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Map & Directions 240 E. 9th St.
New York, NY 10003
  • Sun 6pm-12:30am, Mon-Sat 6pm-2:30am


Village Voice's Description

Do not disrespect Decibel with intentions of sake-bombing--this grungy, subterranean speakeasy offers a purist's take on the consumption of Japan's alcohol of choice. The menu contains junmai, honjozo, ginjo, and daiginjo variations on the rice-based beverage, with about 100 choices in total. No wussy English explanations are provided, so just close your eyes and pick: They're all good, or at least authentic. Similarly, the decor refuses to acknowledge that you're in New York City, and so the graffiti of the wrecked, Blade Runner-esque interior is also written in Japanese. Technically, you can't understand anything here, but the message is very clear.

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  • Showtime Network on 06/03/11

    Underground sake bar and Japanese tapas (izakaya). Dark and intimate. Love this place. Claire and my first date. -Francine, The Real L Word

  • christian b. on 10/09/08

    Decibel 240 E 9th StreetOne of the best Sake Bars in LES. You have to go downstairs to find it, so its hard to miss.

  • Showtime Network on 06/03/11

    Best hidden sake bar in the city. -Claire, The Real L Word

  • kate spade new york on 10/04/10

    our favorite sake spot in the city, perfect for an evening with friends.

  • Katherine L. on 04/13/09

    Underground, amazing sake menu, good for a date. Food is not stellar; it's for drinks and atmosphere. Order a cold, dry sake off the specials menu and enjoy a long conversation.

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