We sat at the bar for a mid-afternoon coffee and beer. A couple of flat screen tvs were on and music was playing softly in the background, but the space was fairly calm and it was easy to have a conversation–no screaming or straining. That said, our experience is probably not a good measure as The Press Room wasn’t very crowded during our visit. But we feel confident that week days at lunch time should be fine, and you could take advantage of The Press Room’s $12 lunch special.
As with most places, we would advise that you avoid happy hour and dinner later in the week. Our waitress confirmed our suspicions, confiding that happy hour usually isn’t too crowded but it can get loud Thursday through Saturday. She added that dinner should be played by ear, but said that brunch is almost always low key unless there is a football game on.
Open daily 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 a.m.
nue (betw. 49th and 50th Streets), New York, NY 10022