Don't sit in the back room
Don't sit in the back room - looks unfinished and has zero atmosphere. Rest of te place is fine though. Food is well prepared, decent portions and the chipotle bloody mary is fantastic! I always get the fried pork starter and biscuit benedict for brunch!
3/23/2013 5:00:00 PM
great for whiskey lovers.
great for whiskey lovers. Im not a whiskey fan but they had some really interesting bourbon cocktails. went there for dinner, you must try the pork nuggets and the crab cake...amazing! Service was was great too, very friendly, a little slow, but we were in no rush so it wasn't an issue. Overall great experience.
3/23/2013 5:00:00 PM
love this place, typical of
love this place, typical of Brooklyn restaurants (not much to look at from outside but wait'll you start eating). they also host classes on various types of whiskeys. food is delicious, an easy winner if you're in the hood and showing off.
3/28/2013 5:00:00 PM
Food was excellent, esp the
Food was excellent, esp the pork nuggets and deviled eggs. Service was a little slow. We were a party of 6 and drink orders took rather long. Other than the service great spot.
4/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
The food was honest and awesome.
The food was honest and awesome. The pricing of the 4 B's (bourbon, burger, bacon & beer) was a great value.
4/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
Each bite melted in our mouths!
Char No. 4 is now officially the top of my list of favorite restaurants! I live in Brooklyn and I've tried a good many of the amazing restaurants in the borough, so I must admit to having become a bit jaded. I had heard that Char No. 4 was good, but I didn't expect to be blown away by each bite of every dish at our table and by each sip of every drink that we ordered. There were six of us, and we can be a loud group, but there was silence at the table at each bite with bursts of "oh my good, yum!" The service also was amazing. We had two little ones with us, and she answered their questions about the menu with as much attention, care, and patience as ours. A perfect night out!
4/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Food and bourbon were amazing..
Food and bourbon were amazing.. It's pretty loud but then it again it was a full house! I'd go back.
4/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
As always, the food was delicious
As always, the food was delicious and the staff was excellent.
4/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
Smith Street Gem
Highly recommend, especially for a party of 4, seated in one of the amazingly comfortable booths. Most restaurants of this quality and price range tend to forgo comfortable seating for visually appealing but rickety/vintagey, design forward furnishing. Whether this choice is for budget reasons or to enable a 2-hr turnaround of tables, whatever the reasons, after eating at Char No. 4, I'll take more notice of "comfort level of seating" when giving my opinion of a dining experience. My dining partners had 1 glass of wine, a cocktail for me, an entree each, shared an appetizer, two desserts. Total bill w/ tip = $215. Last words: Perfect portions. Able to speak freely w/o shouting. Must order: SMOKED HALF CHICKEN. Unforgettable.
4/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
This is the second time there
This is the second time there and I can confirm the positive impression I had last week. Food is consistently good, neat in presentation, although a kind of overpriced along with the cocktails available for brunch. The one I tasted this Sunday was definitely not my best choice but the other lime cocktail(s) I tried was excellent. I'll be back in other time for the whiskey tasting and check the crowd of evening/night
4/27/2013 4:00:00 PM
Can't get enough of this place!
My boyfriend and I dine here 2-3x a month and have not be disappointed yet. We just celebrated his 28th birthday there with delicious Manhattan's and steak to match. 5 stars all around!
4/29/2013 4:00:00 PM
Good food, but very loud.
Food was very tasty, but the noise in the restaurant was so loud it was hard to have any sort of conversation. Also, we were seated at a table that was just too small for our party of five.
4/30/2013 4:00:00 PM
Bourbon Bloody & Biscuit Benedict
I love coming to Char No. 4 for brunch. I'm always torn between the biscuits benedict which are served with bacon gravy (in lieu of hollandaise), and the bacon cheddar grits with poached eggs, which are served with fresh green onions. Either way I always have to get a bourbon bloody mary which always comes a bit pickly and salty...just how I like it. The coffee is strong. The food is reasonably priced for the neighborhood and quality. Best of all you can (and should) make reservations online and just stroll in at brunch time. I'm there at least every other weekend. Yumm.
5/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
Favorite spot in the neighborhood
Char No. 4 is consistently my go-to restaurant in the neighborhood. Their menu is always interesting,and the dishes were wonderful. The Wild Boar Sausage currently on the menu is spectacular. Service and knowledge of the staff is impressive. The bartenders and waiters study the menu and whiskey list and can explain them all in detail.
This place is great because of their acknowledgment of food allergies. They always have a gluten-free option (usually more than one) and the servers know whether a dish has gluten in it or if it could be made without it. They also have multiple vegetarian dishes on the menu as well.
5/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
Fantastic Friday Lunch
We had a great lunch on a Friday. Food was fantastic. Waiter was wonderful. Bartender was a huge help navigating the drinks list! His recommendations were a huge hit!
Will definitely go back for dinner!
