We planned our trip to the Upper West Side intending to visit Alice’s Tea Cup, which was recommended to us by a reader. Sadly, Alice’s was packed and we were a bit short of time, so we pulled out our phone and looked for a nearby place that had uniformly good reviews. Hence our visit to A.G. Kitchen, which features a lunch time menu of sandwiches, burgers, salads, and what their website describes as a collection of “Latino classics.”
The restaurant was about half full during our visit, and the other customers were fine–no screamers. What wasn’t fine was the background music, which, for some reason, featured only 50’s tunes, leading us to ask our waiter whether 50’s music was a theme for the place. “No,” he answered, “the music changes each day and depends on who chooses it and what they want to listen to.” Perhaps on another day the music would not be as jarring–during our visit one song featured a glockenspiel and another was Little Richard’s “Lucille.” The music was a bit too loud throughout our visit and emphasized the treble range; we found the driving beats and high-pitched sounds really irritating. Which was a real shame, because a 70.4 decibel rating generally is very good and should have garnered a better review. In fairness, we should note that we did not ask anyone to lower the music. We suspect they would have considered our request.
Our meal was acceptable, not great but not bad. A.G. Kitchen felt a bit like it was part of a chain, and for good reason–it is one of many restaurants owned and operated by a restaurant partnership. Long and short, you could do worse than A.G. Kitchen as a fallback option.
Sunday: 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Monday through Thursday: 11:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Friday: 11:30 a.m. to 12:00 a.m.
Saturday: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m.
(betw. 72nd and 73rd), New York, NY 11023