Jack’s Stir Brew — 74.3 decibels

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Jack’s Stir Brew on W. 10th Street was the first location of this New York City mini-chain.  It’s still popular, and as a result, it can be difficult to find a seat in this small place. But we did!

And we’re glad we did.  The place was pretty calm.  In fact, the decibel reading was higher than anticipated.  We suspect the meter picked up the conversation at the next table, not that the couple was loud (they weren’t).  Whatever the reason, it was a relaxing 74.3 decibels. This location of Jack’s is a very chill space, which is how a coffee shop should be.

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Jack’s Stir Brew offers very good coffee and a small selection of sweet treats. It’s usually crowded, but unlikely to get impossibly loud as there are just a few seats and background music is not obtrusive.  Recommended.

HOURS

Monday through Friday: 6:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday: 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

LOCATION

Street (betw. Waverly Place and Greenwich Avenue), New York, NY 10014

WEBSITE

Jack’s Stir Brew – West Village

Jack’s Stir Brew (W. 10th Street) — 74.3 decibels

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We stopped by the W. 10th Street location of Jack’s Stir Brew, the first location of this popular local chain, for a post-lunch coffee and were happy to find it a pretty relaxed place. How relaxed? We were surprised at the meter reading, because it was a few decibels higher than anticipated.  We assume the meter picked up the conversation at the next table, but must note that the couple wasn’t loud–no one was.

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Music played quietly in the background and traffic noise did not intrude, even as the owner or manager propped open the door to make a repair.  We’ve walked past this location of Jack’s many times and it’s usually crowded, so we were happy we found a table.  Even when crowded, though, it’s unlikely to be uncomfortable as there are only four tables and several stools.  Add in very good coffee and a nice selection of sweet treats, and we recommend a visit.

HOURS

Monday through Friday: 6:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday: 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

LOCATION

Street (betw. Waverly Place and Greenwich Avenue), New York, NY 10014

WEBSITE

Jack’s Stir Brew

Jack’s Stir Brew (Front Street) — 72.7 decibels

All coffee shops are noisy when baristas are using the espresso machines.  This place was no better or worse than any other, clocking in at 72.7 decibels.  The physical space was fine–not too big, not too small, with a handful of tables and stools at the front window–but the background music was louder than it needed to be and favored the higher end of the hearing range, which we found annoying.  The exuberant coffee maker was chatty and loud as she talked over the espresso machine, but her friendliness was genuine and it was clear that she was speaking to regular customers.

There aren’t many options for good coffee around the Seaport, so if you are in need of a caffeine infusion it’s worth checking out Jack’s.  While the place could have been more comfortable, it was not unpleasant, the coffee is very good, and there is a nice selection of baked goods.  Note, however, that this location of Jack’s Stir Brew does not have a bathroom available for customers.  This is inexplicable.  If they only sold coffee for take out we would understand, but the space has tables and seating and it’s not exactly a secret that coffee is a diuretic.  Given New York City’s notorious lack of adequate public toilets, you may want to look for a more accommodating coffee shop.

HOURS

Monday through Friday: 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday: 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

LOCATION

222 Front Street (betw. Beekman and Peck Slip), NY, NY 10038

WEBSITE

Jack Stir Brew