On first glance, Talde looks like so many other Brooklyn restaurants: pressed-tin ceiling, large marble bar at the front, decorative carved wooden trim everywhere. But when you look a bit closer, you realize that Buddha is carved into the wood, along with other Asian symbols. And the menu contains all sorts of unlikely marriages, like pretzel-crusted pork dumplings (spectacular!) and yuzu guacamole (which turns out to be avocado and yuzu mashed together and slathered, finger-food–style, over cakes of crispy rice). Other stars of the menu include a creamy tom kha soup with lobster, a pad thai with bacon and oysters, and the hola hola dessert—shaved ice with a changing mix of toppings (when we were there, it was fresh berries, Captain Crunch, and balls of tapioca, which sounds odd but tasted fabulous). My one complaint: The waiters push customers to order more than they need (portions are larger than they say).
New York City
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369 Seventh Ave (at 11th. St.), Brooklyn
Our Rating Neighborhood Brooklyn Hours Mon–Thurs 11:45am–9:45pm; Mon–Fri 5pm–midnight; Sat–Sun noon–3pm and 5pm–midnight Transportation Subway: F to Seventh Ave Phone 347/916-0031 Prices Main courses $15–$27 Cuisine Type Asian Fusion Web site Talde