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Jan 26, 2012 09:38 PM

Stop the noise!

This is a review of Wang's in North Park. For some reason even though I indicated it in my original post, that was dropped from the post as it originally showed up on CH. Sorry.

The food is Americanized Chinese but there were some pretty good dishes. It was pretty pricey though. We compared it to City Wok in Mission Hills which is not so "fancy" inside. We find the food quality/choice about the same and City Wok is about 30 % less. We found the room to have some very interesting art and nice spacing between tables. It was too dark to actually read the menu with comfort. But, the big huge problem was the noise. No effort at baffling the sound, none at all. To add insult to injury, there was some terrible techno type music which was 95% just the same beat, over and over and over and over. It drove us crazy. We exited as quikcly as we could after eating. We will not go back until there is some sound control and they lose that noise which passes for music.

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  1. Were you commenting on City Wok or some place else?

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    1. re: DiningDiva

      About Wang's in North Park. I had indciated that in my original listing but it somehow didn't show up. Sorry.

    2. I think the title of this thread could apply to MANY restaurants in SD these days. Especially the newer ones. It seems that many owner/operators think noise (i.e. crowd level) equals hip, modern success. I am all for the return of a more hushed, intimate, conducive to conversation atmosphere that Fake Name was searching for in an earlier post. I really enjoy the food at Bankers Hill, Cucina Urbana, et al, but the noise level is really getting to be too much to tolerate.

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      1. re: foodiechick

        Noise...the primary reason I go to Terra for breakfast/brunch and only do take-out for dinner.

        1. re: foodiechick

          Agree, for a happy hour I'm OK with lots of energy and everything that goes with it, but for dinner I'd like to be able to share in a conversation, relax a bit, just chill and enjoy the moment without turning up my miracle ear!

          1. re: cstr

            'enjoy the moment without turning up my miracle ear!'
            hee hee

          2. re: foodiechick

            Not just crowd noise, but music, too, is often horrible and dreadful. I do not understand why managers or owners feel they must inflict music on patrons. If you're not going to have something unobtrusive and subtle, why bother?

            1. re: Josh


              Despite the protests of BeachChick, I can only surmise they want you OUT of their establishment as quickly as possible.

              I believe they know you're already there, that you're going to purchase a meal, and it's in their best interest to turn that table ASAP.

              I can't think of another reason they'd make the environment so intolerable.

              1. re: Fake Name

                It's kind of how I feel about places that permit mariachi musicians to pester you into giving them money to go away. Makes me much less inclined to go.

            2. Don't get me started on this. Suffice to say I completely agree, and will unlikely set foot into Wangs.

              1. My brain simply cannot hear "City Wok" without assuming that it is in South Park instead of Mission Hills.


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                1. re: RB Hound

                  Oh No! Not the City Beef! Not the City Chicken!

                  1. re: RB Hound

                    I think I watch City Sushi every couple of weeks since it came out, love it.

                    1. re: stevewag23

                      There is a P F Changs in Mission Valley. I was writing about Wang's in North Park. It is owned by the people who have run a Wangs in Palm Springs for some time.