Old John’s Luncheonette — 74 decibels

Photo credit: Quiet City Maps

Photo credit: Quiet City Maps

We think you’ll agree that 74 decibels was not bad for a Sunday brunch, particularly since there were more than a few small children near our table.  Background music was playing in the front of the restaurant by the small three-seat counter, but we were in the back near the busing station, so the music wasn’t a problem (though we heard occasional pings from dishes hitting each other).   We wouldn’t say our brunch time visit was peaceful, but it wasn’t bad.  The place was packed and the floors were tiled, but there were upholstered banquettes and high ceilings and room to sit–we weren’t sitting cheek to jowl with our immediate neighbors.  Hard to know if weekday lunches are about the same noise level, but Old John’s can’t be busier–every table was taken during out visit.

Photo credit: Quiet City Maps

Photo credit: Quiet City Maps

Old John’s Luncheonette serves typical American diner fare.  It is worth considering if you are visiting Lincoln Center or contemplating a stroll through Central Park and want a quick and inexpensive nosh.


Monday through Saturday: 7:00 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Sunday: 7:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.


Street (near Amsterdam Avenue), New York, NY 10023


Old John’s Luncheonette

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