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 American tavern fare and handcrafted cocktails.
Thistle Hill Tavern’s menu is inflected with Dale’s distinctive culinary playfulness and love of the bold flavors. Assisting him in the execution of the menu is Executive Chef Kerwin Chu. The menu features appetizers such as all-beef Meatballs with spicy marinara. The selection of entrées includes: The Tavern Steak, a 14 oz. grilled Black Angus ribeye with shallot-saba butter; The Chop, a house-smoked 16 oz. Lucki 7 Pork Chop with sweet & sour onions; Fish & Chips, beer-battered pollock, salt & pepper French fries and tartar sauce; Southern Fried ½ Chicken, marinated in buttermilk, hot sauce and battered in rice flour; The Burger, made with organic, grass-fed beef; and The Vegan Burger, made with white bean-cracked wheat-mushroom. Both burgers are served on a potato roll with a side of salt & pepper French fries. Desserts include a Root Beer Float and Affogato.
John and Bar Manager Bill Riley have 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: Thistle Hill Cocktailwith Famous Grouse whiskey, Carpano Antico and citrus bitters; Brooklyn Eaglewith 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 20 labels by the bottle and five beers on tap. The wine program 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 walls lined with wainscoting. The restaurant is also decorated with a collection of antique photos, prints and ephemera representing Brooklyn’s storied history and iconic personalities. And much like TALDE and Pork Slope, the décor was curated by David and John with pieces the pair have salvaged via a combination of antique dealers and the attics and basements of friends and loved ones. The centerpiece of the restaurant is the antique 12-seat bar.
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 in October 2012.