Traif

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In Brooklyn, Traif is one of the hottest restaurants drawing in the local community and guests from around the city. The concept at Traif is multiple course adventures or small plate meals. The tasting menu consists of 8 � 10 small courses designed for three or more people to share with the option for fewer courses in a �pick-and-choose� style.

Seating inside or on the patio is an excellent choice all year round with Traif�s outdoor heat lamps. Guests will find the lively and cozy atmosphere inviting before even tasting the food. Menu items include strawberry cinnamon glazed Berkshire baby back ribs, seared butterfish and salt pepper shrimp.

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vipBrookboy
New York Area
63 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2016
Overall4food5service4ambience2

Traif scores well on all points except comfort. Unfortunately, it is tightly packed at peak times, like so many other NYC restaurants. And the crowded tight space gets LOUD, so loud that you frequently have to ask your companions to repeat themselves. Those are the negatives, and it is unfortunate that they have an impact on what otherwise is a terrific meal. We had the tasting menu, and each dish seemed better than the last. You don't get a lot with the tasting menu, but what you get is superb. One other downside is that they often bring two of the courses at the same time. This equates to a feeling of being rushed. But if you can overlook all that, you will certainly enjoy the food.

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vipexzakly
Philadelphia
33 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2016
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Food was great, but I think our server described the restaurant incorrectly. He said that the dishes were meant to be shared (I assume similar to tapas?). So we ordered 5 plates to share between the 2 of us. And holy, moly it was way too much food. We would have been fine ordering 1 thing per person.

So, they either need to NOT describe themselves as tapas. Or make the plates a bit smaller, while also dropping the price for each item

Our favorite menu items were the chilaquiles and the shrimp n' grits.
The baked pancake was good, but a bit dry. I would order extra syrup for the next time.
The baked chicken n' biscuit was also good, but I've had better versions at other restaurants.

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vipLuv22
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2016
Overall1food5service1ambience1

Air Conditioning not working. Hot and muggy inside. Waiter forgot to place the order for 2 items. Items came out 45 minutes after initial items.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Traif is our fave! The food is phenomenal! Not enough space though. A little too noisy but we love this place! The menu is absolutely amazing and was created for the true foodies, as we are.

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DMK26
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hearty, interesting food that's not too fussy. Place does not feel like a destination, which is a definite plus.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2016
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food is amazing and unique. Waiters are always on point and aren't over board.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Staff was attentive and friendly, food was amazing. Gets a little noisy though...

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food.

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vipHoward
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been here before for dinner which was great but this time it was for their new brunch. The Chefs choice brunch was amazing! From the pineapple with pomegranate sauce appetizer to the key lime pie with crushed pineapple and mascarpone we savored each bite. Don't miss this incredible treat!,,

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vipRufino
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Service was great. Menu selection was incredible and the food was delicious.

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vipDavidW
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2016
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The sliders were fantastic as was the rest of the meal. The pork belly was a lovely melty cruchy meat candy bar fabulous.

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Alexjr
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We had the Chef Selection for four of us; it turns out to be a relative bargain because of the extra dishes and desserts. There were about a dozen courses, although only nine were promised. The wine list is excellent; don't hesitate to go for a less expensive bottle, because somebody knows what they are doing in choosing the wines. The food flavors are intense. The portions are small, but by the end your appetites are sated. Everything we had was just excellent, so it's hard to single anything in particular out. I do keep thinking about the ribs, and the scallops. They get a very trendy young crowd; reservations are a must, especially for the five or so tables in the garden room.

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vipdvdjqt
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2016
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Outstanding and innovative food in a fun and casual atmosphere. The staff is very friendly and helpful. The spicy tuna tartare over tempura eggplant is a must - out of this world.

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vipHoward
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You need to take your time and savor the individual dishes. Try not to rush through the experience

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food!

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vipmusicdoc
New York Area
86 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We decided to take a chance and drive from the Bronx - after all with a name like "Traif" how could curiosity be controlled? We arrived for Sunday Brunch, and while it was just after 2 PM and most other diners had come and gone we received exceptional attention, help with the menu, and superb service. A table in the enclosed garden room was the perfect spot to balance the warmth of the day with the fine music choices playing in the main front room. We sampled 4 dishes and one dessert - each one superbly conceived and remarkably satisfying . The soft scrambled eggs with lobster was a standout, the baked Meunster and chorizo a remarkably simple but surprisingly complex taste treat. Egg, cheese, and pork belly sliders with sweet potato fries literally topped any other brunch item we've had in years. This is rich fare- so I'll be bringing at least two more people next time to prevent over- doing a good thing. Make no mistake, this was a dining experience highly worth the trip. While not big drinkers, I'd venture the Bloody Mary was a serious crafted item that was no accident. You could probably grow hair where none was before. Truly looking forward to returning with a small army of tasters.

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SusanD
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was our second visit to Traif. The dishes are beautifully prepared, incredibly delicious, and served by an amazing staff, most notably Claire and Max. Pork belly, scallops, chopped liver, key lime pie (made, we were told, by the chef's mom!)...totally amazing and more than memorable. This is a truly gifted and skilled kitchen.

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Felicia
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was amazing. I went with a group of 5 people and our server suggested the chefs selection. The pacing, food selection and arrangement was perfect. Every dish was excellent. To add to that, the servers were extremely attentive and constantly filled my water cup and removed dishes immediately after we finished. I would definitely recommend this and eat at Traif again.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The dishes were delicious and we'll presented.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've loved Traif ever since I first dined there four years ago. Unpretentious, out-of-this-world food done at an affordable price. The strawberry balsamic bbq ribs are not to be missed. Try to request the back area if you can.

