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

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About The East Pole - Kitchen and Bar

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.

133 East 65th St.
New York, NY 10065
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
American

Hours of Operation:
Dinner Daily 5:30pm-12am
Brunch Saturday & Sunday 10:30am - 3pm

Cross Street:
Park Avenue

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(212) 249-2222

Website:
http://theeastpolenyc.com/

Catering:
As one of the leading chefs in the Farm to Table Movement, Chef Nicholas Wilber, has developed a simple yet thoughtful catering menu utilizing local, seasonal, organic produce and sustainably sourced proteins.

For Drinks, our unique signature cocktail menu & full bar service, with a focus on small batch distilleries, are all available. From grower champagnes to biodynamic wines & a beer list featuring American Ale from Colorado to Nantucket, along with a variety of NY State beers, we’ve got you covered.

Parking Details:
Private Garage located at 200 East 65th Street, between Second and Third Avenues

Public Transit:
6 Train to 59th Street

Executive Chef:
Nicholas Wilbur

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Whether it’s lunch, brunch, dinner or something in between, let us host your next event. With different configurations for large groups, small seated meals, cocktails with passed canapés, social shindigs or corporate fetes, our experienced event team will guide your party to success!

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The East Pole - Kitchen and Bar Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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4.2

service

4.1

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4.2

value

3.7

Noise

Moderate

84% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (24)
Neighborhood Gem (24)
Fit for Foodies (18)
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Bar Seating (14)
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Special Occasion (13)
Good for Groups (12)
Healthy (12)
Great for Lunch (12)
Cozy (12)
Sunday Lunch (11)
Casual (10)
Creative Cuisine (10)
Good for Birthdays (9)
Fun (9)
Organic (9)
Comfort Food (8)
Hot Spot (8)
Business Meals (7)
Handcrafted Cocktails (7)
Great for Outdoor Dining (7)
Quick Bite (6)
Vibrant Bar Scene (6)
Romantic (6)
Good for Anniversaries (5)
Afternoon Coffee (4)
Authentic (4)
Gluten Free Options (3)
People Watching (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Seasonal (3)
Vegan (3)
Paleo Friendly (2)
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Afternoon Tea (1)
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·Dined 3 days ago

Pole East was a good meal in a very pleasant place with the exception of the muzak which was very distracting at first. It got better later on--or we just got used to it.

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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

Three of us went for lunch. The restaurant feels like a charming little boit on a Paris side street especially because the woman at the next table was dining with her standard daschshund perched on her lap. Lunch was delicious, the waitstaff excellent and helpful, it was quiet enough to chat. All of us want to go back.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Afternoon Coffee
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 3, 2017

A great place to have brunch . Reservation was accepted and we were seated promptly. Everyone had the Green Omlette and was done very well.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 29, 2017

A neighborhood treasure, warm and inviting as always!

Tags: Seasonal, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 28, 2017

Fabulous autumn cocktail, the Mexican Standoff. Spicy! Loved it. I had the grouper special, my husband the chicken Kiev. We both enjoyed the meal. Black coffee to finish. Excellent!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 27, 2017

Always a lovely experience at the East Pole - the food is seasonal and local but with some staples on the menu. Even my picky mid-western parents thoroughly enjoyed their meals. It can get a little noisy in there and the booths are a little tight, but overall the experience is just lovely. If you have a larger group - I recommend that you ask for a table upstairs as it's usually a little quieter.

Tags: Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Great find via OpenTable satisfying a guy seeking a great cheeseburger and two dining partners looking for micro greens. Kid friendly, they permitted an order of two grilled cheeses even though it was the brunch menu. Side salads were very good. Great Blue Marble ice cream for dessert, including an affagato. Very crisp Sancerre. Able and friendly waitress. Definitely going back.

Tags: Casual, Good Vegetarian Options, Healthy, Organic
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·Dined on November 24, 2017

food always well prepared innovative and artfully presented...weather it be lunch, brunch or dinner

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on November 22, 2017

We were celebrating our daughter’s 18th birthday and wanted a special restaurant with incredible food - The East Pole delivered that and much more ! What a meal ! We’d eat there every week if we lived nearby , so could you open one in Bend ?!

Tags: Good for a Date, Healthy, Good for Birthdays, Organic, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Made an 8:45 reservation and arrived on time. Found a seat at the bar to wait for table. When we still hadn’t been seated at 9:15 I️ asked the host if we were going to be seated or should just eat at the bar as I️ was getting hungry. He said “you might just want to eat here or I️ can send you some snacks while you wait”. Half an hour past the time we reserved?? No snacks were forthcoming until it became apparent we knew several regulars who came in after us. Bottom line, probably great if this is your neighborhood spot and the host knows you. Booking on Open Table doesn’t seem to cut it for actually getting to sit down for dinner.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 16, 2017

The Maitre d is Dennis and he is excellent

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 14, 2017

Love the food
The serviceis impeccable
I like that the menu has healthy and not so healthy options

Tags: Healthy, Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 14, 2017

Great neighborhood place, with a fun vibe. I was wary about service given some of the reviews but our service was top notch. Food was inventive and delicious.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fun
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 14, 2017

