Press

 

NEW YORK TIMES

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.
— Ligaya Mishan

THE NEW YORKER

Matzah Ball Ramen…belongs in the canon of soup…
— Hannah Goldfield
 

MICHELIN GUIDE

Husband-and-wife team Aaron Israel and Sawako Okochi have an impressive resume between them, and their charming dining room is attended to with gravitas.
— 2015 Michelin Guide

NEW YORK TIMES MAGAZINE

Together [they] have created a unique Japanese twist on the Jewish tradition of eating Chinese food for Christmas.
— Malia, Wollan & Sam Sifton
 

NEW YORK MAGAZINE (GRUB STREET)

At Shalom Japan in Williamsburg, married co-chefs Aaron Israel and Sawako Okochi fuse their Jewish and Japanese heritages by crowning their okonomiyaki with corned lamb tongue and sauerkraut.
— Robin Raisfeld

BUSINESS INSIDER

Chefs Israel and Okochi serve up delicious and inventive food, showcasing both their backgrounds and their creativity, in this small and airy spot in Brooklyn.
— Christian Storm

NEW YORK OBSERVER

Nothing in recent memory approaches the ambition of Shalom Japan or has met as much success.
— Joshua David Stein
 

SERIOUS EATS

Shalom Japan is a pleasant change of pace—a true neighborhood spot fashioned with creativity and care.
— Jamie Feldmar
 

THE INFATUATION

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.
— Andrew Steinthal

CONDÉ NAST TRAVELER

This is a sweetheart. These are combinations that at first glance don’t seem to promise harmony and yet, here it is, cozy as hell.
— Leonor Mamanna & Junot Díaz