big disappointment at char 4
went to char 4 with a lot of expectation. our party was particularly excited about the BLT, which has since been removed from the menu.
the bacon appetizer and the ham and cheese gave us a taste of the house-smoke meats, but they were nothing to write home about. beyond extra salt-and-smoke, these dishes were otherwise flavorless. the crab-soup was virtually inedible: thick and mealy, it tasted like someone had added bbq sauce to an otherwise poorly-made chowder.
while the restaurant boosts a great bourbon/whiskey selection the mixed drink that i sampled was more than juice than liquor, and i think i've had better cocktails served up at my local dive-bar for much less the price.
what's the deal?
Well, they have bourbon mixed drinks/cocktails and the ham and cheese puff app things are a house specialty.
I'll be the second to say that I was very underwhelmed by my dinner at this place a couple of months ago. But others I know give it a big thumbs up, particularly for brunch, so maybe I'm missing something.
apparently the new ham and cheese sandwich is going to be featured in ny mag as one of their signature dishes. my friend ordered the mixed cocktail--a choice that i believe is perfectly appropriate. the point is that, for the price, it wasn't comparable to other cocktails in the area i.e. (prime meats, buttermilk channel etc). for house-smoked meat/bbq fair and a good bourbon selection, i'd rather go to fette sau in wburg.