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Sake Bar Decibel

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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, Drinks

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  • 17
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  • 6
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
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This little place (it's small so prepare to get up and personal) took me by surprise. I'll admit the entrance and barely lit interior had me wondering if we'd taken a wrong turn somewhere...however I needn't have been concerned. The characterful ambience, the wonderful food (try the tuna which is... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 19, 2015
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Brindisi, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

I was recommended this place by a friend from NY. She said it is a traditional New York/Japanese sake bar. I honestly couldn't understand what that meant and I don't know if it can be considered that way, all I know is that the place is lovely, quiet and suffused atmosphere (a little too dark actually). Food was good and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

This little place (it's small so prepare to get up and personal) took me by surprise. I'll admit the entrance and barely lit interior had me wondering if we'd taken a wrong turn somewhere...however I needn't have been concerned. The characterful ambience, the wonderful food (try the tuna which is particularly awesome) and cocktails (lychee martini yum!) make this place... More 

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Montreal, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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