Dale Talde, David Massoni, and John Bush are very emphatic that their newest joint, Pork Slope in (shocker) Park Slope, is not a restaurant. And it's nothing like the trio's other spot, Talde. There's food, of course—burgers, fried chicken, a shrimp po' boy—but first and foremost, it's a beer and whiskey bar. "I want you to walk in with $20 in your pocket and walk out full and with a buzz," says Bush. "Or at least a really good buzz." And the food? "Really," says Talde, "it's just shit we wanna eat."
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When Dale Talde—former Top Cheffer and current restauranteur-superstar—gets home from a long night of service, plus or minus five or six Jamesons, he makes Cacio e Pepe, or what he lovingly calls "Italian macaroni and cheese."
You've already seen our New York editors' neighborhood guides, in which the SE staff—Ed, Carey, Erin, and more—chat about their favorite places to eat in their own neighborhoods. But we're branching out to other food personalities. We've heard Tom Colicchio on the West Village; Eric Ripert on Midtown West; now here's Top Chef contestant and chef-owner Dale Talde on downtown Brooklyn and Boerum Hill.
"I wanted to fill my menu with things I love to eat," says Dale Talde of the restaurant with his name on the door, which opened in Park Slope last Sunday. ("Is that selfish?") In Top Chef star Talde's case, that means a menu with broad-reaching Asian influences—from Thai to Vietnamese to Japanese and Filipino—but with often American sensibilities: brisket nods to Texas, "pretzel dumplings" to New York; an iceberg wedge salad isn't likely to be found anywhere in Asia. Take a look at some of the chef's favorite dishes.