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Shalom Japan is what happens when two chefs from different backgrounds (Japanese & Jewish) fall in love and start making food instead of babies.

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About Shalom Japan

Shalom Japan is a unique restaurant in Brooklyn, New York. Found in the hip Williamsburg neighborhood, it is conveniently located near the bridge as well as many different subway lines. The brick walls, simple decor, natural light and chalkboard menus on the walls give Shalom Japan restaurant a casual, comfortable and welcoming vibe.



Co-owners and chefs Aaron Israel and Sawako Okochi created a menu that combines both Jewish and Japanese cultures as well as fresh ingredients sourced from local markets. Plates, such as matzoh ball ramen with foie gras dumpling and sake kasu challah with raisin butter, are meant to be shared with the table for dinner. Visit for brunch and enjoy the lox bowl or Shalom Japan burger.


310 S 4th St
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Brooklyn, 11211-8796
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Creative Japanese, Contemporary American, Contemporary Asian

Hours of Operation:
Dinner

Tuesday & Wednesday: 5:300pm - 10:00pm; Thursday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm; Sunday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm

Brunch:

Saturday & Sunday: 11:00am - 3:00pm

Cross Street:
Rodney St

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(718) 388-4012

Website:
http://www.shalomjapannyc.com/

Catering:
Please email Gregory@ShalomJapanNYC.com for catering inquires.

Public Transit:
Marcy JMZ, Broadway or Metropolitan G, Lorimer L

Executive Chef:
Aaron Israel and Sawako Okochi

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Private Dining

Found in the hip Williamsburg neighborhood, Shalom Japan is conveniently located near the bridge as well as many different subway lines. The brick walls, simple decor, natural light and chalkboard menus on the walls give Shalom Japan restaurant a casual, comfortable and welcoming vibe.

Shalom Japan Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.5

ambience

4.5

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

97% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (17)
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Good for a Date (12)
Special Occasion (10)
Cozy (8)
Handcrafted Cocktails (7)
Fun (7)
Bar Seating (6)
Good for Anniversaries (4)
Casual (4)
Comfort Food (4)
Romantic (4)
Authentic (3)
Good for Birthdays (3)
Great Beer (3)
Great for Outdoor Dining (3)
Tapas (3)
Worth the Drive (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Good for Groups (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Excellent and inventive food and wonderful service in a small and cozy environment. We had the Jew Egg, Okonomiyaki, Ramen with Matzoh Ball (plus added one extra) and Foie Gras Dumpling, and Lox Bowl. All were delicious. Side note, if you don't eat mayo, ask for it on the side as it comes drizzled on Okonomiyaki and the lox bowl. Enjoy!

Tags: Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Very unique experience with Japanese and Jewish food coming together. Must try.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 4, 2017

The restaurant has managed to perfectly blend classic Jewish foods with Japanese dishes. The atmosphere is cozy with a certain Japanese accent in the details. We had the seared tuna with a black tahini sauce, the Matzoh ball ramen, okonomiaygi, and the duck. Everything was cooked perfectly, filled with flavor, and very fun! I highly recommend it to adventurous eaters.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 3, 2017

This rating would be higher if it was only for the food. We've been to Shalom Japan a few times and have had good experiences, but for some reason this time was a huge disappointment in terms of service. My partner and I went late (but still 2 hours before close) on a Thursday night for their free ramen with an alcoholic beverage deal. It wasn't busy, but our server disappeared after taking our order. Our first round (and consequently only round) of cocktails didn't show up until we'd already had our food for 10 minutes (about 20 minutes after we ordered them). Once the food and drink was dropped, our server retreated to polish silverware and never checked in on or even looked at us. I finally had to get up and ask the bartender to get our bill. When the server dropped the bill, he started to clear the plates haphazardly, spilling ramen broth all over my shoes. It was some of the worst service I've ever experienced. We'll go back for the food, but we'll just sit at the bar next time.

Tags: Happy Hour, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Excellent and unusual food with well-done cocktails, sake support. Small outdoor area present. High energy ambiance. Worth the drive from Manhatten to Brooklyn.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Tapas, Good for a Date
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Shalom Japan has been on my list of restaurants to check out for a while, so I was pretty excited when my husband and dinner companions agreed to my choice of dinner reservations. There was four of us, so we were able to try quite a few dishes. The food is creative, often a play on traditional Jewish with a Japanese twist, or the other way around. My husband, who insisted he does not like ramen, put away the bowl of matzo ball ramen with foie gras dumplings with nary a word passing his lips. Every single dish we've had was delicious, and a unanimous verdict of a return meal was issued. The cocktails are delicious and polished. Don't overlook the dessert, although you may want to pace yourselves to leave some room.

