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Char No. 4

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196 Smith Street, Brooklyn, NY (Baltic St and Warren St)
718-643-2106
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10:00 am - 12:00 am
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Hours:
Sun 10:00 am - 12:00 am
Mon - Thu 5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Fri 12:00 pm - 1:00 am
Sat 10:00 am - 1:00 am
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Reservations
Description: Char No. 4 is a whiskey bar & restaurant inspired by a passion for...
Char No. 4 is a whiskey bar & restaurant inspired by a passion for bourbon. The name refers to the practice of aging bourbon in charred new oak barrels, which gives bourbon its characteristic sweet, caramelized flavors and its beautiful amber hue. Char No. 4 features over 150 American whiskeys and serves a menu of American fare with a focus on smoked meat. The American whiskeys are augmented by an extensive list of whiskeys from Europe and beyond as well as a selection of all-bourbon cocktails. Char No. 4 is located in a 19th century row house in Cobble Hill Brooklyn. The design environment takes inspiration from this tradition in its treatment of light, its use of color, and in its nod to the form and construction of whiskey barrels both within the water-jet cut pattern of the steel facade, and in custom designed light fixtures. A field of large cylindrical pendants suffuse the space with a tawny glow that sets a mood of sophisticated conviviality for both drinking and dining.
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  • 23
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  • 28
    Very good
  • 7
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 0
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Great food, amazing whiskey

We hadn't ventured out into Brooklyn before so this was our excuse. The subway stops just around the corner at Bergen. We were drawn to this place because of the whiskey menu. And it didn't disappoint! The option of a taster glass or a regular glass was great. I think we decided on Mitchers US-1... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 23, 2015
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

The food's fine, the bourbon list not as unique as they make it out to be. We were seated in a weird room in the back, blasted with cold air (on a cool night) .... service was warm and friendly though!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

We hadn't ventured out into Brooklyn before so this was our excuse. The subway stops just around the corner at Bergen. We were drawn to this place because of the whiskey menu. And it didn't disappoint! The option of a taster glass or a regular glass was great. I think we decided on Mitchers US-1 as a favourite. Very nice.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

Went here for Mother's Day. It is a small venue with good service and very attentive staff. Food was good, small portions. Lovely ambiance!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

The atmosphere and the food were great ! I got the Chef's Breakfast, which was eggs, a biscuit, chicken sausage and potatoes. For $22 I got that, a mimosa and some delicious puffed pastries. Great deal. My only qualm is that the service could have been better. The waitress was very sweet , but we were not asked if we... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

We had Biscuit Benedict and Brisket Hash and they were delish - a bit fancier than your typical Southern/American cuisine, without being pretentious. The poached eggs were hands down, the best and most perfectly cooked poached eggs I have ever tasted. And the beignets were a little piece of fluffy heaven in your mouth.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

When we made dinner reservations, we were not aware they offer delicious meaty oysters until 7pm for $1 each. We then moved on to juicy Lamb Pastrami and a flavorful slab of Bacon. Chicken Wings were underwhelming. Grilled Shrimp over Grits was flavorful and so was the Short Rib which was gone after a few bites.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

This place is rated as one of the top 50 Brooklyn Brunch places, which was the reason we ended up going there (also the alternate restaurant had a 40 min wait, which may also swayed us here). As noted by others reviewers, it really is overpriced for the portions they serve. The 2 eggs with bacon, cheese grits is 10$... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

We were a party of five and one of our party was very late for our reservation. We were still seated which would almost never happen in comparable restaurants in Manhattan. The choice for brunch is relatively short, varied and very difficult to choose because, frankly, I really wanted to try four of the options. In addition to the separate... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

I came here last Sunday for brunch with me and 4 of my friends. I was excited about this place because of the yelp reviews. When I walked in the decor was nice and the bar full of different whiskies that made me excited. When we sat down that is when things changed. Everybody at the table ordered the pre... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014 via mobile

If you are looking for a good ambiance with tasty food this is a nobrainer. Not cheap but good quality

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 196 Smith Street, Brooklyn, NY
    (Baltic St and Warren St)
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  Brooklyn
  • Phone Number: 718-643-2106

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining

Description

Char No. 4 is a whiskey bar & restaurant inspired by a passion for bourbon. The name refers to the practice of aging bourbon in charred new oak barrels, which gives bourbon its characteristic sweet, caramelized flavors and its beautiful amber hue. Char No. 4 features over 150 American whiskeys and serves a menu of American fare with a focus on smoked meat. The American whiskeys are augmented by an extensive list of whiskeys from Europe and beyond as well as a selection of all-bourbon cocktails. Char No. 4 is located in a 19th century row house in Cobble Hill Brooklyn. The design environment takes inspiration from this tradition in its treatment of light, its use of color, and in its nod to the form and construction of whiskey barrels both within the water-jet cut pattern of the steel facade, and in custom designed light fixtures. A field of large cylindrical pendants suffuse the space with a tawny glow that sets a mood of sophisticated conviviality for both drinking and dining.
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 am - 12:00 am
Monday
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Thursday
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Friday
12:00 pm - 1:00 am
Saturday
10:00 am - 1:00 am

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?