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“Authentically inauthentic Jewish and Japanese food in South Williamsburg.” It’s an odd pairing, but somehow everything seems to fit. (Who doesn’t want to try matzo ball ramen!) The menu changes daily but some popular dishes include Panko-Caraway Lamb Ribs, Weakfish Sashimi Salad, Pastrami-Stuffed Chicken and a Lox Bowl. Reservations recommended.
Shalom Japan…is a serious restaurant that doesn’t take itself too seriously. Their food here is not so much a fusion of culinary traditions as a mapping of resonances and sympathies.
They’re enjoying themselves a lot, and you can feel it in every aspect of the dining experience…Shalom Japan exceeded all of our expectations. Add it to the top of your Hit List immediately.
Still, the restaurant, which is run by a Jewish-Japanese chef couple and employs an amiable, knowledgeable staff eager to explain the nuances of each dish, is a welcome addition to this otherwise sleepy corner of the neighborhood. In Williamsburg, where service is often relegated to the wings while scensterism plays center stage (and I say this as a longtime resident of the neighborhood), Shalom Japan is a pleasant change of pace—a true neighborhood spot fashioned with creativity and care.
If you think Jewish-Japanese food is a “strange concept”, the “exciting” “marriage of cuisines” at this cozy South Williamsburg standout may “change your mind”; converts advise: reserve ahead, check out the chalkboard menu and “splurge” a little