The East Pole - Kitchen and Bar

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$31 to $50
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American
The East Pole, on the Upper East Side, is housed in an historic brownstone on a quiet block of 65th Street. Drawing on old maps and subtle nautical accents, the main dining room & bar is timeless and sophisticated with a clean, simple aesthetic focusing on high quality materials.

The menu features simple yet elevated home cooking with a focus on local, seasonal, organic produce and sustainably sourced proteins. For Drinks, our signature cocktail menu & full bar service, with a focus on small batch distilleries, breweries & wineries are all available.
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.3
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4.1
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4.3
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1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall3food2service2ambience3

Overall nothing special. Ambience was fine, service OK, the biggest offender was the food, bland and my eggs Benedict was not prepared correctly (eggs were overdone). I wouldn’t plan to go back.

AS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was wonderful - from staff, to ambience to great food!

NF
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Sat at the bar - food was great. Bartender was distracted despite it being a slow night.

B
New England
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We booked a 7:45 reservation last night but when we got there the restaurant was closed!

T
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on 24 November 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very good comfort food for brunch. It's a little cramped space wise, is the only drawback.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 22 November 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

have always loved it here but the service was terrible friday night.

HS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 18 November 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I thoroughly enjoyed my meal here. It was relaxed and the service was wonderful. For the price, I wish my fish portion was a bit larger, but the dessert made up for it!

MF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2019
Overall2food2service5ambience4

I went for Brunch in November and was rather disappointed in this place. I was expecting high quality food and great taste but I could have had something just as good and even better at a diner. The first thing that set the negative tone was the coffee. I'm expecting a $5 cup of coffee to have a nice aroma and good flavor. Instead it tasted watered down and basically disgusting. Never in my life have I ever returned a cup of coffee but that's exactly what I did. I still can't believe I had to return coffee. After ordering a cappuccino, which was better, the eggs with spinach and mushrooms was simply OK. The eggs where "fluffy" but I've never seen eggs that were so perfectly round from being cooked in an 8" skilled AND one side was perfectly smooth, shinny and showed no signs of browning from being in the pan. It almost looked fake and shinny. The texture was very weird and it didn't feel like you were eating eggs at all. Maybe it was more like eggs done as a pancake? A round solid thick egg with no flavor or texture to it. As you can tell, never going back again.

D
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on 15 November 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Vegetable dishes and accompaniments were delicious and original. Overall food was very good, but I'm not giving 5 stars because fish (halibut) was overcooked. Nevertheless, I look forward to returning and have already booked a table for a friend's birthday next month.

AM
Nashville
5 reviews
Dined on 15 November 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

We enjoyed our dinner at the East Pole. The atmosphere was great! The portion sizes were a tad small.

H
1 review
Dined on 15 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Feels a bit like a Downtown vibe in the Upper East Side, with a distinctly young and hip clientele enjoying farm-to-table cuisine. The ambiance is cosy and upscale at the same time, the food is honest and well prepared with a decent wine menu. Do not leave without trying the pecan pie with caramel ice cream! Yum!

Z
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 13 November 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Wedding Anniversary

f
Philadelphia
35 reviews
Dined on 10 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bet receptionist in Manhattan

MN
Atlanta
10 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Service slightly slow for second round of drinks. Vegetables in macro plate should have been cooked just a little more for texture. Went for potato wedges with aioli no longer on menu. Overall good.

L
New England
14 reviews
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great evening with friends. Food and service were outstanding. We sat upstairs which was great for conversation.

f
Philadelphia
35 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

What I find !!
Attractive people, great service indoor or out, and simplest of food with exquisite flavor.
Repeat! Repeat!
GO SOON!

S
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall5food3service3ambience4

Kitchen was totally over capacity - excruciating waiting appetizer and main - friendly staff, however

AS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 31 October 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Wonderful, attentive staff. And always a great reliable fair of American cuisine - many dishes farm to table!

H
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience4

The food and atmosphere are great for a brunch. The service could be better.

a
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 23 October 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience5

The pork chop wasn’t as good as last time. They should go back to old recipe. It also wasn’t as big.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 21 October 2019
Overall5food4service1ambience3

We sat the bar and it took forever to get refills on our drinks. There was only one bartender working and she was too busy filling drink orders for tables. The restaurant should have had another bartender! We left after one drink, as it was a challenge to get the bartender’s attention.

ED
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 20 October 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Servers were especially welcoming.
Food was very good.
Noise level...low.
Table was quite small for 4.

JS
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved everything! Food was perfectly prepared. Extensive wine list and creative cocktail offerings. Perfect for a date or a group.

