Last week was the Village Voice’s 6th Annual Choice Eats event. If you’re not familiar with Choice Eats, it’s basically an annual pig-out where you make sure to wear your stretchy pants and a loose fitting shirt. This event features more than 50 restaurants from throughout New York City’s culinary landscape coming together under the roof of the 69th Armory to showcase items off their menus.
There was an extensive list of restaurants present at this year’s Choice Eats and the lines in front of various booths told you who the popular restaurants were. While I had lots of favorites (The Meatball Shop, Joe Dough, Lucky 777 Chili and Del Posto, among many others), I’m a barbecue fan at heart and I couldn’t resist Mable’s Smokehouse (44 Berry Street, Brooklyn, New York).
Mable’s Smokehouse was serving up delicious slow smoked beef brisket. And when I say delicious, I’m not lying. I loved their beef brisket so much I battled through the line twice to get a heaping serving of the stuff. The brisket was cooked to perfection. It had a perfect balance of meat to fat and was very moist and full of flavor. It literally melted in your mouth (I had to make a point of chewing)! The sauce was served on the side but this brisket didn’t need it at all. I’ve heard Mable’s is extraordinarily proud of their sauce so next time I’ll be sure to give it a try.
I haven’t made the trip out to Brooklyn yet to check out their restaurant in person (I promise, it’s going to happen very soon), but from what I’ve heard and read, Mable’s bills itself on being as authentic Southern as you can be in Brooklyn. From their website, the two owners, both from the South, are aiming to recreate the feel of a roadside Southern barbecue with no-frills, no attitude, straight up damn good barbecue. Based on taste alone, it sure seems like they’re doing something right.
Let me caveat this by saying I haven’t been out to Mable’s Smokehouse just yet. However, as a barbecue lover, Mable’s stole my heart at this year’s Choice Eats. They stood out among all the other barbecue there and had the line to prove it. I can’t wait to head out to Williamsburg to give Mable’s a try again.