For a long time, Brooklyn has been “in” – fashion, food, you name it. The housing market has followed suit, with Brooklyn luxury apartments becoming the new norm. Restaurants, both new additions and neighborhood pillars alike, offer opportunities to taste the diversity of this trendy area of New York City.
Shalom Japan is one of the establishments contributing to creating a vibrant neighborhood and an attractive place to live. This New York City restaurant offers Jewish-Japanese fusion that, according to their website, is “authentically inauthentic” – a seemingly contradictory description that is the essence of their creations. Enjoy two cuisines for one located minutes from 420 Kent.
The restaurant is run by chefs Aaron Israel and Sawako Okochi. They might differ in backgrounds, but this duo shares at least one thing in the kitchen: passion for food. And it shows. The menu is interesting, the flavors bold, and the décor simple, ensuring that all the attention is on the plate in front of you.
Shalom Japan is the epitome of a melting pot, blending two cultures and many, many flavors into one innovative, unique menu of sharing plates. The menu is short and sweet, an even split between Jewish and Japanese culinary traditions. As you’ll notice upon first glance, many menu items, such as the Matzoh Ball Ramen, are a namesake to both.
Small plates include Local Sea Scallops made with maitake mushrooms and miso butter, Teriyaki Duck Wings, and Toro Toast, topped with scallion cream cheese and spices. Other than the Matzoh Ball Ramen, mains include a sesame pork dish, and the Lox Bowl, made with rice, cucumber Japanese pickle, avocado, and ikura.
Brunch at Shalom Japan isn’t your average bacon-and-eggs breakfast. Try the Okonomiyaki, a savory Japanese pancake topped with pastrami, sauerkraut, and a fried egg. If you prefer sweets before noon, opt for the Sake Kasu Challah French Toast with whipped cream and a seasonal fruit compote.
Their drink list includes a selection of beer and wine, as well as cocktails featuring house-made infusions.
Special Events & Catering
There is always something interesting going on at Shalom Japan.
Join them for their annual Hot Pot Feast on Christmas Eve (5:30 to 10 p.m.) or Christmas Day (12 to 10 p.m.). For the holidays, you’ll enjoy a prix-fix, family-style meal, as well as a screening of films by Hayao Miyazaki, a renowned Japanese animator.
Shalom Japan offers catering services for special events, as well as small get-togethers at Brooklyn luxury apartments.
Great Brooklyn Location
Distance from some of Brooklyn’s luxury apartments, nestled among a mix of old and new – pre-war apartments and new developments, long-time residents, and recent transplants from overcrowded downtown neighborhoods. Williamsburg is known for its diverse ethnicities, immigrant populations, and aspiring artists and writers. For these reasons, it’s an appealing place to live, work, and, of course, eat.
The restaurant is located just a mile from our stunning waterfront Williamsburg rental at 420 Kent, just three blocks from the Williamsburg Bridge. It is open Tuesday to Sunday from 5:30 p.m. until 10 or 11 p.m. Brunch is served from 11 to 3 on weekends.