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New York restaurants are increasingly favoring open kitchens, bustling bar scenes — and loud music. Some restaurateurs say intense music can create excitement, increase customer turnover and sell more drinks. But critics complain loud sounds are a recipe for indigestion. Today: A Soundcheck Smackdown debate over music in restaurants.
Joining us is Gael Greene, the longtime restaurant critic of New York Magazine who today writes the Insatiable Critic blog; and Andrew Wintner, the director of nightlife for B.R. Guest Restaurants, the company that owns, among others, Dos Caminos, Wildwood Barbecue, Isabella’s, and Blue Water Grill.