The East Pole - Kitchen and Bar
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.
I did not like the service and for the price I thought that the food quality was quite poor. My server didn’t pay attention to my order at all and I was very disappointed.
Very good food and service.
The waiter was snooty; the food unremarkable; the atmosphere nonexistent. Even a cup of tea had to be sent back because the water was cold. Tea from a tea bag..there's a gourmet challenge.
I will not be returning.
My favorite dish was an appetizer that I ate when they first opened. Braised carrots. The fish was large with huge succulent carrots. All colors and shape. This time the dish was all raddicio and a few puny carrots. I complained but they claimed that was the dish. My chicken was very good and A large portion but everything else petite. The carrots used to be one of the best dishes in New York. Everything changes
Pre-theatre brunch in a visit to NYC
As close to perfect as any restaurant I’ve been to. Festive, yet elegant. Youthful, yet for all ages. Spectacular food. Remarkable cocktail menu. The most buoyant and welcoming staff. They gave us a memorable New Year’s Eve, and I plan to make this a go-to for as long as they’ll let me.
I’ve eaten here plenty of times always having a decent meal. This past Saturday was just marginal. The bloody Mary’s were served with no garnish, waiter said he’d bring it back after the bartender cut lemons. He never did. I ordered the avocado toast which is supposed to be served with soft boiled eggs and came with hard boiled. After we were served or waiter never came back to see if everything was ok, we needed pepper and salt. Finally had to flag down another waitor. I do not think I’ll be returning anytime soon.
Great casual restaurant on the eastside.
The service was wonderful and food excellent.
wonderful casual atmosphere!
Embarrassing dining experience. I paid the check for my party of five because I felt embarrassed for having chosen the restaurant. I arrive 10 mins before my reservation and the hostess refused to seat us until the full party arrived. Understandable, but then when my party arrived, so did about a dozen other tables for a 7pm reservation.
The restaurant sat us at 7:05 and we didn’t have our drinks for over 40 minutes. The appetizers were complete by the time the drinks arrived. Then only two of the drinks arrived, one of which was a Diet Coke. The food was mediocre at best, I had about 16 pea pods on a plate and my entre was a 1/4 roasted chicken, that was about six ounces of meat. Flavors were solid but not amazing. After two hours of dining with one round of drinks and terrible service we left.
The restaurant should stagger their reservations and better triage their bar service and seating policies. I will never go here again and don’t think you should bring guests unless u are trying to have an uncomfortable night.
Speaking of uncomfortable, we were five people in a table for four. Another low point to the meal that I almost forgot.
Run, the other direction. Not here.
Poor service. Waiter had lots of attitude and wasn't interested in being helpful. Food was ok
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.
It was wonderful - from staff, to ambience to great food!
Sat at the bar - food was great. Bartender was distracted despite it being a slow night.
We booked a 7:45 reservation last night but when we got there the restaurant was closed!
Very good comfort food for brunch. It's a little cramped space wise, is the only drawback.
have always loved it here but the service was terrible friday night.
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!
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.
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.
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!
We enjoyed our dinner at the East Pole. The atmosphere was great! The portion sizes were a tad small.
Bet receptionist in Manhattan
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.
Great evening with friends. Food and service were outstanding. We sat upstairs which was great for conversation.
What I find !!
Attractive people, great service indoor or out, and simplest of food with exquisite flavor.
Kitchen was totally over capacity - excruciating waiting appetizer and main - friendly staff, however
Wonderful, attentive staff. And always a great reliable fair of American cuisine - many dishes farm to table!
The food and atmosphere are great for a brunch. The service could be better.
The pork chop wasn’t as good as last time. They should go back to old recipe. It also wasn’t as big.
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.
Servers were especially welcoming.
Food was very good.
Table was quite small for 4.
Loved everything! Food was perfectly prepared. Extensive wine list and creative cocktail offerings. Perfect for a date or a group.
Service is slow (Food Delivery from kitchen) but friendly and attentive.
Service was great. Fish was overdone, but apps were good
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.
At least one somewhat oversolicitous staff member, but all else was excellent -- food, ambiance, surroundings.
Great good. Wonderful specials!
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.
There was much too much chili in the snow peas. The macrobiotic dish was very boring.