Dale Talde Now Partner and Chef at Thistle Hill Tavern

Talde, who already co-owns Pork Slope and Talde with Thistle Hill’s co-owners, will take over the kitchen and has revamped the menu to better reflect traditional American pub fare.


Two out of the three members of Park Slope’s restaurant triumvirate, behind Pork Slope and Talde, made a recent change at Thistle Hill Tavern on Seventh Avenue, and now Dale Talde is a partner and chef at the gastropub.

The change now makes the triumvirate the reigning partners behind three neighborhood foodie establishments.

According to an article in The New York Times’ Diner’s Journal, Dale Talde became a partner and chef at Thistle Hill Tavern, on the corner of 15th Street, replacing the former chef, Rebecca Weitzman.

The article described Weitzman’s cuisine as “Mediterranean-accented.” But now with Talde and his new executive chef, Kerwin Chu, in front of the stove the food will become more American Tavern-style, with dishes like the “The Tavern Steak,” a 14-oz. grilled Black Angus ribeye with shallot-saba butter; “The Chop,” a smoked 16-oz. Lucki 7 pork chop with sweet and sour onions and the “Squash & Pear Soup,” which comes with spiced pepitas and a grilled goat cheese sandwich.

John Bush and David Massoni, the co-owners of Thistle Hill, also co-own Pork Slope and Talde (which was just rated second-best new restaurant that opened in NYC this year by Zagat), with, well, Dale Talde. Another partner at Thistle Hill is Michael “Fat Mike” Burkett, who is the lead vocalist and bassist for the punk rock band NOFX.

Talde, in an e-mail to Patch, said that the move has been a creative adventure in changing up the menu.

"I'm excited to be working on this project with both David and John,” Talde wrote. “Revamping the menu at Thistle Hill has been fun - like TALDE and Pork Slope, it’s truly an everyday neighborhood restaurant where the focus is on serving thoughtful, affordable food and great drinks.”


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