• Talde in Downtown Jersey City: Asian-American Eats with a Filipino Flair

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    You may have walked by this place on the corner of Erie and Bay Street in Jersey City and wondered why it was so crazy busy {just about every night of the week}, and why that large, neon sign bearing the restaurant’s name is enticing you to come on in. Asian-American restaurant Talde, which opened in 2015  takes dining in the downtown historic district of Jersey City to a whole new level. Talde mimics its cozy predecessor of the same name in South Slope, Brooklyn with a third sister restaurant in Miami {and in truth, Chef Dale Talde, along with David Massoni and John Bush, have a bunch of restaurants under the Three Kings Restaurant Group that are also well worth stopping by}. With a touch of Filipino flair and delicious craft cocktails to boot, Talde features dishes perfect for sharing between two or three diners in your party. Let’s learn a little more, shall we? 

    The first thing you will notice about Talde {located at 8 Erie St.} is its size —it practically takes up the whole corner. The open layout features a long, casual table in the center of the space {perfect for plate sharing}, an extensive bar lit by beautiful overhead lamps, accented wallpaper on the left-hand side, and square tables for smaller parties on the right.

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    Now, let’s get started with the main thing on your mind — cocktails. Some of the memorable bevies on Talde’s list include a refreshing Mule made with a mix of seasonal fruits, vodka, and ginger beer, the ever Insta-worthy Watermelon Margarita, and the Jersey City Sling — a perfect blend of gin, pepper syrup, and pomelo juice {think grapefruit juice without all the pucker}, completed with a spicy pepper rim that is a surprisingly light complement to your meal. If you’re looking for something a little bit different, check out the Nigori Sunrise made with sake, honey and lemon, or the Wise Old Sage, made with Canton ginger liqueur and Veev Acai Spirit {acai is in everything else, so why not your drinks}? And if you are going the more traditional route, Talde also features local beers on tap {including Departed Soles}, sake, and a variety of wines.

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    Now that you’re “hydrated,” let’s move on to the apps — depending on what you’re in the mood for, you’ll find no shortage of nommy starters, including shrimp shumai {perfectly steamed with Old Bay and accompanied by Chinese sausage}, kung pao chicken wings with peanuts and buttermilk ranch, or pretzel pork and chive dumplings {yes, you read that correctly}. Other dishes of note include yuzu guacamole atop crisp rice crackers — think guacamole and chips with an Asian flair {more on that and other aaahmazing Jersey City small plates here}, and the #6 Bao which is delicious spicy chicken wrapped in dough and served with mayo. #foodbaby.

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    Once you’ve gotten through the small plates {and if you still have room}, you are ready for the main event. Just a reminder that the servers aren’t kidding when they say these plates are dim sum style, so plan on splitting your dishes between at least two people, if not more. The noodle dishes make for easy sharing and are some of the most noteworthy items in the place — not to be missed is the Lobster Tom Kha {we promise you’ll be thinking about this delicious coconut broth for days, or even weeks, afterwards}, oyster + bacon pad thai {a completely fresh and fun take on pad thai that will leave your mouth watering}, and the spicy beef short rib kare kare. Meaty mains include Filipino barbecue pork with pickled papaya {say that three times fast}, General Talde’s chicken with grilled peaches and broccoli and a whole {yes, a whole} roasted branzino. And of course, don’t forget your everything roti bread and blue crab fried rice with jalapeno aioli on the side!

    ^Say hello to brunch at Talde

    Aaaand after all that, if you’re feeling a little mysterious and ready to chill, don’t miss out on Miss Wong’s speakeasy underneath the restaurant. When it comes to the cocktails, the bartenders know their stuff, and if you’re not already full from Talde, they serve food with a small menu. On weekends, there’s a DJ spinning beats, so this underground spot has a fun/classy feel without being too uptight — a great addition to an already noteworthy restaurant {more here}. Oh, and added Talde bonus — they also have brunch {we know you were thinking it}, so if you didn’t get enough your first time around, you can come back the next day and eat some more.

    Have you been to Talde? What’s your favorite thing to order? Share your drinks + eats with us on Insta @HobokenGirlBlog or #HobokenGirl!


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    Lauren originally hails from Nutley, NJ but is happy and proud to have called Bayonne her hometown for the past 5 years, where she can always find a beautiful park to walk or run in and a great place to eat. Lauren has a deep appreciation for a good bar, a great glass of red wine, and good food, and often frequents Jersey City for dining, where she worked for 4 years. Now working in NYC, Lauren still gets her Jersey City fix on the weekends or after work, and then goes back to her apartment where she lives with her husband, a Bayonne native, and her awesome kitty, Lola. You can also find her at yoga class in Jersey City or Hoboken, writing, or reading {and continually running out of space for all of her books} in her spare time.


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