I've been an irregular customer of Stone Park Cafe since they opened (ie before the two-star review).
Always enjoy the food, but have always been a bit irked by the attitudes of the hosts. Many regular hounds recall the uproar surrounding their participation in Brooklyn Restaurant Week and how coldly diners were treated who attempted to reserve RW tables.
Now, and apparently for the past year, Stone Park is accepting reservations for tables of all sizes (used to be for six or more only). Went in without reservations last night at 6:30...restaurant was one-third full and nobody seated outside. Told I could not be seated and had to ask if I could eat at the bar
(where we had a fine meal, including a delightful grouper and were served by an even more delightful bartender). At least a dozen other walk-ins were similarly discouraged. When we left at 8:20, the restaurant was still only two-thirds full.
I am sure those of you in the restauarnt business will offer reasonable explanations of why a host turns away diners when tables are available but booked for later in the evening. Perhaps this has something to do with the number of diners the kitchen can handle per hour.
But, in a restaurant with a comfortable bar and outdoor seating, why should a host turn away paying customers?