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Talde

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Photo by Dominic Perri

369 Seventh Avenue

347-916-0031

Monday to Wednesday 5 to 11 p.m, Thursday and Friday 5 p.m. to midnight, Saturday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. to midnight, Sunday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.

taldebrooklyn.com

When business partners chef Dale Talde, John Bush, and David Massoni found a Park Slope address that spoke to them, Talde envisioned building a glorified noodle shop that served a handful of dishes, some dumplings, and some soup. But as soon as they opened that restaurant, Talde, in 2012, they had lines out the door, and the neighbors, Talde says, seemed to want something more. "So we took the menu and changed it up. We gave it heartier, composed dishes." Dishes like “Pretzel Pork & Chive Dumplings,” Korean fried chicken, a whole roasted branzino, and wonton noodle soup; dishes so tasty and craveable that they can never come off the menu. Now the restaurant offers nearly 30 plates, plus occasional special feasts — Talde likes to explore his Filipino roots, turning out multi-course banquets filled with dishes he loved as a child. Meals are served in a window-lined dining room that glows warmly at night, by servers who toe the line between haute attentiveness and casual conviviality. Locals pack this place because it's fun, congregating at the bar for punchy, bright cocktails and kung pao wings even if they know they're never going to get a table. If you are dining, don't ignore the wine list — it's full of quiet hits that match well with the strong flavors of the food. Talde's success has been the bedrock of a growing empire; the partners own two additional Park Slope restaurants, and they've recently expanded into Jersey City with a second outpost of this restaurant and an Italian market. "I feel like the luckiest dude in the world," Talde once told us. "In two months I could be the head cook at Denny's and say, ‘Man, I had a fucking awesome run.’”