Char No. 4

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What liquor screams “America” more than some American whiskey? So, over the 4th of July weekend, I had just that. One of the top places to go to enjoy some whiskey, is Char No. 4 in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn. 

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Named after the charred new oak barrels, used for aging bourbon, Char No. 4 offers over 150 American whiskeys. 150! They also have a restaurant, focused on smoked meat and other American fare. 

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But, I was here for the whiskey. So, I ordered one of their bourbon cocktails, Noreaster (Ginger beer, lime and maple syrup). If you’re not a real bourbon person, or the idea of whiskey intimidates you, this is a great drink to choose. It’s smooth and has a nice sweetness to it. The spice of the ginger, sweetness of the maple syrup, and the citrus of the lime work really well together. 

The Shorts:
Name: Char No. 4
Location: 196 Smith Street, Brooklyn
The Long and Short: Would I go back? For sure, I really love the ambiance and light fixtures, and the drinks are really nice. 
Would I recommend it? Yes, if you’re a whiskey enthusiast, this place is for you. And, even if you’re not, you’ll still like it. 

Cafe Luluc

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If you’re looking for brunch in a low-key, cafe and bistro environment with a bit of a diner flare, search no further than Cafe Luluc in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn.

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They have a patio in the back, open now for spring, that I’d recommend sitting in. The restaurant is cash only, but everything here is so affordably priced, that even getting a $20 from the ATM ($40 to be safe with plenty of change) will do you just fine. 

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I started off with a Bloody Mary. I really liked their’s, it was spicy, but not overwhelming, and a little bit sweet. Oh, and it’s only $6, so, yeah. 

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For my meal, I ordered Scrambled Eggs (with smoked salmon and scallions) served with French fries and field greens. While this isn’t necessarily a fancy dish, everything here was really great. Seasoning was on point, and everything was cooked wonderfully. 

The Shorts:
Name: Cafe Luluc
Location: 214 Smith Street, Brooklyn
The Long and Short: Would I go back? For sure. They have a really laid back vibe, good service, and tasty food. 
Would I recommend it? Yes, a great spot to grab a good meal that’s good on your wallet.