Salinas
Salinas

Salinas

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://salinasnyc.com/
  • Phone: 2127761990x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner:
    Monday - Wednesday: 6:00pm- 10:00pm
    Thursday - Saturday 6:00pm- 11:00pm
    Sunday - 5:00pm - 10:00pm


  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Spanish, Mediterranean
  • Executive Chef: Luis Bollo
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: Located in New York City’s vibrant Chelsea neighborhood, Salinas is the perfect event space at any time of year with sophisticated design, prime location, & superior cuisine.
  • Special Events: Reservations For Large Groups
    At the moment, Salinas is only accepting general reservations for groups of 6 or less.

    For groups of 7 or more, Salinas will provide a preselected menu and will require a minimum of 72 hours booking and confirmation secured with a credit card.

    For reservations of 7 or more guests, please contact us at events@salinasnyc.com.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: between 18th and 19th street
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Salinas
Salinas is a unique and vibrant award-winning restaurant in the heart of West Chelsea serving the full culinary experience of Spain. Salinas specializes in contemporary Spanish cuisine, featuring regional main course dishes. Salinas was awarded a 2-star rating by the New York Times.

Nicolas Matar, Mary Catherine Mikula and Donald Mikula, Salinas’ proprietors, have traveled extensively throughout Spain and were inspired by the country’s lively culture, music, and cuisine. They joined forces with renowned chef Luis Bollo (Mediterra in Princeton, NJ and Meigas in New York City), to create a menu highlighting classic dishes from the country’s Mediterranean coast.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSpanish
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
Salinas reviews from OpenTable diners
143 reviews since May 5, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.3
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.7
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
romantic (101)fit for foodies (81)special occasion (76)neighborhood gem (69)great for outdoor dining (27)hot spot (26)notable wine list (19)good for groups (18)late-night find (12)scenic view (6)great for brunch (5)great for lunch (5)vibrant bar scene (4)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Favorite
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    By far my favorite restaurant in NYC. You would think you are entering a private garden every time. Impeccable service. And a warm atmosphere
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Michael Jared
    MJL2442
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Delicious drinks and food and I would go back here again. Atmosphere and the aroma of the flowers were perfect for a date.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent food and beautiful decor
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    I had been there with friends in the Fall 2013, and went with my husband recently to celebrate our wedding anniversary: the food was excellent, so yummy, tasty, and beautifully presented. we sat at the bat first for a cocktail and the bartender was very knowledgeable and his recommendations were right on. our waiter was so nice and attentive. his recommendations were also great. I wished we could have sat in the back, in the retractable roof/garden area, but couldn't as there was a large group/private party there). all in all fantastic! and highly recommended. I'd go back soon. perfect for special occasions, or just a nice dinner date.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tapas
    Gourmet
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Great tapas following the traditional flavor with a special touch, great prsentation
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent experience
    Frankie
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Loved the food, the ambiance and the service. Very nice outside dining yard!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of the best meals!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    What a great find. We ordered several incredible small tapas plates. Each one was better than the next. Surprising tastes and textures. We sat in the garden in the back on a beautiful summer evening. Sitting in the beautiful inside of the restaurant is lovely as well. This was an exciting and fun dining experience. Go and enjoy!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely setting, good food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    As many have said, Salinas is a lovely setting, filled with flowers and charm. The food is good, and the reception staff is charming. On this particular evening our waiter was truly overbearing and so taken with himself that it spoiled what would have been a lovely night out with friends. Two in our party shared the paella and liked it although it did seem to take an unusually long time to make it to our table. For whatever it's worth, if your waiter happens to sport a blond bun I'd suggest requesting another table.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Romantic Restaurant, okay food
    Salinas
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Came here for a date. Great ambiance, very romantic restaurant. My date enjoyed herself. Service was also good and attentive. Only drawback is food (kinda overpriced), had better Spanish food elsewhere.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Need individual space
    LenoxVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The restaurant was not full on Saturday evening at 7:30 pm. Why cramp so many tables where customers are right next to one another when half of the seatings aren't filled. Leave some space among tables.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Smells like roses!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    The place is covered in floral arrangements and smells divine. Food is a bit overpriced for it's quality in my opinion. The potato side had too much mayonnaise. Loved the chicken dish and the artichoke appetizer. Will definitely come back for the ambiance and Paella for two.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A night out in Chelsea
    FoodAwaysCures
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    It was a rainy night and I was awaiting my date for a spectacular experience at Salinas. This place really is a hidden gem. The outside of the restaurant wasn't quite noticeable. It is actually quite small in width and once you walk on, it feels like an endless hallway. It was so beautiful with comfy blue chairs and dozens of roses surrounding the tables. Our waiter was very knowledgeable and came several times to ask us if we are okay. He asked us what type of water we would like, we got the sparkling which was surprisingly salty so we opted for distilled water. We ordered the croquettes, paella, and tuna ceviche. Hands down, my favorite was the paella. It was cooked to perfection and was perfect for two people.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb tapas and ambience
