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Sake Bar Decibel

$$ - $$$
East Village
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E 9 street, New York City, NY
6:00 pm - 2:45 am
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Sun 6:00 pm - 1:00 am
Mon - Sat 6:00 pm - 2:45 am
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Brooklyn, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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 October 23, 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 September 28, 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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120 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 21, 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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44 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 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 August 2, 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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 173 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 10, 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
Vancouver, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 27, 2016

was here once 20+ yrs ago and loved it. came back for late night drinks and munchies (had been to Reggae show earlier). still has the same magic and somehow serve outstanding izakaya in minutes. cant wait to get back to japan this summer!

Thank Daren R
Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 21, 2016 via mobile

This little hidden gem in NYC is an understated bar. I love the hidden appeal of this place (basement). The place have a wide variety of sakes to everybody's taste buds. Great low key bar!

Thank markeetots

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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, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Open Hours
6:00 pm - 1:00 am
6:00 pm - 2:45 am
6:00 pm - 2:45 am
6:00 pm - 2:45 am
6:00 pm - 2:45 am
6:00 pm - 2:45 am
6:00 pm - 2:45 am
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

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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