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