Tags: Fun, Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch, Kid-friendly, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 11, 2017

Delicious and creative dishes, genuine servers, lively and fun without sacrificing food quality.

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vip
 (London)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Very creative dishes consistently good very plasant

Tags: Special Occasion
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·Dined on October 1, 2017

The food was excellent and very fun to talk about. This place is good for impressing a date also.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Fun
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Food was delicious! Would go again in a heartbeat. Loved the challah, Jew egg, and matzah ball ramen!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 21, 2017

Busy night and small kitchen so long wait but we didn't mind and food was excellent.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 23, 2017

Great food, great service, and great atmosphere! Definitely recommend the challah bread and toro toasts to start and then if you like salmon - the lox bowl is to die for. Without a doubt though - you MUST order the Challah Bread Pudding - the challah bread melts in your mouth and is a perfect pairing with the chocolate and banana and to top it all off - the caramel sauce is unbelievable!

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 15, 2017

On my fourth visit to Shalom Japan I brought three newbies with me. Two of whom are serious foodies and were skeptical of this particular fusion concept. But I knew that the tasting menu would convert them. And it did! I always think it's best to experience the tasting menu on a first visit because it exposes you to all the wonderful texture and flavor combinations that Shalom Japan has to offer. Everything from the Sake Kasu challah bread with raisin butter -that butter is to die for!! OMG. They should sell jars of it. Seriously. They could make a fortune off of that alone!!! But I digress... The toro toast was gorgeous, so creamy and crunchy in your mouth. And the Okonomiyaki, Pastrami, Sauerkraut, Bonito - holy smokes! That was like the most heavenly pastrami sandwich you ever tasted - you have to be serious about savoring all the flavor and texture combinations to really get it. And the teriyaki duck wings were a first for me - YUM! The staff were very friendly and helpful with their wine and sake suggestions. This place is always a hit with me. And I'm happy to report that my doubtful friends have all been converted and are looking forward to their next visit to NYC and Shalom Japan. :)

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 15, 2017

Fantastic taste combinations of East and Far East! The edame in duck fat are decadent. You can't go wrong - and you will be surprised by the flavor combinations.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined on August 13, 2017

Creative menu, interesting ingredients. Food was delicious... Service was stellar.

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on August 5, 2017

This was my fifth time at Shalom Japan, and the tuna tataki continues to be the star dish for me, with the Jew Egg coming in close second. The match parfait was fantastic. Our server was also wonderful. Thanks for a great night (again)!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Cozy
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·Dined on November 4, 2016

The table were a bit late and the manager was friendly enough to arranhe free drinks at the bar. The food is original, fresh, tasty and very well executed. Nice cocktails and amazing atmosphere comes along. I'll sure come back!

Tags: Authentic
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 (München)·Dined on October 30, 2016

Bien piètre expérience que celle vécue au « Shalom Japan » chez qui nous nous réjouissions de diner en raison d’une attitude les plus déplaisante qu’il m’est été de vivre. Une table qui a priori n’a aucune distinction et qui se permet de traiter le client presque comme des malpropres. Une fois à l’intérieur, l’accueil fut correct mais sans grande sympathie, ce que l’on peut encore admettre. Une fois installés à l’une des tables face au bar sans nous avoir proposé de nous débarrasser de nos vêtements, une dizaine de minutes plus tard, le manager en salle vient dire au convive face à moi de pousser ses affaires absolument sans aucune forme. Tout de suite cela nous choque et démarre le repas dans une ambiance un peu tendue.

Il m’arrive depuis de nombreuses années de prendre des photos des établissements ou je mange, ce que fais sans indisposer qui que ce soit et qui est ensuite fréquemment bien reçu car est également aussi un moyen pour un restaurateur de se faire de la publicité gratuitement. A nouveau me voici agressé par la même personne qui me dit sans aucun doigté « vous avez utilisé le flash ? ». Premièrement cela ne fut absolument pas le cas, deuxièmement la politesse aurait voulu que ce monsieur dise « Veuillez nous excuser mais la politique de l’établissement interdit la prise de photo » ou quelque chose comme cela. Pas du tout content de cette manière de nous adresser la parole, je demande quelques explications à ce monsieur qui visiblement ne veut pas comprendre et qui prétend que cela peut indisposer la clientèle.

