Shalom Japan
Shalom Japan

Shalom Japan

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.shalomjapannyc.com/
  • Phone: (718) 388-4012
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner

    Tuesday & Wednesday: 6:00pm - 10:00pm; Thursday - Saturday: 6:00pm - 11:00pm; Sunday: 6:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Executive Chef: Aaron Israel and Sawako Okochi
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Wine
  • Catering: Please email Thierry@ShalomJapanNYC.com for catering inquires.
  • Private Party Facilities: Please email Thierry@ShalomJapanNYC.com for private party inquires.
  • Private Party Contact: Thierry Morpurgo x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Rodney St
  • Public Transit: Marcy JMZ, Broadway or Metropolitan G, Lorimer L
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Shalom Japan
Two chefs, two backgrounds, one restaurant. An ever-changing menu of New American cuisine drawing from Jewish and Japanese influences.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
Shalom Japan reviews from OpenTable diners
64 reviews since July 30, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (54)neighborhood gem (41)special occasion (27)hot spot (22)romantic (15)good for groups (10)notable wine list (9)great for brunch (8)great for outdoor dining (8)late-night find (6)vibrant bar scene (6)great for lunch (4)Show More
  • expensive and pretentious
    womble
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    the quality of the food is good though obviously gimmicky, the prices are ridiculous considering the minuscule small plates, the drinks aren't as good as yelpers would have you believe (though they're not bad) service is as pretentious (and, honestly, as unwarranted) as the prices. an unpleasant experience, on the whole.
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    very good and interesting food. been hearing about this restaurant for a while and was very glad to get to try it out thru opentable. smart to make a reservation as it's a small restaurant. sometimes was hard to see the chalkboard menu behind the bar over people's heads.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Honest Review
    Gianni
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    The food and beverages are extraordinary and worth the trip. The music is way too loud and aggressive so it is difficult to hear the friends you brought to this very unique, inventive and otherwise charming restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Cute concept, delicious food
    Bluntbutfair
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Thoroughly enjoyed dinner for 4 at this unusual restaurant. Good was fun and delicious. Very nice attentive service a welcome switch from most hip dining establishments.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Underwhelmed
    DanielVIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Was excited to try this restaurant based on the online reviews but was underwhelmed by its delivery. Some of the dishes (such as the short ribs) were a little too forced in terms of combining both cultures and I was not left with a memorable taste. Even the Matzo Ball Ramen which is supposed to be one of their classic dishes was not a dish that I could "wow" to. No regrets though. Happy for the new experience, but would not voluntarily go back.
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    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Totally Awesome Food experience!
    JRow
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    One of the most creative food experiences you'll ever have! It's my go-to place for out of town guests. We always start with a cocktail - my husband loves the Golem. I go for the Last Herb - Cilantro-Cucumber Gin, Yellow Chartreuse, Cocchi Americano, Lemon. Ymmm. The menu is always very small and changes regularly. 2/3 of the menu is small plates, 1/3 large plates. We tend to order 6 small plates and 2 large plates for four people. Start with two challahs served with raising butter and then enjoy one of the most creative and delicious dinners available in NYC! Love this place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Restaurant
    Scoop
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Wonderful restaurant. We had the 8-course tasting menu. Every course was fun, creative, and delicious. Very cozy space and perfect service. Had a great time.
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very displeased with the service
    InfrequentReviewer
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Made a reservation for my mom's bday and still had to wait 45 min for our table. Ordinarily, I find this understandable, especially in a small restaurant. But Shalom Japan requires a credit card to book a reservation and states that they will charge your card $75 per person after 15 minutes. We brought this up with the manager and also complained that the only place for us to wait was huddled by the door. He promised to take care of us for the delay and brought us a $3 appetizer of challah on the house. I find that pretty insulting. He didn't even comp us for the round of drinks that we had while we were waiting for our table. The food is so-so. Nothing was bad, but def not memorable or deserving of the praise the restaurant is getting.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fun for Foodies
    OmNomMomVIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Lots of fun and really great food. Went with a friend and we shared everything. Had the Challah with sake-soaked raisin butter, a duck entree, the salad with raw fish and crispy fish bones (yes, really) and tuna with black sesame dipping sauce, Homemade ice cream in a mochi "blintz". This place is more than a gimmick; the food and service are top-notch. Had a 6:00 reservation, and lingered until 8:00; were never rushed to leave even though a line of people were waiting. Very friendly service staff too.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • Long waits between courses
    ZaGhetto
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    I Went with my girlfriend on a Thursday. We had the Chef's tasting- it started off strong (fish crudo trio, cold corn soup, fluke with sake beurre blanc) but the incredibly tedious fire times between courses hampered the overall experience. Tables that sat later then us and ordered multiple courses from the a la carte menu were recieving their dishes much faster (hard not to notice, the tables are on top of each other). The dessert at the end of the tasting was boarderline insulting. We "shared" 2 scoops of overly acidic sorbet yet we paid $75 each. Why are we sharing a dessert Chef? For the amount of money we spent (we also spent a lot on wine and cocktails) I would of rather of gone somewhere else. If your going to go- order a la carte.