HH
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 18 October 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Service is slow (Food Delivery from kitchen) but friendly and attentive.

CV
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on 16 October 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Service was great. Fish was overdone, but apps were good

LS
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on 14 October 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience3

We took my mom here for her 87 birthday. We were met by a man who appeared to be the owner. He was very pleasant and seated us right away. The server was sweet and extremely attentive. My issue is with the food for the size and the price. The salmon tartare appetizer was pretty small for $24 as was the pasta bolognese. There were like six wide noodles in the whole dish, and it was $26. My cavatelle with kale pesto was a good size for $24. But the pasta was too al dente and the sauce too garlicky. The chocolate pecan pie from 4 and 20 bakery was delicious. The crust was perfect, because they clearly used good quality butter. The flourless chocolate cake was also good. I forget the price of the desserts. But I remember thinking they were high. And the lattes at $8 each were ridiculously overpriced. I would recommend the place to people in the neighborhood. But I certainly would not suggest people travel any distance to go there.

OT
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

At least one somewhat oversolicitous staff member, but all else was excellent -- food, ambiance, surroundings.

B
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great good. Wonderful specials!

KR
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We chose this restaurant because of it's close proximity to the Park Avenue Armory. The food was good, the prices a bit high for the quantity. As a vegetarian I primarily have a pasta in meaty restaurants. I could have wished for more than about 1.5 cups of cavatelli. The kale pesto was no better than what I make at home. We probably won't be going back.

V
Hawaii
11 reviews
Dined on 30 September 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

There was much too much chili in the snow peas. The macrobiotic dish was very boring.

j
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great beverage program (bar and cocktails). Bentley delightful waiter.
Food could have been hotter.

B
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

The food was good and our server was friendly, knowledgeable and fast. The outside seating is wonderful. Oddly, the experience began badly. We arrived for our 11am reservation to a locked door and were told they didn't open unto 11:30. We were rudely told we were mistaken, and had the door locked again on us. 2 other tables also arrived with 11am reservations. We all sat down outside to wait. Then the hostess arrived, opened the doors and began seating us all. Not sure why the staff inside did not know they were open at 11am, or why they were so rude to us all. The hostess at least was nice and welcomed everyone in. Strange start to an otherwise nice meal.

T
London
35 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The East Pole is a useful restaurant in the neighbourhood. They give you a warm welcome and the food is consistently good. The washroom is very stylish!
I didn’t score them higher this time as we were quite late and there were only 2 other tables still eating so the atmosphere was not a buzzy as my previous visit. However we were glad that they accepted a booking for 10.15pm!

MP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great scene and food that lives up to its billing.

JG
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about this dining experience is wonderful. I will definitely be back thanks to lovely waitstaff and inspired chefs.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 17 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We all ordered something different and it was perfect! Fish, chicken and pork chops!! Waitress lovely. Wine list very god!!

AB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall1food2service2ambience1

We haven’t been back since it re-opened from its ‘renovations’ and we were expecting something great. The food was vastly overpriced for the taste, portion size, and plating. The server then spilled the drinks slightly as he got tot he table and it got out my boyfriend’s shoe and table - the server didn’t realize and/or offer to help clean it up. There was mold on the ceiling and the covering on the walls was peeling and rolling. Unfortunately, we won’t be coming back.

CN
New York Area
60 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is ALWAYS amazing. Great service, delicious farm to table food and awesome vibe. Wine list is good too. This is our 5th time here and it never disappoints

BR
Los Angeles
23 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The restaurant is aesthetically pleasing. When we first walked it, we were happy to be there. Overall it was fine, but there were definitely issues. (1) my girlfriend’s Bloody Mary was not good, plain and simple. She has them all the time and this one was subpar. (2) All the food was a over-salted. Not dramatically and it still tasted good, but the eggs and potatoes were clearly over-salted. (3) This is my biggest issue: When you have an egg dish on the menu, and specifically an omelette, and more specifically, an omelette at $19.00, you serve bread with it, period! To order a mushroom omelette for $19.00 and then have to pay an additional $8.00 for bread takes some of the joy out of the meal. It’s not really about the money. I don’t mind spending money on quality food. It’s about what’s appropriate in restaurant service and this was a significant faux pas. I had to order potatoes too for another $8.00. So, it was $16.00 to add bread and potatoes. I don’t mind the potatoes, but the lack of bread is a major mistake.
Bottom line: Never serve eggs without including bread! That is just wrong. Even a greasy spoon diner knows this and they lost me today because of that. I am frequently in NYC and have a place near there. I would have loved to have found a new place, but they lost me with this today.

m
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience3

Great food and nice feeling in this first (and second) floor of a townhouse. Service could be better and nicer.