Tom & Jerry’s looks like a fun place to meet friends for a drink. Located on Elizabeth Street north of Houston, it’s right in the thick of things and yet it isn’t overwhelmed by car or human traffic. But we wouldn’t suggest you meet your PETA buddies there–the righthand wall sports a number of taxidermied hunting trophies (click the photo above to see the stuffed bear on the righthand side).
We stopped by on the early side of happy hour for a quick drink before another engagement. The bar’s space is physically comfortable (taxidermy excepted) and one could imagine aimlessly hanging out with friends, except for one glaring flaw: the music volume was set at 11. Simply put, Tom & Jerry’s is entirely too loud. A nearby table of workmates was shouting at each other just to be heard. The shouting wasn’t the cause of our discomfort–and yes, we were not comfortable–it was the music. Setting the music volume this loud makes absolutely no sense, because scoping the crowd it seemed clear that Tom & Jerry’s is the place you go to hang out with friends or work buddies, not hook up with a stranger (although later on the scene could be much different).
We were terribly disappointed because we wanted to like Tom & Jerry’s, but a potentially comfortable spot was ruined by unnecessarily loud music. It’s possible that the volume is manageable in the afternoon when the bar first opens and crowds have yet to gather. Try your luck, if you wish. As for us, we must recommend that you avoid.
12:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m. every day
288 Elizabeth Street (betw. E. Houston and Bleecker Streets), New York, NY 10012