Why Come Here? Fantastic and unique Asian-inspired food, casual setting, reasonable prices
I recently made the trip out to Talde with a group of six, which thankfully allowed us to make a reservation and skip the two hour waits. This is not to say Top Chef alum Dale Talde’s food isn’t worth waiting for. His Asian-inspired cooking is some of the best and most interesting food in New York right now. If I were to compare the food to anything, it would be Momofuku, but Talde definitely has it’s own thing going. Prices are also reasonable, with only a few entrees coming in over $20. The space, which looks like it used to be an Irish Pub, is lively and fun, which perfectly compliments the food.
My advice: Grab 5 friends, make a reservation and get to Park Slope before more critics do. If you don’t have 5 friends, it’s still worth braving the waits. And you’ll be able to choose some excellent cocktails in the mean time (try the Navy Grog).
Now onto the food. Since we were a group of six we were able to do quite a bit of damage to the menu. In the interest of space, I’m limiting the reviews below to my top picks. For all reviews and photos, check my DishEnvy page.
Perilla Leaf This one got mixed reviews at our table, but I think the flavor combination was really interesting. I can’t place the taste of the leaf exactly, but it has a distinct southeast asian flavor to it.
Hawiian Bread Buns w/ Filipino Pork Sausage & Crispy Long Island Fluke There may be a new pork bun king in town. With all respect to David Chang, the garlicy mayo, pickled shallots and sweet buns make these the best I’ve had in NYC. The lighter fluke doesn’t hold it’s own with the bold flavors quite as well.
Korean Fried Chicken The spicy yogurt-kimchee is one of the best sauces I’ve ever had. It adds just the right kick to the perfectly cooked, moist fried chicken. Then the grapes come in and negate some of the spice. Incredible.
Halo-Halo Dale Talde doesn’t do desserts, except this one which really evokes a kids breakfast. And it really does taste like a cold bowl of captain crunch mixed with fruit loops. It’s probably more interesting than delicious, but you should try it anyway.