The place that used to be Sakura has morphed into Kappa Sake Bar due to the departure of their amazing sushi chef, supposedly to Masa. They still have a little bit of sushi (on the specials board), some very good cooked food (mostly small plates), a great array of sakes and interesting Japanese beers that you don't usually see, wine, and a few bottles of soju. I'm gradually working my way through the sake menu, but tonight I stopped by the totally empty bar and had a great Hitachino Ginger Beer, something I hadn't tasted before. Along with that I had some nice homemade gyoza, a very good spicy salmon sushi roll, tasty spicy miso soup served in a mug, and perfectly cooked saba shio, all for $36. The food is very cheap, since I guess the owner's focus is selling her range of sakes. Happy hour Sapporo draft is $3.
I'm worried about this place. I like it a lot and can't understand why it doesn't get more business. Maybe people don't like the switch from sushi to izakaya, but I recommend checking it out.
Kappa Sake House
388 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215