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.
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.
Great beverage program (bar and cocktails). Bentley delightful waiter.
Food could have been hotter.
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.
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!
Great scene and food that lives up to its billing.
Everything about this dining experience is wonderful. I will definitely be back thanks to lovely waitstaff and inspired chefs.
We all ordered something different and it was perfect! Fish, chicken and pork chops!! Waitress lovely. Wine list very god!!
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.
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
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.
Great food and nice feeling in this first (and second) floor of a townhouse. Service could be better and nicer.
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.
Expensive for so so food.
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.
Always a lovely experience and the menu which changes seasonally is delicious.
Would not return.
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.
Food was too non-traditional. The entrees didn’t have sides. The starters were a limited selection. It was a limited menu of options.
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
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
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.
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.
The service was appalling, waiter completely disinterested and spent all his time chatting with his coworkers at the bar. Food disappointing and overpriced.
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.
Outstanding Food and Service
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.
Loved this place! Fantastic fresh food, great vegetables, service a bit uneven though
It was excellent!
East Pole is an easy, relatively casual place to eat on the UES. Good for a casual brunch.
Great restaurant and delicious food but we wished they had put some bread on the table!
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!
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.
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.
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.
Very pricey, small portions, but tasty. A little too much pretense.
Good that’s all