We had a lovely lunch time visit at The Penrose. The space was reasonably quiet, although the background music was a hair louder than it needed to be. We have no doubt that our surroundings were comfortable because there were very few customers seated near us, and it certainly didn’t hurt that our meals were very nice and our waitress was attentive. That said, there are signs that suggest that the space will be much louder at brunch and in the evenings. Namely, The Penrose has two bars, each of which is surrounded with plenty of stools, and in the front bar space we counted eight wall-mounted speakers. The ceiling is lined with wood, which may help absorb some noise, but if the music volume is raised to fill a crowded space, it will be loud.
A staff member confirmed that the place is very busy at brunch and also during happy hour and dinner service from Wednesday through Saturday. We suspect that during the busier times it would be impossible to have an intimate conversation, but lunches and dinner on slower nights should be fine. In fact, our waitress confided that Monday evenings, in particular, are wonderfully relaxed and customers are apt to linger in the welcoming space.
Monday through Friday: 11:45 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. | 3:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.
Saturday and Sunday: 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. | 5:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.
(betw. 82nd and 83rd Streets), New York, NY 10028