Wasan — 64.2 decibels

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We stopped by Wasan for a Monday lunch and found it surprisingly busy.  Perhaps it shouldn’t have been surprising, as this small space was perfectly comfortable–despite one boomy and animated customer who spoke nonstop.  Jazz played softly in the background throughout our lunch, and the other guests either tuned in to their laptops or chatted very softly to each other. The soundscape was exactly what we like. Not silent, but the sound from chatter and music was in the background and wafted around, never dominating or intruding into our space.

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There is a large window in the front of the restaurant, but fabric drapes the bottom half and a heavy curtain hangs by the front door.  No doubt the drapery helped absorb sound. The seats have fabric covers and that may have helped too. Mostly, the space works because the atmosphere is serene and most people respect it by speaking softly.

At least half the tables were taken during our visit, so even if full the space should be at least tolerable.  Wasan offers lunch specials, including fabulous bento boxes.  We really enjoyed our meal and highly recommend a visit.

HOURS

Monday through Friday: 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. | 6:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday: 11:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.

LOCATION

Street (at 5th Avenue), Brooklyn, NY 11217

WEBSITE

Wasan-NY

 

 

Café Regular — 70.7 decibels

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We stopped by Café Regular on a Friday afternoon. There was one other customer sitting and enjoying a coffee at the start of our visit; most people were getting coffees to go. The only sound we heard at first were voices, mainly staff chatting with each other and with regulars.  A few minutes in and music starting playing, but the volume wasn’t bad at all–it was truly background music.

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The decibel reading reflects that there was an extended period of bean grinding near our table.  Without that it’s likely that the reading would have clocked in at under 70 decibels. Bean grinding aside, we thought that the soundscape was very manageable.

Importantly, the design of the space should insure a comfortable noise level at most times. Namely, the way in which the seating is arranged encourages solo visits. There are a handful of small tables that are reminiscent of elementary school desks–they would be awkward for a party of more than two.  Simply put, the space isn’t designed for large chatty groups.  Not a bad thing, to be frank.

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Overall, we recommend a visit to Café Regular.  It was a laid back space with very good coffee and relaxed service. Ulike many coffee only places, Cafe Regular has a restroom available for customers.

HOURS

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

Saturday and sunday: 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

LOCATION

Street (near 5th Avenue), Brooklyn, NY 11215

WEBSITE

Cafe Regular

Cafe Regular — 70.7 decibels

Photo credit: Quiet City Maps

We stopped by Cafe Regular on a Friday afternoon. There was one other customer sitting and enjoying a coffee at the start of our visit; most people were getting coffees to go. The only sound we heard at first were voices, mainly staff chatting with each other and with regulars.  A few minutes in and music starting playing, but the volume wasn’t bad at all–it was truly background music.

Photo credit: Quiet City Maps

The decibel reading reflects that there was an extended period of bean grinding near our table.  Without that it’s likely that the reading would have clocked in at under 70 decibels. Bean grinding aside, we thought that the soundscape was very manageable.

Importantly, the design of the space should insure a comfortable noise level at most times. Namely, the way in which the seating is arranged encourages solo visits. There are a handful of small tables that are reminiscent of elementary school desks–they would be awkward for a party of more than two.  Simply put, the space isn’t designed for large chatty groups.  Not a bad thing, to be frank.

Photo credit: Quiet City Maps

Overall, we recommend a visit to Cafe Regular.  It was a laid back space with very good coffee and relaxed service. Ulike many coffee only places, Cafe Regular has a restroom available for customers.

HOURS

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

Saturday and sunday: 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

LOCATION

Street (near 5th Avenue), Brooklyn, NY 11215

WEBSITE

Cafe Regular

Gorilla Coffee (Bergen Street) — 71.8 decibels

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The Bergen Street location of Gorilla Coffee was louder than it needed to be at the beginning of our visit on a Friday afternoon.  The culprit, as usual, was the music volume.  But shortly after we sat down the volume was lowered, immediately improving the space, and our experience went from tolerable to positively pleasant.

The place was pretty full during our visit, but most people were working on their laptops or chatting softly with their companions.  None of the parties was loud.  So this location of Gorilla coffee can be recommended, but whether the experience will be pleasant versus tolerable depends on the vagaries of whomever determines the music volume.  Right after we stopped the meter, the volume again increased.  We suspect the reason for the leap in volume was that the counterperson liked the song, because once the song was over, the volume was reduced to the previous setting.

Expect a tolerable experience, with the possibility of comfort, at the Bergen Street location of Gorilla Coffee.

HOURS

Monday through Saturday: 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Sunday: 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

LOCATION

Street (betw. Flatbush and 5th Avenues), Brooklyn, NY 11217

WEBSITE

Gorilla Coffee