I love everything about Masa 14 Sunday brunch - except for the noise levels. Which other DC brunch spots have a similar sort of brunch - keep 'em coming small plates and drinks?
I don't even mind the noise levels at Masa 14 when the total party is 4 people. You still have to talk loudly to be heard but they are right next to you or in front of you.
I am, however, planning a brunch with 8 of us, total. And from past experience, no matter how good the food and limitless drinks are, it's an intolerable situation for trying to maintain conversations among all 8 people - even though the table is only 4 across from 4.
The last time we tried that, I simply could not hear people who were just two seats down from me - and I was in a middle seat, not an end seat. Even worse for those on the ends who can't talk (or listen to) half the table.
I was possibly thinking about Oyamel or Estadio, maybe, although I'm not sure if their brunch is like that or not.
I will be with friends who really enjoy a wide varieties of food which is another reason we like Masa 14 - lots to choose from and you can order them all. Bummer about the noise levels. I think it has more to do with the cement floors/tabletop materials than just the people because naturally it's nice to be around that much energy.