A Feast for the Ears

We’ve all experienced it before: The food’s great, the service is flawless, but the music’s painfully loud or just plain bad — and there goes the whole evening. We asked the people behind three local restaurants to share some of their go-to tracks to keep diners’ ears as pleased as their palates.

By Rachel Amico | Boston Magazine |
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Billie Holiday sets the tone at Bergamot. (Photo by Keller & Keller)

BERGAMOT

“We choose music that isn’t intrusive to our guests’ conversation, and we try to lean toward jazz,” says co-owner Servio Garcia. “We aim for it to feel like you’re in your living room having dinner during a conversation with your friends.”

A Sample Playlist

Ahmad Jamal: “Angel Eyes”
George Benson: “Summertime”
Madeleine Peyroux: “Dance Me to the End of Love”
Ella Fitzgerald: “Love You Madly”
Billie Holiday: “Speak Low”

STRIP-T’S

“We’re not trying to force people to have any kind of experience,” says chef and co-owner Tim Maslow. “We just like the music that we listen to, and that’s what we’re gonna play.”

A Sample Playlist

The Roots: “Without a Doubt”
Bad Brains: “Leaving Babylon”
1, 2, 3: “Work”
Torche: “Kicking”
Madvillain: “All Caps”

CUCHI CUCHI

“The concept of Cuchi Cuchi is to reflect an era of the glam ’20s to ’40s, so jazzy music is the focus,” says co-owner Tamara Bourso, “but contemporary and loungey music is required by the younger set.”

A Sample Playlist

Paloma Faith: “My Legs Are Weak”
Queen Latifah: “Baby, Get Lost”
Renee Olstead: “Sunday Kind of Love”
Stacey Kent: “Too Darn Hot”
Pink Martini: “Amado Mio”