Mimi’s Hummus (14th Street) — 73.5 decibels CLOSED

Photo credit: Quiet City Maps

Photo credit: Quiet City Maps

The food at Mimi’s Hummus is absolutely fabulous.   We think it’s the best hummus in the city, and many food writers and sites agree.  All around us plates were emptied, leaving not a crumb–ours were wiped clean.  Yes, it’s that good.

Mimi’s first Manhattan location is a small space with lots of tile and glass, so we were apprehensive when we entered.  But the side walls in the dining space sport wooden panels with uniform holes that look like they may have sound abatement properties.  Or not.

Perhaps the wooden panels helped to keep the noise level at a reasonable level, we aren’t certain, but there was one thing that could have been done to make the space really comfortable but was not–lower the music.  Once again what could have been a comfortable space was made merely tolerable because the music volume was too loud.  In addition, the sound system gave certain songs an odd reverb or echo-like quality that could be felt as well as heard.  There was no reason for playing the music at the volume  we experienced, as most people were engaged in conversation with workmates or friends.

Without the music the space would have been ideal.  At least it wasn’t so so loud that we ran out screaming–it’s tolerable.   And the food is so good that it’s still worth going to Mimi’s even with the music volume higher than we would like.  One hopes that they consider turning down the volume going forward, because the space would be much more comfortable.

Although we paid a  lunch time visit, the place was busy enough to give a good indication of what one could expect when it is packed.  It’s a small space, so it is not likely that the noise level will top 80 decibels, but that’s a low bar.  Please, Mimi’s, lower the music.

HOURS

Monday through Saturday: 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.

Sunday: 11:00 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.

LOCATION

Street (betw. 2nd and 3rd Avenues), New York, NY 10003

WEBSITE

Mimi’s Hummus

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