was November 26! Wow. Time flies.
It's not that I haven't been eating-- oh, believe me, I've been eating some amazing meals in my new city-- but I've been so busy and way too overwhelmed to write :( And when not super busy and overwhelmed, I've been lying on the couch catching up on Jersey Shore and House. Clearly I have my priorities straight.
Anyway, I had a special request-- well, close to begging actually-- from one of my best friends in the whole world for me to write about our dinner, as he has never appeared on Dish This! before. So, drum roll please, please welcome Reginald Ambrose to Dish This!
This German resident and I went to college together in Boston, but his international abode means sadly we have not shared many (any?) meals in the past 3 years. In college, we shared quite a few-- 4 a.m. Hoy Hing Chinese delivery, staff meals at both restaurants we waited tables together at (one on Newbury Street, one in Brookline Village), tapas at Tasca in Brighton (when we were being fancy), flat bread pizzas from Angora in Brookline, and cookies off the floor of the Sheraton Hotel in Boston (don't ask).
Fast forward to a few weeks ago-- a FREEZING Saturday night, and our INCREDIBLE meal together at Fatty Crab in the West Village with Dish Bro.
Fatty Crab doesn't take reservations, so after many hours of drinks at WXOU nearby, we finally headed over around 10 pm. Luckily we only had to wait a couple minutes for a table, but it was still packed and rocking! Loud music blasting from the stereos, hipster waiters bustling about-- and an amazing smell wafting throughout. I was PSYCHED.
We started with drinks-- Reginald (ps the name refers to his late-night "alter ego" who used to entertain us with being an extra on the Jeffersons (don't ask) and dancing on tables) got the Recession Special ($10) which is a shot of whiskey, a shot of pickle juice, and a PBR Tallboy. Dish Bro drank some yummy white wine that I don't know the name of, but I did try it, and it was great. I went with a PBR tallboy-- class all the way here, folks.
Then we got some "snacks" for the table. The first was the "simplest" dish of the night but may be my favorite, for its unique flavor combination and creativity: green mango with chili -sugar-salt. This architectural beauty was addictive, and has haunted my dreams ever since. If I could only have some at my desk every day...
We also got the quail egg shooters-- another impressive display of presentation-- four teeny tiny eggs exploding with flavor. One spicy sriracha hot one, one with pork, one with the smallest little anchovy I've ever seen.
Our last snack was the vegetable steam buns (Reginald is newly a pescetarian).
My favorite part about Fatty Crab may be its unabashed, unapologetic usage of cilantro. There were mountains of cilantro everywhere! My idea of heaven. Also this guy's. Here was Reginald Ambrose's entree, a pescatarian's heaven (tons and tons of shellfish and seafood):
My entree was a preview from the Fatty Crab opening in Williamsburg that will be BBQ inspired-- smoked brisket with bao and herbed cilantro salad. This brisket was like tender, fat pieces of bacon. On a heavenly patty. With a delicious sauce. So it was disgusting, as you can imagine ;) [where's that new sarcasm font when I need it?]
Dish Bro got this insanely spicy Fatty Duck-- I really enjoyed sucking the fatty meat right off that glorious piece of duck (and this is coming from a person who only eats meat a few times a week). The heat was super intense, and my PBR just made it even hotter- awesome. God I love spicy food!
The aftermath after we attacked our food:
With the check, our waiter brought tiny pieces of mochi coconut cake. A heavenly end to a heavenly meal.
Fatty Crab left me feeling deliriously happy and energized (yet so full I felt close to exploding). This was EXACTLY Dish Gal's kinda place-- fun, delicious, and unique-- a place so good, it makes you feel high. Not that Reginald would know anything about that.
They say you should eat to live, not live to eat. I say, I beg to differ. Dish This! is all about living to eat-- the magic of restaurants, the enjoyment of food, the life of a food-lover. So pull up a chair, grab a fork, and get the dish!
Dish Gal believes...
1. that eating a delicious meal does not mean you have to spend a lot of money.
2. that you should always tip 20% (Dish Gal used to be a waitress).
3. that you should try a new restaurant at least once a month.
4. that food always tastes better if it's free
5. that you only get so many meals in your lifetime, so why not make the most of each one?
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Skylar—loves sharing food, hosting BBQs with her Patriot player neighbors, and Edy's Slow Churned ice cream.
Sebastian-- lover of the cream cheese at Boston Common Coffee Co., pints of Ben & Jerry's, and Wheel of Fortune.
Michelle- fan of Mare, date nights with "PB", and the Boston 80s cover band, Fast Times.
Maeve-- law student by day...law student by night. When she isn't reading legal briefs, likes shopping Whole Foods at Legacy Place.
Jamie— this NYC resident likes ordering the most bizarre items off menus (baked giant artichoke at Cheesecake Factory, anyone?), befriending DJs, and McDonalds.
Ann- college roommate and current Santa Barbara resident. Also, my unofficial big sister. We traveled Europe together, enjoying McDonald's in every country, puffin in Iceland, and late-night doner kebabs in Picadilly Square. Loves skillets of cheese and veggie corn dogs.
Lynn-- Dish Gal's childhood best friend. Her mom's spaghetti with meat sauce may have changed my life.
Jacques-- Skylar's SO. An amazing cook. Loves the vitello tonnato sandwich at Neptune Oyster.
Julia – beloved former coworker and my once daily lunch date. Enjoys her mom’s salads, The Palm, and Marshall’s.
Alec- former coworker who refuses to drink anywhere outside the South End, introduced Dish Gal to $1 PBRs at Toro, and loves wearing Dish Gal's pashminas and/or hats around the office.
Ruth- former coworker and fellow member of our 2 person book club. Loves hitting up South End spots for after-work drinks.
J.Scrib- former coworker who moved to San Diego =( Enjoys J.P. Licks, going to concerts, and vodka with crystal light.
Z- a Boston restaurant manager who loves rooftop and outdoor dining, cooking without recipes, and the beach (but not swimming).
Chloe—a fellow foodie and (former) desk neighbor at work. Frequent visitor to Symphony Sushi and Rami’s, among lots of others.
Dish Bro-- You guessed it, my amazing brother. Loves food and wine. Also instilled in me that anxiety over picking the PERFECT restaurant for each occasion -- which I love him for.
Dish Nephew-- the star of all of our lives. Loves bread, his "ba-ba milk," and ice cream.
Dish Mom and Dish Dad—could possibly be my favorite dining companions. Dish Gal owes her love of food 100% to these two, especially Dish Mom, who has never made the same dish twice (minus holiday fare, or upon request) and fed me gourmet food before I even had teeth (courtesy of a food processor). They love Apollo in Canton, Paul Turano’s cooking (RIP Olio), and their grandson (Dish Nephew) -- a foodie in the making.