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Reviews from nymag.com
Posted by SP on 09/27/2012
While I initially had reservations that tapas at this place would equate to the usual small dried up pork belly and uninspired greens that graced the menus in Manhattan, I was really surprised w/ the attentiveness and quality of the dishes served. I'd highly recommend the 9 course tasting menu. The most impressive thing about the place wasn't the innovative menu or perfectly seasoned dishes, it was the fact the chef had an open kitchen the size of a small desk to get all the food made to order with a full house. Well done, easily 4 out of 5 stars.
Posted by Erika A on 08/26/2012
Everything here is great. The food is excellent, the service is attentive and friendly and the drinks are good too. What more could anyone ask for?
Posted by Granny on 05/29/2012
I dined there on 5/26/12. The chef accommodated my dietary restraints to perfection. My food was delicious. I will definitely eat there again.
Posted by ted on 11/17/2011
Traif is a rare treat that reminds you how mundane most other restaurants are. I went there with a friend and we tried a number of small dishes. Each had unbelievable flavor with unexpected combinations. The strawberry cinnamon glazed ribs are unbelievable. As are the thai calamari and duck confit lettuce wraps. Our server recommended a white wine we had never heard of and it was delicious (and not very expensive). I don't often write reviews here, but felt this place warranted a writeup. Seriously, it's one of the most refreshing dining experiences I've had in Williamsburg or Manhattan for that matter.
Posted by Freddy on 04/09/2011
Got there around 845 on a Friday. It was an hour wait for two so we ate at the bar. Because of the great reviews, I was expecting a lot and it was really good. Everything we had was spectacular. 7.5 and up. I recommend the scallops and bbq rib sliders and for dessert the bacon doughnuts were amazing. Small portions but that's good since you get to try a little bit of everything and don't leave overly full. Strong drinks too. Definitely check this place out. I am going back for sure.
Posted by Linda Milkes on 11/01/2010
We got a recommendation from a local to try this place and are we glad we did! We went about 8:00 on a Saturday night. There was a wait for a table, so we sat at the bar, which had a lot of available seats. It was Mischief Night, so they had a Fall/Halloween drink menu. I had this crazy thing called Autumn Cabin which had Canton Ginger Liqueur and something chocolatey. The overall effect was delicious. There were 4 of us, so we tried a bunch of things: five-spice chicken wings, strawberry-cinnamon baby back ribs, duck confit lettuce wraps, all delicious! For desserts, we shared the key-lime pie- really good and the bacon doughnuts with dulce de leche and coffee ice cream--I could've had about 50 of those! They also change their menu based on what's in season, so we look forward to going back again.
Posted by Lyndsay on 08/22/2010
I am addicted. The food is so amazing, I was dreaming about it for nights after the first time I came here. I would come back for the food alone, even if the decor and service was terrible - but it was not! The hostess was nice and prompt, and we are always greeted right away. The waiter was friendly and helpful (and remembered us after just the second time we came in). We always had water, always were asked if we needed another drink before we were finished with our current one. The setting is intimate, but not overly crowded and the garden is beautiful. But the FOOD is to die for. They change their menu with what is in season, but they do keep some staples. It's served in small plates, so you can share with your company. Every dish I've had here is so mouth watering. Some of my favorites... Short Rib Sliders (the sauce is smokey and amazing) served with sweet potato fries with the best dipping sauce I've ever had. Tuna Tartare - I can't put into words how good these are Lamb and Chorizo meat balls with Asiago Cheese - I'm not even a huge meatball fan and these were sooo good! Duck Confit lettuce wraps - its served with a cucumber salad and a banana sauce which balance out the rich duck soo well. The wine list is great! They offer a lot of options for glass only wine which is a pet peeve of mine. They have Stiegl Lager my boyfriend tried for the first time at Traif and is now obsessed with. The Iced Tea is awesome and tastes like it is made with sage - great non-alcoholic choice! While I've only ever tried their Moito - which was great! light and refreshing- they have a pretty good selection of cocktails. For dessert you HAVE to try the Key Lime Pie. My boyfriends step mother came in here and is very particular about her key lime pie and said it was the best she has ever had. It's served with blueberries and a light homemade whip cream and the crust that is perfect. Our waiter told us that the chef's mother actually makes it herself. All in all - this place deserves all of the amazing reviews. I don't want to eat out anywhere else! I'm looking forward to coming back and trying their brunch.