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Shalom Japan
Shalom Japan

Shalom Japan Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.ShalomJapanNYC.com
  • Email: Info@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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Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "Been here many times and there is always some new and interesting to eat on the menu. Even when it's a dish I've had in the past, there's still something new about the food."
    Dined on 2/11/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "First, drinks are better than food and actually pretty impressive (great cocktails and Japanese beers). The food is good quality, some of the dishes better than the other, but they are either "Jewish" (and def not Israeli) or "Japanese", but not a combination. It was nice, but I am not sure whether it is worth a trip from the city..."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "unique concept, some interesting choices. i didn't think anything was so amazing that I would come bk there beyond uniqueness factor"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "I have been twice now and look forward to going again. The food is delicious - the plating is fun and the non-traditional combinations of food taste great! The service is friendly, attentive and knowledgable. The wine list is fun! Wines are from all over the world and from what I can tell the list changes…I like that because I really enjoy trying new wines. Don't miss the chicken with pastrami stuffing, the tuna tataki with black tahini, homemade challah bread, chrysanthemum greens salad, corned lambs tongue dish and the lamb ribs. The menu does change but if these dishes are available they are amazing! I am looking forward to trying brunch sometime soon. Go for yourself to enjoy the full experience. You will leave happy!"
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "I made a reservation for this restaurant over two weeks prior and we arrived on time. Our table for three was a two person table literally in the entrance doorway. Not only was it chilly every time someone came in, all guests who came in after us stood directly over us waiting for their table. Prior to being served food, a table opened up in a better location in the restaurant. When we asked if we could be moved to that table because the placement of the table we were at was very poor, we were simply told "no, that's for a reservation coming in". There were no apologies or any kind acknowledgement that we were placed at a horrible table. While the food was exceptional, the table and lack of customer service dampened our enjoyment."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "It was my third time trying the place and still hasn't hit mark. Service was excellent, except our reservation wasn't ready when we got there or even after 15 minutes, not a terrible thing but noted. I wish the food was less French and more Japanese and/or Jewish. The challah is best dish."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "I am sort of "over" fusion, but not anymore! Shalom Japan rocked my world. You will love every bite. I recommend the tasting menu, because it is so fun to try as much of the menu as you possibly can."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "We ordered eight dishes and five desserts to share. Our favorite dishes were: the challah, tuna tartare, chrysanthemum greens, and the potatoes which came with the pastrami chicken. All the desserts were wonderful!"
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "Very creative modern blend of Japanese and Jewish inspired dishes. We were so impressed with each meal that we tried. I highly recommend this restaurant. Sit at the bar if no reservations are available."
    Dined on 12/4/2013
  • "Wasn't really sure what to expect with such a strange mashup of ethnicities. Was better then I could imagine. The mix did lean more toward the Japanese side not that there is anything wrong with that. Tasting menu was the way to go that way you could experience a decent amount of the menu."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Unusual and unusually delicious food. The audacious combinations work wonderfully. The lox bowl is the quintessence of lox, and the challah bread pudding is beyond description good."
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "Great and unique food and delicious Japanese beer on tap."
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "Went for the prix fix holiday menu Christmas 2013. Horribly inadequate portions. Salad to share was maybe 3-4 tablespoons per person for our party of 3. Dumplings with pastrami were OK in taste but again only 1-2 pieces per person. Hot pot (seafood) for two was NOT ENOUGH for the two who shared. One not so big chunk of fish and some vegs to feed two! Really disappointing meal. The the quantity and quality of food made this meal feel like a rip-off even if $45 is considered "low" for NYC prix fix. In a desolate and still gritty part of S Williamsburg so I am not sure the rent calls for the menu pricing of this restaurant. Will not return for another meal here. (I am on a # of forums and never written off a restaurant like this before.)"
    Dined on 12/25/2013
  • "put your self in their hands, you wont be disapointed"
    Dined on 1/30/2014
  • "really more than just the obvious pairings. ankimo with soy gelatin was a delicious spin on gefilte fish. same with the panko crusted lamb ribs which hinted a bit at brisket and rye bread. but the real winner was the challah bread pudding. game changer."
    Dined on 1/10/2014
  • "This was my third visit to Shalom Japan, and it won't be the last. Why? Amazing food beautifully presented, friendly and knowledgable staff, vibrant atmosphere."
    Dined on 1/26/2014
  • "Shalom Japan is a quiet but cool neighborhood gem. Everything on the menu was very fresh, delicious and unique. The Lox Bowl was the standout dish of our meal, but everything we ordered (we got a lot) was very good. This was one of the more memorable dining experiences I have had as of recently. The specialty cocktails were great. The service was excellent. Server was very helpful, very friendly, and always there if we needed anything. All around great meal I would definitely go back. Standout food items: Challah bread, Hen Terrine, Tuna Tataki, Low Bowl, Mochi Blintz dessert."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "I wanted to like this place more. Was very crowded and loud. Staff was friendly enough, but maybe overwhelmed. Miso tile fish was cooked nicely, but tempura on top was oily. Corn beef stuffed chicken just isn't a good combo. Tuna tataki was ok, but overpriced. Think it was katsuo too, so not truly tuna."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "Impeccable dining experience -- great atmosphere, great menu, great food, great atmosphere! The bartender Peter has a really impressive menu and is very passionate —and knowledgeable—about what he serves. Can't wait to go back!"
