Stone Park Cafe324 Fifth Ave. (on the corner of 3rd St.)
Brunch served Saturday and Sunday 10:30 a.m.–3 p.m.
The Final Score
Simon and Daniel arrived at 10:35 a.m., and were seated immediately.
What They Ordered
|Pan-seared bluefish cakes||$14.00|
|Short-rib hash and eggs||$13.00|
|2 sides of scrambled eggs||$16.00|
|2 orange juices||$7.50|
Overall Ratingout of 5
Pals Simon Buck and Daniel Saunders couldn't have two more different jobs (wine importer and banker, respectively), but they share an interest in "good wine and food." We sent them to Park Slope's Stone Park Cafe, where the menu has a Southern bent. Simon reports on their repast.
What is the space like?
Stone Park Cafe has a calm and well-lit décor. There's an L-shape bar in the front of the restaurant that seats about 10, as well as a table in the window and a covered outdoor patio. The crowd is a mix of ages, from young to old, and mostly local.
How was the menu?
The brunch offerings are interesting and varied. The best way to describe the food is New American with homey Southern influences. With 18 dishes, plus sides, there's something for everyone.
What did you order?
I ordered the pan-seared bluefish cakes, which were cooked perfectly. The poached eggs that came with the dish were spot-on, and the accompanying celery-root slaw and caper hollandaise really brought everything together. Dan ordered the short-rib hash and eggs, and it was the ultimate hangover cure. However, he thought it bordered on heavy. Both main dishes came with toast. We also ordered sides of scrambled eggs that were just the right consistency: ever-so-slightly underdone, soft and creamy.
How were the drinks?
Unfortunately, we got there too early for anything alcoholic (it's illegal to serve drinks before noon on Sunday). Instead, I got a latte, which was average—but to be fair, espresso-based coffee is pretty ordinary in most New York restaurants. The regular coffee was good though. We also had fresh-squeezed orange juice, which was fine.