Bar Eolo: Sicilian Kitchen & Wines
Bar Eolo: Sicilian Kitchen & Wines

Bar Eolo: Sicilian Kitchen & Wines

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.eolonewyork.com/
  • Phone: 6462256606x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday to Thursday 11am-11pm
    Friday & Saturday 11am-12am
    Sunday 11am-10pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Mediterranean, Sicilian
  • Executive Chef: Melissa Muller Daka
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Cafe, Counter Seating, Delivery, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Our catering services range from business lunches to barbeques and picnics to buffet-style feasts and multi-course celebrations. No gathering is too small, nor too big for Eolo.

    We also have a private chef service, which allows you to enjoy a restaurant style experience in the comfort on your home. Chef Melissa and/or another skilled chef from her team will prepare a feast to fit your needs. For those intimate dinners for two to gatherings of friends for brunch, we will prepare a meal from start to finish.
  • Special Events: We offer a wide array of pre-fixe menus from a family style menu to a 10 course tasting menu.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: W 21st Street
  • Public Transit: Take the 1 train to 23rd and 7th Avenue
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Bar Eolo: Sicilian Kitchen & Wines
Enjoy a meal at Bar Eolo and experience our chef Melissa's love letter to the region of Sicily.

At Bar Eolo: Sicilian Kitchen & Wines, food is thought to be a source of great pleasure as well as an insight into the culture and history of Sicily. In a warm & relaxed setting, we offer innovative Sicilian-inspired dishes and an award-winning selection of Sicilian wines.

Our menus change seasonally and we are committed to using both traditional Sicilian and local/organic ingredients. Breads, sausages, desserts, pasta, ricotta and more are all prepared in-house. We are vegan, vegetarian & gluten-free friendly.

