AOC East

4.5
443 Reviews
$30 and under
Bistro
Our Wine selection has been carefully handpicked to offer you a dedicated representation of the French appellations. We worked hard to find you wines that truly express the quality of their Terroir. We crafted a food menu with the intention to satisfy small and big hungers and for each of them a suggested wine pairing. Our food and our wine menu are BIG on Local, Organic and Biodynamic farming.

French Wine Bar + Bistro.
$1 Oyster everyday, Daily Specials, Wine pairings, Live music, open till 2am on Fridays and Saturdays. 2 happy hour per day from 4PM to 7PM and from 12AM to 1-2AM
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LisaNas
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We ate outdoors with heat lamps- so quiet since most patrons were indoors on this cold November night.
Excellent food and service. Nice French wine.
Highly recommended. Memorable get together with family.

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DonnS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food4service5ambience3

Great location Attentive service Accommodating to a party of 6

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MichaelR
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always great here. The escargots and muscles are awesome. The dining room inside has a very cool, chic country bistro atmosphere. The staff is super friendly and it’s a pleasure to have a relaxing dinner here.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Under the assumption that the pandemic has resulted in the lack of restaurant workers, the service and food were a little compromised. In the hopes that our city is able to get back to 100% normal, I'm confident its vibrancy and perfection will return. AOC is my go-to French restaurant because their food has alway been scrumptious.

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vipquickey
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience4

Our waiter was nasty and had an attitude. I asked for a slightly dirty martini and he brought a dirty martini twice and gave me a nasty look. He also was running around and seemed overworked. The restaurant obviously needs better service and more help. The food was excellent and they had a Reggae band up in front ( on Wed with a 2 hour happy hour at the bar.

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vipTK719
New York Area
360 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful lunch at AOC East. My ratatouille, Nicoise salad and chocolate cake were all just superb. My server was great and the place is so charming and cozy. A great dining option on the UES.

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vipEmmaM
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The absolute best! The food, atmosphere, wine and staff is all amazing.

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Victoria
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Sunday brunch for 2 people in the heated outdoor dining area. Noise level a little high which was OK with us. We had a dozen oysters to start. I ordered the burger with fries, and Swiss cheese, medium well. It came perfectly as requested, and with lettuce, tomato, onion on the side. The omelet, ordered with spinach, feta, bacon was perfectly cooked also. It came with greens, sliced strawberries, home potatoes. We had coffee and cappuccino while waiting for our shared dessert of chocolate lava cake w/ vanilla ice cream, which was brought to the table with a candle and happy birthday song (other diners joined in!) The outdoor terrace is pet-friendly! Prices are very reasonable. Service was efficient and pleasant.it was a lovely, leisurely brunch! Thank you, AOC East! We shall be back.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was good but came out so slowly. Very long wait. Also, the salmon was a bit underdone. But overall, it’s a good spot. It just wasn’t AOC’s best night.

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PhyllisR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice outdoor dining set up. Live music. Food was especially good. Ordered the escargots and hanger steak. Nice wine choices by the glass. Service was very good.
First time at this restaurant and happy we find it - will return.

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vipEmmaM
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

the best restaurant on the UES! The food, ambiance, staff and wine menu is all fabulous.

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KimberlyT
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love AOC East! Awesome food and service always!
Looking forward to my next visit

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vipquickey
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food - tuna tartare and the escargot were delicious. Bartender was lovely

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JacquelineR
New York Area
54 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Had a great lunch. Friendly staff

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vipLynnO
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Excellent food, gorgeous place, okay service.
Glad I went, but got to say it was so loud in the dining room that it was impossible for the two of us to hold a conversation. The dining room was packed and everyone was shouting to be heard over the din, plus overhead music. We loved the food and we loved the wine and the restaurant is so beautiful…… It was a bummer, though, that the two of us could not hold a conversation over our dinner.

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CarolineC
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Dinner was great! Great wine selection too. Would definitely recommend

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vipSharonH
New York Area
412 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Always good service abs food! Glad they remained in neighborhood!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Went to catch up with friends over a meal, in a casual cozy energetic space and that’s exactly what I got! Loved the sound track.

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Sharon
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Love the oysters and the mussels and fries. Cool ambiance and very friendly staff. Totally recommend this UES gem.

