Ever since Dale Talde opened his eponymous restaurant, Talde, in Park Slope 5 years ago, his reputation as a chef has been intrinsically tied to Brooklyn—so much so that his cookbook, Asian-American: Proudly Inauthentic Recipes from the Philippines to Brooklyn, even bears its name. But after years of living in Brooklyn, Talde recently decamped to Fort Lee, New Jersey with his wife, Agnes Chung—and he's discovered that, contrary to its reputation as New York's red-headed stepsister, Jersey is a food-lover's paradise.
“For me to move to Jersey, I told my wife, there has to be a food culture,” Talde said. “Like, I could never move to Murray Hill or Kips Bay. Fuck that!”
As with so many city-dwelling couples, Talde and Chung's decision to move was sparked by a discussion about having kids. When they realized they needed more space than was available (or at least affordable) in Brooklyn, New Jersey—Chung’s home state—was on the table. But Talde’s New Jersey isn’t the suburban, monochromatic landscape you may be picturing. It’s a vibrant, diverse state with an eclectic mix of communities and cuisines.