Rangoli is a moderately priced Indian restaurant located on the Upper East Side. We stopped by for lunch after an appointment nearby. Rangoli offers a very reasonable lunch special–50% off if you eat in and pay cash–a veritable bargain for the area. Our meal was both inexpensive and very tasty. If we lived or worked in the area, Rangoli would be on our regular rotation.
The front of the restaurant has a bar and small dining area that is somewhat separated from a larger back dining by a wooden column. It’s not a true separation, but it does break up the space. We were seated in the back dining area. At the beginning of our visit, the room was absolutely quiet. No surprise, as the place wasn’t that crowded–there were maybe five other tables occupied and many had only one patron. That said, two customers compensated for the lack of a lunch companion by talking on their phones the entire time they were eating. Yes, it was annoying, particularly since people tend to talk a bit louder on their phones than to a nearby companion, but it didn’t move the meter that much.
The flooring throughout the space is tiled, but tablecloths and upholstered booths and chairs probably helped to absorb or diffuse some of the sound. Indian ballads played in the background, and while it was a hair louder than it needed to be, the decibel reading shows that the space was perfectly fine.
Overall, conversation is easy during a lunch visit, but we really can only guess as to what the soundscape is like during a busier period. While Rangoli would no doubt be noticeably louder when packed, we found the staff to be very accommodating and think a request to lower the music volume would be satisfied. At the minimum, it would be worthwhile to give Rangoli a try.
Monday through Friday: 11:00 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: 11:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
1393 2nd Avenue (betw. 72nd and 73rd Streets), New York, NY 10021