The East Pole - Kitchen and Bar

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$31 to $50
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American
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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SB
New York Area
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Table was far too small for the five guests we had, even though the restaurant knew we were coming because I made a reservation secured by a credit card.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Met a girlfriend of mine at the bar for some drinks and a quick bite, good service, great vibe and excellent food. We got the calamari and steak tartare which was incredible

C
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

i love the fresh vegetables. The food is great. The staff is friendly and welcoming

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Wait time for entrees very long.
Quality of food is OK.

JD
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food2service3ambience2

I'd been to East Pole for brunch twice and it was always...fine. This was my first dinner there (my parents were visiting and staying in midtown). The service was fine, but the chicken my mom ordered immediately tasted strange, and then upon looking at it more closely (the lighting is fairly dark) we saw that it was completely raw in the middle. It was disgusting. When we ordered it we were told it would come later than the other dishes and were surprised when everything came together--it should have stayed in the oven. While we weren't charged for the meal, the two very small pasta dishes and appetizer of carrots came to $71 dollars. The portions were so small (and my mom didn't eat anything) that we stopped at a bodega and cafe for snacks on the way home. All around it was a major fail, and I won't be recommending it to others.

A
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service in a laid back but upscale environment. My server was very friendly and accommodating

j
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Terrible service, completely ignored. A restaurant I’ve enjoyed for years but will not return anytime soon. There are too many other lovely restaurants to frequent a place who does not value my patronsge

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall1food1service3ambience2

I had the grilled calamari. The squid ink sauce was too thick and there was too much of it for the six bits of calamari that came with it. The flavor was odd. We both had the pork chop. The server didn’t encourage us to get sides, so we had only a pork chop each with a sliver of grilled radicchio or some other lettuce. The wine list is terrible, and the red wines come too warm. However, worst of all, my husband became sick after eating the steak tartare. The waitress was nice, but we will never go back.

JJ
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Excellent food and service. Unique menu with fresh ingredients

H
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food. Three of us had fish, one had meat. Nicely prepared and garnished. Our waiter was friendly but not intrusive. Excellent service - will return.

JR
New England
3 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food in a stylish space.

GV
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food. Good prices. Great service. A real New York City classic.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

They didn’t have a table for us even though they pushed our reservation back 15mins. We never sat down because the wait got so long and eventually walked out. Hostess was not helpful and unapologetic.

LG
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Very good food. Nice atmosphere. Tables too close together and acoustics not great. Too loud.

A
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience4

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.

D
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very good food and service.

EH
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

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.

RS
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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

GL
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Pre-theatre brunch in a visit to NYC

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

L
Miami
8 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

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.

M
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great casual restaurant on the eastside.
The service was wonderful and food excellent.
wonderful casual atmosphere!

OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience3

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.

LR
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Poor service. Waiter had lots of attitude and wasn't interested in being helpful. Food was ok

OT
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience3

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.

AS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was wonderful - from staff, to ambience to great food!

NF
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Sat at the bar - food was great. Bartender was distracted despite it being a slow night.

B
New England
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We booked a 7:45 reservation last night but when we got there the restaurant was closed!

T
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very good comfort food for brunch. It's a little cramped space wise, is the only drawback.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

have always loved it here but the service was terrible friday night.

HS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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!

MF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall2food2service5ambience4

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.

D
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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.

H
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

AM
Nashville
7 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

We enjoyed our dinner at the East Pole. The atmosphere was great! The portion sizes were a tad small.

Z
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Wedding Anniversary

f
Philadelphia
37 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bet receptionist in Manhattan

MN
Atlanta
9 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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.

L
New England
14 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great evening with friends. Food and service were outstanding. We sat upstairs which was great for conversation.

f
Philadelphia
37 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

What I find !!
Attractive people, great service indoor or out, and simplest of food with exquisite flavor.
Repeat! Repeat!
GO SOON!