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Char No. 4
Char No. 4

Char No. 4 Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.charno4.com
  • Phone: (718) 643-2106
  • Hours of Operation:

    Lunch: Friday: 12:00pm - 5:00pm, Saturday - Sunday: 10:00am - 5:00pm

    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 1:00am, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 2:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Southern, Barbecue
  • Executive Chef: Kyle Knall
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Char No. 4 is a whiskey bar & restaurant inspired by a passion for bourbon. Let us host your celebration for 11 to 23 people. We offer items from our regular menu and house specialties like whole smoked game birds or rack of pork. Events include bottles of whiskey on every table to enjoy!
  • Private Party Contact: David Escovitz (718) 643-2106

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Baltic St and Warren St
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Take the F or G trains to Bergen Street stop.
A word from Char No. 4
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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
Diner Reviews
  • "Abandoning our daughter to Brooklyn. Lunch in the apartment search. Found a nice restaurant cluster on Smith Street. Great whiskey list, but no time for that. Excellent Manhattan, other drinks. W & D2 great meals, my hamburger only good. Crispy potato fingerlings excellent. Seated in back part, much less interesting, but conversation possible (front very interesting, conversation questionabe)."
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "Once again, on the ball. I had the Wednesday brisket taco deal and an amazing Brioche Bourbon bread pudding. Worth every penny."
    Dined on 8/20/2014
  • "I have been at Char No.4 many times and the place is just great both for food, drinks and service. I can confirm that once more."
    Dined on 8/19/2014
  • "I've simply never missed at Char. Awesome food, awesome service, awesome drinks, good prices!"
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "We had an overall enjoyable experience here, but neither the service or the food was that memorable. We came with a large group for brunch, and amongst us, we tried the fritatta, chef's special breakfast, the salad, and the potatoes. The potatoes were probably the best (which says something). My friend who ordered the chef's special asked for it with egg whites, which came with an incredibly small egg white scramble. The service was also just OK - I felt like we were looking for our waiter a few times, and it's a small restaurant!"
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Food selection is not particularly interesting. Saladas are tiny. They take forever to serve."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "I've been going to Char No. 4 for a few years now. I am a fan of bourbon so there is no lacking in excellent choices here. I have done a number of their weekly specials as well as ordered choice cuts for the holidays. I have highly recommended Char No. 4 to friends and family. However, the last time I went I was a little underwhelmed. I had the lobster roll which was tasty. My problem was with the side of fries. It seemed like it was a rationed small portion like an after thought. There was no problem with the flavor. The plate just seemed incomplete."
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "The 504 Burger night was a hit! We originally popped in for the burger/beer special, but couldn't just do only that! Appetizers were chicken wings, fried green tomatoes. Wow! Then quite possibly the best burger I've had! Paired with Abita amber beer, it was truly one of the best specials I've been to in the neighborhood. Although we were more than satisfied, we couldn't resist the fresh batch of bread pudding for dessert. Overall, we walked away very pleased customers."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "I wanted a group birthday dinner for my husband where we could catch up with friends, hear each other, and eat delicious food. Char No. 4 was perfect. The cocktails were tasty and original, everything we ate was fantastic, and the ambience was festive while still allowing us to all talk and hear one another. Making a reservation for 8 people at 8pm on a Saturday night was easier than I imagined it would be. Couldn't have asked for anything more!"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "We went for the lobster roll special and it did not disappoint."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "Good food (amazing pancakes!), but not much room for substitutions (i.e. I'm allergic to egg yolks, but they wouldn't make an egg white quiche for me). Also, their brunch and lunch menus on opentable differ from their actual menu. Our waiter was kind, but he seemed very nonchalant and took a while to get us coffee. Also, if you're a coffee person and you go for brunch, prepare to be disappointed (unless my family and I just got a bad batch that day)."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "I'll be brief. I go to Char #4 frequently. I like its brunches, dinners and especially the Wednesday night specials. The ambience is pleasant and the service is good. I recommend it to friends frequently."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "this place has always been a staple in my stomach...I continuously return for the ambiance, the food and the service."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "Good food, service, attention all around! Everything was smooth, fun drinks."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "I really enjoyed the food. I got the hush puppies and the bacon for appetizers and they were delicious. I got the steak which was good and very tasty. It is a bourbon and whiskey bar which was very active. The staff was great and I am going to go back to go to Brunch."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Ambience, music awesome, food was not. Service average. Tiny white clumps in the coffee AFTER the milk was stirred in, we asked for a fresh cup but got "I checked the expiration date and it says the milk is good"(repeated twice), instead of "I'm so sorry I will get a fresh cup". Had to say "even though the milk didn't expire, don't you see these things floating on top? Can't we just have a fresh cup?" The check came with "I"m sorry about the coffee, no charge" preferable would be apology, fresh cup no, struggle. Brisket tasty but cold; bun overcharred, bad aftertaste; too much bread for small portion meat and collards. Lamb pastrami very cold, bread on the side (why?) charred soggy. Crispy grits were NOT, also bland, tasteless inside"
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Great food, solid service, and a nice atmosphere. I've been twice now, and it's definitely worth the trip! The menu is compact, but everything I've had has been incredible. The whiskey selection is outstanding. Be sure to sign up for their email list to learn about fun specials and tasting events, like Summer Burger Sundays. "
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "Granted it was a Tuesday evening, but I'd passed by Char No. 4 on other weekday eves and felt the buzz. No buzz though this eve; the bees had flown the hive. If I hadn't had a reservation I might've kept walking down Smith Street to find more hum. Bourbon's the thing here at Char and we weren't disappointed. A flight of whiskey for my friend and a bourbon and a beer for me. Tho I found myself wishing I was back at the new White Oak Tavern a few streets away that had an awesome Kelso IPA on draft. We shared a ubiquitous kale salad which was generous and well dressed. But the shrimp and grits had lost their oomph. At 20+ bucks, I expected something snazzier. Seems like Char needs to turn up the flame again if they want to stay on Smith."
