Bars We Love: Chime in at Northern Bell

Northern Bell.

Northern Bell.

Northern Bell
612 Metropolitan Ave. (Lorimer and Union), East Williamsburg
718-388-9040

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What it is: A Southern/BBQ-style restaurant and bar with a handsome beer selection.

Why we love it: This isn’t your typical Southern BBQ joint. With two chefs hailing from different regions and cooking backgrounds, the dishes take on a classic style in a new light.

Food highlights include Fat Boy Fridays, burgers of the week, a recently revamped wing recipe and meat smoked in-house in some seriously rare varieties (more on that later). The atmosphere is sophisticated and friendly, the beer list impressively long, and the whiskey selection worth the time for more than a few tastes.

What to order: Signature classics like the pulled pork sandwich and mac and cheese are always good options, but if you’re looking for a unique experience, try the Boar Belly Platter, Stuffed Bison or Spicy Elk. The availability of these is limited, so call ahead to see what’s in season. For vegetarians, the tofu burgers and salads are undoubtedly tasty, too.

Regular tip: The “secret sauces” are not to be missed among hot sauce junkies; “The Scorcher” and “The Sweetie” are equally daring additions to your wings, burger or fries.