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First Visit to Stone Park — Not the Last

BrookBoy | May 8, 200806:21 AM

Three of us had dinner last evening at Stone Park, a first visit for us all. I don't know what took us three Brooklynites so long, especially me, a Park Slope resident for the past 20 years, but we were all very glad we finally got there. From the attentive and professional service to the amazingly good food and the attractive room, we really enjoyed ourselves.

Two of us arrived shortly after 6:00 PM and they told us to pick out whatever table we liked, so we took a four-top in the rear. Our third party was about half an hour late, no problem at all. When she arrived, we all had a drink before we ordered.

We were primed to try various things on the menu, having done some reading about the place and their offerings, so we started with four appetizers: the asparagus risotto, the octopus salad, the frito misto (a special), and the short rib mini-burger. It was impossible to pick a favorite, given the variety of tastes and textures, but I'd probably go with the octopus salad, with the risotto a very close second. We all agreed that we'd order any of the four again, they were that good.

For main courses one of my friend had the grilled pork chop, the other had the roast chicken and I had the scallops. Again, we were thrilled with the quality of each dish. The one misstep was that our waiter somehow did not give the kitchen our side orders, so we ended up skipping them. Turned out we didn't need them anyway, as each main course came with its own small side. Mine, for example, was a squid ink tagliatelle with a smattering of sausage meat from Esposito's sausage store in Brooklyn. The pork chop came with tagliatelle in sauce (don't remember what sauce). All this was accompanied by a terrific Chassagne Montrachet white Burgundy,

Next came the cheese assortment, four very good selections (the only one I can remember right now is the Manchego), followed by dessert. Really liked the ice cream and the peanut butter parfait, the other desserts were so-so. I had been thinking about the Brooklyn root beer float, but they were out of root beer (?), so that will have to wait until next time.

The tab, including tax and a generous tip, for this feast came to a little over $400.

We had all been expecting a good meal based on what we had read and heard about Stone Park, and I'd say the whole thing exceeded our expectations. And that's saying a lot.

I'll definitely be back...

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