Bistro Citron - Manhattan

Bistro Citron - Manhattan

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.bistrocitronnyc.com/
  • Phone: 2124009401
  • Hours of Operation:
    Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 12:00pm - 4:00pm; Lunch: Monday - Friday: 12:00pm - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm- 11:00pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: French
  • Executive Chef: Jerry Katzenberger
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Delivery, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: We host all types of private events from Bar/Bat Mitzvah"s, Bridal Showers, Baby Showers, and Birthday parties. We offer many types of menu's to choose from to fit almost any budget.
  • Private Party Contact: Patricio Curillo 2124009401

Getting there

  • Cross Street: West 83rd Street
  • Public Transit: 1 at 79th Street and Broadway B & C at 81st Street and Central Park West.
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Bistro Citron - Manhattan
Bistro Citron brings a warm touch of Gallic charm and superb food to Manhattan’s Upper West Side. With its black-leather banquettes, oak paneling, rustic maple wood floors, and chandeliers sporting tulip-shaped shades, Bistro Citron captures the Left Bank mood. Its ambiance and décor are reminders of the smoky bistros celebrated in French film noir. Enter the dining room and be transported to the Parisian Left Bank featuring an authentic and tasteful menu by to delight your palate. The intimate atmosphere of Bistro Citron combines a quiet elegance with a welcoming unpretentious spirit. Choose from an authentic selection of French bistro fare crafted by Chef Jerry Katzenberger from the freshest ingredients available. Dine on authentic classics served in the finest French restaurants as well as simple country fare- Moules Provencales, Salad Nicoise, Soupe a l’Oignon,’ Steak Frites and Coq au Vin.
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Bistro Citron - Manhattan reviews from OpenTable diners
55 reviews since May 5, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food3.9
    Service3.8
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
75% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (29)great for outdoor dining (16)fit for foodies (16)great for lunch (11)special occasion (10)great for brunch (9)good for groups (9)romantic (9)kid-friendly (7)vibrant bar scene (1)notable wine list (1)late-night find (1)Show More
  • Not how I remembered it!
    Sveiks123
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    This was our second time at this restaurant and we came again for the mussels. Although the service was attentive and we enjoyed sitting outside for the people watching, I have to say the mussels we had were the smallest mussels I have ever seen anywhere! Very disappointing!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb eggs
    Choice
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    When was the last/first time that you had an omelet in a restaurant that was not overcooked? Maybe you are like me and my friend and just have stopped ordering omelets in restaurants. Both of us mopped up our plates.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great mussels
    BetsyVIP
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    We went for moules Monday. $21 for mussels (choice of about a half dozen ways), a glass of wine, and fries. We ordered mussels with lardons (like Canadian bacon) and onions. Everything was delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • patsy
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    my family can not wait to come back. each of us, who ordered different dishes, loved them.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • West Bank (of Paris) on West Side
    nirnie
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We've been going to this restaurant for 4-5 years and it's always satisfying. The choices are mostly French, onion soup, Croque Monsieur, Croque Madame, but understandable to non French menu readers. The flavor is French and delicious, the wines varied (they even have Gavi). The atmosphere is French with the tiled floor, zinc ceilings and French style chairs. You don't have to pay Parisian prices for a delicious dinner.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • coulda shoulda
    AC33VIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Warm friendly atmosphere for lunch, efficient service, peaceful, food not very good. Have been here before and always ordered the mussels, should have stuck with them. There were 4 of us and the only decent meal was the omelet - and even that was kind of overcooked. The roast chicken was dry beyond belief, and the crepes had a wad of unmelted, gluey cheese stuck to a thickly cut, half cold piece of ham, sandwiched between tepid spongy crepe pancake. Disappointing. May come back for the mussels one wintery night, but will never try anything else on their menu.
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  • Overcooked
    JBMiamiVIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    We really wanted to enjoy this one as the place has a good vibe, but the truth is the food was mediocre at best. My "medium" steak was cooked right through without a trace of pink inside and my wife's paella had lumps of dry, over cooked chicken in it. I can't reconcile this to the other reviews here so I can only speculate that the a-team cooking staff were just not on duty that day.
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  • Like a bit of France on Columbus
    KiawahPapa
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    This is the closest we've found to a French Bistro in the City. It has all the typical Bistro fare: moules, lobster sandwiches, coq au vin, great bread, and wonderful seasonally-varying fish choices. Prices are reasonable, some might say remarkably inexpensive, and the service is consistently excellent. Outdoor space is limited and constrained to small parties, but very pleasant. We've been dining there a couple of times a month for several years and have never had a bad meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great night out
    Food4thought
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    I brought a group of friends here for the special French Restaurant Week menu as it seemed to have one of the better deals for FRW and, having been to the Bistro Citron in Roslyn a couple of times, I knew the food would be worth it. They were happy to seat us when only two of our reserved party had arrived (the rest, who had various delays, showed up within the next fifteen to twenty minutes), which I thought was nice. More importantly, the food was delicious. Between all of us, we tried almost everything on the FRW menu, and even my non-foodie friends were impressed by the delicate notes and attention to detail of the baked Brie, salmon, French fries, and duck in particular, though everything was perfectly cooked and delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Like it very much ....
