Sake Bar Decibel New York

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Sake Bar Decibel – My favorite sake bar

Besides Chinatown and Little Italy, NYC also boasts Little Tokyo, a compact area in East Village that houses several Japanese tea rooms, restaurants, and bars. Unlike its Italian and Chinese counterparts, Little Tokyo is less well-known and more authentic. 

My favorite place, Sake Bar Decibel, is hidden down a nondescript flight of stairs. You can find over a hundred varieties of sake to choose from such as sparkling, hot etc. from different areas of Japan, as well as regional food specialties like okonomiyaki (which is a popular savory pancake from Osaka.)

Hipsters, students, and working professionals abound in this dark and quaint underground bar. Come early, but expect to wait a little, especially if you come over the weekend. In this neighborhood you can also find Angel’s Share, which is a popular Japanese speakeasy one block over, and Cha-An, a Japanese tea house with many varieties of tea and Japanese desserts.

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Details about this spot



East 9th Street 240, New York

Telephone number


Opening Times

Mon - Sat 18:00 - 02:50, Sun 18:00 - 00:50


Glass of sake: US$ 10


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Last Changed Date: 2016-05-19 11:45:13 +0200 (Thu, 19 May 2016)