New York State Of Mind: The team behind Sai Wan eateries Pondi, Brut! and BlackSalt Tavern bring another new establishment to the Sai Ying Pun neighborhood: New York-style deli Fat Chad’s.
Look & Feel: Sitting on a quiet street in Sai Ying Pun, Fat Chad’s takes up the hole-in-the-wall location formerly occupied by BlackSalt Kitchen. The space embraces the bodega aesthetic with colorful bricks and tiles, shelves of condiments lining the white walls, and a distinctive old-school sign out front.
Although the eatery only features a few seats and is clearly mostly a takeout joint, many diners still prefer to linger over their food and drink, opting to sit on the step or even spill out onto the pavement. When we grab a bite for lunch on a Saturday, plenty of neighborhood locals appear to have the same idea, some even stopping by while walking their dogs.
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On the Menu: Fat Chad’s is all about sandwiches — stacked high and created with gourmet ingredients. There are eight on the menu to choose from. We go for the Chopped Cheese ($125), a hero roll packed with succulent ground short rib, provolone cheese, tomato, lettuce, onion and mayo, and we already plan to return to try the Reuben (corned beef, sauerkraut, smoked mozzarella and Russian dressing on malted rye bread, $130). The BEC (bacon three ways, cheddar cheese, and fried egg on a bagel, $120) is another classic. At first we questioned parting with over $100 for a sandwich, but the portion size and quality of the ingredients spoke for themselves.
There are also BlackSalt-style sides, such as cauliflower hot wings and okra fries (both $55), to choose from, as well as dessert.
Great For: Casual comfort food while on the go.
FYI: Fat Chad’s also doubles as a grocery, offering craft beers, natural wines and home made ice cream.
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