Sake Bar Decibel

Sake Bar Decibel

Sake Bar and Japanese Restaurant$$$$
East Village, New York
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    This place is famous for their sake. It's one of the most popular in the city!
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    Hannah Y.
    "Cozy sake bar with a cool atmosphere and a wide selections of sake!"(14 Tips)
    EM H.
    "Great sake selection and cool grungy atmosphere"(10 Tips)
    Sam C.
    "Great underground sake bar."(7 Tips)
    "real Japanese bar food"(6 Tips)
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  • good for dates
  • grungy
  • trendy
  • casual
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  • Russell H.heart icon on user image
    Russell HirschornJanuary 22, 2017
    On the outside looks pretty fancy. On the inside you are transported to a Tokyo-like dungeon yokocho with lots of sake options, squished seating and humidity. Great experience.
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    GaryApril 16, 2013
    Very cool atmosphere, reminds me of alley bars in Japan. In addition to lots of sake, Decibel is one of the few places I've found with pickled garlic! They're at the bottom of the small stairwell.
  • Ivy M.
    Ivy MahsciaoDecember 3, 2014
    Best underground sake place to feel like you're in a place that's the love child of a shire and an izakaya. People watch, sip, get cozy in precious tiny wooden chairs and keep on sipping.
  • Vianney B.
    If there is a long waiting list to be seated in the main room, ask to be seated at the bar. There is a wonderful corner nook where both hours and lashings of sake mysteriously disappear.
  • Untapped Cities
    Untapped CitiesNovember 16, 2014
    They have an extensive selection of sake from the Rihaku to the Kikusui. Just as popular is the yummy lineup of appetizers, one can’t go wrong with the Shrimp Dumplings or Japanese Pancakes.
  • Josh W.
    Josh WJanuary 19, 2014
    A dark, underground sake cave with cool bartenders. Get the Hakkaisan Honjozo neat - pricey, but you certainly won't regret it. If you get the munchies, go for salmon or mentaiko chazuke.
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    SageSeptember 6, 2014
    Great spot to try a lot of different sakes. The small bar near the entrance is the best seat in the house.
  • Wesley B.heart icon on user image
    Wesley BlissSeptember 10, 2014
    tako wasa, huge sake menu, kurobuta sausage amazing, bonito, dashi tofu, ギンガコゲン, writing on the walls, occasional uncultured ignorant tourists wandering in. get drunk and snack here
  • nancy t.heart icon on user image
    nancy t.February 13, 2018
    Very cozy underground sake bar. Seats and close, but service is great, and the menu is extensive. Their plum wine is really delicious, but dangerous!
  • Emily K.heart icon on user image
    Emily KaneNovember 23, 2016
    If you're a sake novice like myself and don't feel like embarrassing yourself by trying to order something you know nothing about, go for the lychee martini. They're beyond delicious.
  • Amy W.
    Amy WuMay 14, 2017
    You can write on the walls!!! Try to get there before 11:30. It looks tiny but there's another underground seating area but there's a line. I had to read about sake before I could order.
  • Blake O.heart icon on user image
    Blake OlmsteadNovember 11, 2015
    The extensive menu, delicious bar snacks, and clandestine vibe make this subterranean bar feel like it's straight out of Golden Gai.
  • Cristina
    CristinaSeptember 23, 2014
    Loved this place. Perfect for a date, cool conversation and to try a few sakes. Will come back again, but next time will drink more water since the sakes are strong.
  • Danny K.heart icon on user image
    Danny KatzDecember 10, 2016
    Be prepared to wait. And to be charmed into a drunken stupor. I adore this place and am so happy it's still around after all these years.
  • Tony X.heart icon on user image
    Tony XerriApril 21, 2019
    Perfect date bar. Small, hidden, cozy, affordable, cool. Bring a lady here and you'll look like a stud.
  • Jenn S.heart icon on user image
    Jenn SchwartzSeptember 13, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Underground Japanese spot with small plates that will melt in your mouth. The vibe is dimly lit and very sexy. 👌🏻
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    citichik chickpeaJuly 21, 2012
    If you like Sake you'll love this joint. Dark, crowded, small, but friendly staff, good music and lots of sake. Come here with a date or a couple of friends & try a bunch of different kinds.
  • Natalie V.heart icon on user image
    Natalie VApril 11, 2017
    Neat underground bar with a great sake selection and Japanese appetizers. The shrimp shumai is delicious.
  • Hannah Y.heart icon on user image
    Hannah Y.February 25, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Cozy sake bar with a cool atmosphere and a wide selections of sake! One of my favorite sake bars.
  • Derek T.
    Derek TerrellAugust 9, 2013
    Good to see my old cool out, down low, underground spot is still going strong after about 12 years. Sake selection is crazy and udon noodles is dope as well. Been a minute but ill be back. Count on it
  • James S.
    James StolzJuly 22, 2016
    Very cool!! Great selection. Girlfriend loved the strawberry sake and I had an amazing Japanese wheat beer. Really cool vibe. Awesome staff!
  • No Leftovers J.heart icon on user image
    So much Sake, writing on the walls- funky bar bites. Always a good time, but always leave VERY drunk
  • Luciano T.