    Groovy1966VIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    And the outdoor area is sublime concrete jungle relaxation
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • All around great find.
    CitySuburbMom
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Went for an early dinner with the hubby after work on Friday and was so happy with this restaurant. Beautiful decor and setting. Creative and delicious menu options. Would definitely go back. Artichoke and goat cheese tapas selections were delectable and so was the yummy bread pudding. Not your typical restaurant fare which makes it all the better.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Find.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    This restaurant was great. Lovely ambiance, and the owner was on site which sets for a pleasant experience. Owner was very friendly and accommodating. The whole set up was very romantic, great for a date night.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • beautiful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    beautiful decor and everything is so tastefully done inside. The food is delicious and very true to the spanish roots. YUMMY all around.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Beautiful place with great food
    BKeater
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Had a wonderful time for a girls night out sitting under the beautiful open air trellis. Loved getting fresh air from outside AND sitting in this gorgeous flower filled setting with velvet chairs. Will be coming back for date night! So romantic!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pretty, good for special occasion
    NYC1
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Salinas is not a regular dinner spot. I would say it's more for special occasions and if you're looking to impress a date. The place is very pretty inside (though the pics on the website make it look a lot bigger than it actually is). The food was good but the portions were quite small. I would expect that from a fancy, high range restaurant like Salinas though, so not too surprised.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Foodielouie
    Foodielouie
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    The food and service was amazing. The only complaint was the price of a pitcher of sangria $62.00. We thought that was very excessive. Otherwise can't wait to return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beautiful setting, amazing tapas
    linsyVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    The place was beautiful and romantic. The tapas were amazing-ordered 6 in total..but the ones I most enjoyed were the morcilla and patatas bravas, and the boquerones on the multigrain toast with guacamole. Sangria was lovely as well, service was good...no complaints!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely ambiance, interesting menu
    Patherto
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Loved the atmosphere. I was not impressed with the appetizer but entree was great!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a Fav
    Joseph
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    I will continue to come back. It's one of my favorite restaurants and a great place to bring out of towners or to celebrate a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Gorgeous space
    JenniferVIP
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    My friend and I thoroughly enjoyed our pre-Joyce Theater dinner here. The fried artichoke and eggplant caviar appetizers were elegant and well prepared. The roasted chicken and salt-encrusted bass were also delicate and delicious. Be sure to request a little dish of coarse salt. Indispensable. The kitchen is shy about salt, but I'm perfectly comfortable seasoning with the house supply of Maldon! Manhattan pricing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good for special occasion
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    The place had a nice feel to it. Very nicely lot by candles and fresh flowers everywhere. However the food portions were very small although tasty. So don't come here hungry. But maybe it's just me.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very romantic!
    delphinebrVIP
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    Candle lit setting, delicious food, great wine, wonderful service. Absolutely loved it. Recommend for romantic occasions.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • NoisyVIP
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    We were very pleased - food was inventive and tasty, and the restaurant was beautiful
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Beautiful space, Excellent Food
    JeffJets
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Been meaning to check this place out for a while, & finally found a date that I wanted to bring. Got a Saturday night rezy & scored a table in the 'outdoor' section under the retractable roof, next to the fireplace. Space is gorgeous. Perfect for a date. We were looking fwd to the suckling pig entree, but were told they sold out! They saw our disapointment and ran to the kitchen to check and they had one left, so we got the last one of the night. it was INCREDIBLE. Super delicious. Crispy skin, tender succulent meat. Some frisee on the side made a nice bitter counterpoint to the rich pork. Man, it was GOOD. Got tuna 'ceviche' app special was great, croquette w/jamon also delicious. Sangria, also delicous. Will be back for sure.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The BEST Paella
    MattI
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    This was the best paella that I've had. IT was really flavorful, each ingredient was good just right, it was a very generous pitcher of sangria was a just the right accompaniment to the dinner. The decor is really wonderful. If you can get a table int he garden, it is pretty magical. I will be going there again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointed with the service!
    Scotte14VIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Arrived 15 minutes early for our reservation and we were seated 50 minutes later. According to the manager, who was defensive, this was the fault of the previous diners who'd been at the table for 3 hours - really, you can't manage table timings! There were further hiccups with service after we sat down. We were given a complimentary drink of the restaurant's choice at the end of the night which we didn't like/drink. We all know substandard service will put a downer on the evening, regardless of the quality of the food. If this was the first time I'd been here I would not go back but as a regular diner I'll give them the benefit of the doubt.
