"I see the sound system within each restaurant environment as an element of the service being provided as well as communicating a definitive image and atmosphere. It is part of the quality of the experience. The physical scale, architectural design, and the targeted customer all influence where, what and how sound should be experienced and how it contributes to the time spent in different areas of a restaurant".
- David B. Schwartz, Audiovisual Systems Experience Engineer
Junior's Times Square
One of Times Squares most cherished restaurants, Junior's restaurant and bakery is well-known for the bustling, friendly atmosphere of its familiar orange-and-white-striped theme.While it's not easy to improve on a world-famous favorite, the team at Essential Communications was happy to answer Junior's call for a flexible restaurant sound system. The custom-designed audio system enhances the dining environment with it's unique music program which changes throughout the day.
Vitae draws on the history of Midtown while bearing a strong contemporary identity that includes sound and acoustics as important design elements. Essential Communications created an audio system that provides adequate music levels and clarity, while ensuring that guests can hold a conversation. Taking into account varying ceiling heights of the space, Essential Communications created several zones of audio to optimize playback. The zones are also set up for multiple inputs & variable levels.
Strip House owners and operators The Glazier Group called on Essential Communications to help them make a big impression in Livingston, NJ. Essential Communications helped to provide a memorable experience for diners, by enhancing Strip House’s environment with comprehensive sound and music management systems.
Fig & Olive
Acting on the principle that a stunning atmosphere can enhance the flavors of even the best food, Fig & Olive placed great emphasis on music and sound in its beautifully appointed dining rooms and bars. Essential Communications was brought in to provide a high-impact sound system that would not detract from the visual elements of the food, drinks and decor. Taking the architectural elements of each Fig & Olive location into consideration, the firm designed a system of discreetly placed speakers.
Blue Ribbon Sushi
Combining the characteristic blend of swankiness and urban grit of Manhattan's Lower East Side, the SIXTY LES Hotel required a refined soundtrack. Enter Essential Communications, which outfitted the hotel’s public areas, with sound systems built to reflect and enhance the ambiance. Taking into account the interior design, which consisted of a number of hard surfaces that could reflect sound in detrimental ways, Essential Communications developed a solution that sonically enhanced the space.
When renowned Scandinavian eatery Aquavit relocated and expanded to add a lounge and private space to its dining room, it sought to tailor music playback for each space. Essential Communications provided an audio system design that enabled selection of different music sources and individual volume controls for each space. The firm also collaborated with the architect to ensure that the speakers were seamlessly integrated into the space.
In keeping with Nobu's unforgettable array of flavors, Essential Communications designed music management systems that provide a menu of musical options in different areas of the restaurant’s three locations. Aesthetically, the music system had to sound good while avoiding any visual interference with decor. Essential Communications paid painstaking attention to detail to make sure the speakers remained invisible, recessing speakers and adding custom-made grilles to blend with the decor.
Essential Communications was brought in to enhance the atmosphere at Del Posto with an audio system that would handle both live music and background music playback. To accommodate events that would be hosted throughout the space, systems were setup for equipment connections and microphones, and connections were made so the live sound could be distributed across the venue. An AV presentation setup was also built into the private dining room.