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Stone Park Cafe all its cracked up to be?

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I was recommended Stone Park as one of the best restaurants in Park Slope, and if only the food and service were as good as the location/atmosphere. The outside space is fantastic, but the waiters had a bit of an aloof, snobbish vibe. Also, my octopus salad was terrible--I couldn't even eat it. Should I try again, or is this what I'm likely to experience twice?

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  1. I'm a fan of Stone Park. I think some of the house specialties are reliably enjoyable, including the bluefish cake, the smoked fish, the salmon. I'm not a meat eater, so I can't comment on the marrow bone everyone raves about.
    Through the years, Stone Park has had its ups and downs.
    Now that it accepts reservations, I think the "attitude" has toned down. Never had a problem with servers. In fact, I recently was so pleased with the attentiveness of a woman who was NOT my server, yet responded to my signal, that I complimented her. I also like the fact that one can order a full meal at the bar. The bartenders are pleasant and helpful. The wine list is one of the better ones in the Slope: in particular, I like the Priorat "Les Terrasses" from Spain. Reasonably priced, it was one of Wine Spectator's top 100 wines of the year last year and still appears on Stone Park's list. Priorats are underrecognized by American wine drinkers and are cheaper than comparable Bordeaux and Napa wines.

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    1. re: famdoc

      I find Stone Park reliably good. I have been there 6 times in 2 months. Service was never exceptional, but I have never had a problem, either. Brunch is a good value for the quality of food (if uninspired). I really enjoy their Bluefish Cakes with Eggs, and the Hangtown Fry is really nice if you like fried oysters.

    2. I wasn't very impressed either with my visit. The food was fine (kind of boring) and it's a nice neighborhood restaurant, but there are much better restaurants in Brooklyn, e.g., Chesnut, Saul, 360, Crave, Applewood, etc.

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      1. re: oolah

        I wasn't impressed either in my 2 visits, and the service was sub-par. Simply put, in a universe that has Chesnut, Saul, 360, Applewood, Al Di La, and The Good Fork, I have to ask myself why I would want to further waste my money at Stone Park?

      2. Agree with both posters--service is spotty at best. Food-good-but nothing to rave about. Many many more desirable restaurants are nearby.
        Would like to try brunch there though-have heard better things about those experiences-with the service issues still omnipresent.

        1. i've been to stone park about 5 times in the past 6 months and have enjoyed my dining experience each time, with no service issues. however, i have gone on the earlier side (7) and during the week. i love their octopus and one of their other salads; the fish sandwich; and the corn-seafood soup. specials have also been good and they mix a nice martini.

          not the most incredible food/service on the planet, but i've not been disappointed thusfar

          1. I can see why some might say the food is a little boring but I wouldn't say it's bad in any way. I had a burger and enjoyed it quite a bit.

            When I went, the service there was great. Our waitress was very attentive, made good recommendations, and even took the time to talk to us and ask if we enjoyed the beer she recommended.

            1. go to the bar, pick your poison
              have the fried oysters app and/or anything dish involving pork tagiatelle. or just a side of it.
              you won't be wasting your money

              ditto brunch - bluefish cakes, sausage biscuits
              great stuff!

              1. Had great biscuits with sausage gravy here this past Saturday. Coffee is free at brunch (a nice touch) and the service was very friendly and efficient. The braised greens that accompanied my biscuits/gravy were also wonderful - they had a nice kick to them and were full of small chunks of what I assume was pork belly. The French toast was also very tasty, if a bit boring, but the berry compote helped with that matter.

                1. service: reliably great. food: reliably great.

                  it's unfortunate that the nature of boards makes it so that people are more likely to respond with a negative than a positive, making asking about any place sometimes not so good an idea. :)

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                  1. re: DynamiteKidA

                    "the nature of boards makes it so that people are more likely to respond with a negative than a positive"
                    thats kind of an odd idea- do you have any evidence, or just conjecture? Maybe the restaurant is more hype than quality.
                    I have been to stone park only once, (quite recently) but ordered a couple of specials and found them both bad. They made a mushroom sauce with overpowering spiciness to go with sea bass, and a beet and horseradish puree that again overpowered the grilled scallops it was served with. the seafood was good, but scallops and seabass have flavors too subtle to stand up to these high school boy sauces. the best thing we had was the frisee salad with bacon and a crispy poached egg. tasted like a sunday morning brunch over a salad.

                  2. We eat at Stone Park fairly frequently. We've never had a problem with the service, and the food is generally excellent. It works well for us because they have a really good burger for the 16 year old as well as the kind of food my husband and I prefer. I would like to see a bit more rotation of items on their menu--we tend to "burn out" periodically and have to take a break because it feels like "same old thing". And their brunch is really good--and really crowded!

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                    1. re: Marion Morgenthal

                      never a problem with service. brunch is always fantastic, including todays 4th of july "bbq". had the pulled pork sandwich with a captain lawrence while watching the yankees kick ass. all is good!

                      1. re: Marion Morgenthal

                        never a problem with service. brunch is always fantastic, including todays 4th of july "bbq". had the pulled pork sandwich with a captain lawrence while watching the yankees kick ass. all is good!