I just read the Boston Globe article about noise levels in restaurants (http://www.bostonglobe.com/lifestyle/...). After reading the comments, I am so pleased that others have been taking notice, too.
Before the restauranteurs accuse me of being ancient or out of touch, I am by no means some old fogie that can't take some decimals; I enjoy a good band at The Sinclair or The Middle East from time to time, but you know what? When I'm having a meal with friends, I'd like to speak with them in a normal voice and enjoy our time together. Good food, drink, and conversation, it's as simple as that.
My advice is turn OFF the tv's (what is it with Boston and tv in eating and drinking establishments?!?), turn the music way, way down, and install some sound proofing.
Without further ado, here's a short list of Noisy Boston Restaurants:
- Highland Kitchen (love the food, but it's hopeless)
- The Painted Burro (yes, it's still too loud, even after the redo)
- Foundry on Elm
So as not to be completely pessimistic, a gold star to backbar.
I'll add more as the deafening memories come back.
Please add your own for the benefit of all.