The East Pole - Kitchen and Bar

4.3
953 reviews
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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.

What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
8

With its downtown vibe and solid menu, The East Pole is exactly the youthful shot in the arm the Upper East Side needed.

Ratings 7.5-8.0:These are restaurants that are reliable, tasty, and particularly good for whatever we have deemed them “Perfect For.” Hit up a 7.7 for Date Night with confidence, as long as you don’t need the restaurant to be the most interesting thing that happens that night.
What 953 People Are Saying
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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
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
161 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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
15 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
66 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.

CV
New York Area
4 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
17 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

OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

Our server Abdoul was absolutely incompetent and forgot about our table. He didn’t bring out the bread that was promised, never came back to see if we needed anything else, but most of all messed up our bill. Incorrect charges which he didn’t void out and then had the nerve to recharged my card again. Absolutely absent minded and lost in his own world after telling him that he messed up our check and told him how to correct it. The following day someone called to ask for my card information to correct his negligence. Please retrain this idiot or get rid of him. Bad for business and customer service.

a
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Could not have been more disappointed. Was in town only for weekend and made reservation for Sunday brunch with friends. When I appeared at the restaurant I was told they had changed their hours. Had a 10:30 reservation but they would not be opening till 11:30. Hostess apologized and said he would try to accommodate our party. After waiting 15 min - totally ignored - I was told “too bad”.
What terrible customer service

C
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Even though my reservationwss confirmed for 10:30, the restaurant opened at 11:00
Many oher customers who had reservations were also waiting and even though the hostess was asked, no explanation or excuse was offered. Cleay did not feel responsible or empathetic to their customers

NM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Previous reviews said it’s the perfect place to take parents -confirming it’s true. And I was not the only one in the dining room who got that memo. Ambiance is old world bistro meets contemporary dining. Make sure to grab a booth as the tables in the center looked a bit exposed and way less comfortable. Giving food 4 stars because there were some misses. Nothing major though. The hits (2’’ thick pork chop seasoned and cooked perfectly) were a hit. Cocktails are stellar as well. Major issue: bus service. We ended up stacking our own plates in the corner of our table several times throughout dinner, while the bus person was busy clearing the table of people who had already left about 3 feet away. At some point he came over, re-filled out water glasses, looked at the empty plates, and left. Please re-train. Other than that, wait staff is fabulous, and food a solid 7.5/10.

DC
Washington DC
36 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Wonderful neighborhood restaurant with cozy-but-lively ambiance, snappy service and a polished kitchen. The spiced radishes that start the meal are a welcome opener. Burrata with peaches and beets is one of several great first courses and both the fish and chicken entrees are satisfying and memorable. The wine-by-the-glass pours are a little light, so you may want to just spring for a bottle.

JP
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

A delicious surprise! Amazing creative brunch dishes with ultra fresh quality ingredients in a tiny cozy space steps away from central park. Killer drinks as well!
Can’t wait to go back!

L
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this restaurant.... one of my favorites

j
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 4

New chef took all the good dishes off the menu — think kale Caesar and sea bass — and replaced with a whole lot of meh

BK
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a family brunch and were bringing a baby. Wonderful service and very fast.

OT
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful and our server was incredible

CC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 5

Every option was oily - no healthy options

JS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Restaurants in this part of Manhattan tend to be either diners or are on the other end of the spectrum... far too posh & formal. This one is elegant without being grand. Perfect. Hopefully more like this will open in the neighborhood!

r
London
3 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

The waiter was helpful and considerate. The food was good. The only problem is that they cleaned the floors with a mop and cleaning solution (Lysol?) while we ate that smelled and interfered with eating. This was not appropriate.

C
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very different menu and fabulous food

GF
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently excellent brunch!
The menu is very good, the food fresh and tasty. The kitchen is slow.
Our server was attentive and knowledgeable.

a
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Gorgeous space, very small and quaint yet bright and welcoming. Staff was very nice, drinks were delish. We went there for brunch. The apple cake was OK but my meal was incredible. I had the steak and egg hash. Would deff go back

JA
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

Menu was to extreme would prefer spending $540.00 for 3 of us elsewhere

r
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've gone many times to East Pole and always love it--the intense flavors, the emphasis on seasonal foods all makes for delicious meals. The service was likewise excellent. The only demur I have is that portions seemed smaller than in times past; my gnocchi, for instance, was nearly an appetizer portion yet it was in fact an entree, with price to match. That type of quibble aside, East Pole is terrific.

OT
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and knowledge of the menu. The food was impeccably prepared and they got us out in time for the theater!

s
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious seasonal menu with a variety of options. Friendly and knowledgeable staff. Nice atmosphere. Quick, friendly, and efficient service.

SN
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service.

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