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    We try to come for dinner at least every other week. We live in walking distance (in good weather) but if we were closer we would surely be having dinner here every week. The service is friendly, even more hospitable when some of the familiar staff recognize our repeat patronage with an extra friendly welcome. We think the food is very good - though we most often keep to the same items (salads, onion soup, steak frites, pork chop) sometimes we try a dinner special that often is enjoyable. We like the casual ambiance here and find it more comfortable and less cramped than our closer neighborhood favorite Cafe Lux.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    The food was good and appealingly presented. The service was a bit erratic and staff not particularly friendly.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic Food Always
    NicematindinerVIP
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    No matter when you go to Cafe Citron - mid week or weekends, early or late the food is terrific and service great
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Much better choices around!
    woofoosVIP
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    The evening had a bad start when we waited at the desk without a greeting. The man who was standing at the bar who had not offered a greeting or eye contact got snarky when I asked who I should talk to about my reservation. It turns out he is the one in charge—and so that set the tone for the evening. There was a noisy party in the back, which may have accounted for the incredibly slow service. The waitress was helpful but harried, and when the mussels finally arrived, they were really bland and not terribly fresh. With so many choices in the neighborhood, there is no need to suffer bad attitude with the mediocre food. We will not be back, and it was clear they could not care less.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Would be great but .....
    LadyBrady
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    If only the waitstaff cared about my friend and me! If only the waitstaff showed that we mattered! If only someone had asked if we needed anything or if everything was okay! If only.....
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Worth coming
    diningwithkidsVIP
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    We were a group of 8 (including 3 little kids). Seafood was fresh (ordered mussels, seafood pasta, salmon and sole) and beautifully cooked. Steaks were good. Coq au vin was ok. Kids' meals were sizable and delicious (burgers seasoned and cooked well). Service was prompt and attentive. Definitely on the nice list!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • worldtravelerVIP
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Classic French bistro menu with great mussels and fries. Can get quite noisy
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Should have been better
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    We've eaten at Bistro Citron before. It has an excellent menu in a pretty setting, but can be a uneven in execution. We dined early: 6:15. Our waitress must have had plugs in her ears. (She was a very nice person, but beet salad doesn't sound at all like pizza.) The ambient temperature inside was perfect — but for some reason the air conditioner was turned on. The blowers were aimed right at us. Our waitress kindly shut the system off, which made our table bearable. Freezing, over-air conditioned restaurants are one of the most unattractive features in NYC. By the way, even though the restaurant was still pleasantly cool by the time we were finishing our meal, the manager turned the system on again. Unpleasant and unnecessary.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 38 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 5, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.9
    • Food4
    • Ambiance3.7
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 67 reviews are from the Bistro Citron - Manhattan reviews archive.
  • Neighborhood gem
    RaymondVIP
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    This restaurant is a great place for neighbors to eat bistro food where "they always know your name" or for for visitors like me to enjoy a large bowl of well prepared mussels and sip inexpensive wine in bistro surroundings. The couple at the next table in their late 70's befriended me because I was dining alone. Many families were eating here. My new friends lived a block away and come to this restaurant frequently.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Pleasant cafe
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    Stopped in on a Friday night early. Service was very attentive. Duck was superb (particularly the crepe stuffed with leg and mushrooms) as was my wife's sole. House burgundy was very good as well. We would definitely eat here again.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food - good, Service - eh
    Carolamy
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    We enjoyed the food but continuously had to fight for the attention of our server. She was typically standing around with other servers talking. It took some time for her to take our order and to provide our check. It did not spoil the entire experience, but it would have been much enjoyable with a more accommodating and attentive server. I had one of the mussels dishes. The mussels were delicious and so was the broth - but normally I've had that served with toast points for dipping in the broth. My cousin had the salmon which she enjoyed.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Citron is going in the rotation
    DakotashadowVIP
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    Really solid food, nice and attentive staff, nice mix of people and moderate prices make this a local that we'll be looking forward to eating at again. We felt that we got very decent value, which is an all-too-rare thing these days. Really enjoyed the mussels!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good neighborhood restaurant
    FoodieVIP
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    I would go back. It was reliable and the food was good. Wine by the glass was excellent.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Bistro
    NicematindinerVIP
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    Wonderful fish. Appetizers incredible and tough choices. Will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Spot Near Museums
    MuseumEnthusiast
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    Bistro Citron is our favorite local spot after an afternoon at one of the many museums in the area. The staff is friendly, the food is just what the name suggests, "French Bistro" and it's reasonably priced
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • bistro citron
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    The food was solid, although my duck was a bit overdone. We went with our three children, 6-12, after a day at the AMNH, and it was a really pleasant meal with a friendly, attentive waiter and a nice range of food options. The steak was fantastic, well seasoned and done perfectly. My husband enjoyed his lobster ravioli and desserts were good as well.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • very convivial dining experience
    Kilty
    Dined on 3/9/2014
    I dined at this restaurant twice in the past month and was pleased with the food, the service and the ambiance both times. My only complaint is that on a recent Sunday evening, the noise of the music combined with the TV was much too loud.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • may not be the way to start the day
    catmam
    Dined on 2/23/2014
    this place is very conveniently located near the hayden planetarium. perhaps it depends on attracting tourists rather than locals.service was curt, almost surly. food was not gourmet but rather below diner level brunch. hollandaise was not delicate, creamy and lemony but felt gloppy, tasted mainly salty and was a bright neon yellow color. potatoes were also extra salty. my guest's french fries were similar to mcdonalds. so the price we paid for this kind of food was definitely a rip-off. i don't expect a place like this to be listed thru open table.
