Dale Talde, David Massoni, and John Bush of Three Kings Restaurant Group have earned a reputation for building solid neighborhood restaurants instead of flash, even though Talde is a Top Chef alum and celebrity chef. And though the group recently closed Pork Slope and Thistle Hill Tavern and have shifted focus to Manhattan, the Three Kings are not finished with Brooklyn neighborhood dining.
In fact, everything about their new restaurant Atlantic Social which opens this Sunday, is intended to be a crowd-pleaser for locals. It ended up being a blessing to get involved with the space at 673 Atlantic Ave., since it softened the blow of the other closings. And it provides employment to staff from now-closed Park Slope restaurants that can still work at a Three Kings restaurant.
Talde, Massoni, and Bush want parents to come to Atlantic Social with their children. They want people to come and meet their neighbors, play trivia, sing karaoke, or host whiskey classes. They want sports fans to stop by before or after a Barclays event.
And with such a large space they’re hoping it’s all possible. Atlantic Social has room for 250 customers, divided among three rooms. Lined with couches and chairs, the back room is filled with games: shuffleboard, pool, Golden Tee, Pac Man, Big Buck Hunter, and NBA Jam. It can be rented out for private parties — a request they often receive but usually cannot accommodate. The middle room will serve as the huge main dining room. Offering a kid-friendly dining area has been important to the team, considering the number of families at the cross-section of Park Slope, Fort Greene, and Prospect Heights.
The 80-seat front room is anchored by a long, 40-plus seat bar and offers multiple big screen TVs. Photos of famous Brooklynites align one wall and sports pendants cover another. It’s built to feel communal, a counterpoint to smaller bars where it might feel like everybody’s with their own crews.
The menu is a crowd-pleaser, too —or that’s the intention. A sausage and peppers dish is served Thai-style with sticky rice. Chicken wings are slathered with a General Tso’s sauce. Pan pizza is Massoni-style thick. Several salads, pastas, and a burger will also be available — and they’ll eventually roll out options for lunch and brunch.