Traif

Traif

New American Restaurant$$$$
Williamsburg, Brooklyn
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  • Has a stamp of approval from Time Out New York and The Wall Street Journal
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  • Joyce
    "especially the bacon doughnuts for dessert!"(28 Tips)
    Giorgia L.
    "Get the sliders and the bacon donuts."(20 Tips)
    Chris F.
    "The tasting menu is reasonably priced and a fantastic array of noms."(30 Tips)
    Dania B.
    "Yum: pork belly, roasted beets salad, tuna tartar, short rib sliders"(14 Tips)
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  • Tina G.
    Tina G.July 15, 2012
    Oh my gawd! Had 11 course tasting menu. Everything was awesome. My favorite was definitely the scallops. $40 is a total deal. I'd pay 3x as much for a meal like this. In the top 3 meals I've ever had
    Upvoted Jun 10
  • Stina P.
    Stina P.July 27, 2014
    not crazy about the atmosphere, but the food is delicious. try the pork sliders, seasonal salad, and broccoli rabe. every plate is unique so you won't be disappointed. 4-5 plates is good for 2!
    Upvoted Jun 10
  • Time Out New York
    Time Out New YorkAugust 1, 2011
    Most of the snacks on chef Jason Marcus’s often-changing menu are $10 or less. Snag a table on the lush back patio, & feast with the knowledge you’re filling your belly without emptying your wallet. Read more
    Upvoted Jun 10
  • Lori L.
    Lori LuoAugust 10, 2014
    Innovative, delicious small plates transcend any genre or classification at Traif. Come with a group and get the tasting menu; you might get the pork belly, the short rib sliders, or the bacon donuts.
  • Elizabeth B.
    Elizabeth BursteinOctober 13, 2016
    Amazing tasting menu with wine pairings, pricing was not too bad. The tempura pumpkin, bacon donuts, cinnamon ribs, Italian soup, salad, were delicious!
  • Adrianne B.
    Adrianne BenzionAugust 23, 2014
    Salt n pepper shrimp, scallops, spaetzle, & kale salad were so good and extremely flavorful but the best dish was the tuna tartar. This born & raised Floridian gives the Key Like pie a thumbs up too!
  • Michelin Travel & Lifestyle
    Michelin Travel & LifestyleSeptember 22, 2012
    The name translates to “forbidden” in Yiddish. Try Jason Marcus' eclectic pork and shellfish creations for dinner or brunch. Closed Mon. - Green Guide Editor
  • Amber C.
    Amber CrisciSeptember 1, 2015
    Tasting menu is so reasonable and worth it. Great for special occasions. Tuna tartar, short rib sliders, scallops and bacon donuts are home runs.
  • The Wall Street Journal
    The Wall Street JournalSeptember 7, 2010
    You will likely forget about the sacrilege once your table is covered with plates of the deliciously unclean eggs scrambled with lobster and mascarpone ($14), a few pork dishes and bacon doughnuts. Read more
    Upvoted Jun 10
  • Dulip R.
    Dulip RatnasomaNovember 25, 2013
    I'm still dreaming of the meal I had here last weekend. Dishes that stood out were the tuna with tempura Japanese eggplant, the baked muenster, pork belly, ribs, the seared scallops. Get everything!
  • Kristi E.
    Kristi EvansSeptember 20, 2013
    They should rename this place Troof! Best tuna tartare I've ever had and the short rib sliders/sweet potato fries combo completely blew our minds. One of the best restaurants in Brooklyn.
  • Felicia C.
    Felicia CarrOctober 13, 2012
    We got the fricassee escargot which is a perfect, warm fall weather dish & short rib sliders perfection. The rude little pig cocktail is rimmed with bacon & the cocktail infused with basil was amazing
  • Melissa H.
    Melissa HelalDecember 10, 2012
    The ribs are incredible! Slightly sweet and spicy, fall-off-the-bone meat but still crispy on the outside. Loved the bits of bacon that rimmed the Rude Little Pig cocktail. Can't wait go back!
  • JP S.
    JP SistenichFebruary 16, 2016
    Excellent food, Valentine's tasting menu was beautifully done. Butterfish sashimi on risotto and the day boat scallops were divine. Wait with a reservation was a bit long, but well worth it!
