A & E Supply Co. is a hipster rbutcher shop/estaurant/bar in Gowanus, Brooklyn. It’s an attractive spot, with a “butcher shop” (i.e., small display of meat for sale) by the front door and a large open dining area with an open kitchen at the end. A bar runs half the length of the space, and there is no separation between the bar and dining space.
We stopped by at lunch and were joined by maybe three people sitting silently at their tables. All were staring at their laptops, but we noted that two were sporting headphones. That is almost always a bad sign, because it suggests that they couldn’t concentrate on their work because of the soundscape. And neither could we.
A & E Supply is a very live space with lots of glass, metal, and tile. It’s almost as if someone handed the designer a brief that asked for a space that would reflect every sound. The end result is that we were seated in an attractive space marred by its soundscape, and once again the music volume was a big factor–it was entirely too loud.
We raced through our meal to get out as quickly as possible. Something that wasn’t difficult given that our order–a decent if overpriced sandwich–was definitely on the small side. A small roast beef sandwich for $9, with no sides or garnish. Someone should remind the owners that they are located in Gowanus, not TriBeCa.
More importantly, the noise level simply wasn’t tolerable. Yes the space felt pretty live, but the decibel reading was absolutely attributable to the music volume and the staff shouting over it–and yes, the staff was yelling at each other to be heard. If it’s this loud during a mostly empty lunch service, dinner must be horrific. Which is a shame, because it is an attractive space and the food was tasty if less than filing. We suggest that you avoid.
Sunday and Tuesday through Thursday: 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m.
Friday and Saturday: 7:00 a.m. through 2:00 a.m.
Kitchen stops at 10:00 pm. during the week, 11:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday
548 4th Avenue (at the corner of 15th Street), Brooklyn, NY 11215