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  • Unbelievable find! Thanks OpenTable
    AviEatsOutVIP
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    We were having dinner at the Chelsea Market and the menu was beyond average. I said, "Let's order appetizers and go somewhere else." and proceeded to whip out my phone with the OpenTable App. I booked a reservation and found a fabulous gem!!! We had an amazing meal, the bar tender was off the charts knowledgeable and helpful that we never sat at our table! I will bring back other friends and I was thrilled at our night. I would have never picked this place but now I will go back and OpenTable made a wonderful introduction. Thank you to both Salinas and OpenTable!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Birthday celebration.
    Junebug
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    I celebrated my birthday at Salinas. The overall experience, food, ambience, and wait staff was very positive. I would definitely go back again. Delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One word AMAZING !!!
    Luvny
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Even though we had to wait to get our table. It was worth it. Very cozy and romantic. Highly recommend coming here for a special occasion. The food, drinks and service was by far the best I have ever had. A must eat!!!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never Disappointed!
    Kira0483VIP
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Had another lovely evening at Salinas. Staff are all knowledgeable - but just as importantly - are warm and welcoming. Someone once said that people come to a restaurant for the food - but they come back for the service. Everything we've tried on the menu is wonderful. We would keep coming back just for the tapas and sangria! You have more than earned our loyalty and we plan to be back soon....
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Too little, too late
    ElemichVIP
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    While Salinas is a very pretty restaurant, there are some serious flaws. In three recent visits all booked for 6 p.m. The restaurant kept us waiting for at least 15 minutes because they hadn't "opened" yet. People, get it together. If you accept reservations for 6 p.m. Have the tables ready. The food is good, but the tapas can add up to a hefty price. Basically, for 3 or 4 small plates you can pay close to $100 with a glass of wine. Also food service is SLOW. It's a place worth going to, but the service and concept need work.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Continues to be great
    JustUs2VIP
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    We brought guests, which we don't do until we really trust a restaurant to time and again live up yo high marks! If possible they went further then before. A full bottle if great wine and the special fish of the day may have made the difference
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Beautiful ambience
    LorraineVIP
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    It's hard to believe that such a beautiful restaurant is tucked behind such a plain facade. The dining room is,filled with fragrant roses. Just liovely. Wine was very good. Paella was good, not great. But good. Dessert was excellent. Service was less attentive than I would have expected. I would go back. Be prepared. Dinner doesn't start until 6 pm, and you won' t be seated until then. Door for bar access doesn't open until 530 pm, and that's a lot of diners to crowd into a tiny bar for waiting.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food, need more wine choices
    WineLoverVIP
    Dined on 6/2/2014
    Very authentic Spanish food. Had the Rock Octopus - wonderful flavor, crisp and tender. Also, had the Roast Suckling Pig - best I have had since Segovia and I always try the Suckling Pig when someone offers it on the menu. The issue is the wine selection - not a great number of choices, so I rated the food lower as a result of lackluster pairing options. Dessert wine selection is also limited.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A hone run
    RicardoVIP
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    This restaurant has everything. Great food, great service, and a really good vibe. Owner was circulating around restaurant making sure everyone was having a good time
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dinner
    sarahfinn54
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    Overall, a fine restaurant. We had reservations for 9:00 but still had to wait over 15 minutes to be seated. The hostess recommended we have a drink. However, the bar area was very small and we continued to be bumped and pushed as we waited to be seated. Their specialty cocktail selection was small but impressive in an interesting way. The seating area was also small but very cute and intimate. The food was good but not notable. Out of what we ordered, the chicken entree was the best. It was loud and hard to hear. Out of all the places to dine in NYC, I dont think I would recommend this one.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food. Poor service.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    The greeters, two young women, were friendly and welcoming. The wait staff at the table was rude (without realizing it), unhelpful, indifferent when telling us that items on the menu weren't available, hovering uselessly to pour beverages we'd already told them we'd rather pour for ourselves, and, worst, continually trying to take away items we were still eating. The wait staff managed to convey quite clearly that they are only concerned with themselves, not with the diners. The message was received.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • First the good parts, then.....
    fisheaterVIP
    Dined on 5/19/2014
    Serving a martini in a sherbet glass? A bad beginning. Lovely decor, great service; good roast chicken, but my fideos (the reason we selected that restaurant) was so salty that, were I not salt-tolerant, it couldn't be eaten. The salt overwhelmed the flavor. My wife pushed her portion away after one bite. Stlll, I gobbled it all down.The dessert, bread pudding, was forgettable.I only remember the citrus sorbet, which didn't add much to the pudding. Still, it was a very peasant evening, with the food component secondary. But it was a Monday, and Mondays are always chancy ... chef's night out?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic