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East End Kitchen

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Upper East Side
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539 E 81st St, New York City, NY 10028 (York Avenue)
+1 212-879-0450
17:30 - 22:00
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Sun - Thu 17:30 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 17:30 - 23:00
Sat - Sun 11:00 - 15:00
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New York City, New York
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1,652 reviews
864 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 807 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 November 2016

We have eaten here several times, and the food is always interesting -- the chef experiments often, and I love trying new recipes -- we are a match made in heaven. My companion is more traditional, but always finds something good. So far we haven't had one bad meal. Good cleanliness, very friendly service, noise level is very high because... More 

Thank robcurtross
Melbourne, Australia
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34 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 July 2016 via mobile

High hopes going for brunch today but it didn't really hit the spot. The scrambled eggs were pretty average and the potatoes that came with them were really just slopped on the plate. The French toast was extremely sweet and may as well have been cake. Coffee was good but nothing special. Staff were very good.

Thank Jessica M
London, England, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 July 2016

Had a fantastic meal here in a place with a real local feel that we were looking for as visitors in New York. The food quality was top notch with a menu filled with so much choice the hardest part is choosing what to have. My steak was cooked perfectly to my liking and the accompanying veg and truffle mash... More 

Thank Ben H
McKinney, TX
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126 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 May 2016

Food was good, price was good, service was ok. Never refilled tea.Price was good for NY. The place needs a re-due. The wood floor is in very bad shape. We hear they will be tearing this building down and that may be why it is not kept up.

Thank Mark H
Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas
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266 reviews
142 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 181 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 May 2016

Great neighborhood joint. We ate there twice due to the convenient location to our apartment. Friendly staff. Great basics.

Thank Emilio_VI_STT
New York City, New York
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1,652 reviews
864 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 807 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 May 2016 via mobile

Still a very gracious welcome and prompt, attentive service throughout. A perfect wild mushroom soup on a mushroom stock base, delicate, woodsy and lightly salted. Perfect fried baby artichoke, crisp and dry with delicious and delicate aioli -- the same as two years ago. The salmon was perfectly prepared and served with very fresh julienned vegetables and a large serving... More 

Thank robcurtross
new york
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128 reviews
98 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 May 2016

Its really a shame. This is (was) a neighborhood gem (Ive rated it highly in the past). Good food and great service. Tonight, the presence of a large cockroach really put a damper on the evening. Frightened the kids to bits! Being from New York, Ive seen my fair share of cockroaches, but not at a place like East End... More 

Thank khanna
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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24 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 May 2016 via mobile

Waited almost an hour to be served the wrong dish. My wife had to eat her food alone while they corrected things. Had hoped for a relaxing Sunday brunch but we were very disappointed. Food unspectacular even when it finally came.

Thank Alastair_M_M
Cambridge, United Kingdom
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33 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 March 2016

Wednesday night is mussel night and it was excellent. We were given home-made rolls and olive oil to munch while we perused the menu, replenished while our meal was cooked. The mussels were huge and the broth was great. The french fries were plentiful. I made room for a dessert - the special was a chocolate-chip cookie and ice-cream -... More 

Thank Chrisco186225
New York City, New York
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 9 March 2016

This is a hidden gem thats snuck away in a side street (East End & 81st). The dimmed lighting created a soothing romanic soft atmosphere that was paired with calming classic music. The service were friendly, helpful and informed on the details of the menu. The food was outstanding we had dinner (vegan mushroom and vegetable soup, & Organic Roasted... More 

Thank ashleighnoble

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$30 - US$30
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Open Hours
17:30 - 22:00
11:00 - 15:00
17:30 - 22:00
17:30 - 22:00
17:30 - 22:00
17:30 - 22:00
17:30 - 23:00
17:30 - 23:00
11:00 - 15:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 539 E 81st St, New York City, NY 10028
    (York Avenue)
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Upper East Side
  • Neighbourhood: Upper East Side
  • Phone Number: +1 212-879-0450
Seasonal New American plates featuring local ingredients; rustic 85-seat bistro, outfitted with antique mirrors, Edison bulbs and leather banquettes.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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