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Talde

Anyone been yet? Expect to trek over from the island sometime, but would like to hear a little more about it first.

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  1. heard it was amazing already. I am not sure if its hard open yet, but I can't wait to check it out!

    1. we were there on Sunday--2nd night they were open. It was great. To be honest both my husband and I were a bit skeptical because we are not big fans of Asian/fusion type food. Because we are not Asian-experts, I hesitate to give a full run-down as I usually do. But we loved everything we had--especially the Korean fried chicken and the Saigon crepes. Also the atmosphere is really comfortable--not at all cramped as so many places are these days, with lots of space around tables and big booths; and everyone was super friendly. Service was absolutely spot-on which is something to say for a 2nd night.

      We'll be back--I just hope we can get in. They were saying an hour to an hour and a half wait when we left. We arrived early (5:45) and at that time was told 45 minutes; but in actuality we were seated in under a 1/2 hour.

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      Talde
      369 7th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

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      1. re: jinx

        What's the procedure for waiting -- do they take your cell phone # and call you when your table is ready? Or do you have to be present at the establishment?

        On Tuesday night, I passed by Talde after 11P. Still pretty busy. I'm glad for him. But not good for impatient people like me.

        1. re: Miss Needle

          Miss Needle, i really can't say. When we got there it wasn't very crowded yet so we just waited at the bar. The bar area is quite large.

          1. re: jinx

            Thanks for your response. I hadn't planned on going there until a couple of months down the road. Hopefully the crowds will have died down a bit by then.

      2. I went earlier this week and was impressed by how good it was after just being open just a few nights. It was packed, and there was kind of a long wait for the food, but it was worth it. Three of us split the Perilla leaf, the Hawaiian buns, the brisket, the squash salad with kale and tofu, and the fluke. The only disappointment was the buns, which tasted kind of fast-foody to me (maybe an attempt at humor?). Otherwise, I could tell a lot of thought had been put into the flavors, to make them Asian with a twist. They encourage sharing. The space is big, roomy, woody, high-ceilinged and gorgeous, and it would be fun just to hang out at the bar. The servers were knowledgeable, energetic and friendly. This is a huge addition to Park Slope dining.

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        Talde
        369 7th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

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        1. re: filis

          We ate there last Thursday. Arrived at 6:30 and got one of the last few available two-tops. Place was absolutely jumping when we left at 7:45. Lots of people crowded into the bar area waiting for tables. Unlike the other posters, we found the tables packed close together, but otherwise thought the restaurant had a very nice atmosphere. The space is not very deep, perhaps no more that 25 feet including the open kitchen, but it does have a long street frontage so most of the tables are along a window. The food was surprisingly good and reasonably priced. They explained that their service model is based on small plates for sharing (and they have a group of empty plates stacked on the table), but the menu and our choices were more typical courses. With appetizers (we had the Hawaiian buns) and entrées (Pork should and whole branzini (the Market fish). Entrées were in the upper teens to mid twenties. The food was quite good and certainly a revisit.

          1. re: filis

            Sweet and capable service, the staff works as a team, and I think the food is good. I thought the playoffs would work in my favor and walked in at 5:05 on this Sunday night, but it was pretty well hopping by 5:15.

            I started with the Hawaiian buns, sliders, really; meant to get sausage but when my server said that I could have one of each, it sounded like a fine idea. It didn’t seem like fast food to me—I rather like that rather sweet, tender bun. The veg bun was shiitake, okay, and the sausage was good, but the fish (fried flounder) was just terrific. I would have used a little salt, but the choices on the table were Sriracha and hot pepper-infused vinegar and they did the trick.

            I also had the Korean fried chicken and I thought it was first rate. I can think of at least one Chowhound who would just *love* this chicken (and you know who you are). I rather like the grapes strewn overall but I am not entirely convinced by the kimchee yogurt underneath.

            The booths are nice but I found the tables to be a little cramped. This was not enhanced by Entitled One who sat at the next table opposite me and asked her poor friend to stuff her fat, puffy coat nearly on my lap and later her bag (which would serve me for a whole weekend) on top of that. Her contribution to the tight space was to take plates from her server, dump the contents onto her plate and hand the empty dish back to him. Ew. There are also seats at the pass which at first glance looked like they might be fun, but looked more cramped, still, and it would be hard to enjoy the company of the 3-4 you might be with, side by side.

