Talde is an Asian-American restaurant in Park Slope that was launched by Chef Dale Talde and partners, David Massoni and John Bush. These three are also the force behind Thistle Hill Tavern.
Talde is located at 369 7th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215, between 6th Ave & 5th Ave in the trendy Park Slope neighborhood. Talde’s décor is primarily composed of woodwork, including dragons, elephants and samurai. The space also offers a six-seat chef’s counter that provides views into Talde’s open kitchen.
Chef Talde, a former “Top Chef” competitor, combines Eastern and Western cuisines at his namesake restaurant. The menu includes interesting and flavorful dishes such as Crispy Oyster-Bacon Pad Thai, Kung Pao Chicken Wings with buttermilk ranch and Pretzel Pork and Chive Dumplings with spicy mustard. Each dish attempts to meld Asian and American food influences and flavors I ways rarely-if-not-never-before seen.
In addition to offering food, Talde attempts to pair its eclectic cuisine with a sizable wine list, of about 100, plus a large cocktail list. Like the food menu, the cocktails Talde offers are also a merger of cultures. Examples of the drinks it lists include the Brooklyn Sling (gin, Luxardo, pineapple, grenadine and bitters), Green Lightening (green-tea-infused whiskey, cucumber, Thai basil and shaved ice) and Nine Roses (Four Roses bourbon, Chinese 5 spice and dry vermouth).
If there were one major issue to Talde, it would be that the wait for food can sometimes be annoying. The restaurant is often crowded and many of the dishes are so complicated that it must be difficult for the kitchen to service the 65-seat restaurant when at or near capacity. For example, though the above-mentioned Pretzel Pork and Chive Dumplings look delicious, the added time and effort involved in contouring these dumplings into a pretzel shape must cause a bottleneck in the assembly process.
Adding to the time issue is that Talde does not take reservations, though few restaurants in Brooklyn do. This is only a problem for customers when the restaurant is crowded, which Talde can get. Despite this issue, one should take Talde’s popularity as a sign that many have come to appreciate the flavor and uniqueness that the restaurant offers.
Talde’s fare is not cheap, but it is not outrageous. appetizers range in price between $5 and $12, while its entrees range between $19 and $31, with a whole branzino being the costliest option. Noodle options range between $12 and $16.