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Bar Eolo: Sicilian Kitchen & Wines reviews from OpenTable diners
71 reviews since May 20, 2014
Overall Rating3.7
  • Food3.9
    Service3.6
  • Ambiance3.5
    Noise LevelModerate
64% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (32)fit for foodies (30)great for outdoor dining (25)special occasion (13)notable wine list (12)romantic (11)great for lunch (11)good for groups (9)hot spot (8)great for brunch (7)late-night find (5)kid-friendly (3)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Don't forget the ear plugs!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    The food was very good - surprisingly different. The house made ricotta was delicate and flavorful in the buschetta, although it did fall short in the sfingi - a little lemon zest would really have helped there. The combination of raisins and pine nuts with the cauliflower on the bucatini was another tasty surprise. However, the space is small and the tables are close and I was already struggling to hear my dinner companion when suddenly, someone started playing guitar. I thought nothing could sound worse until the man started singing. Really, a very bad idea. Perhaps mid-week would be a better choice for dinner conversation.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • What a find! Exciting menu
    nylilliVIP
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    What a find! Exciting menu and wonderful cuisine. Try the cauliflower soufflé!!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Food, Awkward Service
    Franceso
    Dined on 3/30/2014
    I have eaten here four times. Almost every dish I have tasted was well done, but the wait staff sometimes appeared not well trained. For example last Sunday the waiters would try to remove dishes from the table when people were not finished and it took a while for the food to come. (There were only two tables with people at the time.) When my pasta dish came it was slightly cold and a little dried out. The wait staff was friendly but their lack of experience was noticeable. This was made up for by the good food served in modest portions. I recommend this restaurant, but don't be surprised if the service is hit or miss.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fresh and delicious!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    Everything tastes incredibly fresh and delicious, especially the pasta. The quality of the food is exceptional for the price.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Inventive Italian
    DowntownKate
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    A deft touch, especially with the small plates and appetizers, mixing foods and seasonings to delight your mouth.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Happy return
    EsquireVIP
    Dined on 3/16/2014
    We stopped eating here when the jackhammers chopped up the sidewalk. This was the first time we ate dinner after the project was completed. The food, duck breast and swordfish, was first class, the wine, a blend recommended by the waiter, an Italian-born young man, was delicious and reasonably priced. We think that adding table cloths and linen would spruce up the rather luncheonette atmosphere. The food deserves it. Tablecloths or no, we will return. On second thought, maybe tablecloths are not a good idea. Then so many people would come that we would not be able to get a reservation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • yummy food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    I enjoyed this restaurant on restaurant week, the menu had tons to choose from and everything was delicious, I was a little disappointed with the portions as they were very small. Nonetheless, it was a nice experience with great food!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious meal, great service!
    frantztx
    Dined on 3/6/2014
    Took my husband here for something different for his birthday and we both really enjoyed it! We both had the Restaurant Week prie fixe - he had octopus + swordfish, I had iceberg wedge + tuna. Everything was thoughtfully prepared, fresh, and flavorful. To top it all off the flourless chocolate torta was divine. Very attentive and friendly service as well. We'll definitely be back!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sicilian food find
    UnnamedDinerNo8
    Dined on 3/6/2014
    I enjoyed my time at Eola. We visited during restaurant week, ordering off the prix fixe menu. The food was terrific and beautifully plated. My favorites were the scallops with cauliflower, ravioli with lamb sausage, and the deconstructed cannoli. The servers was warm and helpful, but I felt they were understaffed. I didn't like the fact there was no coat check because it was hard to navigate a heavy coat through the tight tables. The place was much smaller in person than it appeared in the photos. Overall a good experience in a convenient NYC neighborhood.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Had an early dinner at Bar
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 3/6/2014
    Had an early dinner at Bar Eolo during Restaurant Week. Food was execellent and service was too. Very good value...we'll return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We went on a whim for Restaurant
    JoJo
    Dined on 3/2/2014
    We went on a whim for Restaurant Week...It was an Amazing lunch...We had the grilled octupus and boy it did not disappoint..Great service with a warm Italian feel....Will definitely return!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best of Sicilian Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    The restaurant is not pretentious, nor was the food la-di-da. From the lovely breadsticks to the rack of lamb, each course was beautifully presented and delicious. The kitchen was flexible in substituting any type of pasta, which we appreciated. The Nero D'Avola (Mandrarossa) was superb. It is easy to run our of adjectives in describing this place and its food. If you go, make sure you try the grilled calamari and charred octopus!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Don't believe the Yelp reviews!
    KarenGVIP
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    Went here for a late dinner last friday night for restaurant week. It was packed, but the waiter was really great. My friends and I just wanted to put him in our pocket! The waitress who took over for him was also wonderful. The grilled octopus appetizer was one of the best octopi I've ever had! The rack of lamb was pretty much to die for and my friends noted that the lobster portion in their tagliatelle was really generous and delicious. They also raved about the donuts, in fact, days later one of them is still talking about them. My "deconstructed" type canoli was pretty phenomenal as well! All in all, we'll definitely be coming back again. Restaurant week strikes again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • On a cold winter night it
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    On a cold winter night it was very uncomfortable being seated so close to the single door. The pasta dishes were excellent. The tagliatelle al limone with lobster was the best pasta dish I've ordered in 20+ years of dining in NYC restaurants.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What a surprise! This restaurant
    foodie
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    What a surprise! This restaurant brought me back to Sicily, from the arancini to the cod fish balls. A laid back environment to just sit back and enjoy trhe simplicity of the room and the delicious food. I'd love to come back in the spring when the front doors are open and I could eat this food and take in the passerbys.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • slice of sicily
    irma
    Dined on 2/23/2014
    Food was delicious, well prepared and thoughtfully presented. Service was prompt and friendly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Taste of Sicily
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/23/2014
    Having been to Sicily I can safely say that this is a true taste of Sicily. I went with the friends I had traveled to Italy with and we all agreed it brought back fond memories. The octopus was outstanding. The arancini were just like I remembered getting on the street. And the house made pastas (we sampled three) were all....yummy!!! Don't walk, run!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Dinner with a group of seven
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    I met my siblings, husband and kids (ages 17 and 20) for dinner on a Friday night to celebrate my birthday. We had a great meal with friendly, attentive service and we did not feel rushed. The restaurant decor was rustic with clean lines. The food was tasty enough that my brother was wishing for a larger portion. Very convenient to Penn Station for the commute back to NJ.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great all around experience
    Nifty
    Dined on 1/26/2014
    The food was both interesting and delicious and the service was attentive but not intrusive. Wines were excellent and not terribly expensive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Solid Performance
