Fresh Kills

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86 Very Good

A Sasha Petraske acolyte nails it in Williamsburg.

161 Grand Street, Brooklyn, NY, 11249


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The lowdown

In a neighborhood with enough high-end cocktail bars to supply Boulevardiers to the entire East Coast, a place needs to put in serious work to rise above the fray, all while avoiding the look of trying too hard. Fresh Kills — an offshoot of Dutch Kills — nails it. There’s a menu of adapted classic cocktails, with no room (or patience) for the solipsism of modern mixology; a $10 happy-hour special; and beer that’s only available in tallboys. Everything is done just right; none of it seems to be done with the intention of showing off.

What you need to know

Insider Tips $10 cocktails daily from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

DrinksFull Bar

Noise LevelCivilized