Tim Ho Wan — 83 decibels

Photo credit: Quiet City Maps

It’s really hard to get a table at Tim Ho Wan.  This New York City outpost of a well-known and well-rated Hong Kong dim sum chain always has a line.  Probably because it is the least expensive restaurant to earn a Michelin star.  So if you want to go, expect a wait.  And don’t forget to  bring your ear plugs, because the noise levels are uncomfortably high.

Photo credit: Quiet City Maps

Is the food good?  Yes, that’s why it’s jammed. But we won’t be visiting again. In the end, no matter how good the food is, it’s impossible to enjoy your meal–don’t even try to have a conversation–when the music is so loud (and unforgivably bad).

The other customers didn’t seem to care about the noise level, but since the age range appeared to span early-20’s to mid-20’s, we weren’t surprised. It was clear from the moment we stepped in that we were not in their preferred demographic.  The music made that quite clear.

Maybe the folks behind this popular chain might consider opening an adult location where the grownups can have a nosh and a conversation? Until then, avoid.


Sunday through Thursday: 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Friday and Saturday: 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.


(at the corner of E. 10th Street), New York, NY 10003


Tim Ho Wan

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