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Sake Bar Decibel

$$ - $$$
East Village
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E 9 street, New York City, NY
18:00 - 01:00
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Sun 18:00 - 01:00
Mon - Sat 18:00 - 02:45
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 February 2017 via mobile

A restaurant always full of people, but absolutely no comfortable. Waiting line is about 30mins, and then you are forced in a narrow space, without space to eat: we were five in a table of two, and I am literally attacked to my table neighbors :/ Food is Japanese: sashimi was good, but noodle and rice too cold for our... More 

Thank Elena R
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 December 2016 via mobile

Visited this bar after returning from a trip to Japan hoping to find a bar similar to the amazing bars we visited during our trip around Japan. Ordered some sake and food. Sake was nice, but food felt like it had been heated up in microwave and was not fresh at all. Our bill came to $33.25 and we left... More 

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Brooklyn, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2016

I give this place 5 stars because it feel so sneaky to come down the stairs to this barely marked place. It's in a basement and the walls are covered in graffiti - it's really a fun atmosphere. Staff is attentive but their English isn't great so be patient. Order a bottle of sake!

Thank cincommst
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2016 via mobile

A friend from NY told me to go here. If you don't know it's there, you will most likely miss it. Look for a small underground entry. They have a small counter bar and a larger back room. Great selection of sake, special cocktails and beers. Great atmosphere!

Thank Lubomir C
Wilmington, Delaware
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016 via mobile

Only a small sign leads to a downstairs entrance. You walk into a dark and crowded Japanese sake bar. Yes, it's all about sake here and it is very dark. There's also a good list of small apps to go along with the sake. Definitely a cool and almost grunge like vibe.

Thank Susan C
London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016

Walking down E 9th street and see some iron stairs leading into a basement with an red lit up 'On Air' sign which piqued our curiosity. After our initial confusion about how to order drinks, which may or may not have been due to previous drinking holes, we were ushered through the curtain to the back. That just made it... More 

Thank Hoylkat
New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2016

If you love sake and don't mind loud bars then go here. This sake bar has a HUGE sake menu, featuring lots of rare types of sake and Japanese tapas.

Thank MBenzinger
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016 via mobile

Good sake, an unbelievable amount of choice. We had a sparkling fruity one that was very drinkable. Setting was cool if a little intense, dimly lit with odd music playing - felt a bit like a opium den. Definitely an experience, worth a visit.

Thank mmeola
Uppsala, Sweden
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2016 via mobile

As it turns out, I'm not really a sake person. Still, I found the experience of visiting Decibel to be really memorable and enjoyable. Love the interior, lighting and overall ambiance of the place.

Thank flamingo_j13
Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 May 2016

You go to this place for an experience. It’s basically a Saki Bar in a small, dank, grungy a basement. Everything is dimly lit and a little beaten up, but that's the charm of the place. I’ve never been anywhere quite like it.

Thank Kipp7272

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Japanese, Asian
Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Open Hours
18:00 - 01:00
18:00 - 02:45
18:00 - 02:45
18:00 - 02:45
18:00 - 02:45
18:00 - 02:45
18:00 - 02:45
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: E 9 street, New York City, NY
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > East Village
  • Neighbourhood: East Village

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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