Celebrate Easter Sunday by breaking bread with friends and family in NYC. Here are some of our favorite restaurants serving up special Easter brunch and dinner menus. By Carly Petrone/John Friia
349 Amsterdam Ave.
New York, NY 10024
This Easter, enjoy a special dinner with a little spice at TESSA, a modern Mediterranean restaurant on the Upper West Side. Executive Chef Eric Cope is cooking up quite a feast for just $48 per person. Enjoy selections like Chilled English Pea Soup, Bruised Kale and Marcona Caesar Salad, Tomato and Thyme Tagliatelle, Herb Crusted Lamb Rack, and Grilled Branzino. Pastry Chef Yarisis Jacobo tops off the meal with his decadent Opera Cake, which is a beautiful almond cake covered with coffee buttercream, chocolate hazelnut ganache, and dark chocolate ice cream. Dinner seating is from 5 p.m. – 10 p.m. on Easter Sunday.
Stella 34 Trattoria
151 W. 34th St.
New York, NY 10011
If you plan on doing some Easter shopping in Herald Square before grabbing a bite, then make your way to Macy’s. Stella 34 Trattoria, located on the 6th floor, will be serving a stellar breakfast with the Easter Bunny himself. Take in the amazing views of the Empire State Building, let the kiddos enjoy some special activities, and make sure to take a picture with the Easter Bunny home with you. Stop by one of the many chefs stations and fill up on goodies from the NY-style bagel bar or waffle station featuring the world-renowned Vivoli Il Gelato. Yum! Make your reservation for April 15 or April 16 here.
The Lambs Club
132 W. 44th St.
New York, NY 10036
The Lambs Club’s Mezzanine Bar at The Chatwal will host a grand buffet this Easter. Enjoy live jazz music and crack open the oversized chocolate eggs at your table to see what other sort of candy is inside. Nosh on Easter breads and pastries, Nantucket Bay Scallop Ceviche, Rack of Lamb with Pistachio, Rigatoncini with Bolognese, and much more. You can even create your own Easter basket to-go with vintage candies and fresh DOUGH doughnuts. Don’t miss out on the candy display in the lobby bar! Brunch is $85 for adults, $65 for children.
The Palm Court at The Plaza
Fifth Avenue at Central Park South
Make your reservation at The Palm Court at The Plaza this Easter Sunday. Sit down at this iconic hotel for an indulgent brunch filled with elegant dishes like Citrus Scented Brioche French Toast, Eggs Benedict, Chardonnay Braised Artichokes, and more. There will be a carving station featuring Herb Grilled Natural Rack of Lamb and Bourbon and Apricot Glazed Bone-In Ham. And don’t skip dessert! A selection of pastries will also be prepared. Brunch is $145 for adults, $65 for children.
519 Columbus Ave.
New York, NY
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Enjoy a big Italian meal at Machiavelli this Easter. Start out your meal with Asparagi alla “Milanese” (steamed green asparagus and burrata) before moving onto a pasta dish like the Pansotti di spinaci e ricotta in salsa noci (spinach and ricotta ravioli in walnut sauce.) Meat eaters can dive into their Battuta di Manzo Alla Griglia (grilled rib-eye steak and oven-roasted radicchio, endive, peppers, and potatoes.) Finally, satisfy your sweet tooth with their special Colomba Pasquale, the traditional dove-shaped Easter cake. A live jazz band will also be performing during Easter Sunday brunch service.
Felidia New York
243 E. 58th St.
New York, NY 10022
Executive Chef Fortunato Nicotra is serving up a four-course family style menu this Easter Sunday at Lidia Bastianich’s Felidia New York. For $125/person, you can dine on starters like Shrimp and Fava Beans, Smoked Salmon Pastrami with Egg & Potato Salad, Spring Salad Burrata, and house-made Beef Bresaola. There are also plenty options for dessert! Bite into Peach Tiramisu, Spring Peas and Olive Oil Cake, Come Una Pastiera, assorted cookies, and Columba Pasquale.
Little Frog Bistro & Bar
322 East 86th Street
New York, NY 10028
A little piece of Paris is found on the Upper East Side at Little Frog Bistro & Bar. For the holy holiday, this chic restaurant is offering an Easter Lamb Trio as a supplement to their brunch menu. For an additional $15, you can order the holiday special, which includes a stuffed lamb shoulder with apricot and spinach, baby leg of lamb with rosemary and thyme, and lamb sliders with spicy sauce.
30 Rockefeller Plaza
New York, NY 10112
New Yorkers can grab their best Easter bonnet and attire for a holiday brunch at the iconic Rainbow Room. Gaze at the stunning views of the Manhattan skyline while indulging on an Easter brunch buffet for $125 per person. Among the dishes at the holiday brunch are Roasted Black Angus Prime Rib, Colorado Roast Leg of Lamb, a bacon bar and a crepe station. Brunch is not complete without a Bloody Mary, and the Rainbow Room has an entire bar devoted to the late morning cocktail.
100 East 63rd Street
New York, NY 10065
People can make their Easter a little jazzy at Chef Michael White’s Vaucluse. As New Yorkers enjoy brunch or dinner, they will be treated to live music from Scott Tixier, an award-winning violinist. The sophisticated Upper East Side eatery will have a large viennoiserie table full of various breads and sweet and savory pastries for brunch. For dinner, people can enjoy various dishes, including a flavorful lamb dish with spring vegetables.
26 East 64th Street
New York, NY
Altesi Ristorante is offering a three-course dinner inspired by an Italian Easter for only $60. People can choose entrées such as filet mignon with black truffle sauce and ravioli in a tomato fondue. The Easter feast is concluded with Altesi’s signature tiramisu, which is lighter than the typical dessert with less eggs and no lady finger cookies.
Bedford & Co
118 East 40th Street
New York, NY
When people enter Bedford & Co, they are welcomed by warm woods, an expansive marble bar and rustic fixtures to bring the feel of old New York to modern day. The Midtown restaurant starts Easter dinner early at 4:30 p.m., offering special holiday dishes that will impress the family. Diners can order the Gnudi with nettles, spring mushroom and Parmesan, or the Berkshire pork chop with rhubarb, spring onion and mustard seeds. Lamb is a traditional dish, and the restaurant serves their version of lamb leg with spring peas, mint and salsa verde.
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John Friia is a freelance journalist and native New Yorker writing about food, drinks and lifestyle. You can follow his adventures on Instagram.