Chef Dale Talde and partners, David Massoni and John Bush—the successful triumvirate behind TALDE and Pork Slope in Park Slope, Brooklyn—invite you to dine at Thistle Hill Tavern, a neighborhood restaurant and bar featuring seasonal, global-inspired tavern fare and original handcrafted cocktails.
Thistle Hill Tavern’s menu is inflected with Dale’s distinctive culinary playfulness and love of bold flavors. The menu features appetizers such as Deviled Eggs with smoked salmon, crispy chicken skin, pickled beet, and house-made pickles; Korean Beef Wraps with lettuce, shiso, and kimchee. The selection of entrées include Fish & Chips made with beer-battered Pollack, salt & pepper fries, tartar sauce; Thai Mussels with lemongrass, kaffir limes, and chilis; and The Tavern Steak served with 14 oz of grilled black angus rib eye and compound butter. The menu also features a Beef Burger and a Veggie Burger made from white bean, cracked wheat and mushrooms—both served on a potato roll and with a side of Salt & Pepper Fries. To satiate your sweet tooth, the dessert menu includes Strawberry Pie with rhubarb syrup and buttermilk gelato; Root Beer Float with vanilla gelato and Barq’s Root Beer; and a selection of aperitifs.
John has complemented the restaurant’s menu with a cocktail and wine program which reflects the restaurant’s commitment to local ingredients. The drink menu features specialty cocktails such as: the namesake Thistle Hill Cocktail with Famous Grouse whiskey, Carpano Antico and citrus bitters; Brooklyn Eagle with Markers Mark, Combier, Carpano Antico and lime juice; and The New Old Fashion with Old Overholt Rye, Cornelius Applejack, maple bitters, lemon and brown sugar. The beer list offers approximately 10 labels by the bottle and five beers on tap. The wine list focuses on smaller producers from Italy, Spain, and the United States, offering 14 varietals by the glass.
Thistle Hill’s dining room is handsomely outfitted with original mahogany wood floors, exposed brick and ivory-colored walls lined with wainscoting. The centerpiece of this convivial restaurant is the antique 12-seat bar, which is framed by walls decorated with antique photos, prints and ephemera that represent Brooklyn’s storied history and iconic personalities. Much like TALDE and Pork Slope, the décor was curated by David and John with pieces that the pair has salvaged from antique dealers and the attics and basements of friends and family.
Thistle Hill Tavern was originally opened in March 2010 by David, John and their friend, NOFX lead singer Michael “Fat Mike” Burkett. Dale became a partner and Executive Chef of the restaurant in October 2012.