We found ourselves around 60th and 1st Avenue one Saturday afternoon, when we started to feel a bit peckish. It’s not a neighborhood we normally frequent, so we pulled out a phone and searched for someplace walkable for brunch. Deux Amis was just under ten blocks away and we were leaning towards a French bistro, so we trekked over.
The space at Deux Amis is fine. It looked like a bigger space from the street, but the space inside is pretty compact. There are some outdoor tables that were unoccupied during our visit, a bar and four tables for two or three as you entered, and a small back dining space. We sat at one of the tables near the bar.
While the physical space was comfortable, the background music was too loud. It wasn’t soul-crushingly loud, just one or two notches higher than it should have been, but in between songs the sound level was so tantalizingly right. We saw that the speakers were in the very front of the place, facing the dining area. We assume that the noise level in the small back dining space was probably was a bit better simply because there was more distance between the speaker and the tables. Our suspicion was confirmed by the relative calm in the back dining space despite being fairly full. Most seats were taken there, but we didn’t hear customers talking over one another.
Our meal was fine, we were just a little disappointed because Deux Amis could have been very comfortable if they just lowered the volume of the background music. The neighborhood isn’t exactly brimming with good alternatives, so we wouldn’t write Deux Amis off but it’s not on the top of our recommend list either.
Monday through Thursday: 5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Friday: 5:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m.
Saturday: 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m.
Sunday: 12:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
356 E. 51st Street (betw. 1st and 2nd Avenues, closer to 1st), New York, NY 10022