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East End Kitchen

An American Bistro
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    $$$7.01 - $12
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  • American (New), Bistro
  • 539 E 81st St, New York NY10028 40.7720128 -73.9475601
  • (Btwn E End & York Ave)
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  • (212) 879-0450
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(212) 879-0450
Major Credit Cards
Mon-Fri: 8am-2pm+5:30pm-10pm Sat: 11am-3pm+5:30pm-10pm Sun: 11am-3pm+5:30pm-9pm
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Group Dining, Prix Fixe, Delivery, Online Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards, Take Out

User Reviews

  • East End Kitchen

    Posted by E.B. on 11/21/2011

    Disappointing Everything and a Pile of Spinach

    All Bad - let's start with service. Wife, 2-yr old and I stood at the door for 10 minutes before we were greeted. Waiter comes to the table and stares at us, no words, no hello. We ask if we can order. Waiter says, "sure I guess." Shrimp and grits, biscuits and gravy, and the small plate "lost bread." He takes the order and immediately returns with two plates of food that we didn't order. I mean, we just placed the order and he came back with food and was astonished that it wasn't ours. We wait forever for the food. It comes. 3 shrimp and some grits and a pile of spinach. I know 3 shrimp don't cost $13 and know grits don't cost $13, must be the spinach. 2 silver dollar sized dry biscuits, tiny bland sausage with small puddle of brown watery gravy, table spoon of slimy wet scrambled eggs, and a pile of spinach was $13. Great piece of "lost bread' french toast $7 - if you get the meal sized french toast it costs like $5 more and comes with a pile of spinach. They should call their menu, "A Pile of Spinach and..." Feel bad for the table of 4 with two toddlers who sat down before us and didn't get their food until we left, and believe me, our food took a decade to get. Also, for a place that boasts "full barista" service, the coffee and espresso were subpar. This place won't be open long. The interior is beautiful though, and if you get suckered into going, get the small plate of lost bread and get out fast.

  • East End Kitchen

    Posted by Anonymous on 11/13/2011


    Lovely room with poor lighting, much too bright for dining and no candles or flowers. Television on in the bar and 3 patrons screaming at a football game . Doesn't go with the dining room. Prices are high for what they deliver. Salad presentation blah. Hamburger one of the worst and priced at $18.00. My husband had Berkshire pork which was tough and the portion quite small for the price. It's sad because the room has such potential.

  • East End Kitchen

    Posted by Alex on 11/12/2011

    We really want to like this place. But....

    We tried this place once before. We loved pumpkin soup. Other choices disappointed us. But, it is in the neighborhood and we liked the atmosphere. So, we decided to give another try. My wife had Pumpkin soup and Risotto. I had Swiss chard custard and Snapper in a bag. Pumpkin soup is really good. But, Risotto with Squash and Trumpet mushrooms was disappointing. At first, it didn't look good when it was brought to our table. On a flat plate, risotto was spread out to the rim which is not good to keep the dish warm. A combination of sweet flavor from squash and salty mushrooms seems to be their intention. The problem is that sweetness is more of one note instead of having some complexity. There was not much richness either. Bland sweetness with some salty bites was boring and simply not good. My wife finished just half of it. Swiss chard custard was my appetizer. At first, I thought it is too salty. So, I asked the server if this is usually more on the salty side and that is how it is. I tried to continue without asking them to re-do it. But, swiss chard was too salty. The server told me it is better for me to choose something else. With less salt, the dish would have been good. But, they basically don't want to re-do it or, maybe, it was cooked in the morning. I asked for Fig and Goat cheese appetizer. It was OK. Next, Snapper in a Bag was good. Nice aroma and good spinach under snapper filet.... But, chopped mushrooms were salty again. Maybe, it was intentional. I don't know. What I know is that there is a difference between pleasant saltiness and over-salted food. I am not sure if I want to go here again. Overall, the food quality is questionable based on our two trials. The only flavor the chef is familiar with seems to be "sweet" and "salty". When you charge $20 or more for a dish and the total goes beyond $100, you'd better do something better than this. Otherwise, the only reason to go here is the fact that it is close. We really want to like this place. But, it will be difficult.

  • East End Kitchen

    Posted by ed on 11/07/2011

    questionable food quality and slow service

    Sat. 5 nov, 2011. i ordered what was described as a pork tenderloin...i received a pork chop type meat not the tender darker loin meat. the meal was fine but not as advertised. My son ordered 'NY Strip' steak. a pricey $35 steak. what he received was unlike any NY STrip i've ever had. A poor quality cut of meat and very small with tough sinewed edges. when asked the mgmt took the steak off the bill but we would have preferred a top quality steak (he was hungry). the service was slow and I think the basis for the slow service may have been their bar services...slows down all both food service and drinks

  • East End Kitchen

    Posted by been there... on 11/05/2011

    Amazing design disapointing food

    Does anyone know who designed this beautifully balanced space? Just beautiful! However the food is another story... Tiny dishes with very little flavor. (That only arrived after a long wait of 1 hour) service was ok but probably only to keep us busy and happy while the longest wait ever for the food. And btw, 3 of the items on the menu were not even available. Great potential thanks to a great atmosphere but needs tons of help with the food and service. I would go again just to check the design again...

  • East End Kitchen

    Posted by East End Ave. on 11/02/2011

    Not recommended

    Can't comment on food quality because my food did not arrive. I sat at the bar for 45 minutes and, despite the assurances of the courteous staff, my food order never showed up. Dining room was half full so it's not like the kitchen was slammed. All this place needs to be is average and it will do fine as there are no other restaurants on East End Ave. Won't return

  • East End Kitchen

    Posted by anonymous on 10/31/2011

    Warm and inviting

    I have been wanting to check this place out ever since I read about it on NY Mag...went with 5 friends on Friday night and we were all very pleased. The very best things were the Chicken and Beer, the Risotto and the Figs and Goat Cheese, they were outstanding! The brussel sprouts were borderline gross and the Burger while good had a ton of onions in it, if that is not your flavor you will not like it as our diner did not. The service is good in that everyone is really nice but their timing is not awesome. They kept recommended pairing food with a beverage and the beverage would come when the food was almost gone. Happened with dinner and dessert. Try the saffron ice cream! Overall it is a nice addition to the neighborhood and I will definitely go back!

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