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Good restaurateurs, like sommeliers, carefully pair ambient music with their meals. Here’s what they’ve chosen, and why.


Gilbert Baeriswil
General Manager
Equus at Castle on the Hudson
(914) 631-1980
“We used to play classical music; now we play piano and guitar music.” “Not everyone likes classical, and piano and guitar are more appealing to the general public.”
Anthony Labriola
Executive Chef
Caffe Regatta
Oyster Bar & Grill

(914) 738-8686
“We play mostly jazz from Sirius Satellite Radio. Depending upon the night, we’ll kick it up a bit and play something a little faster, more lively.” “Jazz goes with the restaurant and the crowd.”
Jacques Loupiac
Owner, La Panetière
(914) 967-8140
“We play very light music, like soft orchestra.” “So people can hear each other talk.”
John Gervasi
Owner, Gervasi’s
White Plains
(914) 684-8855
“We use some satellite music through Cablevision and use the iPod. We play smooth jazz, some Italian, and classical stuff.” “It’s nice and soothing to listen to while dining.”
Joseph Rabadi
Owner, A’Mangiare
(914) 345-3200
“We use DMX satellite radio and play light jazz in the dining room and New Age at the bar.” “It helps create a relaxing vibe.”
Gary Fosina
Owner and Executive Chef
Mo’s New York Grill
New Rochelle
(914) 632-1442
“We use XM Satellite Radio, and we change the stations up. It depends on what kind of group we’ve got or what we’re doing. On Thursday nights we have a two-piece band.” “We watch sporting events on mute with music playing. If the Yankees are playing, however, we’ll turn the music off late in the game. Also, when Mariano Rivera closes, we’ll put the TV volume up.”
Mike O’Neill
Owner, The Cookery
Dobbs Ferry
(914) 305-2336
“We use a mix, more rock than classical or Italian. We play a lot of Pearl Jam and Led Zeppelin on an iPod system.” “We’re not an upscale restaurant, so we play modern music.”

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