The East Pole - Kitchen and Bar

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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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LS
Portland
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

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 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

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

B
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great good. Wonderful specials!

KR
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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 September 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

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

j
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

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

B
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

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
33 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

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 September 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great scene and food that lives up to its billing.

JG
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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 September 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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 September 14, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 1

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
56 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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 September 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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 September 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

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

JP
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 2

Ambiance is weak. Needs a little more warmth. Staff excellent. Calamari appetizer off the chain good. Food in general excellent. Pappardelle ragout dish excellent, but very small portion. No good if you're hungry. Desert excellent. I would recommend.

N
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Expensive for so so food.

F
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

We've walked by this place on our way home and we had never visited, so one day we decided to stop and give it a try. From the outside it looks like a very cute spot. They have a few tables up front and most of the restaurant is towards the back the building. The hostess was really nice and welcoming but the waiters seemed to be having an off day because they did not treat us well. The food was just okay (nothing special) and it is honestly overpriced for the food we had. We are always down for a good meal and don't mind paying UES prices as long as its worth it. I did not feel like the food here was worth it. Unfortunately, we will not be returning.

w
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Always a lovely experience and the menu which changes seasonally is delicious.

PS
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Would not return.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 5

It was a birthday brunch and the waitress was terrible. The other girl was covering her left and right. Food was good. Drinks were also fine, but took forever to arrive.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

Food was too non-traditional. The entrees didn’t have sides. The starters were a limited selection. It was a limited menu of options.

f
New York Area
164 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We love meeting people here for brunch with their delicious selections ranging from a wild mushroom with kale omelette to huevos rancheros or a rock shrimp dish and do try their watermelon Bellini for a summer refresher

BS
Adelaide / SA
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 2

Used to be one of my favorite places for a date. The two tops are offensively close together. When you drop 200 for a meal for 2, they can remove one 2 top and spread the remaining tables out. Instead they opt for greed. Its a shame because everything else is great especially the food. If you are three or four, not a problem as those tables are spaced better. A date for two? I'll avoid it

HF
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The East Pole is an excellent restaurant. The food is good albeit small portions. The service is excellent. The wine stewardess was fabulous! The noise level is far too high for any normal person. But, somehow, we persevered and the throng and their high pitched voices left. Either go early, arrive a bit later or eat outside if not too hot and humid.

MT
Atlanta
26 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 2

Overpriced breakfast - $75 for two people. The food was bland and nothing too exciting to write about. I had coffee with my breakfast and was not offered a refill despite my cup sitting on the edge for my server to come back and refill. She saw my empty mug but never offered me a refill. My husband ordered the Bloody Mary. He said it was ok. My breakfast was the avocado toast with boiled eggs and my husband had the eggs over easy, beans, "black sausage", bacon, mushroom and tomatoes. We ordered the "black garlic home fries" for an additional $4 and that too was 'meh'. He gave me the sausages because it didn't taste right with him. I only took one bite because it was not appealing. I am from Asia and I eat a lot of things, but these sausages were very DIFFERENT. The restaurant could use some remodeling. Looks like there was a leak in the ceiling and tiles needing to be replaced. It's a tight fit around the small tables.

SR
London
8 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

The service was appalling, waiter completely disinterested and spent all his time chatting with his coworkers at the bar. Food disappointing and overpriced.

AF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

I was very disappointed with the steak I ordered plus server forgot appetizer and drinks. I used to love this place and the quality has gone down recently. Their fish restaurant is excellent so hopefully they can get the quality back up.

SO
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding Food and Service

OT
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

Went for brunch with a group of 3 and were very underwhelmed by the food. The $12 seasonal fruit plate contained a very small amount of fruit, including a exceptionally underripe mango, with a drizzle of honey and the barely perceptible "bee pollen". We considered sending it back. The rest of the food was lackluster at best.

c
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Loved this place! Fantastic fresh food, great vegetables, service a bit uneven though

OT
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was excellent!

C
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

East Pole is an easy, relatively casual place to eat on the UES. Good for a casual brunch.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great restaurant and delicious food but we wished they had put some bread on the table!

A
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

It is unfortunate that so much has changed. Service was slow, and the changes in the menu leave much to be desired. This used to be a go to for us, they need to get back their old chef!

S
New York Area
67 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

The restaurant was almost empty and the service wasn’t prompt or attentive. I decided then that I would not return. Plus there is nothing on the menu that really appeals to me. However, the oysters were very good.

C
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Always a pleasing experience. This time the red snapper appetizer just didn’t come out quite as expected but every other part of the experience was commensurate with a restaurant of this level. We felt very taken care of. Shocking that heritage pork chops are $45 now (seemingly everywhere) and how I do wish they’d retire the tilefish and salmon options in favor of the heartier and less predictable.

LT
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

The restaurant is clearly in need of repairs and maintenance. The food was not at all at the level you'd expect from viewing the website. The staff had good intentions but overall not recommended. The only bright spot was the inventive cocktails.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Very pricey, small portions, but tasty. A little too much pretense.

DN
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Good that’s all

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