  • New York Habitat
    New York HabitatOctober 21, 2011
    One of the most unique and delicious menus in all of New York City. If you love pork, come here. Get the short rib sliders and finish with an order of the strange yet tasty bacon doughnuts.
  • BlackBook Magazine
    BlackBook MagazineNovember 20, 2012
    Creative, eclectic small plates like pork and duck rillettes w/ rhubarb-peach marmalade, fried artichoke hearts & sea urchin, king crab béarnaise. Try Red Pearl: chili-infused vodka and muddled kiwi. Read more
  • Adrianne B.
    Adrianne BenzionOctober 13, 2014
    My second time here & it was even better than the first. We sat at the bar & everyone, even the kitchen staff, went above & beyond to make it special. My parents were so impressed!
  • CITY GRIT
    CITY GRITAugust 8, 2014
    We always start with the Red Pearl - one of our favorite cocktails in the city! Our top three dishes are the Tuna Tartare, Salt & Pepper Shrimp, & the Baby Back Ribs!
  • Jess B.
    Jess BrunsJuly 7, 2013
    sliders literally melt in your mouth. strawberry cinnamon ribs are divine. can't go wrong with any of the salad choices. decent wine selection.
  • Jaim
    JaimMay 29, 2016
    Tapas style. 2 per person is more than enough. The white fish salad is more of a white fish spread - amazing. Stay away from the fried chicken and biscuits with sausage gravy and watermelon.
  • Jenny M.
    Jenny McMahonNovember 13, 2014
    The BBQ Braised Short Rib Sliders were amazing--definitely the highlight. The waitress recommended 10 plates (it's all tapas-style) for 4 people--everything was delicious, but 10 plates was too many!
  • Yi Jia C.
    Yi Jia ChouMay 13, 2011
    Had the tasting menu and It was one of the best meals I've ever had! Highlights were the bacon doughnuts, key lime pie (made by chef's mom I'm told), pork belly and the biggest foie gras I ever saw
  • David S.
    David SweeneyAugust 23, 2014
    Spare ribs, bacon wrapped dates, heirlooms + corn pudding + ricotta, burrata, short rib sliders, panne cotta. Steph is calling this our best meal of 2014 to date. Not convinced but very solid.
  • Bryan K.
    Bryan KaplanAugust 1, 2013
    Traif is a small plate treasure that should not be missed. The strawberry ribs are great and the sliders are so good, I guarantee you will order them every time you eat here.
  • Carly C.
    Carly Chan LiuFebruary 28, 2015
    Everything is good. Especially the truffle escargot gnocchi, tuna tartare, and pork belly. But don't fret about choices -- just get the 9 course chef's choice for $50.
  • Danielle E.
    Danielle ElliotNovember 12, 2015
    We just stopped in for a drink on the way to dinner elsewhere, but by the time we left we wished we were staying here! The bartenders are stellar, the drinks are among the best I've had.
  • Alexandra P.
    Alexandra PearsonAugust 1, 2013
    Not a single complaint to make about even one of the 9 dishes we ordered. You need to get the ribs, fois gras, tuna tartare, bacon doughnuts and everything else on the menu like yesterday ago.
  • Kev S.
    Kev SkinnyOctober 17, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Must haves: tare tare and strawberry ribs. Also old fashioned is comparable to Rye, which if you had half a brain would know that its fuxin legit. Good luck not creaming yourself.
  • madslim
    madslimDecember 5, 2013
    I've been coming here with my sister for almost 3 years now. We're always excited to go & never disappointed. Allison is the best there too! Give her big tips!!
  • Xian X.
    Xian XianJune 5, 2011
    Broccoli rabe portabella-truffle toast w fried egg! Bacon wrapped blue cheese stuffed dates! Rigatoni w asparagus blue crab & Cremini mushrooms! Crispy pork belly w cantaloupe, marcona almonds, feta
  • Adrianne B.
    Adrianne BenzionOctober 13, 2014
    Sit at the bar if it's available. You get to watch this expert kitchen make every meal with perfection and you may even get some extra love.
  • Matt R.
    Matt RaoulSeptember 6, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Go tasting menu and settle in for an amazing meal. Request the tuna tartar or the strawberry-cinnamon ribs & enjoy. Preferably with a bottle of rosé.
  • Suzanne .
    Suzanne 🍋September 20, 2014
    Go for the foie gras dish and the short rib sliders. Hard to locate the restaurant but worth the find.
  • Francesca K.
    Francesca KrihelyMay 26, 2013
    Go for the Chef's tasting menu. Let them know if you have allergies/preferences and they will be very accommodating. Ask for the sweetbreads special.
  • Mara L.
    Mara LecocqNovember 22, 2014
    Small plate sharing type of restaurant. $50 chef tasting menu with 9 courses. Loved the escargot gnocchi.
  • Cade W.
    Cade WallaceDecember 2, 2012
    sit at the bar if there are no tables free. shorter wait and really great service - the bartenders will take your food orders + answer any questions you may have
  • Iris W.
    Iris WillowDecember 15, 2013
    Short rib sliders with sweet potato fries and hamachi sushi dish were delish! Pineapple with lime palate cleanser was a nice touch. Highly recommended!
  • Chelsea B.
    Chelsea BalkanApril 1, 2012
    One of my top 5 fav. Get the spicy tuna, the scallop, short rib slider, broccoli rabe, and bacon doughnuts. More than enough food for two.
  • Andrew D.
    Andrew DawsonMay 3, 2015
    Definitely get the spicy shrimp, pork belly, pasta & muenster cheese/apple crostini. Pass on the crab. Finish w bacon donuts for the win
  • Mounir K.
    Mounir KaradjaOctober 5, 2013
    This is a pork place but you have to take the tuna tartar served on tempura eggplant. The bbq sliders are also fantastic. Avoid the spaetzl though.
  • Lynda B.
    Lynda BurgosJune 5, 2013
    Their menu is beautiful and though it can be argued, I found their bacon doughnuts to be worth the price - if only for their unique texture. But I went there to eat a REAL dinner, not an oily dessert.
  • Kate
    Kate2 weeks ago
    Love Traif! The menu is constantly changing with seasonal items, so there's always something new to have. Have yet to be disappointed!
  • Shirley L.
    Shirley LuFebruary 16, 2014
    Super attentive and friendly staff!! And the butterscotch budino is so smooth and perfect salty sweetness! Plus plenty of hazelnuts too!
  • Janani P.
    Janani PriyankaNovember 6, 2011
    Hands down some of the best food I've ever had in new York. The chef is very inquisitive and has a wonderful understanding of new American cuisine .... good shiiitttt!!!
  • AskMen
    AskMenJune 3, 2011
    Exciting pork driven menu. Traif (meaning the opposite of Kosher) puts together an affordable menu of small and large plates that are so unique in cuisine style. Read more
  • Genevieve L.
    Genevieve LeeAugust 31, 2011
    Anything with pork in it was good. Some of the other meals not so hot, or had ingredients that didn't work well together. Overall a pretty good meal, and definitely get dessert there
  • Sandell J.
    Sandell JonesMarch 9, 2013
    The Bacon Donuts were A-friggin-mazing! Awesome food, great staff and service. Definitely coming back next time I'm in Brooklyn!
  • Rory P.
    Rory ParnessJuly 31, 2016
    9 dishes (+ bacon donuts) was perfect portion for 4 people. Everything was so flavorful with the steak a true standout
  • First We Feast
    First We FeastAugust 3, 2014
    The outdoor patio surrounded by foliage is a great escape from the tightly packed narrow dining room, especially at brunch. Read more
  • Danielle C.
    Danielle CarrickSeptember 28, 2013
    Can't go wrong with the menu. Sit at the bar for an awesome view of the chefs. My red pearl cocktail was baller.
  • Emmanuel T.
    Emmanuel TrentinJune 4, 2014
    Greens, tuna tartar, pork sliders, scrimp, doughnuts, cocktails and Malbec. Everything was perfect as always! Best in Willie!
  • Raffi A.
    Raffi AsdourianMarch 9, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Don't miss out on the strawberry glazed cinamon baby back ribs, their best dish!
  • Chloe C.
    Chloe ChangJune 10, 2016
    The chef selection IS a good deal, and can be customized to dietary restrictions and we were able to request a few dishes to be included.
  • Michelle L.
    Michelle LauAugust 2, 2014
    The tasting menu usually isn't available unless you have a party of three or more. But if you still want it, ask to sit at the bar. It's absolutely worth it!
  • Hello K.
    Hello KittyApril 18, 2013
    Get the slider! The hazelnut dessert thingy was awesome! Wed night and it was still packed so make reservations!
  • Nicole F.
    Nicole FormicaSeptember 8, 2015
    Words cannot express how amazing the food is. Bring a group and go for the chef's menu. Definitely worth it!
  • Annie T.
    Annie TNovember 17, 2010
    One of those menus where you can't go wrong. Ordered the autumn salad, glazed wings, strawberry ribs, pork belly, and bacon doughnuts. Each single dish was delish!
  • Vince C.
    Vince C.September 30, 2015
    One of the best tasting menus for the $$ in the city - make sure to get the seared fois and sweetbreads.
  • Mark
    MarkSeptember 11, 2015
    You might never know how much you love bacon doughnuts if you miss out on Traif. Brooklyn's best New American pick.
  • TableShare
    TableShareJuly 9, 2010
    While the patio might seem like the obvious seating choice, a seat at the counter in front of the open kitchen allows you to watch Jason work his magic. Also: BACON DOUGHNUTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Read more
  • Whitney B.
    Whitney B.April 29, 2012
    it's been said before, but i'll say it again. BACON DONUTS. sliders and sweet potato fries are also as amazing as a lionel richie song.
  • Scott S.
    Scott SJune 12, 2015
    Big eye tuna on eggplant tempura and strawberry cinnamon ribs, but the whole menu is the work of magicians.
  • Dana D.
    Dana DFebruary 4, 2012
    Seasonal menu focused on pork and seafood goodness. And, yes, bacon doughnuts.
  • Ashley S.
    Ashley SimonMarch 3, 2013
    Chef's menu isnt woth it. Just order small plates a la carte. I recommend tuna tartare, sliders, broccoli rabe.
  • Jessica A.
    Jessica AlmogJune 28, 2014
    Allison is legit the best server ever. If you have her waiting on you tonight, considered yourself blessed. Oh and get everything 👍.
  • Joshua J.
    Joshua JohnDecember 8, 2013
    Bold and delicious menu - remember to save room for the Bacon Donuts with Coffee Ice Cream!
  • Cate
    CateJuly 3, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    This is one of the most interesting restaurants in NYC. It is the culinary equivilent of the Future Perfect. It is amazing it hasn't been widely written up yet -- thank god.
  • Chris M.
    Chris MolanphySeptember 4, 2011
    The killer drink is the Burning Bush. And yeah, believe the hype—the bacon doughnuts are to die for (airier than you expect).
  • 7th.List
    7th.ListDecember 20, 2011
    Setting: Small, upscale hipster appeal with great garden. Must-Haves: Sauteed Broccoli Rabe, Spot Prawns, Sweet Potato Fries Read more
  • Alexandra W.
    Alexandra WhiteJune 27, 2016
    For brunch, don't skip the foie gras or the egg and pork belly sliders. Your mouth will thank you.
  • Rich K.
    Rich KearneyNovember 12, 2012
    Chef's tasting menu is like a non-stop flavor assault on your tastebuds. It's fully worth the $80 and I highly recommend it.
  • Matthew
    MatthewJanuary 29, 2012
    Absolutely wonderful experience. Food and service were both top knotch. Recommend "The Costanza," but everything we had was tremendous.
  • David E.
    David EllisMarch 15, 2013
    If you can handle a chili-infused vodka, the Red Pearl is a must. Absolutely top cocktail.
  • Bee W.
    Bee WilliamsJanuary 8, 2016
    This place was good! Lots of options to eat! Definitely great for sharing and sampling!
  • Cate
    CateApril 26, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Omg everything here is amazing, esp pork belly salad and snap pea salad. Lots of surprises. Margarita had secret licorice flavor, amazing, and I am not normally a licorice fan.
  • Giorgia L.
    Giorgia LucciolaAugust 25, 2013
    Get the sliders and the bacon donuts. And sit at the bar, the staff there is awesome.
