Brooklyn >Restaurants > Second Street Cafe
189 7th Ave, Brooklyn, NY | Directions 1121540.670930 -73.977896
Neighborhoods: Park Slope
THIS PLACE HAS BEEN CLOSED FOR YEARS – This place started okay, then became quiet terrible in its waning years. But all of that is now moot, as it has been closed for quite some time now.
slow and tasteless – Given the waiting crowds you would expect great food. Brunch was a total dissappointment. Flavourless omlette, stone-cold home fries, anemic-looking pancakes that could have been made from a powdered mix and not been worse. Definitely will not go back.
Great Brunch on Weekends – I love the bruch breakfast on the weekends. The Park Slope Stroller Moms with their loud children do put a damper on the day, but usually leave before 11am. The french toast, fruit pancakes and all the Eggs Benedict are wonderful. The staff is a bit slow at times, but the host is great, always trying to squeeze you in somewhere.
Nice Brunch Spot – Fun, down to earth enviroment (although a bit on the noisy side). Yummy omlettes, french toast, and pancakes plus good service.
Unique – I live on 2nd street right next to this cafe. Bascially my Dad loves the turkey burgers and fish there. I'm not 5 years old okay I'm older than 10. I still go around with my dad. The food is okay, the staff is nice, I put up a little drawing of the coke sprite and orange soda bottles next to the kitchen, last table to the right, close to the aisle. A very unique place, very dark with candles special cakes, and toys for kids. I know the owner my friend from basketball's dad, his name is Ted gordon. overall this place is a different cafe, not a lounge, and a good place to take your kids.
Awful – I had the turkey dinner and my friend had the meatloaf. The gravy was absolutely tasteless flour paste with a very strange consistency. The cranberry sauce was unrecognizable in taste. I only knew what it was by the color. The meatloaf reminded me of cardboard. The service was ok, but the food was so unbearable that we both ate less than half of our meals.
Special visit – I don't live in New York, only pass through about every three months. I always stay in Manhattan, but I almost always make a special trip out to the slope for weekend brunch at 2nd Street. I can't say much about the menu in general because I always order the absolutely delicious fruit-filled pancakes with fruit butter (which I've yet to find in another restaurant), real maple syrup and perfectly scrambled eggs.
My inner child really enjoys the crayons and paper table cloths and my inner aesthete is genuinely impressed by some of the impressive artwork of past patrons that coats the walls. I've had more than one excellent date at this place, thanks in part to the rare combination of down-to-earth friendliness and real competence of the waitstaff. The wait can be a little long for brunch, but it's well worth it.
Great find, excellent experience – We picked this place out of the air because we needed a reasonably priced place at the last minute on my son's birthday. I didn't know what to expect, but it was a wonderful night. Despite the quiet and elegant-ish ambiance, they were really friendly to us even with a 3 and 5 year old. The crayons and paper were cute and quaint, and they got my kids's dinners out before our appetizers. Thai chicken skewers were charcoal grilled and perfectly cooked. Meatloaf was seasoned well, and the mashed potatoes were excellent- sadly, a rare occurence, and something I always give high marks to. My son's moist and homemade red velvet cake had a crayon shaped candle, and all of the desserts tasted fresh, homemade, and were better retro creations than Magnolia. Lastly, the prix fixe was only $15.95. I couldn't help but rate it "highly recommended" on each count.
No longer my neighborhood restaurant – This place used to be my "hangout" spot, until the prices increased dramatically for food that did not increase in quality. The food is fine for what it is, but should be better at these prices. There are plenty of better restaurants for the price, and none of the dishes really stick out, anyway.
Decent food - good value – I go here every now and then when I want simple food that doesn't cost a fortune. If you don't expect too much, you won't be disappointed. The lunch prix-fixe is a great deal. The outdoor tables are nice, especially during the week.
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