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Sall
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2016
Overall2food3service1ambience1

Terrible service and disappointed with the food based on the reviews on Yelp.

Came here for dinner last weekend, the outside temperature was way over 90+. The waitstaff at first places us at a table at the back room squeezed into a small table, and the AC unit was struggling to letting out cool air. The back room space was an extension of the restaurant covered in clear plastic covering that reminded me of a run down restaurant in Asia. It was quite uncomfortable.

We asked to be moved into the main dining room where there were a few open tables, but the waitstaff refused to let our table of 5 to sit in the main dining room, claiming that the table was reserved, even though I also made a reservation! After requesting it for the 3rd time, we were finally seated in the main room.

Food was also disappointing. I used to come here a few years ago before many other new restaurants appear in the neighborhood. The food is now fairly average, nothing special given all the other better restaurants nearby

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MichaelF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2016
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Fantastic food. They offer a series of small plates, each crafted with the care of a entrée coming from top-flight kitchen. Each small plate comes in succession after the other, Complementing the previous one. The Decour looks like it needs to be revamped. But otherwise it is an exceptional place for a meal. And I personally love the 80s music!

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vipMeganM
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2016
Overall2food2service1ambience1

After all the rave reviews and personal recommendations I was really disappointed. Cliche ingredients (enough with the pork belly!) and the tempura shrimp was something out of an Applebees. Chicken liver mousse was lacking, peach salad with blue cheese was underwhelming. Save yourself the trip and try something else.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2016
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The food was pretty good but it was basically what you'd come to expect from so much of NYC dining: small plates of indeterminate size that focused largely on rich flavors and the same staples you get everywhere else. It was also extremely loud. The cocktails were very nice.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2016
Overall4food4service5ambience3

We made reservations and were promptly seated when we arrived. Recommend reservations on prime nights. Four of shared about 8-9 plates. Small portions but stuffed and satiated by the end of meal. Food was delicious! Waiter was attentive and helpful. He had our 2nd round of a signature cocktail "VIOLET BEAUREGARD" cocktail re-made, when it tasted very different than 1st round. We found out this was due to the blueberry infused buffalo trace bourbon running out, and a different batch was used on 2nd drink.

Overall great experience, one draw back was the volume. Very loud inside, to the point, where you have to struggle to hear the person sitting across the table.

Solution: Add sound damping to side walls and / or ceiling. Draping fabrics from ceiling will also absorb volume and help minimize reflections

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TimothyS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I definitely recommend the chef's tasting. My favorite menu items were the strawberry glazed ribs, summer sushi, and doughnuts with bacon bits on top.

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MicheleH
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing! My husband & I are tapas freaks, and this place is the best! Menu is SO flavorful & creative. They put things together I would never think of and make them so tasty. Service was attentive but not dotting. Great recommendations, too. We would highly recommend Traif--you will not be disappointed.

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vipEffie
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious! My favorite restaurant in the city.

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SarahM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2016
Overall4food4service4ambience3

I came here for my birthday dinner with my family. We got the Chef's selection, and I highly recommend it. They allow you to make requests, which is nice. I also like that the food comes out on big sharing plates, instead of individual plates. Makes for a more intimate dinner. I wouldn't say the food was the most creative thing ever, but it was very solid.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food great service great restaurant! The tuna tar tar, ribs, and fried quail were all amazing! Very good wine list as well. Only thing we got that we didn't love was the clams.

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vipBigB
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2016
Overall3food2service5ambience4

My third and very possibly my last visit. The menu look great but some of the dishes were FLAT. I noticed that some of the portions were smaller then our last visits. The octopus was a miss, sweetbreads over cooked, seared foie gras could have done without (very small portion). Look I get it everyone has an off night but, not at $275.00 for two! Although I might as the service was excellent.

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vipDivine
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazingly inventive courses. Great service , with wonderful guidance through a varied menu, and a lively ambiance.

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vipdhenwood
New York Area
46 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Really good (and varied) food with excellent service. Our server was charming, helpful, and attentive. It ended up being more expensive than I'd expected, but no complaints about the food or service at all.

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vipvlnyc
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience4

One of our favorite spots, we return again and again and repeatedly marvel at how much further our money goes at Traif and how much more elevated the meal than so many other places. The nuanced skill and delight of the food never disappoints; cocktails on point too.

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vipBrookynCliff
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Exceptionally nice young staff, especially nice for us elders. Very enjoyable dinner.

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acasualdinero
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2016
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Foodie friends in town for a wedding were perfectly pleased with Traif. As was I. Lovely time chatting with the bartender while waiting. Server was a little pushy, sounded a little impatient (even though there were only 2 other tables in the restaurant!). That was the only downside--oh and if you don't like smelling like the food you just ate, some of the cooking happens in the dining room so be warned. Food was rich, tasty and came out with great timing. Interesting cocktails for mixology enthusiasts. Will definitely go again.

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nicolaf
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2016
Overall3food4service3ambience3

The food is good, but the portions are very small. I think the value is good because you would be paying a significant premium for the same thing in Manhattan. Nonetheless, some of the portions are quite heavy. Highlight is the scallop.

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vipSouthslope
New York Area
93 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2016
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Not as good as Xixa but still really good.
It seemed like too many dishes had an egg on top.

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vipBKdiners
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The menu at Traif is incomparable, this is a dining experience and a truly innovative experience.
Amazingly- the cooking is coming from a tiny kitchen visible from the bar, unbelievable!!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From taking us early to honesty around how much to order, everything was amazing. Though slightly liberal on the salt, every bite was delicious. Will be back

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Traif is rated 4.6 stars by 83 OpenTable diners.