5/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
A terrific restaurant
The quality of the food is excellent. Wait staff is knowledgeable, friendly and very helpful. Their knowledge of the vast array of bourbons is impressive and very accurate. A true favorite
5/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great place for bourbon afficionados Food menu limited but what was available was excellent
5/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Awesome food!! Service was
Awesome food!! Service was a little slow, but it gave us more time to sip on our bourbon - unique, interesting and delicious cocktails, reasonably priced. Would definitely dine here again.
5/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
The brunch was yummy--unpretentious
The brunch was yummy--unpretentious but creative. I had the specials: beet and bourbon cured lox with homemade poppy cream cheese on brioche and French toast sticks with maple custard (as an app for the table). Having custard instead of syrup means more sticks to the French toast sticks! The lox was something special. The greens were bitter dandelion type, which I quite enjoyed though for everyone. My friends enjoyed their eggs and grits breakfasts, though said the grits are grainier than they are used to. I enjoyed the biscuit bites I stole. The booths are a little dark in the front room and noise level is "energetic", but that didnt bother me. The back room has lots of natural light but can only seat parties of 4 or fewer.
5/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
Instead of overcharging for too much food, price was right for excellent food.
5/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
even though this restaurant
even though this restaurant is in a so so location the food makes it worth the visit!
5/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Soft shell crab special
a great way to enjoy this seasonal fave - sammy, beer and a shot
5/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
the food knocks my socks off :)
my wife and i have eaten here several times. every time has greeted us with a flavor explosion and something innovative. the food is very accessible, but it is way more complex, varied, and deep than your average american-influenced eatery.
We had the soft-shell crab sandwich with slaw and also a side of the bbq baked beans. sounds 'pedestrian' right? WRONG. i have never experienced so much flavor on one sandwich. the slaw was smoky and chipotle-ey (it's a word, trust me). the beans were sweet, hearty, and satisfying. yum.
our server was also very knowledgable, polite, and accommodating.
all-around - a great experience.
5/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
This is a great spot for a date or dinner with friends, as the food, drinks, and service are all 4 star. The one caveat is that the main dining room is VERY loud, so be prepared to yell. Have a bourbon cocktail (try the Hound Dog with grapefruit and mint) and definitely do not miss the lamb pastrami appetizer! This restaurant is a meat lovers paradise, and well priced.
6/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food, service "off night"
Char No. 4 is one of my favorite restaurants in the neighborhood, with consistently "very good" food and friendly service. They're good with reservations, meaning you don't wait for 15 minutes despite having made a reservation--a.k.a. prompt seating. The four of us enjoyed our dining experience, though the restaurant is somewhat noisy. If you're into a quiet spot, this isn't the place.
6/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Not sure I should tell you
about this place. Probably better to keep it quiet. Awesome food, great bourbon cache, smart, upbeat wait staff. A great place to return to again and again.
6/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Decent - especially if you lke whis
Decent food, nice atmosphere, tables a little crowded. Definitely do not sit in the back section as it is like a cafateria.
6/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
Good brunch at Char 4
Was here for brunch with a friend. Had eggs n grits -- they were very tasty. A huge portion that I couldn't finish. Oh, and bacon, which was thick cut and yummy. We also had a few bourbon bloody marys that were pretty good, though I tend to like them a bit spicier.
Only drawbacks were: it was a hot, hot day and it was fairly hot in the restaurant. Not unbearable, but hot enough that when I got up, my chair had sweatmarks where my legs were touching it, and my skirt was stuck to me. Ew. The chairs were also not super comfy, and the decor is kinda meh. Otherwise, this would be a 5-star place: very good food & drinks & service.
6/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Always Something Special
Char 4 always offers something special in the way of great food and interesting beverage choices, as long as you love a variety of Bourbon, which I do. We have been frequenting this place since it opened. It is a staple in the vast selection of quality establishments in the vicinity. For brunch, lunch or dinner its always been good. We love Derby Day when they offer Mint Julips and a chance to pick a winning horse in the race. Try the shrimp and grits.
7/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Just to get away....
This place was everything I needed to get away for a little. Food, Alcohol, and a quiet setting. It was a small restaurant, the waitor was a sight to see and polite. I will definitely recommend this restaurant to the women that need to have an "emergency" girls night out.
7/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Easy to walk to....
Staying at the Marriott we wanted somewhere nice but not too fancy, close but not too close, good variety of food but not weird food...we found it. Everything was great. Desserts could be brought up a notch.
7/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Adventurous yet homey brunch
Adventurous yet homey brunch with attentive service and a good strong bourbon bloody mary.
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
I passed this restaurant dozens of times on my home from the subway and didn't stop in until last Friday when a friend suggested it. I am gluten free so I always check the menu out ahead of time and call first. Dave the manager was great, answered all my questions and made a few recommendations. We were two couples and we all had a great meal. I was able to choose from all the entrees and most of the appetizers. We all got the clean plate award when we were through. Some items we had were the lamb pastrami, snap pea risotto and the hangar steak. All got a thumbs up. Definitely would go back. By the time we left, there was a happening scene at the bar and lots of people waiting for tables.
