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229 S 4th St Brooklyn, NY 11211
229 S 4th StUSNYBrooklyn11211
$$$American Restaurant, Soul Food RestaurantToday Closed
Monday ClosedTuesday 6:00 pm – 12:00 amWednesday 6:00 pm – 12:00 amThursday 6:00 pm – 12:00 amFriday 6:00 pm – 1:00 amSaturday 6:00 pm – 1:00 amSunday 6:00 pm – 12:00 am
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A young crowd populates this pork-focused American eatery in an older Williamsburg neighborhood.- Google
People talk about bacon doughnuts, pork belly, small plates, key lime pie and bacon wrapped dates
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Lori Luo
reviewed a month 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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Dan Woods
reviewed 6 months ago
Traif does small plates that are shared amongst all at a table, a concept that is underused in the West. They recommend three each, but to be honest, that will land you a lot of food with a bigger group. There's a good mix of old favourites and inventive new flavours with a strong pork focus. If you're having trouble picking you can always hand ball the decision to the crew for the $45 a head tasting menu. Stand-outs are the scallops, the black nectar pluots, with sour cherries, bacon and blue cheese, and any of the desserts.
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James Wiley
reviewed 3 months ago
Fantastic reasonably priced tasting menu. Excellent diverse flavors & complex pairings. Relaxed Brooklyn atmosphere.
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Aaron McNally
reviewed 3 months ago
Best unkosher Jewish restaurant in New York ("trait" means unkosher in Hebrew). Pork all over the menu! But lots of great vegetarian options as well. Cool space, friendly service. Truly spectacular inventive and fresh food.
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Karen Stephens
reviewed 5 months ago
This is going to not sound like a 5 star review at first, but bear with me. Traif is dim. And not in a romantic candlelit way. I couldn't see my food well. The guy behind the bar was fighting the good fight by holding up glasses to the barely there lighting so that he didn't serve any with water spots. There was a spotlight in the prep area so that the servers could at least see the dishes before they went out. The rest of the kitchen... dim. Traif is loud. I mean LOUD. Like Grand Central loud. Actually worse since it's not such a large space. It became of vicious cycle of shouting. And really lady... nobody has to laugh that loud outside of a comedy show. If you can, sit in the separate area in the rear. If you have a jacket or purse, don't sit at the bar. There's no place to put your belongings but on the chair next to you. And if they need the seat... you're crap out of luck. The portions are small plates. You find that out right away when your server asks you incredulously if "that's all you want??" I ordered the BBQ Sliders. They come with two sliders & sweet potato fries. You get a very yummy roasted pepper soup amuse bouche that just makes you want more. Now out come the sliders. They made my stomach mad just looking at them. Then I ate one sweet potato fry. Dear God up in Heaven was that good! I think they breaded the sweet potato fries with Angel Dust. Not metaphorically... with actual psychedelic drugs. I destroyed them how Godzilla destroyed Tokyo. They give you the option to add a third slider to the entree, but what they should do is allow you to just order the sweet potato fries on the side. I want to bathe in them. Since I only ordered 3 Sliders, I had plenty of room for dessert. I normally don't, so it was a prime time to have the famous bacon doughnuts with coffee ice cream. First off, I love coffee ice cream. I love bacon. I love doughnuts. Put all three together and BLAM! And you get a nice amount of them too. They were most likely to share, but don't. Eat them all yourself. Maybe I came on some weird Loud Talker Night but I would gladly go again just for those fries. I'll give away the sliders and order some other entree just to get the fries. Good God the fries!
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Raffi Asdourian
reviewed 9 months ago
Traif is one of those spots that you want to keep coming back to. With a touch of pork in every dish, the menu is a mix of tapas style food served with exquisite delicacy. From inventive spins on traditional savory dishes like strawberry-cinnamon glazed baby back ribs or braised short rib sliders, buffalo-style frog legs or pomegranate stuffed beef tenderloins, nothing on this menu is not good. And remember to leave room for dessert like their iconic bacon doughnuts and coffee ice cream or their hand delivered each day, made by mom, key lime pie. Trust me, after one visit, you'll be hooked.
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