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Jan102012

Talde to Open on Sunday

                                                                            NY Times

Just about every restaurant that opens is "anticipated" in one way or another, but Talde, the Modern Asian restaurant from Thistle Hill Tavern owner David Massoni and Top Chef alum Dale Talde has to be one of the most buzzed about and highly-anticipated restaurants to open in the neighborhood in years. It's been under construction for months on the corner of Seventh Avenue and 11th Street, has crazy furnishings from the Oriental Room of an upstate mansion, and has one of the most unique menus I've ever seen (Here's an article about a walk-through I took last month). According to Florence Fabricant at the Times, it'll be opening for business on Sunday.

Just take a look at this menu!

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Nice menu but strange that an asian restaurant would have so little vegetarian options, not a single entree?

January 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJbob

Top chef. Top prices.
Ramen for $12?
Fried chicken $23?? Is it hand delivered from Korea?
$28 for a BBQ platter? Does it feed 4?

Good luck being over priced and not offering ANY veggie entrees in park slope.

All this talk about wanting to be neighborhood. I am insulted by this menu.

January 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterChris W.

You do realize that about 2% of the population claims to be full on vegetarian, correct?

If this were a steakhouse, would you be equally outraged that they have no vegetarian entrees. So there will be ONE restaurant in Park Slope you can't go to. You have 300 other choices to go find your tofu encrusted beets at.

January 10, 2012 | Unregistered Commentergarfieldplace

@garfield

I don't know where you get your stats from but park slope is not 2%.
Asian cuisine is usually veggie friendly thus my shock that a top chef who wants to be a part of this community would ignore this.

For the point of steakhouses. Most offer way more veggie options.

They at least offer more then one salad.

January 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterChris W.

So don't go here. I can't imagine complaining about something like this when there are so many other options to choose from. This place is going to be packed every single night of the week. With or without you.

January 10, 2012 | Unregistered Commentergarfieldplace

Here's two cents from an ugly and retarded contributor, but one that doesn't eat meat: There's plenty of room for another restaurant that ends up costing $100 a couple in Park Slope, as long as it is not a clone of an existing concept. And, Talde seems as far from any existing concept (except, maybe Moim) as can be. There are plenty of carnivores in Park Slope, even ones who push strollers and walk dogs on Seventh Ave. on a Saturday, blocking the rest of us from passing. Much more likely to succeed than another sushi joint, another pasta joint, another pizzeria.

Would like to see wine/beer/sake list.

Yours in developmental disability,

January 10, 2012 | Unregistered Commenteranonymous552

$23 for fried chicken? Talk about a markup. For $3 more at Pies N Thighs, you can get 6 pieces of chicken, two sides and two biscuits. I hope Talde's serving some mighty good fried chicken there.

January 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBen K.

Ben K.

You are comparing the basic, purdue fried chicken served in styrofoam at Pies N Thighs to expertly spiced Korean Fried Chicken at what looks to be a lovely upscale dining experience?

January 10, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterprospectpark

Lobster and clam rolls are nearly $20 at Littleneck, yet they seem to pack them in every night. It isn't the price, but the perception the public has of value that matters here. Call something 'fried chicken' and charge eight bucks. Call something 'korean fried chicken' and you can charge twenty-eight. Even the brainy park sloper can easily slip into comfort overpaying for something they consider scarce or desirable.

January 10, 2012 | Unregistered Commenteranonymous552

I will pay more for a dining experience. Perhaps that's what you mean anonymous. Pies n Thighs (while decent) is a hole in the wall filled with drunk 20 somethings and cheap beer. It's certainly not on par with a place like this. Each are great in their own way, but I see no reason to compare the two. This sounds to have been a labor of love for the chef. People will indeed pay more for that, as you say.

January 10, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterprospectpark

I'd bet the friend chicken at Pies N Thighs will be better than the Korean Fried Chicken at Talde. Any takers?

January 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBen K.

Who cares? This place has a whole menu and isn't just a fried chicken place. Korean Fried chicken has far more depth of flavor than anything served at Pies and Thighs (which is basically glorified KFC).

