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“A Mixed Bag!”
Review of Char No. 4 - CLOSED

Char No. 4
Cuisines: American
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Dining options: Breakfast, 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.
New York, New York, United States
Level 6 Contributor
321 reviews
223 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
“A Mixed Bag!”
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 extremely impressed with the whiskey/bourbon selection (and various price points). The food menu is extremely limited and focuses on smoked meats. We started with the fried pork nuggets which were tasty, but a bit dry - the white-sauce served with them was a nice accompaniment. The thick cut bacon appetizer was excellent - best thing we ate here! The baby back ribs and hanger steak entrees were both very mediocre - the ribs were dry and the steak was a bit tough. I was also a bit disappointed by the price-tag - I felt it was a bit pricey for relatively small portions of comfort food. I would definitely go back for drinks, but probably not to eat.

  • Visited May 2014
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Brooklyn, New York
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
“Late Sunday Brunch Spot”
Reviewed April 10, 2014

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 brunch cocktails with bourbon?

Visited April 2014
Thank Julie C
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Level 6 Contributor
168 reviews
103 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
“Really Southern Style Brunch in Brooklyn☕️”
Reviewed March 3, 2014 via mobile

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.

  • Visited February 2014
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Thank Nanc8
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London, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
47 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Food, Whiskey, Beer!”
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...

  • Visited July 2013
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Thank Robson84
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Winston Salem, North Carolina
Level 5 Contributor
60 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Awesome Bourbon Bar”
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 bourbons. Anywhere from $2/oz up too $100/oz. As a southern man it was Mecca of the brown booze. AS with everything in the city prices are high but thats just something you expect while visiting.

  • Visited December 2013
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Thank TaylorC73
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