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Posted by Becky M. on 03/25/2013
My boyfriend and I are from out of town and were looking for a nice place to celebrate his birthday. Char no. 4 was absolutely amazing!! It is in such a lively, beautiful part of Brooklyn, and has a cool and romantic ambiance. The food was some of the best we've ever had!! While the whiskey can be a tad pricey, the pricing on the food is fabulous. Our entire meal was absolutely sensational! I would recommend this place to anyone looking for a great meal in the area.
Posted by Dee on 08/25/2010
This food was fresh and not your norm for the area. It compares to any great Manhattan restaurant . I live in Manhattan. Their soups are amazing..a month ago...fabulous cold cucumber/mint and grilled shrimp and this month a corn soup..oh boy- The lamb pastrami was amazing and I am still dreaming about it. I have been back so many times I have tried every dish and since they change their menu so often..aren't we all the lucky people. I normally do not care for booths but the booths and seating are so comfortable. Whoever did the interiors ..kudos ..the lighting in the bar area is amazing. If you are going to go for regular bbq- and regular hum drum food do not go here..this food is quality. kudos to you all..i will be back and bring everyone i know.
Posted by Disappointed on 08/22/2010
I never review, but my gf and me recently had brunch here and the experience can be summed up in one word: Awful! We had the cheddar/bacon grits, lamb hash(special) and chicken sausage w/ biscuits, bacon gravy...etc. All of it came recommended and while the biscuit was good - sadly it was the only redeemable aspect of the meal. Literally everything was terrible. On top of that, service was awful, Our water glasses were consistently empty, the waiter never came by (we finally had to grab someone else's attention), and our empty plates were in front of us for at least 10 minutes before anyone took them away (and even then, only when I had to grab someone to ask for the check so we could finally leave). Best of all, it was only 60% full so it's not like they were overwhelmed. Bottom line: stay away.
Posted by Just a Small time Girl on 08/02/2010
Char came recommended to me by a friend that lives locally to here. We sat in the back of the new addition, Lots of light in the room with all the sky lights. Very nice indeed. The bloody mary's to die for!! Comes with a pickle that complements the spice of the horse radish. I had the French Toast, perfectly cooked and will be making my stop in again in the very near :) Thanks Brooklyn for showing me the start to what was to be an amazing day
Posted by anonymous on 05/29/2010
Had high expectations for this place and was very disappointed by the food quality. The space is nice and the drink menu is good, I guess. But when I go out for BBQ I want some good, off the bone food and this was dry, seasoned wrong, and left a lot of "ew" faces around me. Service was adequate and place had a nice charm, but not going back. Oh, and who puts funions on a 25 dollar steak?!
Posted by Anonymous on 02/06/2010
The menu is limited. The booth type seating is tight. Central area to hang your coat and will probably be on the floor hy the time you are ready to leave. Coffee was cold. I didn't like much about this place
Posted by Brian O. on 01/25/2010
For those of us who are bourbon or whiskey fans, not to mention smoked meats and southern comfort food, Char No. 4 is the place to go on Smith Street. They offer over 300 whiskeys for your drinking pleasure – though I would not recommend trying them all in one sitting. Their menu of whiskeys looks and weighs almost as much as a flight training manual for a Boeing 757. Fortunately, they do offer their whiskeys in one-ounce flights much the same way a winery in Napa or Sonoma offers at a tasting. The food pairs very well with whiskey, wine or anything for that matter. My girlfriend and I went there for dinner on our second date. We really loved the options in terms of the appetizers and the main courses. We started the evening with the lamb pastrami – which is by far one of their most savory and delicious appetizers. It is served with a coriander aioli and micro greens. We further indulged our appetite for meat with the smoked & fried pork nuggets. These are just sinful little heart-attacks waiting to happen. Imagine delicious pieces of pork belly – a nicely balanced combination of smoked pork meat and luscious pork fat – deep fried and served with a homemade hot sauce. Were we done with appetizers? I think not. We topped it off with the crispy cheddar curds served with a spicy pimento sauce. I could hear my arteries begging for mercy. However, they were too good and delicious to pass up. Then, the main courses came. My girlfriend ordered the chicken based on our waiter’s recommendation. I ordered the smoked beef sausage. My girlfriend’s selection – while good, moist and flavorful – was unexciting. I mean chicken is chicken. It will never trump the robust flavors of smoked pork or beef. My beef sausages were outstanding. The rich smokiness of the beef, the herbs and sauce, were phenomenal. We have been coming back frequently. We make sure we bring out of town guests to experience Char No. 4. We and our guests have always left satisfied knowing we had a wonderful meal, great beverages and enjoyed courteous and friendly service. If there was one thing to nitpick about would be their magnanimous bourbon/whiskey bible. I think it would be a welcomed addition – for both novices and aficionados alike – if their whiskey/bourbon menu had more detail about each selection. Additionally, I think the servers should be more knowledgeable about the liquor and process for which the locale is coined after. Otherwise, I highly recommend Char No. 4 to anyone.