Well, Let’s think of each of us as a letter in an alphabet. “I” is a pretty cool one but boring alone. We need other letters to create words. This might be called fusion: the weird and wild combinations that give us meaning, using existent elements to create new things. Food isn’t that dissimilar. There are as many classic flavors and ingredients of various cuisines as there are cultures on the planet. The brave new world, in food and in spirits, might be in the marriage of old and new, this and that, X with Y. Here are some of the most delicious examples of different tastes and methodologies meeting to make an entirely new experience.
2. Shalom Japan, Brooklyn, NY
What’s Being Fused: Eastern European Jewish fare and Japanese food.
Why You Want To Go: Sometimes a restaurant is the literal happy marriage between two chefs. Such is the case with Shalom Japan, the love-child of Sawako Okochi and her husband, Aaron Israel. The menu of this cozy Williamsburg restaurant combines the comfort of the shtetl with Japanese home cooking. Think: Matzoh Ball Ramen. Like The Macallan Double Cask 12 year, which combines new American oak casks with the refinement of European sherry casks, the result is a smooth mix of bold and classic, old and new, a sum even better than its parts.