Obnoxious Website Music: New York’s Most Notable Offenders


Last week, Eater SF tried to shame San Francisco restaurants whose websites had auto theme music. It was so long overdue that we thought we’d do the same for New York. We confined our search to top restaurants and avoided the cheesier, loungier eateries, but we still found a lot of playbook samba and electronica in the mix. Here’s the list so far — feel free to add others. And rest assured, we actually like some of these songs (“Guava Jelly”? Totally!), we just don’t like them unexpectedly blasting from our speakers to the amusement of our cubemates.

Market Table “Guava Jelly” by Johnny Nash
Wallse - “Pale Blue Eyes” by Lou Reed
DBGB - “The Magnificent Seven” by the Clash
The Harrison - “The Rumor” by the Band
Café Boulud - “Mini, Mini, Mini” by Jacques Dutronc
The Red Cat - “Midnight Rider” by Willie Nelson
Mermaid Inn - “Summer” by War
STK - “One” by U2
the little owl - “Runaway Love” by Linda Clifford

Daniel - “Who Needs Forever?” by Thievery Corporation and Astrud Gilberto
SushiSamba - “All I Need” by Steve Bug
Le Bernardin
BR Guest
Terroir - “Stargazing” by Tayla
Pegu Club - “Nar-i Can” by Mercan Dede
Rickshaw Dumplings - “Samba de Uma Nota So” by Stan Getz
BLT Market - “Bossa Per Due” by Nicola Conte
Morimoto - “Sega Mullett” by Mains Ignition
Lever House - “Natureland” by Amon Tobin

Gotham Bar & Grill
Chinatown Brasserie - "Yumeji’s Theme" from In the Mood for Love
Daniel - “Heaven” by Bitter:Sweet
Philippe - “The Look of Love” by Diana Krall
BLT Steak - “Blues Walk” by Lou Donaldson
BLT Fish - “Season of the Witch” by Al Kooper
BLT Prime - “Moanin” by Art Blakey
BLT Burger - “Shadow Dancers” by George Benson
Socarrat Paella Bar
Sfoglia Restaurant - “Eroe Senz’eroina” by Roberto Freak Antoni and Alessandra Mostacci

Now if only we had time to tackle reservation line-hold music ...