Mable's Smokehouse

44 Berry St.
Brooklyn, NY 11211
Critics' Pick


  • Mon-Sat 11am-11pm, Sun 11am-10pm
  • $$
  • Takeout
  • Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Snack Food
  • Full bar
  • Street Parking
  • Reservations Not Accepted
Mable's is the third in a string of great Williamsburg barbecues (the others: Fette Sau and Fatty 'Cue). Dispensed from a counter by the platter or sandwich, the brisket is moist and flavorful, with just the right amount of fat; the pork ribs nicely smoke-ringed; and the hot links imported from Oklahoma, exemplary of their kind. Only the pulled pork bombs--gobbed with a sickly sweet sauce and textured like an old mop. The sides are better than they need to be, but not all that good, which is the way barbecues should be--no use distracting you from the 'cue. A couple of bar snacks merit mention: Frito pie and Tex-Mex chili con queso.

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