Posts Tagged ‘noise’

Dupont Circle Citizens Take on Loud Nightclubs, One Decibel Reading at a Time

The music emanating from the rooftop at Dupont’s RoseBar Lounge just after midnight one recent Sunday morning is an indiscernible muffled hum. All that can be heard outside the back of the lounge is the discord of overlapping house music beats through the speakers, with occasionally intelligible lyrics about fulfilling a woman’s fantasy. The repetitive […]

Sound Check

“WHY IS IT SO LOUD IN HERE?” Geoff Turner’s voice reverberates through the empty upstairs dining room at Bar Pilar. “OH MY GOD! YOU’RE SLEEPING WITH WHO?” he yells, as he bangs his fist against a wooden table and knocks around a chair. Turner isn’t talking to anyone, but trying to get a sense of […]

The Readers Had Their Say in 2009, Too

As the primary author of the Young & Hungry blog, I release a lot of gas into the ether. Sometimes you readers find it noxious enough to disperse with your own counterattack. It can make for an engaging round of online gasbagging. Just take a look at the four examples that Editor Andrew and I […]

Which Sources Do You Trust for Restaurant Commentary?

Last week, Y&H went on a rampage about noise in restaurants, which in turn stirred up a hornet's nest of vitriol toward earsplitting eateries among readers and even from a forthright general manager. But this week, I want to talk about a different kind of noise: the din of public opinion littering the Web, whether […]

This Week’s Greatest Hits on the Young & Hungry Blog

It's official. People have gone batshit for Select 55. Or at least batshit for our post on the beer. It tops the list once again this week. I think I'll go drown my sorrows in a real beer. Budweiser Launches Select 55, Light Beer Arms Race Gets Absurd Looking for a Little Practice, Bibiana Jumps […]

Readers Are Ranting Over Restaurant Noise, Too!

Wow, Y&H really touched a nerve yesterday with his bitch about noise at local restaurants. Either we're a town of old farts, or interior designers and owners have seriously overestimated how much "buzz" diners want in their restaurants. Here's a sampling of the commentary that has hit my inbox in the past 24 hours. From […]

Oh, the Noise, Noise, Noise, Noise in Restaurants

Zaytinya: You practically get a metal concert with your mezze. Y&H still remembers, more than  a year ago, when the dining critic at Brand X wrote a Sunday magazine cover story about noise in restaurants and even instituted a special feature measuring decibel levels at every restaurant he reviews. What a waste of time, I […]