The East Pole - Kitchen and Bar

4.2
902 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
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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.

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.
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a
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely place for lunch, sunny and intimate. Great food with healthy options. Pleasant service start to finish.

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M
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was our first time dining at The East Pole. We read the reviews and were very impressed. Our dinners and service were also impressive. The dishes were innovative and light. The staff made sure everything was to our taste. We were given an enormous amount of attention by many people on staff. I was with two other people who ordered the skate and the scallops. I ordered the lamb steak which was cooked to
perfection. Can't wait to return.

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OT
New York Area
359 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

As always, excellent veggie-centric cuisine. Perhaps a little limited on the entree choices, but I think the apps are the stars. Fairly noisy table in center of downstairs room. Service was fine. It was our friends’ first time and they loved it.

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L
New England
11 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Waitstaff was very knowledgeable about the menu and the wines. Restaurant was busy and noisy but we were upstairs and it was very pleasant. Interesting flavors!

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A
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The farm to table food was wonderful, especially the beet salad, morels with English peas, Tile Fish with Jerusalem artichokes. The restaurant was very busy and noisy at 7:30 PM when we arrived, but we got a lovely table at the back after a little wait, and we were able to talk and hear each other. The staff were very polite, friendly, and efficient after what was a very busy Mother’s Day. I was not sure that the restaurant would be a good choice for four older diners, but it worked out very well. I have been here a few times, and this was my best experience.

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S
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great drinks, loved the gnocchi, and do NOT miss the homemade ice cream in amazing flavors! Very nice staff and a cozy quiet setting where we could all hear one another.

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NG
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 2ambience 1

We made a reservation. They stuck upstairs in an ugly room with a big party of parents and babies. The food was decent but hard to enjoy under the circumstances. Wouldn’t go back. Also, there was some kind of lint in the napkins that got all over our clothes..

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RQ
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding, esp the pork chop - one of the best meals we’ve had in NYC in many months!

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LG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I eat here all the time but had never sat upstairs. So cozy and cute! Food amazing as usual and the host was fantastic! This place never disappoints.

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f
New York Area
151 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed catching up outdoor enjoying the sunshine on the UES at this neighborhood gem! Delicious chilled avocado soup with a creative updated grilled cheese and my guest enjoyed her daily special salad...Super wait staff and a pleasure to return to

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M
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Super pleasant lunch spot where it's possible to eat delicious food without getting over-stuffed!

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CC
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Excellent food (better than expected), great server, superb experience.

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TP
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great farm-to-table restaurant. Food was amazing. Hosts and servers were very knowledgeable and friendly.

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m
New England
3 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

This is my sister's favorite neighborhood restaurant and she recommended we go while we were in town. The food was amazing -- delicious farm to table, with every dish being better than the previous. We were practically sitting with our neighboring table, but it turns out we all had mutual friends, so shows how small NYC really is. My only complaint was that we were asked, in an abrupt and authoritative way to vacate our table and move to the bar, before we had even paid the bill. They did offer us a free drink to do this, but I did not feel we had a choice -- nor did we feel we had lingered at dinner and overstayed our welcome. I realize that it is a busy place, trying to turn tables -- but even a "I am so sorry but would you mind..." versus "excuse me, but we really need your table and for you to move to the bar..." would have left a better memory in mind.

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C
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 4

The service was not great. The waiter did not seem that interested in his role as it related to our experience. Food took a really long time, When we ordered desert and coffee I asked to have them come at the same time. Coffee came no dessert, asked waiter, waited longer and was served cold pie. I asked the waiter how it was supposed to be warm or cold, he said room temp, but did not ask how mine came. This was a random Thursday lunch and he blamed the kitchen for being backed up.

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EL
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Not the restaurant it used to be. We found flavors to be bland and uninspired. Tilefish came with an odd, gloopy, taupe purée. Peas and morels completely lost the flavor of morels. Only good dish was gnocchi. Manhattan cocktail, formerly a high point, was oddly flavored and served with small, almost chip, ice. Expensive and mediocre. Wont be returning.

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JS
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Very noisy

Good service. Good food. Nice wine selection.

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M
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Don't like new menu. service slower than used to be.

