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Park Slope's Thistle Hill Tavern was such a success for partners John Bush and David Massoni that they branched out nearby with Talde, named for Top Chef contender Dale Talde. This corner spot glows welcomingly, with big picture windows displaying a young crowd having a good time. The bar and booth-lined dining room are ornamented with mahogany moldings, mantel pieces and shelves stocked with Asian artifacts, the sort of souvenirs your parents would bring back from trips to foreign lands. A good introduction to Talde's Asian-American menu is perilla leaf with toasted shrimp, coconut, bacon-tamarind caramel and peanuts. Fold up the leaves and pop the packets into your mouth for an explosive, palate-priming sensation. Other recommended dishes include banana leaf–roasted market fish and Korean fried chicken with spicy kimchee yogurt, grapes and mint.