A couple of years ago, Tina celebrated her birthday at Traif in Brooklyn, and what a wonderful time we had. Although the focus was on the birthday girl that evening, and not so much on the food, it was hard not to notice the delicious dishes we had.
The name “Traif” refers to food considered non-kosher. The menu thus features shellfish and pork, both of which are “traif” and thus forbidden in a strict kosher diet.
Chef and owner Jason Marcus is renowned for his innovative cooking, and the menu is filled with exciting offerings. I particularly enjoyed their strawberry-glazed pork ribs and the truffle gnocchi, and when browsing the restaurant’s website prior to writing this blog post, I noticed that both dishes are still on the menu, so they come highly recommended.
Traif offers great food at very reasonable prices, and with the location just across the Williamsburg Bridge, it barely feels like you’ve left Manhattan. For those who can’t decide among the many tempting dishes, the Chef’s Selection menu is available for $56 (as of Nov. 2023). It’s a really cozy place to dine, great for both casual and special occasions.