Gotham West Market — 76.4 decibels

Photo credit: Quiet City Maps

Photo credit: Quiet City Maps

We visited Gotham West, the “first-of-its-kind day & night market dining destination in Hell’s Kitchen,” on a not very busy Monday afternoon for a late lunch.  The space is an open floor plan with mostly shared seating that houses ten vendors selling better than average takeaway fare.  Gotham West Market essentially is a high-end food court.

We enjoyed our meal at The Cannibal.  While we were sitting at The Cannibal’s lunch counter and not the shared seating area, the reading should fairly represent the entire space as there were no walls or other barriers separating the various vendor spaces.  We were a bit surprised with the 76.4 decibel reading, as the sound level did not feel as loud as the reading might suggest.  We suspect the reason for the higher than expected reading was that every surface in the space is hard: glass, cement, metal, and tile.  Not a textile was to be found except for our napkins.  That said, the background music throughout the space was actually in the background, which certainly helps, as do the high ceilings.

While the noise level was acceptable during our visit, we suspect that on a very busy day the place could be excruciatingly loud.   When we chatted up a one of the workers, we were told that lunch hours later in the week and weekends, particularly around brunch, can be very crowded and very loud.  So aim for a visit earlier in the week or off hours.


Hours vary according to the vendor, but one or more vendors should be available from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m.


600 11th Avenue (betw. 44th and 45th Streets), New York, NY 10036


Gotham West Market

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