Fat Hippo Brings Burger Fondue to the LES

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Photo: Jenny Miller

Fat Hippo, a new restaurant co-helmed by chef Ten Vong (whose résumé includes stints at Yumcha, Barmarché, and Bread), is trying to open at 71 Clinton Street — Wylie Dufresne’s former spot — as early as next week. The restaurant has already held some private events, Vong told Grub today, and hopes to open on February 13, “in time for Fashion Week.” The American-food menu is already posted outside the restaurant (and reproduced after the jump), and highlights include burger fondue — sliders served with bacon bits, pickles, and a fondue dipping sauce — and chili-and-chocolate-glazed spare ribs served with a radish-and-watermelon slaw.

APPETIZERS

Grapefruit and Feta Salad, $5
Mixed field greens, olives, spiced pecans and burnt honey vinaigrette

Pan Fried Mozzarella Balls, $6
Herb roasted tomatoes and baby arugula

Beet and Olive Tart, $7
Crumbled goat cheese and beet jam

Hot and Sour Sautéed Calamari, $6
Ginger chilies, garlic lime, baby celery and crushed peanuts

House Cured Salmon, $7
Apple-fennel salad and potato latkes

Chili & Chocolate Glazed Spare Ribs, $8
Pickled watermelon and radish slaw

Shrimp Ceviche, $9
Shrimp, cilantro, lime juice, jalapeno, and avocado

ENTREES
Fat Hippo Burger or Veggie Burger, $8
Homemade rosemary bun, lettuce, tomato, and French fries

Duck Cuban, $11
Smoked duck breast, roast duck meat, pickle mustard greens, coconut-lime mustard and yucca chips

Burger Fondue, $10
Mini burger sliders, cheese fondue sauce, bacon bits, pickles and French fries

Authentic Maryland Crab Cake, $14
Mac n’ cheese, corn succotash and roasted garlic caper sauce

Free Range Turkey Meatloaf, $12
Tamarind ketchup, mashed potatoes and green bean casserole

Trailer Park Chicken Sampler, $15
Beer can roasted chicken breast, southern fried drumstick, smoked thigh meat, sautéed collard greens, raisin sauce and corn bread

Grilled Marinated Pork Chop, $13
Pulled pork stuffing, bacon, sautéed brussels sprouts and maple-jalapeno mustard sauce

Steak and Eggs, $15
Pan roasted hanger steak, green tomato gratin and egg toast

SIDES
Collard greens, $3
Brussels sprouts, $4
Mashed potatoes, $3
French fries, $3
Green been casserole, $3
Pulled pork stuffing, $3
Mac n’ cheese, $4
Corn Bread, $2

Fat Hippo; 71 Clinton St., nr. Rivington