There is a perfect balance in almost everything at Stone Park Café, from its dim yet cozy lighting, making it the ideal spot for a romantic date, to its food, which combines traditional flavors with exotic foreign twists. With elegant white tablecloths adorned with subtle candles, a lively yet unimposing bar stocked with an impressive wine and liquor selection, and an outdoor sidewalk patio for warm summer nights and sunny weekend brunch, this sophisticated and affordable restaurant is a favorite amongst Brooklyn natives and Manhattanites looking to escape the city’s steep dining prices.
As I entered this inviting brick walled restaurant, I appreciated the waiters’ eagerness to comfortably accommodate me—they even pulled the table back to give me easier access to my booth seat. With the extremely friendly service, I soon felt relaxed and in good hands. Having arrived with a fervently hungry stomach, I enjoyed the the crunchy baguettes served with soft, lightly salted butter, which were a welcoming pre-appetizer snack. Serene pictures of fish decorate the walls, a full bar with high stools aligned with the right side of the room, and a coffee and tea bar conveniently neighbored the outside seating area, making Stone Park a popular brunch, lunch, and dinner destination. A glimpse into the kitchen through the swinging door revealed a sparkling white cooking area within—a comforting sight compared to the less than tidy kitchens at the average restaurant.