Sunday, April 20, 2008

Warm Weather (Finally) = Outdoor Beer & BBQ at Fette Sau and Spuyten Duyvil

Pork Butt, Pickles and Beer at Fette Sau

Oh my lord, during my years in LA I forgot the pure bliss of those first really warm, sunny spring days. All things considered, this past winter in New York has been mild, but I spent most of February and much of March cursing the day I left southern California. But last Friday, oh last Friday--her 75 degrees of delicious sunshine made up for all of the gray, damp days earlier this year.

Trays of BBQ & Beer at Fette Sau, Brooklyn

What better way to celebrate such weather than an evening al fresco? J and I joined our friend Geoff for a night in Brooklyn, first at the car repair shop turned BBQ joint that is Fette Sau. Belly up to the counter and order your meat by the pound, then swing by the bar to pick up a beer in a mason jar. Prices are reasonable and the meat is tenderly terrific. I recommend a hearty squirt of the spicy mustard, and a seat at the outdoor picnic tables.

Beware the Beer Taps, Fette Sau, Brooklyn
Beware the beer taps at Fette Sau.

J & G, Spuyten Duyvil
J & G at Spuyten Duyvil as we waited for a patio seat.

After stuffing ourselves silly as we soaked in the last of the sun, we headed across the street to Spuyten Duyvil, a beer bar I've written about previously. We bided our time at a table in the front window until a spot opened in the garden patio. Here you feel as though you're in a friend's back yard, but with much better beer than any of your friends would provide. We headed home early, and Saturday morning I was back in the florescent-lit computer lab, crunching stats data. But last Friday was just a preview--summer's around the corner and I'll be damned if I set foot in a computer lab between May 13 and August 31.

Fette Sau
354 Metropolitan Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11211
nr. Havemeyer St.
718-963-3404

Spuyten Duyvil
359 Metroplitcan Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11211
Across the street from Fette Sau
718-963-4140

8 comments:

Meg Blocker said...

Oh my gosh, those pickles look terrific. BBQ without pickles is like pie without whipped cream.

EAT! said...

Isn't the warm weather fantastic?!! I am glad to finally get outside and enjoy a few meals al fresco. Looks like a great bbq!!

Dan said...

Erin -
is this the first time that "J" has appeared in photo on the blog. I've seen his "hand-model" worthy hands before but never in the flesh! What a hottie!

Erinn said...

I had to smile when you mentioned those first warm LA days, it's cool this week, but last week we got our first taste. I whipped up my yia-yia's pototo salad for the occasion, just wish I'd had some of the bbq (and those pickles!) to go with!

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