  • Matthew W.
    Matthew WitherowSeptember 22, 2010
    I wanted to eat everything! So amazing. For two people, get two or three from the top of the menu and one or two from the bottom...and dessert.
  • Matt N.
    Matt NeemsNovember 20, 2016
    Do the chefs tasting menu, a little of everything good. Strawberry cinnamon ribs, bacon maple donuts.
  • jin k.
    jin kimAugust 11, 2014
    Great place to share food with friends. Pork dishes are awesome. Cocktails are somewhat disappointing.
  • Greg S.
    Greg SiegalMarch 2, 2013
    Get the tuna tartar and the lamb with the hummus! Both are clear standouts on the menu.
  • TahRaySa X.
    TahRaySa XOctober 27, 2012
    Great service. Fav dish: lamb tenderloin, tuna tartare. maybe pass on: fried quail, pork ribs
  • Raquelle J.
    Raquelle JessieMay 18, 2016
    strawberry & balsamic glazed ribs, homemade gnocchi w/ truffle, tuna tartare all standout
  • Pamela C.
    Pamela CastilloSeptember 15, 2015
    Absolutely get the tasting menu. Worth every penny. Everything was really delicious.
  • Corinna P.
    Corinna PJune 6, 2012
    It's true about the bacon doughnuts. Also, everything is incredible. Especially the foie and the scallops.
  • Joshua M.
    Joshua MejiaNovember 26, 2011
    This place is amazing! A true gem! Get in early or you'll be waiting (opens at 6 for dinner)
  • Lucy S.
    Lucy SwopeNovember 20, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Some dishes stand out more than others, but it's impossible to go wrong. Duck confit is consistently amazing, and the foie is outstanding.
  • Mingfei Y.
    Mingfei YanNovember 11, 2013
    Great tasting menu! 11 courses with only $45. Never miss out the bacon donut!
  • David J.
    David JacksonJuly 30, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    Top to bottom one of the strongest menus in the city. Great bartenders, too. If I had to pick one dish, I'd have to go with the broccoli rabe.
  • Júlio S.
    Júlio SantosSeptember 30, 2013
    Sitting by the counter allows you to see the masters at work. You'll kill for anything that comes out of that stove.
  • Hillel
    HillelJuly 7, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    The food is excellent. Make a reservation; then don't hold back once you get here.
  • Teddy
    TeddyJune 19
    Get the chef's selection! What a deal. (And very accommodating to pescatarians!)
  • Eric T.
    Eric TangJuly 19, 2013
    Do the chef special if it's your 1st time. They take good care of you.
  • Shy M.
    Shy MukerjeeAugust 10, 2011
    The Thai shrimp with fruit is unbelievable. Sit on the patio and soak in the strange convos from your biracial neighbors.
  • Devin P.
    Devin ParkerMay 27, 2016
    Gnocchi and roasted cauliflower are wonderful and great options for vegetarians
  • H B.
    H BombzMarch 12, 2012
    The white shrimp w pineapple too die for. Bacon doughnuts a must. Ribs n.cinamon bangin
  • Joyce
    JoyceMarch 10, 2014
    Probably my new favorite restaurant. Everything was delicious - especially the bacon doughnuts for dessert!
  • Abby H.
    Abby H.September 4, 2011
    The pork belly dish and the BBQ rib sliders are both superb choices. So freaking tender. Foodgasmic.
  • Kimmie O.
    Kimmie OhhAugust 27, 2015
    Pork pork pork pork! Be sure to get a bacon doughnut
  • Carolyn T.
    Carolyn TrawinskiNovember 18, 2011
    Get: Red Pearl, broccoli rabe, bigeye tuna, bacon doughnuts and the underplayed key lime pie. Then: go home happy.
  • Kristi E.
    Kristi EvansApril 24, 2014
    Traif is the TROOF. Get the tasting menu. Best value in NYC!
  • Usewordswisely
    UsewordswiselyDecember 3, 2012
    Владельцы кафе — молодая пара, живущая прямо над заведением: еврейский шеф-повар Джейсон и его гойская подружка в роли управляющей. В кафе уютно, всегда много красивых людей и невероятно вкусная еда.
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