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Apr 26, 2010 01:12 PM

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?

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  1. what's the deal with you ordering a mixed cocktail and a ham sandwich @ char 4?

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    1. re: the_state

      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.

      1. re: the_state

        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.