    Bruno
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    As people who spend a month a year in Italy, we have some high standards for Italian restaurants. Eolo delivered. The lamb sausage ravioli was particularly yummy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    Terrific food. Attentive service. Friendly, casual atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food ok. Service was hit and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 1/2/2014
    Food ok. Service was hit and miss. Waiter rolled his eyes at us when we asked for more tap water and bread. We were the only people in the restaurant.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Christmas Eve
    Denver3VIP
    Dined on 12/24/2013
    Good Selection of wines. Creative food preparation. Waiter was helpful with selections.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Feast of the Seven Fishes
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 12/24/2013
    Our family came here for the Feast of the Seven Fishes on Christmas Eve and had a delightful dinner. The seafood lovers in the family enjoyed it the most, of course, but everyone managed to find something to their taste. The recommended wine was delicious and reasonably priced and the restaurant was very festive with friendly servie ... a great evening!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 12/11/2013
    My wife and I had a great experience here this week. We've been here before - actually came here on a few dates when the restaurant first opened and before we were married. We were excited to try Eolo again as we will be visiting Sicily in May. Since our last visit, the space underwent a beautiful renovation. Its more more warm and inviting. The food was also better than ever. Super fresh seafood. I had a tuna dish with a sea urchin sauce that was delicious. My wife had a black squid ink pasta dish that she throughly enjoyed. We started out with the octopus appetizer. Also, our server was very knowledgeable about the food and wine and most importantly about Sicily. And the chef gave us many restaurant tips for our upcoming trip there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Unmet potential
    DAnYCVIP
    Dined on 12/4/2013
    Bar Eolo, like its predecessor without the "Bar" in the title, has great potential but misses the mark. Service is weirdly inattentive. The great menu isn't fully realized in action ... I couldn't believe my fresh pasta dish (buccatini) came out overcooked. How could this place not nail al dente every time? There was no (or no discernible) music in the room, so the space felt low energy. I hope management can make improvements. I want this place to succeed. David
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A lovely escape to Sicily
    NYCMom
    Dined on 11/26/2013
    My daughter is attending college in NYC and chose this restaurant for a meal together during our last visit. We really enjoyed a quiet drink at the bar prior to our meal. The waitstaff and bartender were great. The meal was lovely, but rather uninspiring. My husband had a peppered Filet Mignon, which was flavorful but not exceptional. I found the sauce on the duck rather heavy, the duck was cooked perfectly, but the potatoes were soupy and the carrots a bit al dente. The squid ink and lobster pasta were a bit salty, and the flavors didn't mesh well. The Cannoli and cheesecake were fine, but not the best. Please understand, we come from a family of excellent cooks, and almost nothing quite stands up to what we prepare at home.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gluten Free!
    GFree
    Dined on 10/24/2013
    The food was fantastic. They served gluten free pasta, which was as stated online. I wish they had offered that to me when we first went over the menu because I was a bit confused. My dish was a bit small for what I paid for but it was delicious nonetheless.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic food in Chelsea
    JulianaVIP
    Dined on 10/15/2013
    I had been here before, and they did not disappoint a second time! The food was amazing, both flavorful and simple; the wine list was extensive; and the atmosphere was great. The waitress was a little scarce but otherwise the service was good. I will definitely make a trip back!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • unhappy meal
    mimiVIP
    Dined on 10/5/2013
    The ambiance and service were excellent but my drink and 2 dishes were inedible (the mushroom risotto was hideous and the house made ricotta tasted like some horrid rendition of cheese whiz i.e. visually unappealing and not pleasant to taste.. sad because the wait staff were attentive and pleasant....although there was no query about why I left 99% of the meal on the plate.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delicious!
    travellingcariVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2013
    Make sure you flip to page three, we nearly missed the specials. The portion sizes are tremendous and the food (squid ink tortellini, safron rice balls) was amazing. Service is a bit lacking, but I got the impression our waiter may have been new..
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good local place
    PeterB
    Dined on 9/26/2013
    Nothing overly special here. Food is good, octopus was great. Appetizers flavorless. Pasta's good. Bread was very good.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • They were out of the special
    HelenVIP
    Dined on 9/25/2013
    We arrive at 8:30 and they were out of the special, halibut. I ordered the seared tuna which was delicious!!! Also they were out of beets, so I couldn't get the beet salad. I chose a different salad which was Devine as well. The bill arrived including a charge for the halibut.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yummy!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/18/2013
    I've eaten here twice in the last month. My sister took me here bc homemade pasta was amazing then I had to take my husband bc I loved it so much.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Noise compromises overall experienc
    doe578
    Dined on 9/17/2013
    Although the food rates a VERY GOOD, I will probably not return or recommend this restaurant given the level of noise we had to endure. When I spend a hundred dollars per person for a dinner out, I'd like to be able to talk to my party without shouting. There was some unevenness in the food quality. I found my primavera w/ pesto pasta dish a tad heavy and overly dressed. The octopus appetizer was amazing. And the arugula salad with pine nuts excellent. I really can't speak for what others had but it did seem everyone was pleased enough. Our waitress kindly added an extension to our table at our request: we were six and found the initial spacing tight; we asked if a table for two could be pushed over; she obliged without hesitation.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Facelift for an old friend
    MarlenedcVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2013
    Recently renovated, and lighter looking, hasn't effected the good quality of the food. I was disappointed that Rana, the warm and friendly gal who hosted and served in the past was no longer there to offer her insights into the menu. The waitstaff was more laissez faire and preoccupied. The restaurant has several outdoor tables now but the ambience inside is still preferable. The appetizer with three choices from varied choices is still delicious, this time I tried the lemon asparagus, beets and walnuts and goat cheese and the outstanding caponata, all were tasty. The twisted pasta with pesto sauce and vegetables was very tasty but a bit too salty.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food too salty and too loud
    SidC
    Dined on 8/28/2013
    Visited Eolo for the first time since it is only two blocks away from our apartment. The atmosphere when we walked in felt lively but the way the decor is done, the noise level is very high and we found ourselves consistent shouting to be heard. The food was a disappointment as every single dish was too salty which was a shame as some of them had some nice taste to it.
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great Evening
    Willy50
    Dined on 8/28/2013
    This was my second visit to bar eolo's. The food was just as delicious and the service just as good as my first visit. I would recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sicily in Chelsea
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/22/2013
    Not quite Sicily but so close. It was a pleasure to have dinner here. The food, service and ambience were a delight.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sicilian Cuisine at its' finest
    Woode
    Dined on 8/11/2013
    We had a wonderful lunch/dinner last Sunday. The food was delicious, wine was excellent, and the service was friendly and prompt. Pasta was outstanding as were arancini. Don't forget the sfinci fpr dessert.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, notable wine list, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.