The Odd Couple
Williamsburg’s New Jewish-Japanese Place
Oh, you weren’t talking about dinner yet?
Then let’s talk about dinner.
The one you’ll have tonight at Shalom Japan, a Williamsburg corner spot where Jewish and Japanese food are happening simultaneously, now bursting forth with first-date charm.
The key to this place: a happy marriage. One between a Mile End and Torrisi vet with a Jewish background and a Japanese chef who’s been at Annisa and the Good Fork. They built this sunny little two-tops-and-a-bar collaboration based on their home-cooking tendencies.
And from this collaboration, you, as ever, will benefit. And you, for the first time, may consume lox, daikon, rice, avocado and roe on a single plate. Menu changes a bit each day, depending on the markets. But as an example, you and that day-ruiner you locked eyes with between Delancey/Essex and Marcy might be coyly sharing life stories over pastrami-stuffed chicken or challah made with the lees left from the sake-making process.
Also: the Eastern European wines. Those exist. Grab a two-top amongst the potted plants and patio windows, and try a Hungarian white or a Croatian rosé. Work up to cocktails, including a take on the Kir Royale that seamlessly incorporates Manischewitz.
Yes, you read that right.