Pork Slope owners John Bush, Dale Talde & David Massoni / © Anne Massoni
Having tackled buzzy Asian fare in Brooklyn with the ultrasuccessful Talde, Dave Massoni, John Bush and Top Chef alum Dale Talde turned their attention to building a neighborhood bar: Pork Slope, which opened over the weekend in Park Slope.
“This is a bar that serves good food, not a restaurant that has a bar,” says Bush. Underscoring his point, the casual spot features 25 beers on tap that range from domestic dive bar standards like Bud Light to craft beer darlings including Lagunitas Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’ Ale, three tap wines from Gotham Project, whiskeys from American producers like Four Roses and Pappy Van Winkle and only 12 dishes. "A lot of times people have asked, 'Is Dale going to do his twisted version of bar food?' And he’s really not,” Massoni explains. “At the end of the day, Dale wants to do bar food staples that he loves as good as he can do them." That means griddled burgers, Chicago-style hot dogs and no-frills chili con carne.
"I’ve worked at Asian restaurants my entire life, so it’s always been, rice, rice, rice, rice, noodles every day,” Talde says. “Whenever we got done with the shift, we always went to a local bar that looked just like [Pork Slope]." Here, the team delves deeper into the inspiration for Pork Slope by revealing their favorite dive bars in the country.