Shalom Japan

4.5
503 Reviews
$31 to $50
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 pastrami-don.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Diner temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 503 people are saying
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ArtR
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We loved our experience at Shalom Japan. Restaurant offers an interesting and original take on the blend of Asian and Jewish foods. We had the Jew Egg to start which was wonderful and then we enjoyed the Ramen and the Lox plate. A wonderful mix of flavors and textures. Ample out door seating. We would recommend Shalom Japan

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KarenM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved dinner at Shalom Japan last night. Amazing food. Friendly and attentive service. Highly recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible fusion dishes! Pastrami lovers rejoice!

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TheFirstSage
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place, 2nd time I'm there and it's even better than I remember.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious. Highly recommend this place! The cocktails were also well done.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service1ambience5

The food was top notch. The house smoked wagyu pastrami was better than Katz deli. And the chicken matzoh ball ramen was the comfort food of my dreams. We also ordered the “Jew egg sandwich platter” and it was divine. A creative take on the scotch egg with a perfectly jammy egg coated in falafel! The hummus was also incredible. Will definitely be back to sample everything else this menu has to offer! A truly brilliant mashup!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food here was truly out of this world. Every dish we had was delicious; the matzah ball ramen gave me life back in my soul! Cannot recommend enough

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vipBKSpaceman
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Shalom Japan is good but not great. Not worth a trek but fine if you’re nearby. The food is not spectacular but it is interesting. Certainly not a bad meal, just not a memorable one.

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AnnabelleL
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Food was very overpriced for the quality and size, but the waitstaff was very friendly and knowledgeable

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JuliaC
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff had great personality, the food was unique and inspired, a great combination of Asian and Jewish cuisine. Would highly recommend a visit.

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jamie
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Service was excellent and it was a cute spot that was very unique. The food was exotic and special, but very hard to combine two incredibly different cultures and I think they did the best they could.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food and service as always!

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Jess
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A lovely unique and high end experience that is great for any special occasion.

BG
vipBarbieGirl
New York Area
92 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun place to eat at. Interesting menu

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Had the matzoh ball soup. It was so good I got extra noodles! Highhhly recommend

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MatthewS
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Food itself was very tasty; starter portions particularly small and pricy; not great bang for buck

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beth
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always remarkably delicious. They are very talented. So good, I always leave in a far better mood.

PB
PeterB
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great meal, very interesting food, we shared three dishes all of which were tasty and well presented. The Jew Egg was a highlight. A couple of drinks as well both of which were fantastic.

Service was quick and friendly. We will be back to try other items on the menu.

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vipdgold606
New York Area
101 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

One and done

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, service and atmosphere!

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Our evening was absolutely wonderful. The staff is so friendly and my date and I felt so well taken care of. My on wish is for the Tuna Tataki to come back on the menu.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Service at first was good we were served main then forgotten about. Had to wait longer than expected for more water. Coffees were served without milk or sugar. By that time coffees went cold. All the while waiter was in kitchen hanging out. Not returning or reccomending

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic staff, excellent food, good playlist. What more can you ask for?

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience3

One of the waiters is extremely rude. Ruined the experience.

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EricG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unique fusion of Jewish and Japanese cuisines.

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JamesA
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our third time here. Always excellent. One of our favorite NYC spots.

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Camille
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Impeccable food as always, the kindest + most knowledgable staff, it's always a great time!

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Mert
Miami
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible experience. The staff is super nice and helpful. Food was a blast, make sure you get the bread pudding and the teryaki duck wings. Everything is solid though. Seasame Mazemen was really refreshing.

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LeeL
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Shalom Japan has been one of my favorite restaurants in all of New York, if not the world, but watching my 11-year old devour four orders of Teriyaki Duck Wings (w/pickled ginger, sesame, scallion) this past weekend was a revelation!

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unhap
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience2

I and my husband ordered from them many times when indoor dining wasn't available and we couldn't wait to go there. Yesterday was the day we went there for the first time and we were very excited then soon very disappointed by their poor service.

1- Made us wait for 10mins standing even with reservation and three empty outdoor tables. They gave people a table who came later than us.

2- We asked them for outdoor table since we saw three empty tables outside then the manager said they were not available with very unfriendly attitude. (Attitude is subjective thing but I and my husband totally agreed with). We assumed empty outdoor tables were all reserved before we made reservation so gave up after asking 3 times.

3- 5mins after we got the indoor table, they gave outdoor tables to people who said they didn't reservation. It happened right next to where we sat since we had a table right next to the entrance. It was very rude.

4- While the waiter was taking finished appetizer plates, he just put our utensils on the table. There was not paper napkins or utensil holders. Not even neatly just put them on the table whatever way. We used those utensils and we were going to use them for main dishes. It's covid/post covid era. You don't want to use utensils on the bare table.

5- I spent about 100 dollars and about to get out of there unhappily but trying to understand them or just forget about sloppy service but nobody even saying "thank you" or "bye".

I'm not asking for 5stars hotel/restaurant service from them but just whole experience was very unpleasant. I like their food but it's not worthy of spending $100 there. Dining out is not only about food but also about atmosphere and service.

There are many other places with good service. I'm not going back there.

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AdamS
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just unbelievably good food! Great service too. So happy I finally went.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time. The food and service was great! I will definitely be back

GK
vipGregK
Kansas City
23 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved everything. The Wagu pastrami sandwich was amazing

OT
OpenTable Diner
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience2

Very small portions, especially for the price, but the food was tasty

LL
LeeL
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An extraordinary culinary collision of oddly compatible cuisines. The chefs' vision and execution is nothing short of marvelous!

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OutforFood
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and great service who knew exactly what to recommend

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kkhersh
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is an absolute MUST. We've been many times and it just keeps getting better. There is nothing on the menu I don't recommend but must haves are the sake kasu challah, matzoh ball ramen, sesame temomi mazemen and the pastrami don. Oh and the chocolate banana challah bread pudding. Also, shout out to Rob, the GM who made the experience that much more delightful. He was a great server and great to talk to. 11/10 recommend this restaurant!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Obssessed with this restaurant. Amazing service & even better food & drinks

PF
vipPlainviewFoodCritic42
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall2food3service3ambience1

Ripoff. We had extremely expensive Ramen. Shame on us. It tasted pretty good. And challah rolls $7 each. Shame on us. $100 for 3 bowls of Ramen, one with Egg and 2 Challah rolls split between 3 of us and 1 cream soda. A shanda! Oy vey!

I don't remember the rest of the menu and don't really want to think about it. I won't be back and I won't be recommending.

Location is quite unfortunate as well. Traffic is right in your ears, especially when backed up at the red light. Loud music emanations and trucks "sounds" ruin any atmosphere there isn't.

Sayonara!

CJ
CarolineJ
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience3

Really disappointed in our experience last night. Awful service - we waited over an hour for challah bread to come and asked for water refills several times before we were served we sat at 8pm and our food came at 9:45... Additionally we felt the appetizer portions were very small considering the price. $15 for two very small bites of the Japanese hot pocket didn’t seem fair.

Overall bummed that our experience wasn’t good and feel that better service should be expected from a place with high prices like theirs.

Cocktails were VERY good though!

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Shalom Japan using the Order Online button. Shalom Japan also offers delivery in partnership with Postmates. Shalom Japan also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (718) 388-4012.

Shalom Japan is rated 4.5 stars by 503 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.