Though perhaps an unseemly amalgam, Shalom Japan (310 S Fourth St, Brooklyn, 718-388-4012, ShalomJapanNYC.com) does mashups of “authentically inauthentic” Jewish and Japanese food in Williamsburg. Lox with daikon radishes and roe may be served at the little tables next to someone else who is perusing pastrami over a glass of wine from Eastern Europe. Knock back a Kir Royale with Manischewitz at the “dinner brunch”!
Contemporary kosher restaurant Reserve Cut (40 Broad St, 212-747-0300, ReserveCut.com) recently opened at The Setai Wall Street featuring prime steak aged in house. The flair of French and Asian specialty cuisines resound in Cote de Boeuf and marry with pistachio-crusted duck confit, Japanese eggplant and hon shimeji mushrooms.
Just in time for the holidays, catch up with landmark Italian restaurant Michaels of Brooklyn (2929 Ave R, Brooklyn, 718-998-7851, MichaelsOfBrooklyn.com). While you head deep into Kings County, bag a few bottles of their tomato sauces, made right on the premises in Sheepshead Bay. Special gift baskets ordered online or from the restaurant make gift giving a snap this season.
Preserve 24 (177 E Houston St, 646-837-6100, Preserve24.com) just provided a reason to start drinking early with the extension of their weekend brunch, now beginning on Thursday with weekday happy-hour specials. Bloody Marys with smoked whitefish-infused vodka and a round of L.E.S. egg sandwiches with fried oysters and smoky bacon for everyone!