Traif's philosophy is serving up amazing food at accessible prices. If this restaurant was in Manhattan they could get away with charging double and still do well. As it stands, the dishes range from as low as $5 to bigger plates rounding out at about $17. The menu is also tapas style which means people can get to try a variety of dishes. To top it off, numerous items on the menu get rotated out on a regular basis so the menu doesn't get stale and keeps diners on their toes when they go.
A delicious amuse bouche of bacon broth. What a great way to start the meal, and completely appropriate since Traif uses a piggy for their logo!
Fried shishito peppers with feta for only $5. Bigger and better than Ippudo's at a fraction of the cost!
Twice baked yukon potatoes with lump crab and sea urchin. Delicious!
Yellowtail carpaccio with nectarines, lime, thai basil and black sesame seeds
Crispy pork belly with corn, avocado, and tomatoes.
Short rib sliders with sweet potato fries...the sliders were tangy and flavorful!
Lamb and chorizo meatballs with spicy chipotle cream sauce with pecorino cheese
Cockles with shell pasta with white wine, tomato, and sriracha sauce
Crispy sweetbreads with grilled eggplant, brussel sprouts, and mashed potatoes. This dish was
so rich and amazing and was the first time I tried sweetbreats. Looks like a complicated plate
but everything worked so well. It was huge and worth the $17.
Four words for dessert: Bacon. Donuts. Ice Cream. So good!
Complimentary dessrt: Watermelon with pomegranate molasses. Who would've thought of this combination
but it worked out well!
I have been to Traif three times now since September of last year and is probably my favorite restaurant in the city right now. All this food you see above plus one drink each and I believe the meal was about $110 for three people, which is pretty good considering the scope and variety of food that was ordered. Many more future Traif entries to come....so stay tuned!
In the meantime, make the trek out to Brooklyn and experience it for yourself!
(between Havemeyer St & Roebling St in Williamsburg)