All Reader Reviews of...
196 Smith St., Brooklyn, NY, 11201
nr. Baltic St.
By lambchops on 8/19/2011
Pretty much everything we ordered was delicious, but the lamb pastrami appetizer was tremendous. The steak entree had a great sear and the sauce was sweet and spicy and perfect. Also loved the polenta sticks. Wasn't a huge fan of the pork nuggets, but can't really complain about much else. Service was good, dining room atmosphere was festive but not too loud. Overall really good experience.
Bourbon, Whiskey and Meat. Can it Get Any Better?
By Brian Ormsbee (NY MAG) on 4/26/2010
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/book of whiskeys looks and weighs almost as much as a flight training manual for a Boeing 757. My girlfriend and I start 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. Simply fantastic. We further indulge our appetites 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. Are you kidding me? Are we done with appetizers? I think not. We top it off with the crispy cheddar curds served with a spicy pimento sauce. I can hear my arteries begging for mercy. However, they are too good and delicious to pass up. My girlfriend orders the chicken based on our waiter's recommendation. I order the smoked beef sausage. Her selection - while good, juicy and flavorful - it is unexciting. I mean chicken is chicken. It will never trump the robust flavors of smoked pork or beef. My beef sausages are outstanding. The rich smokiness of the beef, the herbs and sauce, are phenomenal.
Par No. 4
By imonroidz on 1/5/2010
Went there with my wife one evening, and just about everything about this place reeks of mediocrity. The restaurant decor was nice, but it was too dark inside, and the tables for two are way too small. Try and snag one of the booths if you can. We started with the cheddar curds, which were tasty but looked like they came from the microwave at TGIFs. I had the spare ribs (again tasty), and my wife had the evening special, which was basically 3 cuts of pork for $26 (the special was not really all that special). But to hear the staff pump up that dish like it was an orgasm on a plate was a bit too much. Was it good? Yes. Really good? Not really. All in all, just an average experience. I would even say disappointing when you think of the prices they charge in comparison to what you get.
Great Addition to Smith Street
By Boerum_Hill_Hunger on 4/24/2009
This place is amazing. I am so glad that it is here. The selection of Bourbon by the glass is immense. The two size options are considerate. The food is delicious. It just wins.
I don't even like whiskey, and I had a blast.
By littlelotte on 3/1/2009
We recently organized a whiskey tasting at Char for a friend's birthday, and the experience was wonderful. A group of 12 people tasted five whiskies for a very reasonable price. The owner, Sean, was incredibly personable and talked us through the tasting and taught us so much about types of whiskey. The food was also wonderful. Cheese curds, potatoes, and the cauliflower were amazing. We all live in Manhattan, but we will definitely return to Char.
Good food, overpriced booze
By Kothario on 12/3/2008
Maybe they forgot their cost on the bourbons, but this place is crazy overpriced. While most that I recognized were slightly above average, there were a number of bourbons on the menu where the cost of a glass exceeded half the price of a bottle. Their JWBI clocks in at 4.04 - higher than the Four Seasons! And in what must have been a mistake, you could actually purchase a bottle of one rye for less than the cost of a pour. Maybe these are just kinks they need to work out, but I won't be doing much drinking there in the meantime. On the other hand, the food was good.
Nice, new place on Smith St.
By EatItBrooklyn on 10/4/2008
Really enjoyed dinner here. Tasty food, great service. There is a wood-burning smell permeating the dining room (they cure their own bacon), but it didn't bother me. For photos go to: www.eatbrooklynfood.blogspot.com and click on "Char No.4".
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