The East Pole, on the Upper East Side, is a sophisticated place. With a menu that features “simple yet elevated home cooking with a focus on local, seasonal, organic produce and sustainably sourced proteins” it’s the perfect spot for a clean, minimal vibe and an overall subtle aesthetic. This, combined with the restaurant’s core nautical accents, is what gives the space such a trendy—but not at all kitschy—atmosphere, which is why it was also the perfect place for The Brothers Buoy, a seafaring food blog founded by Graham, Kit and Jackson Buoy, to host their Splice the Mainbrace #Instabrunch last Saturday.

The #Instameet included some of the top food Instagramers, bloggers, and photographers@gilliehouston, @ediblemoments and @jillshomer to name a few—and was complete with a one, two, three… four (I lost count after my third mimosa) course brunch both for shooting and eating. Much like the Instagram community, the food was served family style (emphasis: me) and the menu went something like this: chipolatas and bacon, banana bread, apple butter pumpkin waffles, smoked salmon crostini, avocado toast, eggs florentine and rigatoni. WOOF. Just thinking about it makes me too full to speak. Instead, I’ve put together some of my favorite shots from the brunch. 

All hands on deck ?? @thebrothersbuoy @theeastpole

A photo posted by @ediblemoments on


#amazing #brunch #theeastpole #newyork #city #outstanding #group of #people A photo posted by Christian Peters (@losangsouless) on

@thebrothersbuoy #theeastpole #smbbrunch #photography #arts A photo posted by resourcemag (@resourcemag) on

For more awesome food photography and brunch experiences, visit The Brothers Buoy site and follow them on Instagram!