Here is an interesting piece from NYT food critic Pete Wells. He writes about how noise in a restaurant can be a problem, but can also be a pleasure.
“Everything about the restaurant experience is designed to speed those things along, and when it all works, we respond by raising our voices. Far from being an accidental side effect, a noisy restaurant is the end product of a business that helps us have a good time, just as purring is the end product of scratching a cat’s chin the right way.”
It is not an argument I agree with, but I have to say he does have a point. For those of us for whom noisy restaurants are a problem, I guess we either stay home, deal with it, or, as Mr. Wells suggests, take some effort and find those spots that are less noisy. And maybe we will end up purring.