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      Sakebar Decibel  
      240 E. 9th St.
(212) 979-2733 sakebardecibel.com

Subway: 6 to Astor Place; N, R, W to 8th St. (NYU)
Mon-Sat 8:00pm-2:50am Sun 8:00-12:50pm



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  About Sakebar Decibel:      


First opened in 1993, Sake Bar Decibel is New York’s original Japanese sake bar, offering New Yorkers their first glimpse into the sake culture of Japan. With almost 100 of Japan’s finest sake available Decibel is the closest to Japan you can get without stepping on a plane. In the words of one Decibel patron: “when you walk through that door you are no longer in NYC…It feels like you are in some secret underground speakeasy that you have to know a password to get into.

  Do Not Miss:      
The wide, growing selection of Nigori (cloudy) sake (Decibel carries over 11 kinds of nigori sake)
Huge sake bottles (1.8L) intended for group sharing
Small, unique dishes such as okonomiyaki, noodles, and wasabi shumai
Delicious desserts to top it all off


Zagat Survey 2012/2013

Atmosphere 24 Decor 16 Service 19 Cost E

"Charmingly run-down" East Village sake/soju den that rolls out an "impressive list" of varietals paired with "interesting" snacks; set in a "cool underground" space with enough graffiti to suggest a "Tokyo dive bar", it draws an "eclectic" mix of "hipsters" and Japanese expats.

The New York Times
July 27th, 2008

This East Village sake bar and restaurant is claustrophobic with a hint of fish in the air—but in a good way. It attracts a partly young, partly Asian crowd, some of whom can tell their junmai-type sake from their honjozo from their ginjo, and others who are willing to stare at a menu and pretend they can tell before picking at random.

New York Magazine

Walk down a dingy flight of stairs to enter this low-lit, speakeasy-like highlight of Ninth Street's pocket-sized Tokyo. The wait staff prowls about with rock star panache, replenishing your box from a dazzling arsenal of sake. More than eighty rice wines of every conceivable price and type are warmed or chilled to intoxicating perfection, whether tossed down straight or sipped as a saketini. A plucky menu features over twenty traditional Japanese snacks and soups; try okonomiyaki, the house specialty pancake.
By Matt Kelly


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