    Luciano TsirosDecember 27, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    This is my favorite izakaya in NYC. A little bit noisy and dark, but lots of variety of sake. I recommend Nigori if you are tired of regular sake, particularly "Nebuta Genshu"
  • Jessica d.heart icon on user image
    Jessica de OliveiraDecember 9, 2015
    The quintessential cool east village spot with a cozy setup and an amazing selection of rice wine.
  • Melody H.
    Melody HanAugust 17, 2011
    Dark, sexy, food only so-so but a cool place to take a date who'll dig the grafittied walls and the Japanese punk rock bartender. If you must eat, dried stingray with Kewpie mayo a good bet.
  • Bradley K.heart icon on user image
    Bradley KayFebruary 19, 2017
    Superb underground sake bar with a full food menu. Doesn't get too crowded due to well-spaced tables, though the wait will be horrendous on weekends.
  • Christina C.heart icon on user image
    Christina ChinFebruary 27, 2022
    Pretty sure its a hot date place, everyone in there on sunday night were couples lol. Dark grungy underground japanese bar with chill vibe
  • Ina L.heart icon on user image
    Ina LiOctober 18, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Open the door and enter an unexpected underground world as if you are in Japan! Huge selection of affordable sake
  • Gunnar A.heart icon on user image
    Gunnar AasenApril 26, 2015
    Cozy little underground sake bar. As expected, they have a large selection of all different types of sake. There's usually a wait and the tables can be cramped.
  • Horace L.heart icon on user image
    Horace LuMarch 8, 2015
    Everything is good apart from you might have to wait inside a crowded and heated place for a while to get in.
  • Josh C.heart icon on user image
    Josh ChuaDecember 12, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Friends from out-of-town get sooooo impressed when you show them this place.
  • Lucy M.heart icon on user image
    Lucy MariaOctober 25, 2015
    Very extensive sake menu to choose from and this place had a great vibe! Loved it!
  • Peter F.heart icon on user image
    Peter FeldSeptember 14, 2019
    Been here 10+ times
    Great sake menu, real NYC underground vibe.
  • Derk D.heart icon on user image
    Derk DoijerMarch 4, 2012
    A downtown secret, walk past the stairs heading down and you could very well miss it! Awesome sake list but be prepared to wait on the weekend this place is small and gets quite crowded
  • Racky R.
    Racky RossDecember 3, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    You don't need to like sake to come here... the awesome edgy atmosphere, Japanese beers and snacks are other great reasons to pay a visit to Decibel!
  • Colleen S.heart icon on user image
    Colleen SheaNovember 12, 2017
    Super cool speakeasy type Sake bar. You might wait to sit but they will get u seated as fast as possible, it’s a tad cramped but fun
  • Marc S.heart icon on user image
    Marc SchneebergerFebruary 12, 2017
    Amazing sakes, similar as big brother sakagura !!! Food cheap and good!
  • Tingheart icon on user image
    TingOctober 5, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Hole in the wall sake place with huge sake selection and great ambience. Entrance is down a flight of stairs from street level.
  • Brian S.heart icon on user image
    Brian StraussOctober 17, 2017
    Super fun late night spot. Great place to introduce out-of-towners to the deep cuts east village Japanese scene.
  • Jon C.heart icon on user image
    Jon ChanMarch 13, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Really chill vibes to just hang out with friends. Waitstaff seems to know the drink selection well. The sake we got was pretty killer. $8/person minimum
  • Lori L.
    Lori LuoSeptember 4, 2014
    This below-ground sake bar offers a number of Japanese bar bites (okonomiyaki should not be missed) as well as an extensive array of sakes.
  • Kenneth K.heart icon on user image
    Kenneth KaasteskaftOctober 19, 2015
    This little gem is a personal favourite. The underground atmosphere is awesome and so is the extensive sake menu
  • Bill S.heart icon on user image
    Bill SnyderMarch 20, 2010
    Try the Beni-Kanbai (scarlet plumb in winter) nigori sake. I love nigori sake, but this is something of it's own. Pink colored, thick, taste of plum. It's so rich, it reminded me of rice pudding. Read more
  • Teddy L.
    Teddy LuFebruary 17, 2015
    my absolute favorite bar in nyc. sit at the bar in the front, not in the back room for a more authentic, intimate experience.
  • Simon K.heart icon on user image
    Simon KratzerJuly 20, 2017
    Great for groups to do sake tasting. Ask the waiters for recommendations.
  • Leandro L.heart icon on user image
    Leandro LageraMay 30, 2016
    Despite the fact that I almost set this place on fire, it remains one of my favorite sake joints. Unfiltered sake to feed the beast.
  • Summer I.heart icon on user image
    Summer IzkovichSeptember 3, 2014
    Such a cute place. It has great selection of sakes. The food is pretty good too.
  • Antonioheart icon on user image
    AntonioFebruary 20, 2016
    5$ sapporo or Kirin (for an appetizer😆)! Almost all the 300 ml sake is perfect for two if ya wanna have a good buzz for the night!
  • Maria R.heart icon on user image
    Maria RiabtchenkoMay 10, 2015
    A secretive place with awesome food and sake. Try and steal a booth and order the don buri for a great night.
  • Rewan P.heart icon on user image
    Rewan PartiApril 7, 2015
    Hidden sake bar with great and wide selection of sake! They also have amazing Japanese tapas.
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