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  • Incredible experience
    Lyndsey
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Everyone in my party can't stop thinking about the food. It was so well planned and executed. The tastes were original and service was perfect. I am recruiting more people to go back with soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It was like dining with more people
    Chango
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    The tables where too close and we where next to a big group of people shouting and yelling. In some moments where difficult to have a simple conversation.
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    fit for foodies
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  • incredibly creative
    UniqueVIP
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Nothing on this menu has been created any where else. The combinations of tastes are amazing and exciting! Very special experience...not to be missed! Great wait staff...friendly, knowledgeable, and the whole place has a fun vibe.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • Wow
    ToddVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    What a great twist on food. Very unique experience. I look forward to going back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Meh +
    Waxy1
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Notable dishes: tuna tataki with black tahini and the toro toast. Disappointing dishes: grilled corn and the matzoh ball ramen soup. Sea bass dinner special was stuffed with seafood sticky rice, with some simmered greens (celery shoots?) in a so-so beurre blanc--entirely too mushy. Our Hungarian Kékfrankos, a medium+ red similar to blaufrankish, sadly seemed to reach its peak right as we were finishing the bottle. Loud tight seating. Menu wass Japanese with a hint of Jewish cuisine--the matzoh ball ramen really could have benefitted from some garlic. Go as a party of 2, no larger, and if you know wines, to call ahead to see if they can decant a bottle for you, and stick with the small plates. Place two orders for the tuna tataki.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • chiknman
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Overall perfect place to enjoy dinner, very interesting combination of foods...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fine and original
    David
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    This was a second visit and because there were more people, we had more dishes--the menu is designed for sharing. The result: an even even better experience. This time, the lambs tongue (the tongue is unrecognizable--I had to ask what the dish was) was absolutely superb and the corn on the cob dish was as wonderful as I remembered it. The reality of these dishes is nothing like their names. The dishes are thoughtful and complex. As in any place that takes chances there are few that are simply good; but many are off the charts good. You've never tasted anything like them. The setting is nice; the service is good but more in the friendly/neighborhood style than in the obsequious upscale or hipster mode. The overall experience is memorable.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • Very creative
    littlee
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Very creative and well prepared dishes-they look exactly like on the website and were lovingly presented. Amazing staff. Very attentive. Sweet patio. We had the chef-s tasting menu and it was a lot of fun.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
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  • concept better than the experience
    SBCT
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Inventive and amusing food and cocktails - not just ingredients but also the names. The atmosphere is nothing special, they really could do more with the tables/space. the night we went (Friday) there was booming street music coming from the park across the street so we were glad to be seated indoors. The special whole sea bass with the matzoh stuffing (cute!) was too salty and overpowered the fish. Small plates were ample for sharing, and on balance better than the full entrees. We loved the teriyaki duck wings, scallop sashimi and tuna tataki with black tahini. the Okonomiyaki had too much going on for my taste buds but our Japanese friends really liked it. If we go back, we'll stick with the small plates and beer.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good!
    alishec
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Shalom Japan is a good restaurant--best when you really like the specials. It is a shade gimmicky, as one can imagine in a Japanese-Jewish mash-up. But it is fun and the people are warm and welcoming.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious & Innovative
    snobbiebkfoodie
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    We only ordered fish and veggie dishes (we are kosher so didn't have meat). Delicious jewish inspired japanese and japanese inspired jewish... sushi with creamcheese rivaled Bond St.... kasho crusted fluke blew our minds. lox bowl is a classic.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 43 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 30, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.6
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 73 reviews are from the Shalom Japan reviews archive.
  • Sue
    Looking4food
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    There were 6 of us. We ordered everything from the lox bowl, pastrami fried rice , special matzoh ball soup to a burger.. There were raves all around. I'm not a drinker, but there was a beer that impressed everyone. The staff was friendly and attentive. Although it was brunch and we were done by 3, we only had yogurt for dinner.
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    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • Great concept... well executed
    IRIRVIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    We thought the idea was just another wacky attempt at fusion that would not work. Turned out it was fabulous. Dishes were creative and fun. Flavors had the right hints of either Japanese or Jewish cuisines. We recommend eating Tapas-style and just ordering as much as you can consume. Our only regret was not trying every dish. The one negative is that it's a small space and the table next to us had some very loud young hipsters acting like they owned the place. This restaurant deserves a bigger location!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great vibe
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Went with my parents. Worth the metro ride. Ambience was relaxed and friendly starting from the bartender. Hit dishes tofu w/ cheese, soft shell crabs, challah. I would take a table full of starters. Matzo ramen was a slight disappointment.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Always Delivering Quality
    happydiner
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    I've been going consistently since Shalom Japan opened. As always, Shalom Japan delivered: some new items I haven't tried before (duck wings!) as well as regular favorites (Tuna tataki).