    Dined on 1/19/2014
  • "Fantastic crafted cocktails and a gorgeous omakase from the chefs made this the best surprise Saturday night dinner for us. Each course contained a clever surprise (more Japanese than Jewish), like lox over sushi rice. The omakase was the perfect way to try a little bit of everything delicious on the menu. Great place!"
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "I used to live down the street and my roommates thought this was goofiest new fusion restaurant concept -- after reading positive reviews, one friend and I decided to try it -- so delicious and fun! The okonomiyaki and chrysanthemum greens in particular were delicious."
    Dined on 1/14/2014
  • "A tad small - dishes so interesting they should be sized for some sharing"
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "It's basically what you'd think it would be - a mix of Japanese and Jewish flavors. However, it seemed to me that the two cuisines by and large appeared in separate dishes, without much mixing within the same dish. That's because the two cuisines don't actually blend that well."
    Dined on 10/20/2013
  • "We loved the food. It was creative and unique--lots of flavor combinations I had never experienced before. Everyone in my party of 4 was extremely happy."
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "I've eaten at some of the best restaurants in the world, and Shalom Japan is right up there with any of them. I have dined here twice, and they managed to outdo themselves the second time. The food (starters of challah, tuna tataki, aburage pouches, mains of the lox bowl, the duck, the tile fish and desserts of chocolate-banana bread pudding, fruit ices, mochi blintz) was absolutely delicious, inventive, and flawlessly executed. The bartender is extremely knowledgable. Our group felt his suggestions for the saki choices was spot on. The service is outstanding yet friendly. While SJ has a casual feel and is reasonably priced, food is serious."
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "Interesting combination of Japanese?Jewish cuisine. My family enjoyed the food very much."
    Dined on 12/12/2013
  • "The food was absolutely delicious, and the service was great. I will definitely be back, especially because they change their menu all the time. A true neighborhood gem!"
    Dined on 12/18/2013
  • "They just nail each dish and make it delicious From start to end including great chala."
    Dined on 12/13/2013
  • "Lots of fun, delicious food, very nice space and feel to the room. I would definitely eat there again. We even parked in front of the restaurant. That said, 6 of us were seated at a table for 4, despite reservation made nearly one month earlier, pretty noisy, and the ramen that so many reviewers praised was not on the menu."
    Dined on 11/30/2013
  • "My boyfriend and I wanted to try something special for a date. We have been out to many restaurants all over Manhattan and Brooklyn. We had delicious appetizers and entrees but as we were about to order more drinks, the hostess came over and said, " You've been here an hour and a half and the next party of 2 was waiting to take our table so I'm going to have to ask you to leave." UNBELIEVABLE! We might as well have gone somewhere else to enjoy a leisurely meal together. Moral of the story, only go to this place if you don't mind being asked to leave or you're a quick eater."
    Dined on 11/22/2013
  • "We loved the challah and the okonomiyaki with lamb's tongue, but had a few complaints otherwise. Although none of the four entrees were over $27, we felt that the food was generally overpriced given the portion sizes. The lamb ribs (small plate) were certainly tasty, but not worth $16 for three ribs. They also didn't taste particularly Japanese or Jewish. The matzo ball ramen was the most inexpensive entree at $16, and while the portion was decent, it was overpowered by too much salt. I think with time this place could become great, but the food should be priced differently (just making things a few dollars less would seem justified), and the fusion of Japanese and Jewish cooking could be more pronounced. Great concept, though!"
    Dined on 11/20/2013
  • "took about 30 minutes after our reservation to be seated and there's very little space to stand around. once sat the small plates delivered variety and taste. the mains were less interesting, but well cooked. enjoyable top end neighbourhood place"
    Dined on 11/16/2013
  • "Cool concept! We loved the matzah ball ramen, the lox rice bowl, the challah and the Aburaage (which tasted like Japanese pizza). Everything was a TOUCH too salty and a major miss for us was the chawanmushi, which had a strong smoked flavor and what tasted like liquified scallops. This is a really small space and we were seated right in front of the front door on a really cold evening, so we got a draft every time the door opened. I would go back but would request a table away from the door, especially during the winter months! Service was lovely, but I did have to track our waitress down to get our jackets at the end of our meal."
    Dined on 11/12/2013
  • "cool place to try nice but it's expensive (if you get 3 apps, 2 mains and 1 dessert like my bf and I did) and small and the quality of the food doesn't make me want to to back. Recommend challah and bread pudding :)"
    Dined on 11/2/2013
  • "Menu is unlike anything I've seen or tasted before. A lot of different flavors in each dish, and they all just work together. The plates are definitely intended for sharing style--which is a good thing there are so many delicious things to try."
    Dined on 10/30/2013
  • "From the food to the service to the atmosphere, an amazing place"
    Dined on 11/1/2013
  • "My boyfriend and I were SO excited to try Shalom Japan, and we loved everything about it! Drinks were great, and the food was creative. Our server took good care of us. We live in the neighborhood and will most certainly return!"
    Dined on 10/12/2013