Decibel

240 E. 9th St.
New York, NY 10003
212-979-2733
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  • Sun 6pm-12:30am, Mon-Sat 6pm-2:30am
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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