Shalom Japan is the new Williamsburg restaurant from chefs Aaron Israel (Torrisi, Mile End) and Sawako Okochi (Annisa, The Good Fork). As the name implies, the menu has strong Japanese and Jewish influences, although it looks like Israel and Okochi are not going for novelty food here. On their website, the chefs describe the menu as "a playful and seasonal approach to New American cuisine, highlighting the chefs' connections to their respective Jewish and Japanese roots." The menu changes daily, but recently it included things like chickpea tofu with eggplant, tuna tataki with black tahini, lamb ribs with panko and caraway, pastrami-stuffed chicken, and chilled udon with pork and kale. Shareable plates are priced from $8 to $22, and the beverage list includes beer, wine, cocktails, and non-alcoholic drinks.
As you may recall, Okochi and Israel raised some of the funds for the restaurant on Kickstarter. And in case you're wondering, they're an item outside the kitchen, too. Check out the space below, and do send any early reports our way.