William Poll on the Upper East Side is basically NY’s first gourmet food store. My first boss, Senga Mortimer, turned me onto it. I would order it for photo shoots in the city and became addicted to the cucumber dip, baked potato thins, and sandwiches.
William Poll has been my go to for years and is an Upper East Side staple. They offer the best hours d’oeuvres and have the most delicious homemade sandwiches and potato chips.
My favorite sandwich shop of all time! You can never go wrong with the rare roast beef with watercress on whole wheat. Pre-Covid, you were able to sample the dips on the counter… My favorites are the Cheddy Chut and Sun-Dried Tomato versions. On a sunny day I love to eat my sandwich at the Eighth Church of Christ, Scientist on East 77th Street where they have a beautiful garden.
For nearly a century, William Poll has been Manhattan's supplier of choice for decadent appetizers, hors d'oeuvres, finger foods and dessert experiences. The William Poll staff takes pride in crafting foods from scratch. Ranging from finger foods to chicken pot pie and beef bourguignon, they give care to every detail of every dish; quality that this global brand is founded on. Still located on the Upper East Side, even the busiest passers-by have been known to stop and take in the chocolate-dipped meringues and angel cakes beckoning them from the front windows. Once inside, every customer is welcomed by the warmth of large, brass chandeliers that light the intimate interior. While preparing their sandwiches, the staff encourages the customers to sample the dips and favorites of the day. The savvy customers will indulge further and top their visit with William Poll's famously rich brownies or baklava. And the true connoisseur of fine foods will not forget to pick up William Poll's classic: Baked Potato Thins and "Dip Indulgence" for a gourmet midnight snack.