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decibel, sake bar

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E 9 street, New York City, NY
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6:00 pm - 2:45 am
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Hours:
Sun 6:00 pm - 1:00 am
Mon - Sat 6:00 pm - 2:45 am
Dining options: Late Night

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  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Super cool experience

This little hidden place is just super cool. The food is ok, but it is more the atmosphere and the feeling that this is not something you'll find anywhere.

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 7, 2015
LavenderLemon
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Montreal, Canada
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Montreal, Canada
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59 reviews 59 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

This little hidden place is just super cool. The food is ok, but it is more the atmosphere and the feeling that this is not something you'll find anywhere.

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New York City, New York
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53 reviews 53 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

I still remember my first time at Decibel, a girl took me on a date. Not having explored New York much nor did I spend any time at any Japanese place in years, decibel was an oasis. Over the years I've seen its popularity increases, and nowadays I expect to wait if I go on weekend nights. To my knowledge... More 

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New York City, New York
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21 reviews 21 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2014

We came to this place under a suggestion of a friend who'd advise us to go with a "small group". There being 6 of, we decided to go in an were sort of shocked at the decor: written walls, stickets everywhere and a sort of punk, dark ambiance that fits with the place. The bar was small, but since we... More 

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New York City, New York
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131 reviews 131 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2014

This is a little hard to find, but well worth it, follow the 'On Air' sign down stairs and enter the graffittied and quirky loveliness that is Decibel. Staff are a suitably odd mixture of night souls, the food is fresh, delicious and very different to your average EV Japanese and the sake list is formidable. You really have to... More 

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New York City, New York
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30 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2013

This is an excellent Sake Bar with over 80 types of sake.....The food is overpriced, small dishes and not remarkable. Nice place to drink but not eat.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2013

Although the food is really good, this place is all about the atmosphere and drinks. every time I head to NYC, it's always on the top of my list of places to visit. friendly service, great atmosphere, it does take you into a different world (or maybe that's the sake?!)

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Melbourne, Australia
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65 reviews 65 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2013

I love this place, go back with my girlfriend nearly every time we're in New York. The main thing we love is the atmosphere and cramped little hidden gem feeling the place has. That being said it's very cramped (even for New York) and almost always has a wait for a table (they don't take reservations). The sake list is... More 

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Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain
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28 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

I go here every time I am in NYC. I love the dark interior and the huge list of sakes. And the raw wasabi octopus dish!! Going down here takes you to a different world, that can be very crammed but it's worth it!

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Brooklyn, New York, United States
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2013 via mobile

Nice speakeasy vibe here. A lot of fun, but very slow service. 45 minutes for dumplings!!! Problems with the bill. Extra charges. Scrutinize your check carefully don't just blindly pay it.

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New York City, New York
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49 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2012

We went there last night after seeing a play in the village. You walk into the kitchen and you're struck with the combination of great aromas, warmth and harmony. The restaurant was packed with people drinking sake and eating a variety of Japanese food. You feel like you're in a speakeasy. Great ambiance. Be patient, no reservations. Worth the wait... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: E 9 street, New York City, NY
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > East Village
  • Neighborhood: East Village

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Japanese
Open Hours
Sunday
6:00 pm - 1:00 am
Monday
6:00 pm - 2:45 am
Tuesday
6:00 pm - 2:45 am
Wednesday
6:00 pm - 2:45 am
Thursday
6:00 pm - 2:45 am
Friday
6:00 pm - 2:45 am
Saturday
6:00 pm - 2:45 am

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