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About The East Pole - Kitchen and Bar
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.
New York, NY 10065
Hours of Operation:
Dinner Daily 5:30pm-12am
Brunch Saturday & Sunday 10:30am - 3pm
$30 and under
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As one of the leading chefs in the Farm to Table Movement, Chef Nicholas Wilber, has developed a simple yet thoughtful catering menu utilizing local, seasonal, organic produce and sustainably sourced proteins.
For Drinks, our unique signature cocktail menu & full bar service, with a focus on small batch distilleries, are all available. From grower champagnes to biodynamic wines & a beer list featuring American Ale from Colorado to Nantucket, along with a variety of NY State beers, we’ve got you covered.
Private Garage located at 200 East 65th Street, between Second and Third Avenues
6 Train to 59th Street
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wine
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The East Pole - Kitchen and Bar Ratings and Reviews
I’ve been here for everything - drinks with girlfriends, dinner with my boyfriend, brunch/lunch/dinner with family - it never gets old! The last occasion was a birthday brunch for me with my closest friends. The smoked salmon crostini + peach Bellini combination cannot get better.
We had a great meal. The service was excellent and the decor and ambiance is superb. I guess my only suggestion would be to have one “mainstream “ entree on the menu, like a steak or burger. All of th entrees are elegant and beautifully prepared but are pretty gourmet.
Maybe an off day, but many things were unacceptable.
- We didn't have a server for the first 20 minutes we sat at our table and had to ask why other tables were being helped.
- The server rang in an extra meal. We sent it back and it still was on our check at the end so we had to wait (again) for it to be removed.
- One of the women was celebrating a birthday. We let the server know and he brought a dessert menu and told us we could choose one thing. We were charged for the dessert.
- We ordered coffee with dessert and the cream they brought us was curdled. They took it away and replaced our coffee but never brought us new creamer.
The only bright spot is that the food was very good and the atmosphere charming. I'd like to think this was just an off day, but I left embarrassed for bringing my family there.
The food gets only a "fair" rating as I ordered a hamburger "medium" and it came out beyond "well done" and dry as a bone. I pointed this out to the waiter whose attention we couldn't get until mid meal and he offered to switch it, but we didn't have time to wait for another one. I took mine home to the dog.
They received rave reviews from our friends. But.....A disappointing lunch. Our salad sounded great. Roasted root vegetables...called a winter salad. But although vegetables were tasty and were well seasoned, , they were in an oily puddle. Even the cappuccino had too much half and half foam. I couldn't get through to the coffee: Lovely restaurant but maybe chef had a bad day. Main course of striped bass was also in a tasteless oily puddle. It was pleasant to be there but food was very disappointing.
I've been to The East Pole now a few times, and although the menu looks good and the vibe looks contemporary/fashiony/insta-friendy, the restaurant always falls below expectation. I'll start this time with the host, who seems to be the front of house manager. His service was unfriendly and pretentious, even for brunch! When we were seated, we asked to be moved to a table that wasn't in direct proximity to the front door, since it was 25 degrees outside, but he had saved that table for a friend, and he wouldn't accommodate us by relocating us even though we asked twice as two other tables had opened. It ended up being so unpleasant that we at with our winter coats on. When the food actually came out of the kitchen, it was cold (all three entrees). We asked for the dishes to be reheated, and again, the waitstaff wouldn't accommodate the request. We rushed through our cold breakfasts and immediately picked up warm coffee at a lovely shop down the street. The entire experience left a sour taste in our mouth, and since this has been the third time I've experienced mediocre service from both the FOH staff and the waitstaff, I won't be returning. I recommend all readers to do the same.
Three of us went for lunch. The restaurant feels like a charming little boit on a Paris side street especially because the woman at the next table was dining with her standard daschshund perched on her lap. Lunch was delicious, the waitstaff excellent and helpful, it was quiet enough to chat. All of us want to go back.
Always a lovely experience at the East Pole - the food is seasonal and local but with some staples on the menu. Even my picky mid-western parents thoroughly enjoyed their meals. It can get a little noisy in there and the booths are a little tight, but overall the experience is just lovely. If you have a larger group - I recommend that you ask for a table upstairs as it's usually a little quieter.
Great find via OpenTable satisfying a guy seeking a great cheeseburger and two dining partners looking for micro greens. Kid friendly, they permitted an order of two grilled cheeses even though it was the brunch menu. Side salads were very good. Great Blue Marble ice cream for dessert, including an affagato. Very crisp Sancerre. Able and friendly waitress. Definitely going back.
Made an 8:45 reservation and arrived on time. Found a seat at the bar to wait for table. When we still hadn’t been seated at 9:15 I️ asked the host if we were going to be seated or should just eat at the bar as I️ was getting hungry. He said “you might just want to eat here or I️ can send you some snacks while you wait”. Half an hour past the time we reserved?? No snacks were forthcoming until it became apparent we knew several regulars who came in after us. Bottom line, probably great if this is your neighborhood spot and the host knows you. Booking on Open Table doesn’t seem to cut it for actually getting to sit down for dinner.
This meal was my first at East Pole for quite a while. I thought that this meal was much better than my first meal there about two years ago. The food was fantastic. The service was great too. I am looking forward to returning soon and don't intend to wait another two years.
Great spot that is vibrant and fun. Food was outstanding. Issue was service. I ordered a glass of wine that was empty halfway into my meal. But our server never checked on us after the food was delivered so I sat with an empty glass of wine for about 20 minutes. By the time he checked on us, we were done eating and opted to not get another glass or stay for dessert. My water glass was also empty often for extended periods of time.
We were seated in an area that was close to the door opening a lot. We asked to be moved and were told that we couldn't because there were no tables. When tables got up, we asked if we could then move as we were sitting with our coats on freezing. We were told no because those tables were reserved. Well, we reserved a table also and it was quite disappointing. Our serve was great and the food was great but the experience with our table and how cold it was made it hard to enjoy.
Second visit, and will return, but on a weeknight when it's less packed. Delicious food and excellent service, particularly Stephen (Steven?), the host. "Ambiance" is docked a bit because the lighting is so dim as to be almost comical; "Food" because the menu is somewhat limited.
We had a totally terrible meal at East Pole and had to send back both special pasta dishes with white truffles.... absolutely TASTELESS!! Huge disappointment....how can any chef serve tasteless bland white truffles....clearly chef never tasted the real thing in Italy!
Great food (pumpkin bread w Apple butter & duck hash were amazing). Service was subpar although we were seated outside and it was crowded inside. I️ asked multiple times for honey for my tea which never came & my friend asked for ketchup and it was never brought over. Would go back since the food was amazing.
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