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Mable's smokehouse and banquet hall

serf420 May 13, 2011 05:32 PM

I recently went to makbe's and thought it was fantastic. i went to school in the south and have been craving real BBQ for some time, not this fake NYC stuff like Blue Smoke and Fatty Cue.

It was outstanding. Counter girl was super friendly, atmosphere was very laud back. Food was tremendous. Deluxe platter of brisket, ribs, pulled pork, sausages. Sides of mac, beans, slaw, cornbread.

The actual meat was out iof this world and straight forward. Not some chef's "riff" on BBQ. It was the real deal. Sides were kinda average but still very satisfying. Did not require too much sauce nor was it over sauced. Perfect smokey flavor and tender, with just the right amount of fat to keep it pleasant. I would reccomend to all.

Anyone know any other BBQ thatis straigh forward and actually good?

Blue Smoke
116 East 27th Street, New York, NY 10016

Fatty 'Cue
91 S 6th St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

Mable's Smokehouse
44 Berry St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

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  1. bobjbkln RE: serf420 May 15, 2011 03:17 PM

    Have you tried Fette Sau, also in Williamsburg?

    Fette Sau
    354 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211

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      Mr Porkchop RE: serf420 May 16, 2011 01:50 PM

      I ate there a few weeks back and enjoyed it, I think for the reasons the OP was getting at. It's just very traditional straight forward Texas-Okie BBQ that doesn't feel the need to incorporate pork belly or other unnecessary flourishes. The interior seemed a pretty straight-forward attempt to recreate a Texas Smokehouse. They had lonestar bottles, which was a nice touch. Nothing struck me as truly exceptional aside from the hot sausage, which was something different for me. My understanding is that it's going for Oklahoma BBQ, so expect brisket, etc, not gloopy pulled pork sandwiches, if that's what you're after. I think it's a good alternative to Hill Country, or Texas Ranger BBQ in Jackson Heights, for the style.

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        bookmonger RE: serf420 Jun 2, 2011 05:02 PM

        I've tried them all, and having lived and eaten BBQ in Kansas City, North Carolina (rural and urban -- lots of pig pullings as a kid), Colorado, and Tennessee, and having lived in NYC for 4 years, this is the only place that feels right and makes me happy. It's the only consistently good brisket from a BBQ place in Williamsburg. Fette Sau is too fancy tasting without letting the meat just shine through, it's not the same.
        Plus Mable's is the only place where they are actually happy to have you there, which also adds to the real BBQ experience you want.

        I've had good ribs (little dry but for ny it's better than most) and good fried chicken at Rack N' Soul, but when I want brisket with good sides that aren't a total rip off, it's Mable's for me.

        Fette Sau
        354 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211

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          chowbie RE: serf420 Jan 18, 2012 03:16 PM

          Wow, sorry to rain on the fan parade, but I went last night and was incredibly disappointed. Was with a native, BBQ-loving Texan who was similarly underwhelmed. We had basically the whole menu. We loved the Frito pie (but how can you go wrong with Fritos, cheese and chili?), but: the queso dip was runny and tasteless; the mac and cheese was terrible (no flavour, no texture); the brisket and boracha beans were boring; the ribs and pulled pork just ok. The collards and BBQ beans were pretty good, but that was not enough to save this meal. Have the owners given up trying?

          Mable's Smokehouse
          44 Berry St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

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          1. re: chowbie
            agaaga RE: chowbie Mar 2, 2012 11:11 AM

            I went to Mable's smokehouse and was very disappointed. Their meat was way way too dry. And compared to Fette Sau, they didn't have a variety of BBQ sauce. I much much prefer Fette Sau.

            1. re: agaaga
              Pookipichu RE: agaaga Mar 2, 2012 01:09 PM

              As a BBQ lover I would not recommend Mable's to anyone. Beside a major issue with small portion sizes and poor value, the BBQ is simply not good. The meat is either dry or gristly and the sauce is pretty close to awful. It tastes like something you would get out of a jar at Stop & Shop.

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