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
Not overwhelming food, neither japanese nor jewish, but some bizarre middle-ground that is ill-defined. Not really bad, just not as exciting as one would think.
Incredibly underwhelming. The service was lack luster food was incredibly over priced and uninventive. would recommend you spend your money on a better experience somewhere else.
Had the Jew Egg, Toro points, knish, and both ramen options. Everything was fantastic! Each dish was presented and explained in detail. Food was excellent.
This place is amazing. You can tell how much bought goes into each dish. We sat at the bar which was fun to watch all
The interesting cocktails be prepared. The open kitchen allows you to see all the kitchen action too. Must try the sake challah and the duck wings are life changing. You will want to lick your fingers even on a first date. The chefs are so talented. Love everything about shalom japan.
I think this should be Michelin, the food was impeccable and the flavor fuse was very creative I had an enjoyable time but feel the service could be improved. Otherwise the food was amazing.
Do not be deterred by the name. The owners/chefs put a lot of love and thought to their awesome and creative menu of Jewish and Japanese foods. The Spring Jew Egg is a take off of a Scotch egg and it was heavenly. The perfectly cooked 6 min egg was in a falafel coating and deep fried on top of 2 sauces which I forgot the names of and placed w/ some vegetables/micro greens on the side. Astounding! The scallops broiled in miso sauce and butter were like pillows- soft and delicious...Terrific! I had the salmon poke bowl which was very good and a nice size portion and my husband had the Matzo ball and foie gras ramen bowl. He said it was outstanding. Our server, Aaron was friendly, knowledgeable and was great at his job. It's not a big place. It doesn't have the best scenery of the streets of Williamsburg but it is by far not a place to miss. Please treat your mouth and mind and stop by Shalom Japan!
Super yummy, super friendly, super cocktail (Japanese 75) - thank you! ⭐️
Bday and Passover
Our group of 8 friends, visiting New York from 3 different countries (Canada, Italy & Hong Kong) had a wonderful dinner at Shalom Japan. The server we had was a total gem! She was so attentive, sweet & friendly. We ordered the tasting menu & everyone commented on how delicious & amazing the food was. We were celebrating 2 events, a 50th birthday for one and the 50th anniversary of a childhood friendship for two. Our experience at Shalom Japan was the perfect way to celebrate!
Food was great. Definitely come here to share apps with friends. Ramen and Short Rib were also both excellent.
Wonderful, tasty, imaginative food that combines Jewish and Japanese cultural touchstones. Our family really enjoyed many small dishes and a couple of entrees. The service was excellent and our server explained the dishes, ingredients and worked hard to give us a good experience. My one complaint is that it got very pricey very fast, so that if I was a New Yorker, I might go there for special occasions but not as a regular customer.
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.