Mable’s Smokehouse & Banquet Hall
44 Berry St. (At Wythe)
What is it: No-frills beer and Oklahoma-style BBQ joint that caters to the southern man and woman inside every beer-chugging Brooklynite.
Why we love it: The huge open layout gives you a “not-in-West-Williamsburg-anymore” impression, but that’s only the beginning. The three-sided bar turns drinking into an easy game of eye-tag, but a projection screen playing movies like Roadhouse and Stand by Me lets you play coy, although after a few pints or a pick from their signature cocktails menu, that’ll probably be the last thing you’ll do.
Who to bring: An out-of-towner friend or a date whose affinity for Frito Pie and CCR you’re looking to test.
What to order: A crisp beer from one of their six taps along with a pulled pork sandwich. For desert, dig into a cocktail, like Dad’s Cold Medicine. It’s bourbon and Dr. Pepper, and OH-LAWD are we hooked!
Fun Fact: Mable’s gets its name from the owner’s grandmother, whose time-tested recipes have become Brooklyn award-winners.