The music volume was entirely too loud from the moment we entered Root & Bone. To their credit, when asked if the volume could be lowered, it was done immediately. Once lowered, the sound quality of the space was far better, but it was clear that loud is the default.
The restaurant’s windows were open to street, allowing in traffic noise. Fortunately, street traffic wasn’t too bad (although one fire truck did pass by). Only a few other nearby tables were occupied and they didn’t really add to the noise profile. No, the main factor for the high decibel reading was the loud music. Keep in mind that the meter constantly averages the decibel reading, so 80.8 decibels reflects the noise level before and after the music volume was lowered on our request. That is, the much calmer period after the music volume was reduced was averaged with the super high volume before the adjustment. Had we not asked for the music to be lowered we believe the reading would have been around 85 decibels.
After the music was lowered, the space was pleasant enough but could not make up for the initial blast of sound. The food was fine, although we weren’t sure if we like fried chicken with a pronounced citrus note (and we still aren’t sure). One standout was the fabulous service. Our waiter could not have been nicer–it was he who responded immediately to our request to turn down the music, and he went around the restaurant until he found the person with access to the volume knob. We mourn for his ears, as one of ours felt a bit numb after we left. One saving grace: there were no electric hand dryers in the bathroom. There’s that.
Monday through Thursday: 11:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Friday: 11:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.
Saturday: 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.
Sunday: 10:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Street (at Avenue B), New York, NY 10009