'Zak Pelaccio' on Serious Eats

First Look: Fatty 'Cue in the West Village

Members of Zak Pelaccio's Fatty empire, now two Fatty Crabs and two Fatty Cues strong, share certain sensibilities, but the brand-new Fatty 'Cue West Village isn't just a clone of the last one. In the space that formerly held Fatty Johnson's and Cabrito, Pelaccio and executive chef Dan Ross-Leutwyler have put together a menu that's the West Village's own, with the expected riffs on Malaysian and Southeast flavors, sure, but in dishes even Fatty fans haven't seen before. More

Fatty 'Cue: Brooklyn Barbecue Goes Asian

Brooklyn's exploding food scene features all the comfort foods serious eaters love, but what's the final peak that's yet to be climbed? Barbecue. Enter Fatty 'Cue—where Fatty Crab chef-restaurateur Zak Pelaccio is marrying his passion for Malaysian flavors with meat smoked low and slow. It's Asian barbecue of a most unorthodox kind. More

Beef Short Rib Rendang

Learn more about how to make rendangs here. [Photograph: Chichi Wang] When I dined at Fatty Crab, my favorite dish by far was the Beef Short Rib Rendang. Meltingly tender, deboned chunks for beef short ribs were nestled in a... More

First Bites from Fatty 'Cue

Want an upgrade from pizza delivery and garlic knots? As part of Epicurious Entertains NYC, Zak Pelaccio is cooking his way through Fatty Sunday during the Giants and Jets games this weekend, with food straight from his new restaurant Fatty... More

Are We About to See Chodorow vs. Rayner?

Remember all the drama that ensued from Frank Bruni of the New York Times giving restauranteur Jeffrey Chodorow's steakhouse Kobe Club a zero-star, start-to-finish smackdown back in February? Well, Chodorow's latest venture is in London—Suka, which serves Malaysian fusion cuisine created by the New York-based Zak Pelaccio of 5 Ninth and Fatty Crab—and this Sunday it received a review from the Observer's Jay Rayner that begins thusly: "It takes a special kind of incompetence to create a restaurant with dysfunctional tables. At Suka, a new hipper-than-thou joint in London's Sanderson Hotel, which does to the noble culinary traditions of Malaysia what the Romans did to the Sabine women, they have managed it." Ouch. Still no response on chod-o-blog, but maybe... More

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