Buzzworthy Restaurant of the Week: Traif

11-course tasting

11-course tasting


Traif is the perfect date night alcove. The atmosphere is dark and enviable, only glistened by candlelight and kitchen beams. Space is limited, be sure to RSVP days in advance. And quite literally, physical space is limited as well, avoid bringing large items or bags with you.

The tapas were very creative and equally tasteful. Try the spicy big eye tuna, which is a tuna tartare served with fried eggplants. The eggplants are light and masked by the tuna and sauce. The fried soft shell crab is crusted to perfection with a few spices mixed into the flour.The pork belly lives up to its name and fame, the meat was tender and juicy, breaking on your tongue at a delightful pace. Be sure to slow your inner stomach demons, as the small serving disappears very quickly. Lastly, be sure to leave room for the bacon doughnuts. The doughnuts are soaking in maple syrup and topped with caramelized bacon bits – with coffee ice cream on the side. If that’s not your kind of dessert, try the rum pudding. Do try to slow your roll and take in all the mixed flavors and aromas.

I loved the open kitchen & the bartender was friendly. I think this would be a great 3rd or 4th date spot – nice enough to feel special, food is good enough to feel loved, and the tapas-style way here is great when you’re just getting comfortable about sharing food. I don’t like to share either, but at a tapas place, the more you share the more you taste!

TIP: Sitting at the bar is awesome because of the open kitchen. I would definitely recommend bar seats. Also, they give a tasting plate to parties of 3 or more, so bring the whole gang and taste more food! Yum!

229 S 4th St
b/n Driggs Ave & Roebling St
(347) 844-9578

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