Mac attack: Sadie’s Kitchen opens in Cobble Hill!

Sinead Leonard shows off the lobster mac and cheese at the newly opened Sadie’s Kitchen on DeGraw Street in Carroll Gardens.
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Can Sadie’s Kitchen — a Southern prepared foods shop-slash-gourmet mac and cheese parlor with a 1930s diner-meets-country kitchen interior (oh, another one of those!) — beat the curse of 243 Degraw St.?

The diminutive Cobble Hill spot has proved a graveyard of failed restaurant attempts in recent years, counting Chicory, Ultimate Burgers and Dogs, and Cielo Café as casualties.

“We actually considered ourselves lucky to get this space,” laughed Sadie’s co-owner Damien Vizuete, who — along with partner Peter Sibilia — has been opening restaurants from Manhattan to Miami Beach for over 20 years. “We know very well why businesses fail, and its not always bad food or service,” he added. “For example, this space has a totally electric kitchen — you can’t cook with gas. Previous people had tried three-course meals here, steaks, burgers — too ambitious.”

Not that the fare at Sadie’s is a Southern-fried afterthought.

Out of the Kraft box options on the carb-happy menu include the Charlotte’s Mac, with crawfish, andouille sausage, habanero jack and okra bread crumbs ($10), the Winnie’s Mac, with shitake, crimini, and oyster mushrooms, brie, and truffle bread crumbs ($10), the Mrs. Ling’s Mac, with Chinese five spice duck, smoked gouda and sesame panko breadcrumbs ($10), and of course, the basic Sadie’s Mac, with cheddar, stewed tomato, and a potato chip topping ($7).

There’s also a selection of biscuit sandwiches, stuffed with pecan bacon and arugula, short rib with tomato chow chow, and fried catfish with pickled okra tarter sauce ($8), sweet potato, shoo fly, and bourbon pecan pies ($4), and down-home libations like hot apple cider, chicory coffee and peach and basil iced tea ($3).

“We’re really the complete package,” said Vizuete. “We make everything in house, using top of the line ingredients — organic whenever possible. We use a different béchamel for each of our mac and cheeses. We offer gluten-free pasta. Our menu tops out at $14. We easily have one of the best interiors in the neighborhood. It’s a lot of bang for your buck!”

Vizuete is particularly pleased with Sadie’s pared down, self-sustaining business model, with no wait staff to manage (counter service only), and no dishes to wash (all food is served in take out containers).

“This is a tiny place — we don’t need food runners and busboys and maitre d’s,” he said. “This way, we can all make a living, and support three or four other shops. I can see us doing a Sadie’s Porch in Prospect Heights, perhaps, or a Sadie’s Backyard, in Fort Greene.”

That is, if Sadie’s Kitchen survives the curse of Cobble Hill.

Sadie’s Kitchen [243 Degraw St. at Clinton Street in Cobble Hill, (718) 576-3338].

Updated 5:28 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Milton from NYC says:
Your reviewer totally missed the best thing about Sadie's: their over-the-moon biscuits, cupcakes, brownies, and pies to die for! If anything will give Sadie's extra survival odds, those pastries will keep many satisfied customers coming back for more...and more!
Dec. 6, 2011, 6:33 pm
becca from everywhere says:
I think I dislike negative people, casting negative vibes, due to what transpired in days gone by. The fact that Sadies Kitchen is a complete polar opposite of anything that's been in that location or even in the surrounding neighbourhood, and has absolutely no connection to the prior venues, is enough reason to jump in and show support! Sadies Kitchen is not only great looking, the menu is brilliant and I wasn't dissappointed.... to to
Dec. 7, 2011, 12:20 am
Lisa from Kengsington says:
The food is amazing, the decor is unreal, I wish there was a Sadie's kitchen in my neiborhood. Sadie's kitchen will
Break the curse...also...don't really think it was necessary to end that article on the curse note...
Just saying,
A Sadie's fan

Dec. 7, 2011, 1:19 am
anabdul from cobble hill says:
Is this a white-only establishment?
Dec. 7, 2011, 7:42 am
A Resident from Carroll Gardens says:
What about the people who can't have cheese for whatever reason? The menu isn't that appealing. Basic mac & cheese shouldn't contain tomato either. If they don't expand the menu, I don't see them lasting there either.
Dec. 8, 2011, 3:48 am
Gary from carroll gardens says:
The food is good but the portions are tiny. I give this place 6 months max.

And Brooklyn Paper you should know better: DeGraw is the southernmost street in Cobble Hill, whereas Sackett is the northernmost street in Carroll Gardens. Sadie's is in Cobble Hill and is falling prey to the Breuklen restaurant curse: expensive, small portions.
Dec. 8, 2011, 9:18 am
AL from Cobble Gardens says:
Sadie's is great! I've tried four of the different mac's so far and they are all wonderful. Small portions, huh? If you eat a whole one of these mac's at a siting you would get very fat very fast. It's heavy, albeit delicious, comfort food. Oh, and I second the comment on the bakery items.
Dec. 8, 2011, 10:46 pm
Jack from CH says:
I agree with Gary about the curse: small portion and expensive! They just do that to improve their margins, don't care about customers, just plain greed
Dec. 9, 2011, 11:36 am
oh really? from Cobble Hill says:
Surly Jack you have never eaten there. The portions are about a pound and very filling with premium toppings that are deff well priced. Atmosphere is too darn cute.. and friendliness.. I think the team at Sadie's couldn't be any nicer. Perhaps you should try the spot out and just maybe it might warm your heart.
Jan. 27, 2012, 1:31 am

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