The Brunch Dish: Talde in Park Slope
Dale Talde's first Park Slope spot Talde has been serving dinner to packed crowds since January, but just recently added a brunch menu, and so far, there isn't much of a wait. When word gets out, though, I'm guessing that will change.
Our waitress suggested the 'dim sum-style' menu rewarded sharing, and recommended 3 to 4 dishes a person. Perhaps it depends which dishes you order, but we were stuffed when we ordered closer to 2 dishes each. Come hungry.
The Everything Bagel Spring Rolls ($9), stuffed with cream cheese and smoked salmon, sound like a pretty bad idea, but somehow they work marvelously. The filling is creamy (served molten hot) and just slightly smoky, without any overpowering fish flavor. The wrappers are shatteringly crisp and delicate (yes, there are poppy and sesame seeds on top, Everything Bagel-style.)
Another improbable combination, Korean Chicken Wings & Waffles ($14) brings together tangy Buffalo-sauced Korean wings with a fluffy, yeasty waffle. A drizzle of syrup helps combat the heat of the crispy chicken, in a hot, sweet, sour, (and quite tasty) mess.
Black Pepper Short Rib Tacos ($9) come two to an order, stuffed with moist shredded meat, topped with cilantro, crunchy radish, and a little kimchi (though they're not particularly spicy).
If you're recovering from a night on the town, the Sausage, Egg, and Cheese Fried Rice ($9) is just the comfort food you need: it's satisfying and mild, with little nubbins of breakfast sausage, scrambled egg, onion, and scallions. There's more than enough of it to share, and it goes quite nicely with the peppery Bloody Mary, offered in two sizes depending on your plans for the rest of the day.