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decibel, sake bar

E 9 street, New York City, NY (East Village)
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Ranked #3,528 of 11,649 restaurants in New York City
Cuisines: Japanese
Dining options: Late Night
Neighborhood: East Village
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Dining options: Late Night
Neighborhood: East Village
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English first
New York City, New York
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20 reviews 20 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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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106 reviews 106 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 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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44 reviews 44 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
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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London, United Kingdom
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18 reviews 18 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
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
31 helpful votes 31 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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37 reviews 37 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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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61 reviews 61 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 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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New York City, New York
Top Contributor
76 reviews 76 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2012

Always different. Always fun, Atmosphere. The graffitti. The music. The sake. Literally underground. Peace, love, and sake.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2012 via mobile

This place is a great experience. It's intimate, dark and has an authentic feel. The menu choices for food and drink are plentiful. Be prepared to wait, but it was well worth it!

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