For years as Christians celebrated at home, Jews needed an option for what to eat on Xmas and Chinese was the answer. This fun tradition has begun to spread outside of the Jewish community and for some families, even the most devout Christmas celebrators, have begun to embarrass festivities.
Chinatowneateries can be pretty busy year round but especially during the holiday season. If you want to try something new this holiday maybe take the trek out to Williamsburg and try “Shalom Japan.” The restaurant is run by husband and wife chefs (he’s Jewish; she’s Japanese) and their food plays on traditions from both cultures. They take reservations for seven or more and boast inventive dishes like “Matzoh Ball Ramen” , “Sake Kasu Challah”, and “Okonomiyaki, Pastrami, Sauerkraut, Bonito.”