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.
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.View Private Dining Details
Shalom Japan is what happens when two chefs from different backgrounds (Japanese & Jewish) fall in love and start making food instead of babies.
My dad was in town, so we went to Shalom Japan for brunch with my roomies. We live in the neighborhood and wanted to try something unique, and shalom japan fit the bill. The food was amazing and the laid back vibe was perfect for us. Our poor waiter was a bit frazzled, but everything else was great.
- great coffee and tea
- tried mazo ball ramen, oknomiyaki with saur kraut and pastrami, crack fries, and sake kasu bread pudding - all delish
AMAZING!! Highly recommended
Just celebrated an anniversary with my boyfriend on a Friday night at Shalom Japan and LOVED it. The food was delicious and creative; we really enjoyed the Jew Egg and the Okonomiyaki. The atmosphere was warm and intimate and not the least bit stuffy. Big shout out to our server, Aaron, who was very knowledgeable and attentive AND encouraged us to get the challah (it's BOMB). Wish we could have stayed for dessert!
Server was wonderful. Food was good but I felt expensive for what it was.
The menu is amazing, the service was great. It could have just been the night I was there but it was pretty loud and crowded. They put six of us on a table that was meant for 4. It was a little pricey. The food was amazing.
The vibe and food were excellent. The bartender Jennifer was knowledgeable and very friendly.
Not as good as my Jewish grandmothers cooking, nor is it as good as other Ramen/Japanese food I’ve had. Nonetheless an Interesting combo done very well, but didn’t meet my expectations
We always find the food at Shalom Japan creative, fresh, and delicious, and the staff work very hard to make the place welcoming and cordial. We went on Valentine's Day which was great, but the place was packed, the food took awhile to come out, and though we knew it would be a limited prix-fixe menu, we realized we would always prefer to make surprising choices from Shalom Japan's great and interesting menu. So probably would skip the prix-fixe next time and just go on a regular evening. But it is a GREAT restaurant!
All the food was really good, high quality ingredients and very creative.
I was curious about what the cuisine would be like, and it was good especially the challah was basically crack level and I will go back and order again and again. I did not like that I made a reservation and still had to wait 30 minutes for our table. What was the point of making a reservation?
Fun, unique, tasty and satisfying food in a non-kitschy setting
The food was fun and delicious - an great blend of Jewish & Japanese. The service excellent. Serving sizes for the appetizers are on the small side so recommend ordering a couple extra.
Food and service was great. All except the acoustic.
Amazing date night. Small menu but everything is easy to share.
Food was great, service was excellent, nice ambiance. Would definitely recommend.
We were there on a holiday, and they had a prix fixe menu, which was not a good deal. We had two hot pot dishes as the main course, which just didn't have enough flavor or meat. After $58 a person (before drinks, tax, and tip), we left disappointed and still somewhat hungry.
My very first Jewish-Japanese brunch on a Xmas day!
Surprise find. Will definitely go back.
Shalom Japan is fun and absolutely delicious. Creative intermingling of Jewish and Japanese. Fabulous cocktails. Our go-to place for special occasions.
Excellent interactive foodie experience. Fantastic service and wonderful atmosphere.
Definitely go for the happy hour specials—they are a great deal ($8 for $13 cocktails, $2/duck wing when normally they are $18 for 3)
All the food was awesome, the service was great, and the dreidels on the table were a great touch.
This was our third visit and it was incredible as always! The food was amazing with high quality ingredients. The cocktails were creative and so tasty. Would absolutely recommend to everyone!
Shalom Japan is a truly special experience of food flavors you cannot get anywhere else. You can taste their love of Jewish/Japanese cuisine and ingredients in every bite. This is quintessential comfort food presented in novel ways. The Chef/owners are so kind and welcoming. To me, it’s the BEST, most consistently delicious and seasonally exciting restaurant in Williamsburg.
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!
Very unique experience with Japanese and Jewish food coming together. Must try.
Really unusual fusion but good. Worth trying for something different.
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.
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.
Excellent and unusual food with well-done cocktails, sake support. Small outdoor area present. High energy ambiance. Worth the drive from Manhatten to Brooklyn.
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.
Delicious and creative dishes, genuine servers, lively and fun without sacrificing food quality.
Very creative dishes consistently good very plasant
The food was excellent and very fun to talk about. This place is good for impressing a date also.
Food was delicious! Would go again in a heartbeat. Loved the challah, Jew egg, and matzah ball ramen!
Busy night and small kitchen so long wait but we didn't mind and food was excellent.
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!
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. :)
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.
Creative menu, interesting ingredients. Food was delicious... Service was stellar.
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)!