Brooklyn >Arts & Entertainment > Char No. 4
196 Smith St, Brooklyn, NY | Directions 1120140.685080 -73.991776
Neighborhoods: Boerum Hill
An urban ode to Southern tastes, this is a swank bar hiding the soul of a barbecue restaurant. In truth the barbecue, while delicious, lacks smoky oomph, but it's delivered with refinement and care. And, more importantly, the bourbon selection is one of the biggest and best in the city.
Just go for the bacon and the Brussels sprouts! – Incredible drinks and every dish has a hint of Texas great uncle Bob's Barbecues flavor. A must visit for any whiskey or Bourbon drinker or any one craving a robust home cooked meal.
Best Bourbon Collection in Brooklyn – The bartenders at Char No. 4 are very knowledgeable and friendly. They know their bourbon and provide an excellent selection served perfectly. The food is definitely deconstructed nouvelle Southern, not "Southern comfort food" as some have said. It is, however, delicious, creative and, well, comforting! One of my favorite Brooklyn bars.
Citysearch Editorial Review – Smith Street’s swankification continues with this sleek temple to brown spirits, where more than 150 bottles of bourbon, Scotch and whiskeys (from Japan, Canada and Tennessee) are beautifully backlit on shelves behind the bar. Encyclopedic barkeeps either serve the liquors straight-up or in cocktails like the fruity Horse-Drawn Carriage (bourbon, sparkling pear cider, ginger) or the aromatic Kentucky Sparkler (bourbon, sugar, bitters, sparkling wine). For a more refined drinking experience, retreat to the rear room’s deep booths for conversation and perhaps a repast of southern-style vittles. Wherever you sit, you can count on sipping some of the best spirits in Brooklyn and devouring decadently heart-stopping food.
Check it out - interesting bacon vibe at brunch – Booze/bourbon selection is obviously their thing and its impressive - they don't hold back on the pricing though so don't go for a session unless your not feeling the economny - we had brunch and stayed away from the booze. the plates were great, tasty stuff. Would go back
Great Atmosphere! – I've been to Char twice this week already and am planning to go again tonight. Great selection of bourbons but very nice wines as well. Beautiful bar area, nice bartenders and really good food. The chopped pork sandwich is great. It's a great addition to the neighborhood whether you're looking to dine or just have a few drinks at the bar.
Excellent brunch, pleasant service and a welcome addition to the neighborhood – Brunch options have all the staples with a special, high-end, twist. The staff was attentive, friendly and accommodating and the atmosphere was relaxed. I loved the food and am eager to go back and try dinner.
Looked alot better than it was... – Char No 4. looks pretty cool when you first come in, nice bar, really cool light fixtures, LOTS of bourbon. However the dining area is extremely cramped and dark. The entire space is very poorly designed and invokes a feeling of claustrophobia. The music is loud and the wait staff is incredibly ditzy. The food was mediocre at best and there were NO vegetarian options for food. The only meat I eat is seafood and even the scallops were served on a bed of ham and the clam chowder had more bacon in it than clams. Overall a pretty unpleasant dining experience. I might go back for a drink but never a meal.
It's all about the BLT and Pastrami (oh and booze too) – I wouldn't exactly call Char's food "southern comfort food" as I've seen listed in some reviews. I'm from the south and have never encountered a cheese curd until I went to the mid-west. I also never had pastrami until I moved to the north. Perhaps this is all just a Texas thing? Is Texas the land of cheese curds and pastrami? (The chef hails from Texas.) REGARDLESS I really like this place and you should go. I'm definitely going back. The BLT is delicious and not the BLT one would expect (deep fried pork belly!). The cheese curds are a bit too greasy for me but I would order them again to share. The beef sausage was also quite delicious, juicy, and the flavors of the dish overall were well executed and well balanced. The lamb pastrami (besides the BLT) is the best dish I've tasted on the menu. The service was friendly. I'm not much for whiskey but they have a great bar and a good wine list. The only thing that kind of bothered me was the "smokey" smell seems somewhat artificial and a tad bit overwhelming.
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