Mable's Smokehouse And Banquet Hall

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44 Berry St.
Brooklyn, NY 11211
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Cuisine: Southern/BBQ
Our Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★
Cards: All major
Price: $
Hours: 5pm-4am Daily
Booze: Full Bar
Subway: L to Bedford Ave.
Menu: Click Here
Delivery: No
Grub Street says:

You might have thought that Williamsburg pretty much had it all as far as regional southern cooking goes. Not so, according to Louisville expat Meghan Love, who along with her Oklahoma-born artist husband Jeff Lutonsky opens Mable’s Smokehouse and Banquet Hall on Tuesday. “There wasn’t a place in our neighborhood to find the food we grew up eating,” says Love. That food — borracho beans, Rotel-Velveeta dip, Luzianne sweet tea, hot links imported from Schwab’s in Oklahoma City, pulled-pork tamales, and, of course, pie — makes its debut in a suitably honky-tonk setting that the couple built themselves.

Love, who used to shake cocktails in some of Manhattan’s finest restaurants, says her personal approach to bartending is relatively streamlined. “We have three vodkas, two gins. Our bourbon selection will be big, but nothing artisanal — that’s for damn sure.” The joint is named after Lutonsky’s grandmother (always a good sign), and she’s the one to thank for many of the recipes, including a barbecue sauce so closely guarded Lutonsky insists that kitchen staffers sign a confidentiality agreement.

Shecky’s says:

According to the owners, there wasn’t any place in Williamsburg where you could get the Southern food they grew up with, which might seem odd to fans of Fette Sau, Fatty ’Cue and Honeychiles to name a few. But take a trip to Mabel’s, and you’ll start to get sense of what they mean. The space is truly a labor of love, built by a restaurant industry couple who added Southern touches (scattered taxidermy, wagon wheel chandeliers, vintage feed store signs) to an essentially Brooklyn-esque space (wide warehouse feel, reclaimed barn wood, Edison bulbs nestled in hanging wash pails). The drinks also have that down-home feel (and down-home prices—$8 for specialty cocktails, $3-$6 for beers), with playful names like Dad’s Cold Medicine, a mix of Dr. Pepper and Crown Royal. The pulled pork is some of the best you’ll find this side of the Mason Dixon, and coming in at only $9.95 plus a side and slaw, the price is hard to beat (nudge, nudge Fette Sau). Just don’t ask what’s in the BBQ Sauce…they could tell you, but then they’d have to smoke you.