Having lived in the East Village for 2 years, I had meekly shied away from the basement bar Decibel for all that time. As a yuppie returning to the area, flanked by a posse of equally non-hipster companions, I had finally mustered up the courage to walk down the steps, into the window-less sake bar that is Decibel.
We were early enough to not face a line, but at 9:30pm when I strolled out, there was barely room to ascend. It was a Thursday no less, and seemed not a particularly proper day for one to get hammered. However, warm from our meal at Ippudo, we had a kaedama buffer between us and a weekday ditch.
I had for myself the Rihaku unfiltered Sake, a not so viscous version that was subtle with sweet. Pleasant to sip on, and a rather sizable glass. My friends had a bottle between them, and the waiter diligently warmed up round two as they downed 720 ml.
Truthfully, like wine, I’m no real connoisseur of Sake. However, I fancy myself at least somewhat knowledgeable when it comes to wonder-inspiring eateries and watering holes. Decibel is definitely a fun place to take someone new to the village. The hush hush allure of a basement, the fear you might induce in an out-of-stater, the satisfying swigs of Sake–just don’t miss the sign.
Sake Bar Decibel
240 E 9th St
New York, NY 10003