Shalom Japan

4.6
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411 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Creative Japanese
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.


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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
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4.6
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4.4
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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P
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful meal! Service was friendly and attentive. Each meal was delicious and enjoyed by all.

JB
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall1food1service4ambience3

They called me the day before Valentine’s Day to tell me that it would be $125 a person prixe fix. I Felt like I got scammed and couldn’t change my plans the day before Valentines. There was no mention of the prixe fix before. The food was sub par and not very special. Walked away with a $400 check. I would never go back!

OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentines Day

L
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely as always! The food is spectacular - creative, delicious, and beautifully presented. There were a couple of truffle specials since it’s truffle season: truffle hot pockets, which are a playful rendition of a knish with potatoes and truffles wrapped in a soy skin. We also got a truffle pastrami sandwich which was an improved version of the regular menu pastrami sandwich. You should consider ordering either (depending on your truffle preference), because the pastrami is great. A bowl of ramen is the right move for the NYC winter weather. Will be back!

CA
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Amazing food and great friendly service. The sake juice boxes were so fun and delish.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the food!! Great experience for brunch

AF
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All the dishes we had were amazing, our server was great and helped us figure out what to order, everything was great.

OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Good was very tasty. Prices were outrageous.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The staff seemed uninterested in giving a good dining experience and we were also informed that we would only be able to sit for an 1hr and 15min regardless of our reservation. Felt disrespectful and I will not be coming back or recommending. Too many other amazing restaurants where this would never happen.

F
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Scallops were bomb bomb bomb bomb bomb bomb bomb bomb

HK
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent menu and service. Will be definitely going again!

RG
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, would go again!
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JB
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely unique place that there is nothing anywhere else like it! The food was fantastic!

SH
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Shalom japan presents an innovative take on jewish and japanese cuisine. The dishes are clever, make sense and were delicious. I liked the simple menu, enough options but i was not overwhelmed. The "jew egg", matza ball ramen, and desert sorbet in particular was remarkable.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing! We did the tasting menu which was a fantastic experience. We got to try nearly every delicious thing on the menu as well as get paired drinks along with every course. The staff was extremely courteous and the whole experience makes me want to go back again and again.

p
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

We did the tasting menu. It's great value but the ingredients are also not too expensive. The fusion is executed pretty well considering the vast difference between cultures. The service was slow, forgetting the drink pairing with the courses and the AC wasn't working so it was about 100 degrees in there. I prefer sitting at the bar for dinner, which is nice and spacious since they don't pack the restaurant out.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall2food3service3ambience3

Food was underwhelming. For such a small menu I expected for some spectacular tasty plates. Oh well.

c
New York Area
53 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience3

It was a bit expensive for amount of food.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I enjoyed everything about the experience.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing Christmas Miyazaki hot pot Pre-fix!

OP
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience2

the worst ... the absolute worst ... overpriced, poorly conceived, poorly planned, and poorly executed ... and EXPENSIVE. it was the absolute worst.

S
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

We have enjoyed eating here over the years. We had an 8:30pm reservation on Christmas Eve and arrived 5 minutes early. We were told that there would be a 20 minute wait. 40 minutes later our party of six was seated at a table that should have been a table for four.

I understand that on Christmas Eve they are trying to pack in as many people as possible but customer satisfaction is sacrificed.

Also, we received a “sincere” apology a few times for being seated late. But when a restaurant delay of this type occurs, restaurants usually apologize by offering complementary drinks or dishes. That would have been nice after standing for 40 minutes. But no such gesture was made. If it were made, I would not be writing this review.

BG
New York Area
85 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Prix-fixe Christmas eve dinner was excellent. A little too expensive though.

AS
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I just like the place i dont have much to say about it.

L
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Shalom Japan was incredible from the moment we sat down until the moment we left. We did the set price dinner and were amazed at the creativity, quality, and taste of every dish. Furthermore, every single server was more knowledgeable about the dish than the last. The level of passion and professionalism from the staff was incredible. I would drive hours to go back here!!!

A
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very accommodating and amazing food

OP
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience2

We had the Tuna Tataki, Scallops, Sando, and Banana Bread Pudding. I would get all of them again!!

g
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite spots to eat in all of the city. Unique and tasty dishes. Never disappoints

CT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely time. The food and drinks were delicious and well priced. The service was attentive and the staff knowledgeable. We will definitely be going back. Thank you for making our night memorable.

VS
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Very good service and cozy ambiance. The reason I did not give more stars is the quality of the dishes was not consistent. We shared a few things: the Matzoh Ball Ramen, the Pastrami sandwich, and Tuna tataki. The ramen was GREAT, the sandwich was GOOD, but the bread was a bit soggy and soft, and the tuna itself did not taste as fresh as I would have hoped. Overall it was a GOOD experience and an enjoyable time, but I would hope for fresher seafood if I returned, as it seemed to be slightly higher caliber.

BS
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Food was amazing!

JG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I've already recommended Shalom Japan to friends. Food is delicious. Service is outstanding. Very busy on a Saturday evening. High noise level, but that's part of the NY experience! It was my husband's birthday and he really enjoyed it! We will definitely be back!

u
New York Area
53 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Awesome spot, very nice service crew, eclectic and well executed menu.

EJ
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Good. Interesting. Love the ambience of the restaurant

P
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, great service, warm staff.
Terrific experience!

PT
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Creative, solidly yummy food, and friendly service in a low-key setting.
The Omakase + drink pairing is a feast (but not super cheap -- $100+)

KB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So good, we will be back for sure. The service was phenomenal, and the dishes were so unique.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First timers - my boyfriend and I were visiting NYC and wanted to try something different and Shalom Japan is. The atmosphere was cozy,the staff were friendly and the food was unique. We went for lunch so the menu had fewer selections than the dinner menu. I am glad we went there for lunch. Next time I’m in the area I would love to have dinner there .

l
San Francisco
80 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Usually not into fusion food but the Jewish/Japanese collaboration was intriguing and tasty. Would definitely go again to try other dishes, but the okonomiyaki was a winner.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great little place, creative menu & cool. Nice ambience.