Sampling international cuisine is a powerful way of experiencing the fundamental aspects of a different culture, much like visiting a capitol city and then getting diplomatically noogied by its well-respected ambassador. Treat yourself to safer explorations with today's deal: for $20, you get $40 worth of sake and home-style Tokyo small plates at Kappa Sake House, located on 5th Avenue in Park Slope. This Groupon is good for dine-in only, and it is not valid during omakase sushi events.
When Kappa Sake House guests crack open the home-cooking menu, their eyes often widen like saucers over the simple, yet eclectic selection of small-saucered savories. Unacquainted diners can dip into fine flavors with plates such as tsukune, homemade chicken-meatballs in original teriyaki sauce ($8); miso tofu, organic warm tofu paired with a red miso-sauce ($6); and steamed soy-beans and sea-salt, or as online translators refer to it, edamame ($4). Because the plates are smaller in portion-size, guests can make a meal out of many or upgrade to main dishes, including saba shio, broiled mackerel with Japanese sea-salt ($10), or hako sushi, a refreshing roll of fresh salmon, grilled eel, avocado, and masago caviar ($12).
As tasters take flight across many discs of flavor, Kappa's liquid sustenance menu plays the part of a proper pairing co-pilot, with sippable selections ranging from Hanahato Kijyoshu Gorgeous Bird sake from Hiroshima ($11/glass) to Itami Onigoroshi Demon Killer from Hygo ($6/glass), the historical birthplace of sake. Diners who drop in before Halloween can imbibe their eats and drinks in the comforts of the open-air patio; those who arrive after the eve of hallows can still dine inside, seeking solace at the bottom of a delicate cup of warm, warm sake.
- This place is a local hangout for my fiance. She absolutely loves it, and I can see why now. The place offers a small bar/lounge for those seeking japanese sake, wines, and beer (yes, Sapporo is on tap!). – David L., Yelp
- Great low-key place with a nice selection of sake and good homestyle Japanese dishes. On a nice summer night the backyard is a great place to have a drink and nibble on something yummy. – Reggie S., Yelp