Char No. 4

I hadn't been to Char No. 4 in a while, and we needed a place to take Wayne's family. The trick was finding a restaurant that had something for everyone, that wasn't too exotic for the parents, had vegetarian options, wasn't too expensive and was interesting and well-executed enough to satisfy me and Wayne. Char No. 4 fit the bill rather nicely and we were quite pleased with the way it turned out.

The atmosphere is contemporary and sleek while still creating a feeling of warmth - definitely a plus for parents who aren't used to city restaurants. The banquettes are set up in a way to feel rather cozy and intimate, but it was a bit of a squeeze getting 6 adults in. The waiter was very understanding and patient with our large group, and managed to keep all of our orders and requests straight without getting annoyed. It was busy, as it was a Saturday night, but the pacing was mostly right - the main course came out a bit more slowly than we would have liked, but we were in the mood for lingering anyways, so it turned out fine.

The food was better than I remembered it. The brisket sandwich was tender and flavorful, and of course I could have eaten twice as many pork nuggets as we had ordered. Wayne's mom thought that the chicken was cooked nicely but had too much preserved lemon on it. The drinks list is good and of course the selection of bourbon and whiskey is top notch. Unfortunately I (obviously) couldn't partake in much of it.

It's moderately priced, you can get a sandwich for around $12 or a large entree for between $12-$25. I highly recommend this place if you have family or friends in town and you need to take them somewhere that has a city-ish vibe but perhaps are eaters on the less adventurous side. 


Last Date Visited: October 30, 2010

Address: 196 smith st., brooklyn, ny