Do you work there or something and you're nervous?

January 10, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterdeanstreet

Menu looks fantastic.

Haters - this is a blog for people excited about new and interesting things happening in the neighborhood. Haters should go to Brooklynian. Those numbskulls hate/don't understand anything.

January 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterParksloper

I find it really funny when people living in one of the trendiest, most expensive neighborhoods in the country complain about the prices at a new fancy restaurant that is opening up. If you want fried chicken from Popeye's, go get it. This is a restaurant uses expensive ingredients, and has notable chefs. Oh, and not to mention that the rent on their space is probably about $10-$15K/month.

January 10, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterxxx

Know what some of the commenters need on this thread? A job. Take your poverty cries to FIPS, please.

My hope is that one can reasonably get a table at Talde. I love Dale's food and would love to eat there frequently, but I fear this becoming too much of a destination place that, like Franny's, locals can't get to on a weekend evening without an insane wait. Reservations or, better yet, OpenTable, would be fantastic.

January 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMick

Doesn't take much to give the children a good laugh.

January 10, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterdeanstreet

"...this is a blog for people excited about new and interesting things happening in the neighborhood.."

Oh, where does it say that?

There's nothing wrong with a little well-intended dissension and discussion.
Even if it is provided by someone ugly and retarded (yours truly).

January 10, 2012 | Unregistered Commenteranonymous552

So looking forward to trying this restaurant. Keep passing by hoping it will be soon. The menu sounds wonderful, not the usual fare. For those "insulted" and looking for "veggies" ( are you 12?) go to Mr. Wonton or Red Hot and leave this place to the adults.

January 10, 2012 | Unregistered Commenter123459

I think this menu sounds fabulous.
He had me at Perilla Leaf.

January 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKristin

I'm really surprised at the reactions to the cost on the menu. The prices might be a little high, but the Fried Chicken cost doesn't surprise me. Most Fried Chicken plates in the neighborhood are $18, but Blue Ribbon has probably the best in the neighborhood at $25.50 and people go there for it. It might not be a perfect comparison, but it's certainly more appropriate than comparing Talde to Pies n Thighs. Maybe Dale didn't sell the place right, maybe it won't be a place you're dining at weekly, but it'll be a nice spot to get a meal that I bet will be awesome.

January 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJoePS

Just want to pop the little foodie bubble going on: quality ingredients for fried chicken are cheap, cheap, cheap! (Same with hamburgers) -- excepting the chicken itself. In this case the chicken better be free range and locally sourced.

Actually, most restaurant dishes place huge markups on the ingredients. The labor and the rent are what causes high prices not the food quality.

January 11, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterubiquitous

Vegetarians should just stick to eating at home and if you don't like the prices, go eat somewhere else or at home with the vegetarians. Stop whining. No one is forcing anyone to eat there.

January 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBC

The prices are in line with other high quality restaurants in the city. If you expected this be an affordable place to bring the family you were wrong from the start. Dale's getting a ton of publicity, and deserves it. This place could easily transcend the neighborhood and become a destination restaurant, like Mick said above. I for one, am excited. If you don't have the scratch go eat somewhere else! Those of us willing to drop $50-$100 a head on a good dinner every now and then now have another great option. Can't wait to try it.

January 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJustin

While there's no reason to unnecessarily bust on vegetarians, there's ALSO no reason to bust on a chef for choosing not to have a purely vegetarian option on their menu.

Also, how people define their own vegetarianism varies. I know plenty of folks who will do seafood just fine.

Looking at the menu, a vegetarian can piece together a meal just fine from a few different elements there. No, there's no strictly vegetarian entree, but piecing together some apps and a salad is something vegetarians should be very used to right now.

This is a major league frigging chef choosing to open his namesake restaurant in our neighborhood. Let's quit whining. I take the FIPS comment back. Even those baby-phobic 'tards are complaining less.

January 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMick

I'm sure he'll accommodate the neighborhood. If there are enough mentions of a veggie option after a few weeks he can add one easily enough.

January 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJustin

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