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Williamsburg Crowd-Favorite the Meat Hook Launches a Weekend Smokehouse

Plus, Xi’an Famous Foods is reopening in Greenpoint after all — and more intel

The Meat Hook opens a curbside weekend smokehouse today

Brooklyn’s resident meat masters at the Meat Hook have launched a new curbside smokehouse out of their butcher shop in Williamsburg. The barbecue menu features smoked brisket ($15 for a half pound), pastrami pulled beef ($13 for a half pound), a smoky half chicken ($18) and a rotating weekly sausage selection ($8). The lineup of sides includes a pimento mac and cheese ($9), braised greens ($6) and jalapeño and honey cornbread ($4).

The whole menu is available for either takeout or outdoor dining in the shop’s backyard. According to the Meat Hook’s post on Instagram, the curbside smokehouse will continue every Friday and Saturday from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m., or until the shop sells out.

Disclosure: Eater has a video series, Prime Time, hosted by Ben Turley and Brent Young of the Meat Hook.

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