Monday, March 21, 2011

Traif in Brooklyn...My Best Restaurant Find from Last Year!

Traif is one of the many reasons I love Yelp.  I found out about the restaurant to look for a new place to go and the reviews and pictures on the site looked damn good and got myself worked up to go.

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 stay tuned!

In the meantime, make the trek out to Brooklyn and experience it for yourself!

229 S 4th St
(between Havemeyer St & Roebling St in Williamsburg)
BrooklynNY 11211
(reservations recommended)

1 comment:

  1. it's about time you made this entry - also i think i'm at over 10 visits at this point


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