We normally avoid new or notable places because they tend towards the boisterous, but this NYC location of a Philly fave restaurant received nothing but raves, so we aimed for a Thursday lunch to avoid the evening crush. When we arrived we saw that about half the tables were taken, but even with empty tables we were confronted with a wall of noise. We braved on and managed to eat a rushed meal.
Reviews have mentioned that High Street breads are fabulous–and they are–and we loved our side order of Sicilian cauliflower. That said, we won’t be back.
Why? High Street was too loud from the get go despite being less than half full–ear plugs had to be deployed. We can’t even contemplate how loud a packed house at night would be, which is a real shame because place is getting a lot of deserved buzz and the food was delicious. But delicious food served in an echo chamber with music that is too loud and trebly simply is not enjoyable. Even if the music were lowered it unclear if the space could be comfortable. Once again, the typical design culprits were present–glass, glass, and more glass–and we could hear the people around us raising their voices to be heard.
High Street on Hudson has a take away counter. Use it.
Monday: 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. | 5:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Tuesday: 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Wednesday and Thursday: 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. | 5:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Friday: 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. | 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Saturday: 8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. | 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Sunday: 8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. | 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Note: Hours are for summer; winter dinner hours will close an hour later
Street (at the corner of Horatio Street), New York, NY 10014