            All in, I liked the staff and the food very much and find the space most appealing.

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            Talde
            369 7th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

            1. re: Deb Van D

              I just got to this thread. Thanks Deb.... yes, I know who I am.

                1. re: Deb Van D

                  I only read this thread because the owner of Henry's End recommended Talde to me the other night and pretty much said the same thing (although he insisted that his fried chicken is better). So I decided to see what, if anything, was posted about it on CH. Thanks.

          2. My official review after eating there last night.

            I arrived straight from work at 7:30pm, expecting a long wait. I walked in, went straight to the owner/ host Dave, and put my name on the list. He said the wait was about an hour. No problem. I grabbed a cocktail at the bar - the Brooklyn Sling. Gin, pineapple juice. Delicious, if you like sweet-ish drinks. Found a seat at the bar while still waiting for my husband. Talked to John, the other owner and bartender, for a bit, who was so modest about the hype already surrounding the place. I next tried the Chinatown cocktail - all I remember from that one was the rum and the black pepper. Interesting, but not my favorite. My husband got the cocktail made with Japanese scotch and maple syrup - awesome!

            After only 20 minutes waiting total, we were seated. Nice! The waitress was amazingly sweet, very upbeat but not overbearing. She explained the menu. Agreed with Jinx above - service spot on. Completely disagree about space - maybe it was roomy for her because she had a booth, but the tables in the main dining area were quite cramped. But that was ok because we made friends with out neighbors!

            The menu is small. Very small considering they want to be the type of place people go to a few times a week!

            We ordered the Hawaiian buns (one of each), the Tom Yum soup - lobster bisque with coconut milk, korean fried chicken and the crispy oyster and bacon pad thai.

            The highlight of the meal was the Hawaiian buns in my opinion - the fluke was outstanding and the mushroom one heavenly. Husband didn't even let me get a taste of the sausage one because he gobbled it up! The soup was outstanding as well. My only gripe was that the noodles were overcooked and sticking to each other. I was meh about the fried chicken. If it wasn't for the hot sauce on the table (Sirachi + Frank's Red Hot) I would not have eaten much of it. Husband on the other hand, loved the chicken, so I guess it's just preference. The pad thai was delicious, not dried out (which is why I NEVER order pad thai), and the smokiness of the bacon with the fried oysters was perfect pairing.

            The dessert was awful. It was a custard tart from a soon-to-open bakery in the neighborhood that had been sitting out under a pie plate and that the sous chef bruleed for literally 3 seconds before sending back out (I know because I was watching him as he did it). The custard was just scrambled eggs and, of course, was cold inside. They really need to kick that part up a notch.

            Overall rating, where 10 is the best meal I've ever had in my entire life and 1 being spam, I give this a solid 6.5 to 7. Room for improvement but still extremely pleasing.

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            Talde
            369 7th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

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            1. re: secondbecky

              I am wondering if they added more tables since we were there (2nd night open.) Since several have mentioned it being cramped...we had a two-top next to the window towards the front and there was no one next to us (just booths across the way). Perhaps too it seems more cramped in the rear.

              1. re: secondbecky

                I agree with this review. I liked it a lot but won't say it knocked my socks off. We had the won ton soup, the black pepper toast, a pulled pork special bun (delicious), the pad thai (loved the crispy oyesters), sticky rice (eh), whole fish (branzino) steamed in banana leaf. and rappini as a vegetable side, steamed. more than enough food for 3 of us. service was a little hiccup-y but generally attentive, The branzino was fantastic - delicately flavored, a tiny bit over cooked but very delicious.. I really loved it as did my companions. And whatever sauce they served with the steamed greens was out of this world - it made the dish. a little spicy, a little hot, a little sweet. I feel like the only way to get a table without an endless wait is to get there when they open. I hope the buzz dies down and it takes on more of a neighborhood feel than a hipster scene.

                1. re: dipsy

                  oh yes I forgot about the pepper toast. That was really good, except it was soggy.

                  1. re: dipsy

                    You have to try the whole steamed striped bass wrapped in banana leaf at BKNY. I enjoyed Talde immensely and am glad it is so popular but there are amazing dishes at restaurants with no buzz.

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