Tuesday, July 10, 2012

You Need to Eat at Talde

Talde's Korean Fried Chicken
For the past six months, I've heard everyone and their mother rave about eating at Dale Talde's new restaurant in Park Slope, Talde. One glance at the menu and you know why--it's not typical Asian-American fusion cuisine. Pad thai with bacon? Check. Pork dumplings that are "pretzeled"? Check. Best part is though everyone's raving about it, most nights you can sit right down when you get there, not endure a maddening two hour wait while your stomach tries to eat itself. And you *need* to go there.

Talde's Pork & Pretzel Dumplings
The reason why it took me so long to eat at Talde is I incorrectly assumed that since it was the restaurant du jour, that meant dinner there would cost me dollar, dollar bills. Not entirely true! The plate of Korean Fried Chicken, $23, is easily split between two people, and is one of the best plates of fried chicken I've had in New York. The saltiness from the beautifully crisp skin and juicy chicken paired well with the sweet cherries scattered on the plate. The pork dumplings come at $2 a pop, but they're delicious. The hard outer pretzel shell cracks open to salty chive-laced pork filling. It's like the best pan-fried dumpling ever, one that gets a finishing crust from a quick pop in an oven.

Fried Oyster & Bacon Pad Thai
Also shared on this table was the Crispy Oyster & Bacon Pad Thai. It wasn't your typical American bacon hiding in the sprouts and noodles, it's chunks of delicious Benton's Bacon. And it'll make you laugh off  puny fried oysters again after tasting these plump decadent specimens. The four shared plates of food--we got the #369 too--equaled one of the best meals of my year so far.

369 7th Avenue
Park Slope
(347) 916-0031

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