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JR
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

This is a nice place for an intimate lunch with an old friend. Interesting menu. Good service.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 4

1) we arrived 11:30 - the time we had reserved our table. Table wasn’t ready so we had to wait at the bar.
2) one waiter comes and ask for our order and we put in one matcha and one flat white ... some time goes by and another waiter asks for our order and we said that we already put in our order... he says just give it to me as well... so we order one matcha and one flat white, he says what is a flat white, I said just an Americano whit some warm milk.
And we ordered some food too.
3) he brings me just black Coffe no milk, so I ask for the warm milk and he gives me a cup or cold milk. So I gave up.

Service in general was very poor! Not what it used to be at east pole.

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a
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Overall from the moment we arrived everything was perfect.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

Food is overpriced, lacking in taste. Had hoped to find some salt and pepper.
Wines by the glass very expensive and of poor quality .

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VM
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Nice ambiance but the menu is very restrictive, and it is truly overpriced

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SA
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 2

Tables now jammed together. Wait service desultory, food slapped on the table, plates slid across to diners, glasses sloppily poured. Presentation uneven, prices too high. Not much variety if you don’t like roughage. Uniformly oversalted food.

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OT
New England
4 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic chef trying lots of new (but delicious not just innovating for the sake of innovation). Upstairs works for a big group celebration. Downstairs is lovely for a small group.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

Food while tasty was not hot enough. And more expensive than open table makes it seem. For what is worth the chess pie which is supposed to be room temp. Was and was excellent.

Noisy as all get out too.

Not going back.

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J
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 3

I used to love going to this restaurant as their menu was very unique but still had a variety of options. All of a sudden, their new chef who only started a week ago, came in and basically removed all of the good options from the menu and left on weird, plain things. The table to our right and to our left BOTH were complaining about the food options. The chef even took the burger off the menu, but the table to our right asked for it anyway. This is very sad, especially because it is a great spot to dine, but since its a very local crowd, they will definitely be impacted as word of mouth about the menu will get out.

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EW
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

Service was very poor, table was extremely unstable and air conditioning was not working. Overall not a pleasant experience.

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HF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

lovely wait staff - good food - expensive wines - well presented

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AG
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Although the server make sure to make up for it, there were some issues with the drinks for the table.

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AA
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

The staff and servers are amazing. The kitchen is slow as molasses. We advised our server that we had to leave for a show in 60-70 minutes. He was very accommodating and put our order in quickly. Appetizer arrived in 6 minutes. Main course arrived over 40 minutes after the appetizer and then only because we complained about the delay. Couple next to us, going to the same show at the Armory, never got their main course and had to leave without eating it. Expect to wait a long time for your meal....

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LL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

Kitchen was very slow, we had to leave before getting our entrees to make our show at the Armory on time. We had said we were going to the show.

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TC
Charleston
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A new restaurant for us, so we had somewhat low expectations, but it blew those away with a terrific server, excellent food, and pleasant ambiance. We could not score one of the nice booths, but even the forward-most table worked out. A definite place to which to return---hopefully getting booth next time.

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B
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food was unusual and well prepared. Noise level low since we ate there at 11:00 pm after a performance at the Armory and the kitchen stays open till midnight. Great place

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j
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Delightful discovery for a casual meal - very good food, excellent service, and congenial atmosphere. We shall return!

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D
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

The food was at best average, the service was also at best average. It was my wife's 50th birthday and we brought a cake with us. We were charged $24 just to put the cake on the table, it took many attempts to get the service person to come over, often by the time they came it was well after the fact. It was not real busy but if the service was any slower....Food was barely average and came much too quickly.

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

The brunch selection was subpar, and my omelet was not so great. Disappointed as I frequent Eastfields and this did not reach the same level in terms of food and service.

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NY
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Table was very small. We were 4 adults at a table that really should have been for two Felt like I didn’t have enough room for the dinner dishes. Sat uncomfortably close
Prices were high.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

We were charged at least $80 more than we should have been - only ordered the calamari to start, chicken entree, pasta entree, chocolate cake, one glass of Pinot Grigio and one peroni and the total was over $200

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C
London
17 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Great tasting fresh food with creative and imaginative menu.

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