New York, NY 10003
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.
Tips from foursquare
Underground sake bar and Japanese tapas (izakaya). Dark and intimate. Love this place. Claire and my first date. -Francine, The Real L Word
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.
Best hidden sake bar in the city. -Claire, The Real L Word
our favorite sake spot in the city, perfect for an evening with friends.
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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