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Where to find the best Easter brunch in NYC

Restaurants serving the best Easter brunch in NYC offer traditional favorites to free-flowing cocktail specials

By Bao Ong

Brunch is always a popular weekend ritual, but when spring rolls around, Easter brunch in NYC gets even better. From the best fine dining restaurants to best restaurants in Brooklyn, there are plenty of tasty options for everyone. You can continue the celebration with countless other things to do on Easter weekend in NYC, including the whimsical Easter Parade and Bonnet Festival.

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Easter brunch in NYC

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1. The Polo Bar

3 out of 5 stars
Restaurants American creative Midtown East

Ralph Lauren’s The Polo Bar is still one of the most coveted reservations since opening in 2015. We’re certain Easter brunch will be no different. The holiday menu reflects a similar Americana vibe of the restaurant with favorites like smoked salmon with crispy potato pancakes ($28) and the silver dollar pancakes topped with seasonal berries ($19).

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2. Armani/Ristorante 5th Avenue

3 out of 5 stars
Restaurants Italian Midtown East

Armani / Ristorante 5th Avenue’s chef Michele Brogioni is offering a four-course menu ($105 per person) with an elevated take on favorites available on Easter from 11:45 am-3pm. The main event is the roasted Colorado lamb but the warm ricotta toast is also not to be missed. Another bonus: the Easter parade ends just steps from the restaurant.

Pinch Chinese
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3. Pinch Chinese

Restaurants Chinese Soho

Put a Chinese twist on your Easter brunch plans at Pinch Chinese. This popular SoHo eatery is serving up dishes such as breakfast dan dan noodles with bacon and eggs, bacon-egg-cheese dumplings and an hour of unlimited cocktails for $20 per person.

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4. Lincoln Ristorante

Restaurants Italian Upper West Side

The Easter menu under chef Shea Gallante showcases the best of spring. A crudo of fresh salmon is garnished with Mandarin oranges, dill and smoked trout roe is just one dish in the three-course menu ($85). Of course there’s a slate of events at Lincoln Center just steps away, too.

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5. Public Kitchen

3 out of 5 stars
Restaurants Lower East Side

Take your Easter brunch plans outdoor at Public Kitchen's lush, Tuileries-inspired garden. At this hip Jean-Georges Vongerichten restaurant inside the Lower East Side's Public hotel, executive chef Tom McKenna will serve dishes like smoked salmon potato latkes and black truffle breakfast pizza with an egg you can pair with the large format cocktails for your party.


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6. Cecconi’s Dumbo

3 out of 5 stars
Restaurants Italian DUMBO

The East River view overlooking Manhattan from Cecconi’s Dumbo is hard to beat. The outdoor tables are always in high demand. But even if you don’t score one of those seats, the menu is worth digging into, from the ricotta hotcakes ($12) to the eggs royal with smoked salmon ($18). Another reason to head here: all guests receive a complimentary glass of prosecco with brunch.

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7. Temple Court

4 out of 5 stars
Restaurants Contemporary American Financial District

Chef Tom Colicchio’s Temple Court goes under the radar but once you’re inside this elegant restaurant at the Beekman, the kitchen makes it worth it. For Easter, traditional brunch fare is expertly executed for the three-course, prix-fixe menu ($50 for adults and $40 for children 12 and under): French toast with stewed rhubarb and deviled eggs are just a few of the dishes you’ll want to order.

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8. Brooklyn Cider House

3 out of 5 stars
Restaurants Bushwick

Easter brunch goes all day long at Brooklyn Cider House from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Start with a Ciderosa ($9), a refreshing mix of orange juice and a dry cider, before you devour the chicken and waffles ($12) or a braised lamb shoulder with wild rice and spring veggies ($14).

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9. Baar Baar

Restaurants Indian East Village

Baar Baar, an Indian gastro bar, puts a refreshing modern spin on Indian cuisine diners don't find in the East Village. For Easter brunch, it's no different. Traditional roast lamb can be ordered as minched lamb with green peas served with pao bread or as a lamb shank biryani. Live Bollywood jazz also fills the room the a celebratory energy.

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10. North Fork

Restaurants American West Village

The locally-sourced American menu at North Fork is full of dishes that fit the rustic vibe of this West Village restaurant. If you order the Long Island duck rillette Benedict or creme brulee French toast, you can turn the affair into a bottomless brunch for $35 more with bellinis, mimosas and sangria.

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11. The Sea Fire Grill

Restaurants Seafood Midtown East

For a seafood-centric Easter celebration, head to Sea Fire Grill. This Midtown standby is offering a $69 special where you’ll find dishes such as grilled Spanish octopus and blackened Montauk swordfish.

Venue says Call us to inquire on our heated outdoor patio!

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12. Irvington

Restaurants Gramercy

The Irvington inside the W Union Square sources much of its ingredients across the street at the Greenmarket. You’ll find a brunch menu with favorites like roasted leg of lamb with grilled asparagus ($35), crab-and-asparagus Benedict ($24) and salads teeming with seasonal ingredients.

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13. Karvouna Mezze

Lower East Side

Greek Easter is not until April 28th but if there’s one place to check out, head to Karvouna Mezze. Executive chef Giuseppe Scalco cooks up classics like a traditional lamb soup, grilled octopus with Santorini fava and you’ll want to toast with raki.

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