Their tagline is “Celebrating Pork, Shellfish, & Globally-Inspired Soulfood.”
…Um, thank you, come again. No problem. Need they say more?
Not to mention, Traif has managed to combine my two favorites, my two weaknesses, into one delectable yet powerful concoction. Bacon and tequila have met at last. What is this place? Why don’t I work here? Live here? Open up some sort of account here or something? It’s as though Traif went down my list of favorite foods of all time and just went with it. A recent study shows that Head Chef Jason Marcus has at least a 60% chance or greater of being at least 60% magician, and that is a fact.
Unassuming from the outside, a culinary powerhouse on the inside. Spicy, savory, fruity, and just down right porky, shrimpy and everything good; Traif is long-since a Williamsburg Staple and now a New York City icon if you ask me. Their prices also go to show you that you don’t need to book reservations at Per Se to eat well. With an extensive menu as well, it will certainly take multiple trips to work your way through, which is fine with me. Here’s a selection of favorites from the menu:
- Blistered shishi to peppers, canteloup, marconas, feta, mint, orange
- Bacon-wrapped blue cheese–stuffed dates, spinach a la catalana
- Berkshire pork belly, rhubarb, grapefruit, blackberries, sugar snaps
- Baked muenster cheese, smoked chorizo, golden apples, crostini
- Glazed-confit chicken wings, hoisin, five spice, sriracha
- Strawberry-cinnamon glazed baby back pork ribs
Between Dram and Traif, I have the best street ever. Good things do lurk beneath the BQE. Add a yummy amuse bouche and a nice covered outdoor area? Sold. Photo from their webpage.
Where: South 4th, between Roebling & Havemeyer. | How Much: Figure like $35-55 with drinks.