Stone Park Cafe, which has held down the corner of Fifth Avenue and Third Street since 2004, has become something of a neighborhood institution. They were serving local, seasonal ingredients before it became uber-trendy, with a menu that changes near-daily. While there are always some "mad genius"-type items on the menu (scallop and marrow tacos are now on offer, for example), there are also some classic standbys, like their top-notch burger, one of the neighborhood's best.
There's almost always a wait to get in, especially on the weekends (when it's nice out the outdoor section along Third Street is one of the best people-watching spots in town), and one of the true classics on their varied and inspired brunch menu is the house-smoked salmon platter. This is one seriously classy dish. The salmon is thin-sliced and loaded onto the plate, and topped with a wedge of cream cheese, onions, tomato, egg white and yolk, horseradish cream, and, amazingly, a toasted Bagel Hole bagel. It's a winner!
Stone Park, 324 5th Avenue Brooklyn NY 11215. 718-369-0082.