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Kbunnee
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a hidden gem! Authentic French cuisine with a bonus of live music! We will be back.

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vipWinston
New York Area
61 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food enjoyed by all guests and live music was great addition to our evening. Service was professional. Great local wine bar and restaurant / our neighborhood place to go , with many choices on the menu.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall2food5service1ambience4

Ordered 3 wine bottles that they didn’t have. Then the waiter handed me the same exact wine menu but every bottle was $10-$20 more expensive than the prior menu. Additionally the food was about twice as expensive as the menu they posted to open table. Food was great but I can’t get over how sleezy the service was.

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Nina
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first visit to AOC East! The food was outstanding and the atmosphere was romantic. Very friendly staff and great experience overall. The Grand Mix charcuterie board was a perfect choice, and the carbonara was delicious.

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AllisonB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a nice meal outside under the heat lamps. The service was great. Very nice people and yummy food!

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LaurelS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

AOC East is always a five star experience. The food is always delicious and the service is always amazing! My favorite restaurant.

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vipkovalevnyr
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Delicious food. Very good service. A little pricey. Definitely will return!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Have gone to AOC in West Village many times(closed now due to Covid) but first time here at East. Food was great…just as I remembered from downtown. Best eggs Benedict and carbonara. And best of all our waiter from AOC West is now working there and remembered us. Glad that they have been able to stay in business and we will definitely be going back again.

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LaurenF
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and wine! Try the chocolate mousse! Very cute vibe and nice outdoor seating.

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vipJustUs2
New York Area
202 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall2food3service3ambience1

Perhaps it is just a mismatch of reality and expectations - we were looking for a French bistro and the reviews hinted that there may be some issues. The restaurant is less bistro and more cave-like. The staff is friendly enough and competent - but some might say too friendly, and we would have preferred masks (should have asked before reserving). The food was better than the ambience - but not enough better to make up for a dreary scene. The price was reasonable but when we eat out - less often than usual - we want something more than adequate, and this barely made it to that level. It was crowded and most seem to enjoy so perhaps it was us and our expectations.

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vipLuvfoo
New York Area
109 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Had a wonderful time dining al fresco with dear friends. My friend and I enjoyed our coq au vin and his wife enjoyed the salmon. My husband, who loves lamb, tried the lamb dish, but was disappointed because he isn’t a stew lover, and despite asking the waiter whether it was spicy (and he said no) it was a very spicy sauce and he didn’t enjoy it. He did love his appetizer - the tuna tartar and my friend and I also enjoyed the onion soup. All in all, a great meal. We will of course return and recommend it to you.

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Litsaki
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've been to AOC East for dinner 3 times and have enjoyed it each time. The waiter was very helpful when choosing wine and attentive during our meal. All was delicious and I would go back for sure.

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KatrinaP
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was phenomenal! We couldn’t have had a better experience. We cannot wait to return.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Delicious burger and fries. Good atmosphere. Air conditioning wasn't working inside, but since the place wasn't too crowded it was okay.

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vipkbhaines
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The whole experience was terrific. I needed a large outside table and they accommodated us perfectly. The food is always outstanding. A favorite neighborhood place.

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vipAnonymous
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

as always AOC never disappoints. amazing food/service.

they made my birthday memorable!

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vipLudyB
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience2

Service was fast/nice. The duck confit was extremely salty, and it tasted as if it had been refrigerated (pre-cooking, probably frozen for a wks/months). Same "refrigerator" taste for the creme brulee: didn't taste fresh, no vanilla or rich taste other than just heavy creme taste. My friend's salad looked good...

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JeanG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We appreciate the great waiters! Good service with a smile!

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vipMaryB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, service, and ambiance, although the music was a little loud for conversation.

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vipShani
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Veggie risotto was great!

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ManonL
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Very welcoming staff. Darkly-lit which made reading the menu difficult. The food was adequate. They served the bread after the appetizer, which was disappointing.
The crab croquettes had too much potato in it, the Tarte Tatin was old and should not have been served. The wine and the oysters were very good. If they up their game food-wise, I'd return.

FAQs

AOC East does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. AOC East also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (646) 998-4220.

AOC East is rated 4.5 stars by 443 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.