Pizzetteria Brunetti — 75.7 decibels

Photo credit: Quiet City Maps

Photo credit: Quiet City Maps

Pizzetteria Brunetti is a reasonably priced restaurant located in the West Village.  We visited at lunch time and took advantage of their $10 lunch options, which included pizzas, salads, and sandwiches.  We opted for a pizza and salad and it was more than enough food for two people.  Throw in a couple of glasses of wine, and you can dine leisurely for about $20 each.

Our visit would have been perfect but the space is a bit live and there was unnecessary background music. The volume wasn’t oppressive, but we could hear people trying to speak over the music.   Once again, the music selection did not add anything to the experience other than frustration.  Throw in one or two louder than average people and the meter soon crossed 75 decibels.   In the end, though, the space wasn’t so loud that we regretted staying, but we were not entirely comfortable either.

That said, the food was good and the prices are great for the West Village.  We noticed a small garden in the back.  It wasn’t open during our Friday lunch time visit, but we were told that it is usually open in the evenings.

We can recommend that you visit Pizzetteria Brunetti for lunch but suggest that you proceed with caution for dinner, particularly if the space is full.  The back garden should be a safer space, however, as most restaurants try to keep the noise level down so that they don’t have to deal with complaints from nearby residents.

HOURS

Sunday through Thursday: 12:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Friday and Saturday: 12:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

LOCATION

626 Hudson Street (at Jane Street), New York, NY 10014

WEBSITE

Pizzetteria Brunetti

 

O’Hara’s Restaurant and Pub — 78.6 decibels

Can you see all the flat screen tvs?

Can you see all the flat screen tvs?

A reading of 78.6 decibels insured a harried lunch.  While the waitstaff were friendly and efficient, there is no compelling reason to eat here.  The space is designed for noise: mounted televisions set to CNBC, loud patrons, and absolutely unnecessary background music that featured lesser-known numbers by one-hit wonder 80’s bands.  Why?

If you are visiting the 9/11 memorial, or just dropped some dough at Century 21, suddenly find yourself ravenously hungry, and are a huge Survivor fan, this is your place.   For everyone else, avoid.  Food is barely adequate American bar fare (fried appetizers, burgers, wraps, etc.).

HOURS

Tuesday through Thursday: 11:00 am to 12:00 a.m.

Friday through Monday: 11:00 am to 2:00 a.m.

LOCATION

120 Cedar Street (betw. Greenwich Street and Trinity Place), NY, NY 10006

WEBSITE 

O’Hara’s Restaurant and Pub

12 Chairs Cafe — 76.9 decibels

Photo credit: Quiet City Maps

Photo credit: Quiet City Maps

12 Chairs Cafe was mentioned in one of those compilations of quiet restaurants that appears every now and again in the mainstream media, so it went on our list of places to check out.  We had high expectations because it was on a very short list, but those expectations were not met.  Frankly, we didn’t think 12 Chairs Cafe was very quiet at all.

Almost every tightly packed table was taken during our lunch time visit (and there are more than 12 chairs, by the way), so we can fairly say that our visit should give a good approximation of what the space would be like during dinner service.  The noise came was mostly from our fellow diners, work colleagues out for a leisurely lunch, but the background music didn’t help.  Although the music wasn’t overpowering, it was unnecessary.  No one was there for the music; rather, the other diners clearly wanted to have a conversation with their table mates.  Had the music volume been lowered, the space could have been pleasant.  We should note that our table was under a speaker, so it’s possible that another table may have been marginally quieter.  Possibly.

We liked the food at 12 Chairs Cafe and the lunch time crowd suggests that it’s a neighborhood favorite.  Given how busy it was and the number of people packed into the space, it could have been worse.  But that shouldn’t be the measure.  Long and short, 12 Chairs Cafe was sort of tolerable but it could be so much more.

HOURS

Sunday through Thursday: 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.

Friday and Saturday: 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m.

LOCATION

WEBSITE

12 Chairs Cafe