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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
Closed now
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Sun 6:00 pm - 1:00 am
Mon - Sat 6:00 pm - 2:45 am
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Boston, Massachusetts
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534 reviews
355 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 160 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars 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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121 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars 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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84 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars 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
Armacao dos Buzios, RJ
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2016 via mobile

Best sake bar in NY! Must stop every time I go to the city! Amazing food amazing vibe! It's a true experience if sitting on a table or at the bar. Gets pretty crowded on weekends so arrive early to get a good spot!

Thank sbmdesign
New York City, New York
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55 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2016 via mobile

Until (multiple) visits here, I have to admit my sake palette was under-educated. I've slowly been working my way through the very complete menu and have found many new favorites, and learned a great deal about the complexities of sake. The atmosphere is fun and mysterious, darkly romantic. Sake is served in small glasses that overflow into little boxes, so... More 

Thank Evan F
Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire
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142 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2015 via mobile

Very east village. Underground, dimly lit, actually dark, not a large space but efficiently organized. Early evening is not crowded. I was made a bit uncomfortable by boxes obstructing the exit door. I would like to think that they were there temporarily. Very good sake menu, interesting cocktails and food. Service is prompt and friendly.

Thank 68WorldTraveler68
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145 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2015

I used to go a couple of times a week when I lived in NY in 1999, probably my favourite bar at the time alongside Siberia in the subway station (RIP) - I guess it depended on my mood, although too often one led to the other! I went back to Decibel a few times in the early 2000s but... More 

Thank NickiG
Brindisi, Italy
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91 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
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 

Thank Luca N
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34 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015 via mobile

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 

Thank Sparkle_and_shine
Montreal, Canada
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104 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 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.

Thank LavenderLemon

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
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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