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "Had read good things and was regrettably disappointed. Ribs needed AT LEAST another hour. Mac and cheese was, I kid you not, plain shells with some cheese grated over top and melted. No sauce. No mustard. No nothing. Cheese and shells. Get the deviled eggs and then stop. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Nice bar and good service and food, the bar makes the place special"
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "We have been to Char No 4 several times, and it seems their quality is sinking. The food was soggy (the only word to really describe it) and the table smelled like mildew, as if you were eating at Applebee's. Disappointing in general. The service was good-the server was lovely and even cleaned the table at our request--but it didn't make up for the subpar food and experience in general. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "If you go for brunch, try the bourbon bloody Mary."
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "I would give this place 5 stars for its whiskey/bourbon selection and friendly service, but only 2 stars for the food. I was extremely impressed with the whiskey/bourbon selection. 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 good. 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. "
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "4 out out of our 5 brunch entrees were exceptional, 1 was very good. The service was excellent and friendly. Very welcoming place!! Definitely worth checking out!!"
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "My parents and inlaws were in town and our group of six had excellent experience. bc we wanted quiet chatting time (plus older ppl in group a little hard of hearing) they seated us in back area and turned off music for our whole section after I requested just a lower volume. So nice! So, great service -- and delicious food! Note though that we arrived at 10am so place was nearly empty. By time we left at noon place was fuller, louder and busier. So for peacefulness go early."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Thick cut bacon appetizer is a must. Great whiskey selection"
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "I love the vibe of this restaurant – you can sense the neighborhood feel to it, yet it's also a great place to go for a special occasion. Everything on the menu sounded delicious, I will definitely be back soon."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "The food here is not worth the price. Everything tasted as if it had just been reheated, and our shrimps and grits tasted as if they hadn't even been reheated properly. I really don't recommend it unless you really love whiskey."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "And Char No. 4 has it. Along with a deep bourbon selection and great cocktails, this is probably my favorite restaurant on Smith Street."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "Food was tasty but server seemed to be not happy to be at work. Pass on here."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "What could be bad...lot's of whiskeys and BBQ lamb"
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "Came to Char No.4 for dinner on a Saturday evening. We were seated immediately and the hostess and all servers were very pleasant. We ordered two delicious bourbon drinks and two equally delectable appetizers- thick cut bacon and smoked chicken wings. Both were perfectly savory and well complimented with homemade sauces. For dinner we had the brisket, which was incredible, and the shrimp and grits, which left much to be desired. While the brisket was perfectly tender and flavorful, the shrimp was tough and the grits were bland. I do give Char No.4 my recommendation, but with a disclaimer to stick to the smoked meats that the menu focuses on rather than the southern inspired seafood."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Great cocktails before dinner then it went down hill. We went with two waitress recommendations which somehow made it worse."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "The short ribs, crispy grits! And perfect collards were great. The braised rib was among the least fatty I've Been served and the whole combo was delicious. A great duel with the bourbon and beer. Seriously pleasantly surprised at the dinner.thank!"
    Dined on 1/29/2014
  • "My boyfriend and I went on Saturday night and really enjoyed the ambiance. He's a big fan of bourbon and since we moved to Brooklyn, he's been missing Maysville in Manhattan, so this was a great find within walking distance of our apartment!"
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "excellent whiskey bar with good cocktails. food is good, not as great."
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "We chose char no.4 because we'd had exceptional meals (and whiskey) there in the past and wanted to go one more time before we move across the country. Our server was clearly more concerned with turning the table over than he was with taking care of us. He forgot several drinks and side dishes and told us that if we jdidnt order entrees at the same time as our appetizers that the kitchen wouldn't be able to handle it and we might not eat for hours. This is some of the worst service I've ever had, and while I'm sure the restaurant is used to $300 tabs, I'm not and I'd expect better service for spending that kind of money. The rest of the staff was very helpful when covering for our server by dropping off our drinks and forgotten dishes."
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "I've only been for brunch but the front room, with a very large bar is the place to be. The dining room is long and narrow with no ambiance. I would like to try the back patio but it's tiny and doesn't look very inviting. The staff is very attentive and accommodating. We felt well taken care of. "
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "The food was great, though we were not prepared for such a short menu. There are not a ton of options, but what is there is great. Also the decor is a little strange if you are used to over-the-top NYC restaurants out-doing each other with interior design. Personally, I am fine with less than amazing decor if the food is good, and it is."
    Dined on 1/9/2014
  • "Went here with friends for an impromptu dinner. Was able to easily score reservations for 4 on a Friday night(same day), their service, in restaurant, was great. They have an extensive selection of wines, whiskeys, scotches, etc. That's were the goodies stop. The food was pretty bad all around. There were 4 of us so we were able to try most dishes on the menu and were all surprised at how bad, basically, all the food was. The ribs were completely dry (had to rip them off of the bone). The mac & cheese was completely tasteless, the pork nuggets were in desperate need of salt. I can go on and on.... Best thing there was the chicken special, which was disappointing since I was hoping to have something a little more interesting than chicken."
    Dined on 12/27/2013