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Shalom Japan
Shalom Japan

Shalom Japan Details

  • 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 WinnerAmerican
Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "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)."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "So great. An excellent dining experience. Matzoh Ball Ramen was divine. We also loved the tofu with beans (unexpected favorite dish!)"
    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. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "underwhelming and overpriced. I always dislike a dining experience I can recreate in my own kitchen. "
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/27/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/24/2014
  • "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."
    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