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What to Expect: Pork Slope, 247 Fifth Avenue


When I asked chef Dale Talde last night what makes his newest venture, along with fellow Talde partners David Massoni and John Bush, unique from most other bars, he replied, "It's affordable, it's open late, open every day; it's the type of place where we want to hang out at. That was our goal from the beginning and I think we really acheived that." Can't say I disagree. This is a very solid place to hang out, and it officially opens for business on Saturday at 5 PM.

For all the "roadhouse" hype it was getting, Pork Slope is surprisingly no-frills and very New York: It's just an extra-long bar, a bunch of tables, a pool table and a dartboard. The room is long and dark and the walls are adorned with lots of pig-centric stuff, including giant framed photos of prize hogs and two large mounted boar heads.

The beer selection is top-notch, running the gamut from Belgians to high-end domestics to decidedly lower-end domestics. The food is what will really make this place stand out from the pack, though: while on the surface the offerings of classic bar food may appear to be nothing out of the ordinary (and could easily just be microwaved at other bars), they're prepared with the same care and eye for details that Talde's come to be known for at his eponymous restaurant on Seventh. Crunchy fried chicken and sriracha-kicked wings are joined by pulled pork and brisket sandwiches, burgers and hot dogs, and something called the porky melt. There's country ham on a biscuit and racks of St. Louis ribs. Want pulled pork, brisket, or bacon on top of anything? You got it. The prices are also very reasonable. For photos of the food, I'd recommend checking out this great writeup from Serious Eats

At first glance, there aren't many similarities between Pork Slope and Talde. The food's different, atmosphere, decor. But the one feeling that pervades both of these establishments is the sense of fun. Pork Slope is a place to come with friends, grab a table, drink some cheap beer, eat some fried chicken, admire the taxidermy, and most of all, have a good time.

Pork Slope, 247 Fifth Avenue Brooklyn NY 11217. Opens Saturday at 5.

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No doubt, the wait to be seated will put it in the same category as Talde's.

August 16, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterstella

I was lucky enough to be there for the preview too. It was very crowded but when that waiter unexpectedly plunked a basket of fried chicken in front of was so moist and tender. The wings were pretty decent and not very greasy. This is definitely a place I will be hanging out on Saturday afternoons. Hope they move barstools in though.

August 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJanie

Welcome to the Dale Talde blog.

August 16, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterdaletalde

Very very excited about this one! Place looks GREAT!

August 16, 2012 | Unregistered Commentersloped

Talde is good but not great and Im sure this will be the same. Youd think these guys were opening these places in the mid west not NYC though considering the over the top worship. There are far better places in Manhattan. Their success is due to the professionalism of their work,something too often lacking in Park Slope

August 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJbob

The food at Talde is incredible. I know many top name (Manhattan) chefs who come out to eat at there.

August 17, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterpops

Im not sure which is less likely that you know "many top name chefs" or that they actually come out to Talde

August 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJbob

You don't need to believe me, but the 1 hour wait every single night since they've opened is proof enough that it's a huge success. You talk nasty about everything, not surprised this is any different.

August 17, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterpops

"it's the type of place where we want to hang out at."

" I know many top name (Manhattan) chefs who come out to eat at there."

My eyes.

I agree with jbob. The worship over these guys is over the top.

August 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterEC1234

The only serious restaurant PS has is still Al Di La. Why can't we get ambitious places like Pok Pok or The Dutch.

August 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTheodore

Went on Sunday night. So strong. Knowledgeable friendly bartenders know their American brown spirits. Fried Chicken was excellent. Country Ham was good, but cornbread was really great. Will go again. Apparently the intend to open for weekend lunches, and for those of us breeders - no strollers, but yes babies.

August 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJBK

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