The decibel reading was a surprising 76.4 for our visit to Joe Jr. Surprising because the reading was higher than we would have guessed, but Joe Jr. Restaurant is a small space with lots of hard surfaces and plenty of chatter (including a few patrons who appeared to be hard of hearing). The reading also reflects the hum of the grill and the sounds of dishes being stacked and binned–the kitchen is open, so you will see–and hear–your meal being made.
Every once in a while a space will read over 75 decibels yet will be tolerable. Joe Jr. Restaurant is one of those places. And the place was fairly crowded during our lunch time visit, so an off-hours visit should be quieter.
Joe Jr. Restaurant is well worth the visit if you are looking for very good diner fare. Eater NY rated its burger the best no-frills burger in the city. We concur, adding that the fries were pretty good, too, and the service was friendly and efficient. If you want to experience what’s left of old New York City, Joe Jr. shouldn’t be missed.
Open 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. every day (may vary on holidays)
167 3rd Avenue (at the corner of 16th Street), NY, NY 10003