8/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Love the food, but.....
This was our fifth or sixth time at Char 4. The food continues to be exceptional. Everything is wonderful, and the wine list and bar menu are excellent. Also very good service. I'm happy to say that for the first time we had been there, the place was absolutely packed, with people even eating at the bar. This restaurant deserves to be packed every night.
Having said that, however, the noise level was so deafening that we couldn't wait to get out of there. We had guests visiting from out of town, and we had taken them to Char 4 last year. They requested that we go there again because they loved the phone, but we could barely carry on a conversation. We went elsewhere for coffee and dessert so we could actually talk!
8/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Date Spot
I took my girlfriend here to Char No 4 for her birthday and we both were impressed. The food was great, the setting was comfortable, and the service was well above par. I have been told that this restaurant is known for its whiskey selection, but I went more for the dining experience as I am not really a liquor connoisseur. For our appetizer, we had the thick cut bacon with candied almonds, pickled rhubarb and apricots (which was probably my favorite). For mains, I had the Shrimp and Grits, and my girlfriend had the hanger steak. I can confidently say I will be going back for more, and would recommend to anyone who likes comfort style food with a bit more class - Brooklyn Style.
8/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good food and vibe
Nice to find this neighborhood gem in Brooklyn. Good lighting and vibe. Loved the deviled eggs and cornflakes-crusted crab cake. Yum! Potatoes as a side were uniquely good. Our waiter was a bit lower-key than we're used to, but certainly effective. Will return next time we're in the area!
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Can't go wrong with char no.4
You can't go wrong with this place. Great selection of bourbons, great food, and great service.
8/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Overall good experience
We ordered a few different apps and all 4 people enjoyed them along with their entrees. That said, the menu is limited and the dessert selection was poor, there were only 2 pies to choose from. Expansive drink menu and all were well made. We did ask the bartender what the best whiskey was and he refused to answer... while there are dozens of whiskey's available and it is tough to choose just one, he wouldn't even recommend one or tell us his favorite which was just annoying.
9/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Dinner at Char
My wife suggested this restaurant as a date night. As someone who is beginning to truly love and appreciate whisky (I opt to use the Scottish/Canadian spelling because I'm Canadian) I was really looking forward to trying various whiskies from all over the world. Needless to say I was not disappointed! The manager was also very kind and knowledgable about the bar stock. I do have to admit that the food tasted very salty.
9/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Thoroughly enjoyed the smoked chicken wings. Will be going back again soon to give the brisket a whirl. Burger was tasty, but the bun wasn't my favorite. All around great spot.
10/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great selection of whiskies and knowledgeable barman.
Food was good and pleasing menu.
10/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Loved the food, service, and of course the bourbon!
10/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Cant ask for anything more..
As the title states, I cannot ask for anything more. I go to this place because they are consistent, they are good and they know how to make the patron happy to keep coming back. Any place that does that consistently for me is okay by me.
10/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
I am a big fan of Char No 4 and I am continuously impressed! The Manhattan's are perfect and the wings are delicious... their Wednesday night specials are not to be missed!
11/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Have been here before for dinner, but brunch totally stole the show. The pulled pork with poached eggs and cheddar grits were out of this world. Though notorious for slow serving times with drinks, you don't really notice it because it's always worth the wait.
11/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great food/ great night
I have walked by a million times and thought, "I should check this place out." When a special occasion came around, I did just that. It was a fantastic evening. From the casual, inviting ambience to the whiskey selection and food menu, the night was perfect. I'd recommend ordering the large snack to start—we inhaled the flavorful deviled eggs in no time. Then we moved on to our entrees. I had the sweet tea marinated chicken from the smoker. The dish smelled amazing; the first bite caused a double take and a smile. I couldn't keep the fork out of my mouth until my plate was clean. My date had the grilled skirt steak, which inspired audible confirmation that his dish was equally tasty. The perfect amount of food to leave you satisfied.
11/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
This place was excellent. The food is delicious. The service is friendly and comfortable. I would recommend it to anyone.
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
This restaurant is a MUST-GO! I met a girlfriend for dinner before we headed out Saturday night and had an AWESOME time! We started with the beets salad and both ate the shrimp and grits - HOLY GOODNESS! The shrimp are grilled "just right" and the taste of the greens truly makes the meal! The offerings of the wine by glass and by the bottle are pretty expansive which is nice for all wine lovers! We weren't rushed AT ALL and even had a friend unexpectedly join us and they gladly moved us to a larger table. Excited to go back!
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
It does not matter if it is the two of us, if we are out with a few friends, or if we bring our two 9 year old sons – Char is always great! We have been going for years and I always forget to write a review. The drink selection is hard to beat, the food is sensational, and the service has been consistently perfect – very hard to find even on a street as good as Smith –
11/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
Whiskey & more
Great cocktails, long & expensive whiskey list. Limited food, especially for vegetarians, but what they have is excellent
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM