Amber West Village is part of a small New York City chain that focuses on Japanese and Asian cuisine (sushi plus Thai noodle dishes). It wasn’t very crowded during our lunch time visit, but the background music was a little louder than it should have been and we could hear kitchen noises, including banter among the staff. That said, we were surprised that the meter read 75.1 decibels because the space felt more comfortable than that. We assume the decibel reading was due, in part, to the large front windows, sealed brick wall, and tiled floor, but there were mitigating design features, such as the upholstered banquettes and a wall of unfinished wood, that kept the sound from ricocheting around the small space. The hard surfaces were balanced with more forgiving materials, resulting in a reasonably manageable experience.
Overall, Amber is worth considering for lunch. We’ve been told that dinner is usually tolerable, but there advertisements for evening and weekend happy hour events that could be much louder. One nice touch: no electric hand dryer in the bathroom.
Monday through Sunday: 12:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.