Shalom Japan

4.5
479 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 479 people are saying
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87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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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.

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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

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vipGregK
20 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved everything. The Wagu pastrami sandwich was amazing

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience2

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

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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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vipOutforFood
Washington DC
1 review
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

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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!

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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!

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BrunoR
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience2

Food is just terrible and pricey considering. Insipid ramen and sashimi salad.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience1

The service was very unpleasant. The food came out extremely late.

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viprigby2k
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great staff and great food.

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julianao
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great food, great service. the duck wings will change your life.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful meal. Our waiter was so fun and made us laugh the whole time. Will definitely come again.

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NinelZ
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tasty food, good drinks, nice atmosphere. Will definitely come back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food awesome staff and really nice place. Well worth it. And such interesting combinations of Japanese and Jewish food.

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vipAdamo
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Truly delicious and original dishes with no pretense. Great for family, kids, and dates who “get it@.

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EliHue
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What an amazing place. Took my husband there for his birthday. He is Jewish and love Japanese food. Perfect blend. Drinks were great and the food was amazing!! We will be coming back to try more of the menu.

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vipDenise
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place never disappoints. The food is phenomenal, their sake selection is really interesting, great staff. And it is SO comforting how seriously they're taking COVID precautions. A+

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food! Great service! Love this place.

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DaNiel
New England
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Bad. Awful. Don’t.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall1food4service1ambience2

The whole experience was very rushed and we left hungry. $500 for 2 people, did tasting menu and they brought 2 courses at the same time. Outdoor dining was freezing bad heater situation. Gave us a different dessert than what was on the menu at the end and it was nasty. Not enough food and terrible value for what we got.

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JeremyH
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Loved the prefix valentines brunch menu, and the start were charming.

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AnnaP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

food was unique and delicious! staff was friendly and atmosphere felt safe- would definitely recommend!

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SelectiveFoodie
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was fantastic!!! Service was very attentive. We had almost everything on the menu. The stand out favorites were the challah and pastrami!!! Can’t wait to go back!

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wellfedvictoria
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Ramen. With pork. Warm, filling, amazing! Also the chirashi. Our waiter was lovely!

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JaimeB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great outdoor dinner. Excellent food, cocktails and wine; and even better service. We will be back!

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Anon
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service!!!

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JohnM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic experience with their Christmas Prie-Fix menu. The food was delicious and an amazing, unique encounter with Jewish-Japanese Fusion. The staff were so friendly and attentive as well. I'm definitely wanting to come back in the near future to see what their seasonal/special menu is like!

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Elise
3 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and really interesting! The service staff were very kind and keen to help us however they could.

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mickis
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

the food was really great- we loved trying to decipher which part was Jewish and which part was Japanese! Love the mix of flavors. The staff were very friendly and we felt very safe (and warm) eating outside.

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AlexV
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Shalom Japan has a nice outdoor eating area with heaters so I felt both safe and warm. The food was delicious, definitely recommend the okonomiyaki latke and matzoh ball soup ramen. Definitely recommend!

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GSper
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience3

Went in the winter during Covid19. Heated outdoor seating but still pretty chilly when it's windy. Bring a blanket. Food is excellent and worth the cold!

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gatta
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food as always. They have. A good outdoor set up with overhead heaters.

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 479 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.