A young crowd usually hangs out at Traif for their fun cocktails and divine small plates and nobody really cares that it is all ‘non-kosher’, which Traif means, loosely translated. There is a lot of shellfish and pork, such as pig’s tails, and meat mingled with dairy, but there is also truffled egg toast and blistered shishito peppers with marconas, cantaloupe, feta, orange and mint.
The place is tiny and always packed, and their patio is lovely, surrounded by lush plants, and almost like a jungle. This is probably not the place to have your Christmas dinner, but you can, and will, come back once you get hooked on the tiny pieces of art Chef Jason Marcus calls ‘small plates’. For Christmas dinner, he is cooking Jewish-Chinese dishes he remembers eating for Christmas as a child, such as General Tso's-style sweetbreads, ginger-scallion lobster sliders, lemon chicken-style fried quail cockles with fermented Chinese black bean sauce, and spicy foie gras soup dumplings,
229 S 4th St, between Havemeyer St & Roebling St, Brooklyn, NY, website, Phone: 347-844-9578 Photo: Traif
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