Je signalerai encore à ce barman que je n’ai jamais utilisé de flash, prendrai encore le temps de signaler mon mécontentement à ce responsable de salle qui restera obtu de bout en bout. Une expérience à oublier et évidemment pas de photos de plats en je m’abstiendrai de poster celles de l’établissement.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on October 19, 2016

Fun concept, well-executed for the most part, but I was left feeling that both cuisines had been somewhat diminished.

Tags: Casual, Fit for Foodies
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 (Denver)·Dined on October 8, 2016

It was so much fun to experience the combination of Jewish and Japanese cuisine. The food was simultaneously comforting and novel. Quite an impressive beer and cocktail menu too.

Tags: Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 8, 2016

Try the lox bowl

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 5, 2016

Food was so delicious and service was great. It's quite expensive so we won't eat here regularly like we'd like to but as a 'one off' it's fine because the food is so yummy.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 4, 2016

I found this place on a review of great fusion places in Brooklyn. I know, I know, Jewish and Japanese fusion? Doesn't sound like it would be good - but trust me- the food is amazing! Great service and interesting combinations of food.

Tags: Fun, Fit for Foodies, Gluten Free Options, Authentic, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Hong Kong)·Dined on September 23, 2016

Food is GREAT but a little bit pricey

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 20, 2016

The food is amazingly creative. The fusion of tastes is very appealing. The ingredients are fresh and seasonal. Chef Aaron and his wife are an amazing team.
Go more than once, you will not regret the trip.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Organic, Healthy, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Gluten Free Options, Worth the Drive, Hot Spot, Outstanding Value, Vegan, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Fun, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Houston)·Dined on September 17, 2016

Shalom Japan offers a fantastic experience with a wonderful, varied menu and excellent service. The neighborhood vibe and atmosphere were great appeals and the food complemented the experience perfectly. Highly recommended stop for dinner and drinks.

Tags: Fun, Casual, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Quick Bite, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 14, 2016

Unique and fun dining experience. Love the Jewish Japanese fusion menu.

Tags: Casual, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 7, 2016

I've been here a few times and every time the food and service are excellent. The first time was with 10 other people and we did the tasting menu. Very solid experience that definitely filled you up. Cocktails are creative and tasty as well.

Tags: Comfort Food, Tasting Menu, Cozy, Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 12, 2016

I came in with high expectations and was blown away by Shalom Japan. The service and food were impeccable. The simplest of dishes blew us away with their flavor profiles. I'm already looking forward to my next trip back.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 11, 2016

Great amtosfera. Excellent service and delicious food!

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 3, 2016

Nice place, thoughtful decor and layout, excellent food. Servers were attentive and friendly. We stayed well past paying the bill chatting and felt no weird vibes from the staff. Good experience over all, will be back in the future and would definitely recommend.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 28, 2016

There's really no other place quite like Shalom Japan. I love the seasonal tweaks that they do on their main menu. Honestly, it is the only place in Brooklyn that I'd consider making a trek to on a weeknight from Harlem. The staff is just the loveliest and so knowledgeable about the menu, too. I bring new friends with me every time, and I can't wait to introduce more folks to this little gem.

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on July 28, 2016

Small plates are a tasty nosh. (Jew egg a must). Entree's are creative and posh. (Lox bowl). We loved it, by gosh!

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Detroit)·Dined on July 23, 2016

Every dish we ordered was on point. Fresh and delicious.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 16, 2016

Unexpected fine dining at this cozy Williamsburg spot. Each dish we ordered was carefully crafted, cooked, and presented. Portions are small, but the quality supersedes. The fluke and asparagus salad are musts!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Berlin)·Dined on July 15, 2016

really good (extraordinary) food. very friendly waiter. Nice Wburg neighbourhood. Favourite dish was the fluke and sea bass sashimi. Nice to sit outside on small terrace during summer

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 9, 2016

Great and cozy restaurant. A combination of Jewish and Japanese cuisines makes this place unique. Food is delicious. Recommend to try Early Summer Jewish Egg. Yum!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Late-night Find, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 8, 2016

Loved the unique fusion of food, done in a really classy way. Also enjoyed the Japanese whiskey flight!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 28, 2016

First time there, so I got the tasting menu/omakase, it was pretty awesome. Some of the Jewish dishes were a little fringe on my preferences, but that's mostly because they were new to me.

Excellent array of Ginjo sake and Shochu. Interesting note: they let me pick a new glass from a tray of very different sake glasses/sets every time a new order was placed.

I tasted 5 Shochu and 3 sake orders.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on June 24, 2016

WOW. An experience like none other. It's amazing how they are able to combine such distant cuisines and make it work. I did the tasting menu. Would highly recommend! Only $75 per tasting, which is not bad considering.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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