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    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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  • Excellent food
    BS83
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    Brought some out of town guests here on their first visit to Brooklyn and the food certainly did not disappoint. The service was quite slow. But the food is amazing!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Doesn't work
    LlllVIP
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    It's obvious that the chefs have well qualified cooking skills in terms of technique, but the flavor combinations were just off. Silly and inventive but not sophisticated palates. Overpriced and ridiculous that they would need a credit card for a reservation and threaten charging up to $75 per person to cancel. Outrageous and needlessly self serving attitude for a restaurant. This is NOT Per Se.
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  • One of a kind
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    A mash up of old fashionedAmerican Jewish cooking and Japanese cooking, somehow fairly unlike either. Very creative, many of the dishes include an inside joke, but every dish we tried works, everything was delicious, and it is a fun place. A special of foraged bamboo two ways was really great. Challah with Sake Lees is next best to my Moms, matzoh ball ramen is like moms chicken soup amped up, lamb ribs are great, tuna tataki is original and great, smoked toro toasts look a lot like childhood Jewish Hors D'Oeurves, but taste much much better, and I could go on. Sampled desserts were Matcha creme brûlée, challah bread pudding, and sorbets, all terrific.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Inventive food, charming service
    Smooth
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    Original preparations combine two cultures in delicious and surprising ways. Intriguing, well-priced wine list and helpful, enthusiastic staff make for a delightful meal. Squished tables and typical blasting Williamsburg noise level (topped by music) makes it hard for 4+ people to enjoy a pleasant dinner conversation, but two at the bar is a delightful evening of experimentation and taste sensation.
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    fit for foodies
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  • Great idea, well executed
    CarlVIP
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Picking up some of the best elements of Japanese and Jewish cooking and combining them. For anyone(like me) familiar with both, or just with curiosity, this is a charming place to try some well executed original combinations.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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  • Delicious!
    yumyumyum
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    So great. An excellent dining experience. Matzoh Ball Ramen was divine. We also loved the tofu with beans (unexpected favorite dish!)
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    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous
    Rehavia6
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    This place gets better every time. The food is delicious,well presented and interesting. The service is great. It is located in Williamsburg can be a little hard to find. It is very small so make sure you make a reservation.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • underwhelming
    jnelson232
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    underwhelming and overpriced. I always dislike a dining experience I can recreate in my own kitchen.
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  • Interesting food, odd service
    ffranny
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    The Jewish/Japanese fusion produces some intriguing and tasty combinations, but I'm not sure if the portion sizes warrant the prices. I can't comment on the entire staff, but our waiter had a sort of odd passive-aggressive manner that put me off a bit. When I asked if it were possible to partially close an open door or window (It had been a warm day, but the sun was setting, the room was cooling rapidly and I was in line with the draft), he seemed hesitant, and said, "I don't know if the others are too cold," as if the room needed to take a vote on the matter.
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    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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  • fun and delicious
    alishec
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    There's a tongue in cheek quality to the menu at Sholom Japan that makes it immediately fun. But don't make the mistake of not taking the food seriously--it is well prepared, imaginative, and delicious! We had a great evening; almost every dish was interesting and creative and surprising. And our waiter was funny and friendly and fast.
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    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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  • A GREAT dining experience!
    KaiserEater
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    The food was well thought out and amazing. While not all dishes are Jewish+Japanese fusion (some are just straight Jewish, some strictly Japanese), the combination of flavors is outstanding and creative. (Black sesame tahini!) The house-cured sable toast with ramp cream cheese is one of the most tasty things ever. I definitely want to go back and try everything on the menu. Plus, they have one of the best curated Wine and Saki lists I've seen in a long time.
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    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Meh
    JoshVIP
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    Expensive, gussied up izakaya that doesn't really represent Japanese (or Jewish, for that matter) cooking very well. Kewpie mayo is used the way most chefs use salt and pepper... but even more profusely.
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  • It was all fine. However,
    mgee
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    It was all fine. However, it felt a bit more like the Japanese and Jewish elements were alternating rather than combined in interesting and novel ways. Though it's a good restaurant, this, combined with it being so overpriced and that I left hungry after a whopping bill, makes it unlikely for me to return.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Find!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/8/2014
    The thought of Jewish/Japanese fusion initially struck me as dumb, but it was my wife's birthday, she wanted to go so I held my peace. We went on a quiet Tuesday evening. The food was memorable and I hope to return (with wife). We knew nothing of the menu, so relied on the wait staff for advice and were rewarded. The staff tries to steer you towards the $75 tasting menu. I avoided it, but I will seriously consider it next time. My wife loved the crusted fluke. I saw two girls sharing lox over sushi rice with Japanese herbs and frankly, want another serving now. The place isn't cheap, but the quality, preparation and taste justify the tariff. Only warning - this is a small place and we went on a quiet Tuesday at 8pm. - a quiet time of week.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Consistently Good Experience!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/25/2014
    Had the tasting menu back in December &, beyond being a tremendous deal, it was an amazing experience - each course was gracefully executed and a delight to both the palate & the eye. Ordering à la carte was similarly satisfying... I cannot recommend the tuna tataki enough. Also, the sweet & saws cocktail! ! tremendous. looking forward to another trip soon. Thank you for the excellent experience.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.