Welcome to the Quiet Spot list…

Please send suggested or recommended Quiet or Moderate venues to with the subject heading “Quiet Spot”

Note that most venues below have been measured 5+ times during peak days and hours

Upper East Side

Candle 79 (Vegetarian, Vegan)

Erminia (Italian)

Maruzzella (Italian)

Lexington Bar and Books (Liquor and Old School Bar)

Afghan Kebab House (Afghan)

Upper West Side

Santa Fe (Mexican)

Sapphire (Indian)


Afghan Kebab House (Afghan)

Alcala (Spanish)

Brasserie 8 1/2 (American) 

Gabriel’s (Moderate)(Italian)

Grifone (Italian)

il Tinello (Italian)

Loi Estiatorio (Greek)(Moderate sound levels and committed to a quieter atmosphere)

Marea (Seafood)

Radiance (Asian)(ME location)

Radiance (Asian)(MW location)

Sardi’s (Italian)(Theatre District)(certain areas more quiet)

Triomphe (French)

Chelsea/Flatiron/Gramercy/Murray Hill

Almayass (Mediterranean)

Junoon (Indian) (generous donor to the SoundPrint challenge)

Kajitsu (Japanese)

Smorgas Chef (Scandinavian)

Tempura Matsui (Japanese)


East/Greenwich/West Village

Burp Castle (Pub)(no talking loudly or shouting is allowed here!)

Emilio’s Ballato (Italian)(the back room – moderate noise level)

Library of Distilled Spirits (Cocktail bar)(most nights – some nights they may have events)


Blue Bar (Classy, low-key bar)

Scalini Fedeli (Italian)


Noise Guideline Information

There are four sound level categories

  • Quiet = 70 dBA or below      (safe for hearing health, conducive to conversation)
  • Moderate = 71 – 75 dBA      (safe for hearing health, manageable for conversation)
  • Loud = 76 – 80 dBA             (likely safe for hearing health, conversation is difficult)


SoundPrint measures the approximate decibel level and is not a replacement for a professional sound level measuring device. The dBA numbers displayed on the iPhone app and the website are averages of all the historical SoundChecks measured and submitted to the database. These SoundCheck dBA numbers are historical and thus are a reasonable guess as to what the specific venue’s sound level are and will be in the future. There is no guarantee that the average dBA displayed is or will be the actual noise level in the future.

It is SoundPrint’s policy to only list Quieter venues – we do not specifically name or call out louder venues as our goal is to work with and not against the louder venues.