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Char No. 4

196 Smith Street, Brooklyn, NY
718-643-2106
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Ranked #160 of 4,427 Restaurants in Brooklyn
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Cuisines: American
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Baltic St and Warren St
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.
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English first
New York City, New York
Top Contributor
104 reviews 104 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

What liquor screams “America” more than some American whiskey? One of the top places to go to enjoy some whiskey, is Char No. 4 in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn. Named after the charred new oak barrels, used for aging bourbon, Char No. 4 offers over 150 American whiskeys. 150! They also have a restaurant, focused on smoked meat and other American fare.  But, I... More

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Barcelona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Delightful environment, extensive whiskey offerings, limited, but delicious and interesting menu. Great choice!

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New York, New York, United States
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103 reviews 103 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2014

I had very high hopes for this place based on the reviews I have read and my love of all things Bourbon. Maybe my expectations were unrealistic. I would give this place 5 stars for its whiskey/bourbon selection and friendly service, but only 2 stars for the food. It's a nice little neighborhood whiskey bar and small restaurant. I was... More

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Brooklyn, New York
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10 reviews 10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Brunch on Smith Street can be insanity, but we happened upon Char No. 4 circa 2:30 on a Sunday afternoon and were pleased to find a relatively calm (for brunch) atmosphere. The service was quick, and we can unreservedly recommend the buttermilk pancakes with blueberry sauce (divine!), BBQ brisket hash and hound dog cocktail. I mean, who DOESN'T prefer their... More

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Top Contributor
76 reviews 76 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2014

Do you like grits? Well , this is the place to try them, cooked with sausage and poached eggs on top. The biggest biscuit I have ever seen with white gravy.,Yummy! Mimosa's and Bloody Mary's plus a great cup of coffee. Dark inside and very crowded.

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London, United Kingdom
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16 reviews 16 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2014

We came here on a recommendation from friends last year. Ace Juleps, awesome smoked chicken, interesting grits, good American beer, astonishing selection of whiskey... A great night all round...

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Winston Salem, North Carolina
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27 reviews 27 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2014

While in Brooklyn visiting some friends they took myself and my wife to this unassuming store front that was Char No 4. Its a typical City bar in that its fairly small shotgun style bar with some table in the back and a small 10 or so seat bar in the front. the best part were the some 120 different... More

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Gloucester, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2013

After a fraught incident with the subway ticket machine we were on our way to Brooklyn. Char No 4 is a very short walk from Bergen street station which makes it really easy to get to from Manhattan. The restaurant had a really laid back, informal, friendly atmosphere. We were running 20 minutes late because of the aforementioned subway ticket... More

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Brooklyn, NY
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69 reviews 69 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2013

We selected this restaurant for a special celebration and were simply not wowed by our experience. The dining room was crowded, noisy and hot. Everything we ordered, except the mac & cheese, was very salty - even the side salad (how does that happen?) The menu selections sounded great but just weren't. The special bourbon cocktails, however, were interesting. I'm... More

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Quebec City, Canada
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

We had elected to try Char no.4 based on its review in the Michelin guide. We are not sure however that it deserves a place on the shortlist of that venerable institution. The food remains rustic even if tentatively dressed as international. No particular imagination visible here, seasoning is middle of the road, nothing to wow anyone who's been around... More

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