Forget the North Pole, foodies. Your holiday present will arrive courtesy of the East Pole, a sensational new restaurant on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. Coming right on the heels of a successful three-year run at the hip Fat Radish (on the Lower East side), chef Nicholas Wilber is now serving his fresh produce-driven fare to the posh set who come to the sleek, minimalist space to enjoy his famous Scotch egg, grilled cheese with pickles and other creative comfort foods. Even if you opt for the far-too-sensible steamed-veggie Macro Plate, consider sharing the “adult” ice cream sundae scattered with Pimm’s-soaked cherries for dessert. Let’s face it: after battling the crowds (and Christmas elves) at Bloomies, you deserve a sugar buzz before hopping on the Bolt bus to to Bawlmer. http://www.theeastpolenyc. com. —S.E.