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Are Manhattan foodie-worthy restaurants loud or are those looking for suggestions just have sensitive hearing? Huh?

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There's just too many posts on ISO suggestions for Manhattan restaurants that are not loud and , for my curiosity, it begs the question.

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  1. Nope. They're louuuuud. I got to plenty of concerts (rock not chamber). I'm getting tired pretty quick of yelling at my dinner dates.

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    1. re: chompchomp

      Yes, agreed, the trend in the last several years have been for restaurants overall to get louder and louder.

      You could blame it on there being more brasseries, more faux speakeasies, more "rustic" restaurants, smaller and smaller restaurants, more restaurants that are really bars with great food in disguise, more loud rock and hip hop being placed in restaurants, David Chang copy cats, etc.

      See also:
      http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/20/nyr...
      http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/20...
      http://www.grubstreet.com/2013/07/ada...
      http://ny.eater.com/archives/2013/08/...
      http://ny.eater.com/archives/2013/06/...

    2. I will behave and not make any comments.

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        1. I think it's a trend in the states. It's just not NYC, it's happening everywhere. I love going to Paris where almost every place I've eaten is quiet. People tend to lean in & talk at a reasonable level.

          1. Economy went down..high end restaurants are not as popular and people don't want stuffy restaurants and restaurants don't want that either. Younger people seem to spend more money on food these days too.
            Almost all new restaurants are casual. High end restaurants are too risky for investors' point.