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Char No. 4

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196 Smith St., Brooklyn, NY 11201 40.684989 -73.991691
nr. Baltic St.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
718-643-2106 Send to Phone

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  • Cuisine: BBQ, Southern/Soul
  • Price Range: $$

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Mon-Thu, 6pm-midnight; Fri, noon-3:30pm and 6pm-midnight; Sat, 10am-3:30pm and 6pm-1am; Sun, 10am-3:30pm and 6pm-midnight

Nearby Subway Stops

F, G at Bergen St.



Payment Methods

American Express, MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Bar Scene
  • Brunch - Weekend
  • Dine at the Bar
  • Hot Spot
  • Lunch
  • Notable Wine List
  • Private Dining/Party Space


  • Full Bar


Accepted/Not Necessary


Char No. 4, no relation to Chanel No. 5, must be Brooklyn's—or at least Smith Street's—first bourbon-centric whiskey bar and restaurant. You can sample over 300 whiskeys here but probably not in one ecstatic sitting, although, borrowing a page from the wine world, every tipple is available by the one-ounce pours. The name of the place refers to the practice of heating the oak staves used to make bourbon barrels. There are four degrees of char, No. 4 being the most intense. The smell of charring oak is said to be not unlike that of a good pit barbecue—fitting, considering chef Matt Greco's southern comfort menu of house-smoked bacon, a chopped-pork sandwich, and cheddar curds with pimento sauce.

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