This venue is closed.
The former Sakura has remade itself as less a sushi restaurant and more a sake lounge. It certainly offers a more authentically Japanese experience than most in Park Slope’s "fusion cuisine" league, thanks to live East Asian jazz bands, D.J.'s, reservation-only theme events, and an endless succession of movies from directors like Juzo Itami. Most significantly, a staggering drink list fit to please even the fussiest sake fanatic serves as the menu's centerpiece, with a group of obscure mainland-brewed beers available for curious tipplers. Unfortunately, Kappa's interior doesn't quite lend itself to lounging: The cramped, minimally decorated space has a well-lit atmosphere suggesting a more old-fashioned restaurant, and the wraparound bar leaves little room to mingle. A backyard provides welcome seasonal relief.
Picnics with a view, roller-skating nostalgia, and a party for gay headbangers.