Noise, deafening noise
Any thoughts on deafening noise in restaurants? As my hearing diminishes I find a smaller number of places where I can dine and hold a conversation. Anybody aware of relatively "quiet" places in Manhattn UES?
I don't like noisy restaurants, I agree with you.
And many restaurants seem to go for this deliberately by playing music and having no soft surfaces on walls or ceiling.
If I'm eating alone, I like to read. If I am with others, I like to talk.
Even more than attracting a certain age group, grumpy, loud music is an effective means to turn tables over faster. 20-somethings are humans too, after all, and at a certain point they'll also flee a too-noisy (dining) space.
EDIT: "as the price ... increases, the noise diminishes" -precisely, you're paying the restaurateur more for quietude.
(As my brother-in-law so keenly said, "Noise is the new smoke.")
I completely sympathize, even though my hearing is fine I don't understand how one can enjoy food, let alone company, when the environment is too loud, because of music, patroons or both. Here are some of the tactics I use: 1 avoid places where bachelorette/girls night out dinners take place, 2 go for dinner at odd hours, either super early or super late, 3 go Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday, avoid other days, 4 get a group together and ask for private dining rooms.... you'd be surprised how easy it is to get one .... I got one last minute last night at the standard grill and had a fantastic meal and conversation with my friends. Other than that, I fInd that, despite the music, Riverpark, Edi and the wolf in the secondary room, Artisanal in the cheese room, la Bergamote at 1030, la Esquina cafe before 8 pm, and Hangawi are some among a few places where I go to have a nice -quieter- meal ....
I agree 100% but, it is a crap shoot to find a restaurant with consistantly reasonable noise levels.
Uva on the UES is a prime example you never know if the sound level is going to be acceptable.