The Park

With its checkerboard floors and bare-bones decor, this corner café has the hip-yet-casual feel of an Echo Park pied-à-terre. Seasonal upscale American comfort food is the focus, though dishes like grilled polenta with fennel and parsley-almond salsa, a cornmeal pancake with spiced shrimp, or Kurobuta pork belly don’t often come at these prices—or sizes (appetizers could pass for mains).