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Char Restaurant Restaurant Review: This rustic and thoroughly charming setting was meticulously designed using salvaged products from a condemned Brooklyn building. Sturdy Alabama white oak, antique pine and thick red oak as well as solid brass contrast with more modern areas arrayed in bright blues at this see-and-be-seen restaurant. Meanwhile, Victorian-style chandeliers lend a slightly romantic aura. The menu is an eclectic blend of New American cuisine with Asian, Italian and Mediterranean ingredients and flavors. A delicate roasted beet napoleon consisting of arugula and macadamia nut pesto, goat cheese and frisée with a drizzle of blood orange vinaigrette, and flavorful lightly fried chicken and lemongrass dumplings with green onions accompanied by a ginger-soy dipping sauce are among appetizers. Given the restaurant's name, it’s not surprising that the specialty is a tender char-grilled octopus. Entrées like pan-roasted cod with Maine lobster meat, salsify and fingerling potatoes in a tarragon broth, and braised pork shank with rosemary and Dijon spätzle, braised apples and winter chard in an apple and bourbon gastrique show the kitchen’s flexibility and dexterity in rendering a wide array of dishes. The wine list features Italian, French and other old-world varietals alongside new-world choices including those from California and Oregon. When the occasion calls for it, select a bottle from the array of heavy hitters, such as Barolo and Amarone.