Stone Park Cafe
Had another fabulous meal at Stone Park Cafe last night. I had grilled striped bass and the short rib appetizer served on a mini potato bun with creamed spinach and a quail egg. My husband enjoyed the grilled west indian sandwich avocado and plaintain chips and chipotle dip. For dessert, a fantastic chocolate tart with homemade vanilla ice cream. My dinner was perfectly accented by a great glass of spanish cava. I love this place and I particularly love eating at the bar.
We greatly enjoyed our dinner here last week, so much so that we went for Easter brunch yesterday! It was terrific-- I had a special omelette with a generous filling of blue crab meat and marscapone cheese; my fiance had the fish cakes (usually bluefish, but on this occasion they were cod fish) with poached eggs and hollandaise. The service was great, everything was tasty, and I love the atmosphere and the quirky mix of music.
Oh, and excellent bloody marys!
After another fine meal at SPC this past weekend (the half bottle of Sancerre was a winner), our waiter proudly informed us that they expect this Wednesday's Frank Bruni review to be of their restaurant.
If I were a restaurateur, I would probably NOT want a NY Times review, since so much hangs on the number of stars awarded. Outer borough restaurants are not likely to get more than two, with one being far more common. And, as a neighborhood place, do we really need his guidance and rating? A great review will only make the restaurant inaccessible to locals (our Saturday table was reserved an hour in advance)(look at Al Di La...remember when we could get in without mucy of a wait?).
I am glad to continue to hear positive reviews of Stone Park. Having been there twice since opening and having previously posted an extremely positive review, it is reassuring that Stone Park's initial success is not a fluke. Considering the proliferation of mediocre restaurants on Fifth Ave. and the fact that not all of them will survive, to have one with a pleasant (read: not noisy) ambiance, good food, adequately professional service and unique wine choices (I also liked the Priorat from Spain) and a reasonable tab (dinner for 2 with wine shouldn't exceed $100), this is a success story. And, to think that you can usually be seated without reservations (my first visit came after I tired of waiting for a table at Al Di La).
Funnily enough, me and some friends ate therelast night as well(it was all our first time for dinner). It was amazing! I got the salad to start, and they split the octopus and articoke (which came with an amazing butter sauce). They both got the bass entrees and I had the roasted free range chicken in this amazing brown roasted garlic sauce. And we split the panna cotta for dessert, which might just be one of the greatest desserts I have every tasted. The tangerine mint sauce is to die for!
Service was wonderful and friendly, lovely atmosphere. I'm so excited to have the place in the neighborhood.