We stopped by Cafe Regular on a Friday afternoon. There was one other customer sitting and enjoying a coffee at the start of our visit; most people were getting coffees to go. The only sound we heard at first were voices, mainly staff chatting with each other and with regulars. A few minutes in and music starting playing, but the volume wasn’t bad at all–it was truly background music.
The decibel reading reflects that there was an extended period of bean grinding near our table. Without that it’s likely that the reading would have clocked in at under 70 decibels. Bean grinding aside, we thought that the soundscape was very manageable.
Importantly, the design of the space should insure a comfortable noise level at most times. Namely, the way in which the seating is arranged encourages solo visits. There are a handful of small tables that are reminiscent of elementary school desks–they would be awkward for a party of more than two. Simply put, the space isn’t designed for large chatty groups. Not a bad thing, to be frank.
Overall, we recommend a visit to Cafe Regular. It was a laid back space with very good coffee and relaxed service. Ulike many coffee only places, Cafe Regular has a restroom available for customers.
Monday through Friday: 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Saturday and sunday: 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
318A 11th Street (near 5th Avenue), Brooklyn, NY 11215