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  • Excellent mussels
    BetsyVIP
    Dined on 2/17/2014
    The Monday mussel special is great. There are many varieties and it comes with a glass of wine.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fabulous! Don't hesitate!
    NoelAnn
    Dined on 2/17/2014
    I was in NYC and a friend recommended this place. Made a reservation for two and they gave us a booth! (They are VERY busy in the evenings but lunch is more leisurely, we were very lucky.) The maitre d’ was very kind. The waitress was very good, even the busboy. My friend had a Croque Madame for $10. I made an error, ordered in bad french & instead of crepe with chicken and spinach I ordered a chicken entree. But it was a very happy accident. (They would have rectified the situation i'm sure if i had wanted that I was just very happy with my mistake.) Make certain if you are testing out your french to point to the menu while talking! The french onion soup and my friend's potato leek were marvelous! A bottle of wine is de rigueur.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great neighborhood restaurant
    Sande1
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    the food is consistently excellent at bistro citron. If you sit in the back the noise level is comfortable for conversation and the staff are attentive and friendly. all and all a wonderful upper west side place to eat with friends. I highly recommend
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice place.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/7/2014
    Food was very good. Service was cordial, professional, no problems.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Find
    BryanJBVIP
    Dined on 1/21/2014
    This is a cozy place that served up delicious food. Charming local customers and an attentive wait staff. Overall we were very happy!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Tres Bien
    Diningfortwo1
    Dined on 1/19/2014
    We met our friend here for brunch. It's a great place to practice your French and well, since our friend was French, he had no problem. The food was fine all around. The Salade Nicoise and Salmon with lentils were delectable and the crepes Suzette was outstanding. We shall return again and do recommend it highly.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bistro Citron is Not a Lemon
    AndyMorseVIP
    Dined on 1/19/2014
    My wife and I with three elderly relatives enjoyed the prix fixe Sunday brunch . It is fairly priced . The Oeufs Norvegiennes were well prepared as were the Benedictines. The Hollandaise was mustard colored and looked like spilled paint; yet tasted fine. The strawberrry pancakes were a little soggy..but the fruit sauce was tasty if not memorable. The manager/owner was welcoming and solicitous. The space was packed full with adults, teens (yuk) but offset by cute toddlers in strollers. I certainly would return. The restaurant was rather noisy so our elderly guests turned off their hearing aids. Brunch conversation was reduced to hand signals...it is remarkable how well humans communicate without speaking! Andy Morse
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great bistro
    Stella
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    My Paris loving friend is picky about where he orders moules. He loved them. Five of us sat ot one of the front booths, and it was comfortable and intimate. The staff was attentive, accomodating and could not have been nicer. Plan to return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Never Disappoints
    Shane
    Dined on 1/12/2014
    Always good food and great service. We are never rushed and they are very accommodating with fair prices.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Just The Right Spot
    TriplemVIP
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    Bistro Citron lives up to its billing as an ideal restaurant that provides a easy atmosphere and fine food and wine--it's has clearly created a winning formula that delivers a great restaurant experience for couples and families alike. A classic French bistro feel--but with a "we accept you for who you are" New York attitude. We had a 6 person family--old to young range and they accommodated us perfectly. Everyone loved their food--the lamb shank, arugula salad special, halibut, steak and pork were all delicious and the floating island for dessert is a must try--rarely seen but worth getting when you find it AND this one is very good. We loved it and will definitely come again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • If you're in the neighborhood
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 1/4/2014
    Citron was fine. The service was very helpful, not rushed, even when my friends showed up a half hour after the reservation (traffic). The food was okay, not great. I expected more of a French flair but my croque monsieur was only so so.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fun and intimate
    weeklydinerVIP
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    We had New Years Eve dinner and it was e Xcellent even with the crowded scene. Staff were not fun and personable. A wonderful neighborhood bistrl, authentic dishes, good selection and worth a trip if you are farther...as we were.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Old Reliable
    ZachVIP
    Dined on 12/28/2013
    We frequent Bistro Citron - it's in the neighborhood, and while its food doesn't send you to the moon, it's reliably very good - well prepared and consistent.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.