Photos via Atlantic Social/Bolster Media
The gist: Dale Talde and his partners, the group behind the recently-opened Massoni, Brooklyn's Talde and popular (now shuttered) tavern Pork Slope are prepping their newest concept opening Sunday in Brooklyn. Atlantic Social is the new sports bar-meets-gastropub-meets-neighborhood watering hole from the Three Kings Restaurant Group (Talde, David Massoni and John Bush) across from Barclay’s Center, and it's one of the most hotly anticipated spots of 2017.
Talde has prepped a menu of easygoing comfort and drinking food, which he said was a natural fit for the massive venue. He wanted to keep it easy with a bit of something for everyone. “Here’s the thing: I always want restaurants that feel like they belong in a neighborhood,” said Talde.
The food: He's added his own twist to all the comfort dishes. The house-ground Angus burger (a possible nod to the cult favorite at shuttered Pork Slope) comes with American cheese, cheddar, pickles and a sesame seed potato bun. General Tso’s chicken wings are also on the menu. Trendy pan pizzas are delivered in squares topped with ham, pineapple and jalapeño. Even the traditional papas bravas gets a makeover as potato skin bravas, with chorizo, spicy mayo and Manchego cheese. Tomato soup swaps grilled cheese for cheesy bread and Nashville-style or Southern-style fried chicken is served with of-the-moment Ranch gravy. Check out the menu below.
The drinks: Look too for playful takes on cocktails with options like the Sunset Park (Sauza Tequila, Aperol, Triple Sec, lemon, lime) or the Pineapple Manhattan (Plantation pineapple rum, Carpano Antica, bitters) as well as local and domestic draft beers.
The space: Massoni and Bush were charged with designing the 200-plus seat space, which is separated with the bar on the left and spacious dining room on the right. Massoni described Atlantic Social as classic “Brooklyn,” with Edison bulb lights, white subway tile, rustic woods and plenty of vintage items the Three Kings team has collected over the years. There are photos of famous Brooklyn-ites behind the bar (Massoni qualifies it with a “born” not “raised” in the borough), a pennant flag wall that came together after hours of searching eBay, and other vintage odds and ends fished out of the Three Kings storage unit, where the team keeps its finds.
Another thing to note: 16 television screens. This is as much a sports bar for the pre and post Nets/Islanders/concert crowd as it is a watering hole for the Clinton Hill, Fort Greene and Park Slope communities.
Atlantic Social opens on Sunday, Feb. 19.
673 Atlantic Ave., Brooklyn; 718-623-2852