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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.
Creative Japanese, Contemporary American, Contemporary Asian
Hours of Operation:
Tuesday & Wednesday: 5:300pm - 10:00pm; Thursday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm; Sunday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
Saturday & Sunday: 11:00am - 3:00pm
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Please email Gregory@ShalomJapanNYC.com for catering inquires.
Marcy JMZ, Broadway or Metropolitan G, Lorimer L
Aaron Israel and Sawako Okochi
Bar Dining, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Weekend Brunch, Wine
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
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!
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.
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.
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. :)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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