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Soul Food Restaurant$$$
Today 6:00 – 11:00 pm
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229 S 4th St Brooklyn, NY 11211
229 South 4th StreetUSNew YorkBrooklyn11211
$$$Soul Food Restaurant, American Restaurant
Soul Food Restaurant
American Restaurant
New American Restaurant
Today 6:00 – 11:00 pm
Monday ClosedTuesday 6:00 – 11:00 pmWednesday 6:00 – 11:00 pmThursday 6:00 – 11:00 pmFriday 6:00 pm – 1:00 amSaturday 6:00 pm – 1:00 amSunday 6:00 – 11:00 pm
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A young crowd populates this pork-focused American eatery in an older Williamsburg neighborhood.- Google
"I had the prawns with foie toast and the bacon doughnut dessert."
"First off, I love coffee ice cream."
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Esther L.
6 months ago
Went to Traif when a good buddy was in town for a med school interview. With the tasting option for three, we were able to try most of the menu, and sharing small plates of course was easier than eating off each other's plates as we end up doing elsewhere. So good! The wait staff was really great to seat us and let us know that they needed the table back in an hour--which ended up meaning our food was expedited and it was awesome. They were also very patiently informative about each dish and honest about personal favorites. Sat in the back. Would love to try Xixa (same restaurant group) soon and also come back to Traif when the menu's switched up.
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Allison Yu
5 months ago
Although traif is not mind-blowingly amazing, it is a solid and unique restaurant, and definitely worth visiting at least once. Our table ordered the 11 course prix fixe meal for $40pp. You must have 4 people in your party to participate in this. The menu changes quite frequently but the ones that stood out for me were the cold potato soup, the scallops, and the sliders. The broccoli rabe was really good too. Great service and ambiance, and fresh ingredients but overall it just didn't wow me.
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Sasha Guirindongo
8 months ago
First: MAKE RESERVATIONS. That, I did. Birthday reservations for the lover. Eating at Traif is an experience. Very "new" New York. Completely open kitchen; savory smells fill your nostrils; and though you can't tell the waitstaff from a regular patron walking to the bathroom, you have to appreciate how approachable the staff is. Everything is served tapas style but they're hefty so don't get it confused... you will NOT leave hungry under any circumstance. Considering the ample amount of reviews on Traif, I'll keep it short and simple. If there's one thing I'd recommend you order it would be the scallops. They were cooked to perfection, fresh, simple and complex. A beautiful oxymoron for sure. Traif has succeeded in creating a creative and intriguing dining experience that you shouldn't deprive yourself of so make a rez and take your lover, bestie, enemy- whomever you wish to have an amazing dinner experience with.
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Stephanie Gross
9 months ago
I had been wanting to go here for awhile. Picked a Tuesday thinking it'd be quieter but everyone was on to me! It was still buzzing with people as excited as me. Was able to have dinner at the bar and Wow was that the best idea ever! We got to watch all these amazing creations. These cooks were so impressive. The level of detail on every plate. We got the Strawberry cinnamon glazed Ribs- amazing! The Eggplant Tuna Tartar was possibly my favorite but how do you compare that to Scallop Corn Rissotto which Yes- I literally licked the plate! Okay yes I was full but we weren't leaving without trying the Bacon Doughnuts and Traif staff obliged letting us drink more water and relax to make room. They were busy so I felt bad at first but they didn't seem fazed and didn't make me feel rushed at all. Just keep enjoying your meal our waiter said. And we did. It was sooo good. I can't wait to go back and try the rest of the menu
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Gen Zhang
2 months ago
Poor service, very cramped layout. We had a trading menu, and the food ranged from bad to moderately good. However, at the price, far from good value.
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Raquel Sanchis
5 months ago
I loved eating here. It was our first time here after hearing positive reviews from everybody we know, and it was to also celebrate on anniversary. I made reservations 4 weeks out and the process works like this... they don't pick up their phone till after 6, so you call them while they're in the middle of their packed and busy dinner service. You say you want a reservation, they put you on hold. They come back on and ask for date, time, name, and contact info. Then you're called back in around 20 minutes confirming your reservation. Simple enough but tedious. I forgot to write down the time of my reservation and I couldn't remember if the reservation was for 6:30 or 6:45. This was entirely my fault and it's no big deal since restaurant normally call 24-72 hours ahead of time to confirm that everything's all set. But they didn't call, so I called the day before. The person who picked up told me they'd have to call me back, and four hours later at 10pm I still hadn't heard anything and tried calling again. And instead of getting an answer I got a lecture about how the don't keep their reservation book downstairs and I was calling in the middle of service so I wasn't going to get an answer. I understand it's a really small restaurant but for its level of popularity there could be a better reservation system. Whatever it happened, I can deal because the food and service that I received on the day of my dinner service was almost perfect and deserving of 5 stars. We arrived 15 minutes early but were seated right away, our server was new but friendly and the service went smoothly. We ordered five dishes and one dessert: the pork belly, chicken liver, pork cheeks, ribs, scallop risotto, and bacon dulce de leche donuts. The pork cheeks were uninspiring, and the pork belly was over cooked making it rather rough to eat. But the flavors were still there and good. The stars of the night for me were the scallops and donuts. The scallops were cooked lightly seared and perfect, with a squash risotto. They complemented well and I highly recommend this dish to everyone. Bacon dulce de leche donuts with cappuccino ice cream, speaks for itself. My partner is a big fan of cappuccino ice cream, didn't like the ice cream that much but I was in love.
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Kyle Harder
7 months ago
The BEST restaurant I've been to. Layers upon layers of flavor in each small plate style dish make this the best food. Service is top notch and has the "get it" factor. The only restaurant in NYC that I've been to more than twice.
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Lori Luo
11 months ago
Traif is such a unique experience, even for NYC. Located in Williamsburg, this restaurant, whose name means "unkosher" in Yiddish, serves up a creative and ever-changing menu of small plates. There's no cuisine or genre to describe it, as dishes pull in influences from all across the globe. Take the glazed confit chicken wings, which are made with hoisin, five spice and sriracha for instance, or the hampshire pork belly, garnished with hearts of palm, bacon, artichoke, and clementine slices. Vegetables are heavily featured as well, although as the name of the restaurant would indicate, it's not a good place to go with vegetarians. Reservations in advance are recommended, and groups of four or more can get the $40 tasting menu.
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