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Char No. 4

#383 of 4,556 Restaurants in Brooklyn
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196 Smith Street, Brooklyn, NY (Baltic St and Warren St)
718-643-2106
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10:00 am - 1:00 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/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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Good for:
Casual Dining
Breakfast/Brunch
Reservations

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Visitor rating
  • 23
    Excellent
  • 24
    Very good
  • 5
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Great Bacon cheese grits and eggs

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 15, 2015
kitty567
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New York
Good for:
  • Casual Dining
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Reservations
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54 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
New York
Top Contributor
249 reviews 249 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
122 helpful votes 122 helpful votes
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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Europe
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202 reviews 202 reviews
160 restaurant reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
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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Weehawken, New Jersey
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198 reviews 198 reviews
170 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
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

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

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Lyon, France
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50 reviews 50 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

Went for Brunch on Sunday, took 2 standard brunches priced 22 or 24 dollars, not sure. You first get 3 microscopic "beignets", then an egg with a kind of buttermilk bread, a coffee or an other small drink, and that´s it. Wow. Good gross margin for the owner I believe. Ok, nothing was missing, all was written before we ordered,... More 

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New Orleans
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231 reviews 231 reviews
179 restaurant reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

Very loud but charming up front, quieter but utilitarian in the back. The food (Shrimp & Grits), Ribs, Mac n Cheese) was good, but pricy for what it was. The cocktails were good, and just NY pricy. Beer was reasonable. The ribs were a bit unsatisfying, now that I think about it. The other items were fine.

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New York City, New York
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135 reviews 135 reviews
125 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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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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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145 reviews 145 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 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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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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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?