Kaffe 1668 — 76.8 decibels

The first floor space of this popular Tribeca coffee house was pretty manageable when we arrived, but we ducked below expecting a quieter space since the lower level was a magnet for the laptop crowd (who are, bless them, quiet).  We were wrong, however, as the reading during our visit was 76.8 decibels, mainly due to two men who sat down and chatted about business over their coffees.  When they entered, the decibel level immediately increased, but there also was the constant rumble of machinery that could not be ignored.

That said, the two men were distracting simply because they stood out–no one else was speaking.  There was one long table and everyone else in the space was working on a laptop.  We suspect that the space is generally very quiet except for the rumbling, which sounded like a large industrial washing machine.  The spacious and clean bathroom is also on this level.  It is marred, sadly, by the presence of our nemesis, an Xlerator hand dryer.  Why must they be so loud?

Not surprisingly the first floor space was completely filled and noticeably louder when we left–as noted, Kaffe 1668 is a neighborhood favorite and it is often busy.  And when it’s busy, the main level may or may not be tolerable.  If it’s too loud on the main floor, check out the lower level to see if it is manageable.  Kaffe 1668 offers an extensive range of coffees and teas, as well as breakfast and lunch items (oatmeal, yogurt, bagels, sandwiches, wraps, and salads).

HOURS

Monday through Friday: 6:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday: 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

LOCATION

275 Greenwich Street (betw. Murray and Warren Streets), New York, NY 10007

WEBSITE

Kaffe 1668

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