Kettle Black Bar, 8622 3rd Ave. (at 87th), Bay Ridge, 718-680-7862
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What is it: Neighborhood sports bar and grill and Bay Ridge mainstay.

Why we love it: Kettle Black is wing heaven. On $.60 Wednesday nights, the place packs in the finger-licking masses (towellettes provided!). Their unlimited brunch drink special also catches our fancy. Friendly service and an amped crowd are a testament to the bar’s motto “Enter as strangers, leave as friends.”

What to order: Did we mention the wings? Available in 11 different mouthwatering flavors, though the “Buffalo City,” their take on the famed Anchor Bar original, ranked in the Top 5 Best Wings in the country by Food & Wine Magazine in 2012.  The “Texas Dunk” burger, served on Texas Toast accompanied with au jus dipping sauce, was named one of the 2014 Best Burgers in NYC by Time Out. Eleven drafts and over 20 bottles provide ample imbibing options.

Regular tip: The story behind the Kettle Black name is a mystery even to the employees.

Kettle Black Bar is featured in the 2015 South Brooklyn & the Rockaways Beer Book, on sale now.

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