This meal was my first at East Pole for quite a while. I thought that this meal was much better than my first meal there about two years ago. The food was fantastic. The service was great too. I am looking forward to returning soon and don't intend to wait another two years.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 12, 2017

service was very good............brunch was delicious

Tags: Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Bar Seating
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Great spot that is vibrant and fun. Food was outstanding. Issue was service. I ordered a glass of wine that was empty halfway into my meal. But our server never checked on us after the food was delivered so I sat with an empty glass of wine for about 20 minutes. By the time he checked on us, we were done eating and opted to not get another glass or stay for dessert. My water glass was also empty often for extended periods of time.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 11, 2017

We were seated in an area that was close to the door opening a lot. We asked to be moved and were told that we couldn't because there were no tables. When tables got up, we asked if we could then move as we were sitting with our coats on freezing. We were told no because those tables were reserved. Well, we reserved a table also and it was quite disappointing. Our serve was great and the food was great but the experience with our table and how cold it was made it hard to enjoy.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Second visit, and will return, but on a weeknight when it's less packed. Delicious food and excellent service, particularly Stephen (Steven?), the host. "Ambiance" is docked a bit because the lighting is so dim as to be almost comical; "Food" because the menu is somewhat limited.

Tags: Hot Spot, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 7, 2017

We had a totally terrible meal at East Pole and had to send back both special pasta dishes with white truffles.... absolutely TASTELESS!! Huge disappointment....how can any chef serve tasteless bland white truffles....clearly chef never tasted the real thing in Italy!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Great farm-to-table food experience. Nice atmosphere. Great place for a first or second date.

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 (Orlando)·Dined on November 5, 2017

We went for Sunday brunch but tables too close together, dishes mainly including eggs! How original. Service erratic.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 4, 2017

This restaurant is un upper east side gem. The food is absolutely delicious - highly recommend!!

Tags: Seasonal, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Romantic
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

The food was delicious and the service attentive but not intrusive.

Tags: Fun, Casual, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

Great food (pumpkin bread w Apple butter & duck hash were amazing). Service was subpar although we were seated outside and it was crowded inside. I️ asked multiple times for honey for my tea which never came & my friend asked for ketchup and it was never brought over. Would go back since the food was amazing.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Our waiter was really unpleasant. Not sure he wanted to be working as a waiter. Rushed us through our ordering, was quick to ask if we wanted more wine before our glasses were empty. And just really unpleasant

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 2, 2017

I was surprised how crowded it was when we arrived for a 8:15 pm. We had to wait another 25 minutes before we were seated. The food was middling to good, with our table saying the hamburger was the best thing on the menu.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Noise level unbearable; service very very green. I think the food was good, but it was so loud I couldn't taste anything.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Small, cramped, dimly lit but overall nice. I thought the food was average but a couple of my companions really enjoyed their entrees. Service was horrendous. We ordered a bottle of wine which was kept away from our table and our waiter (who did appear busy) did not keep our wine or our water glasses full. After our meal we ordered a second bottle but requested the server leave said bottle so we did not have to wait for him every time we needed a pour as well as a bottle of water. Unfortunately another waiter accidentally bumped our table knocking the water over and onto my friend and our shared dessert. This was not the problem, the problem was when our snotty waiter came over and said "guess keeping the bottle wasn't a good idea" blaming the incident on us. I then saw this rude waiter whispering with what I assumed was a manager and looking at us, he then brought us our check. The "manager" saw me looking at him and came over and asked if I had a problem. I told him in fact I did & stated everything above. This "manager" was rude & abrasive & offered us dessert. I told him we'll just pay our check. Eventually another manager came over and said he heard about our situation and apologized appropriately. We were comped one of the bottles of wine. In the end this manager made up for the incompetence of his colleagues but I will not be returning to the East Pole.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Great vibe. Dennis is awesome.

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 (New England)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Great for foodies and those who have food allergies, everyone was happy!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Have been coming here a couple of years. Enjoy the healthy option from all the dishes. It is always great to know that every dish you order is the healthiest it could be. Makes ordering so easy. Love this place.

Tags: Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Seasonal, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch, Organic, Good Vegetarian Options
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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Amazing brunch!!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Cool vibe and delicious food.. Chicken for 2 was great.. love East fields and excited about the new Seafood restaurant...

The guy at the door is great and welcoming and Rocky is very sweet as well..
Enjoy? Cool neighborhood gem.
Robin

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 22, 2017

The place is really dark that you don’t really see what’s in your plate.. and I think it’s on purpose!
The food is tasteless, I tried the sea bass and it had no taste at all, my friends had scallops and which was 3 tiny pieces and also no taste
We tried the cocktails which also was full of ice and it tasted more like water with a drop of syrup
In general the service was good but the drinks and foods really sucks! NOT worth the money at all
We never gonna go back there again.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Very interesting menu and delicious choices. Choose to sit outside but traffic was a bit much! Next time inside for sure. Looking forward to dining again!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 16, 2017

Probably one of the best meals I've had in months! I can't wait to go back. Seriously, so good!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 14, 2017

food was totally average and the waiter was so rude and could care less about providing any service whatsoever. Would never go back!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Hadn't been there for a while and there was a lot I wanted to order and what I did get was yummy. Waiter was very well informed and warm.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options
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·Dined on October 13, 2017

Terrific maitre'd - friendly, professional, helpful.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fun, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Bar Seating, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 12, 2017

I have been to this restaurant a few times, great decor and vibe.
I chose the Broccoli Rabe Rigatoni which I liked; the sauce was very good (maybe a little salty) but the pasta was way overcooked (the rigatoni would fall apart on the plate).
The wine list is good and seems reasonably priced, we had a very nice glass of Barbera.

Tags: Good for a Date, Cozy
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