There are plenty of things to do on Easter, from dip-dyeing eggs to attending the Easter Parade and Bonner Festival, but the tastiest way to celebrate is with a festive Easter brunch in NYC. Celebrate the springtime holiday with some of the best brunch in NYC, offered at big-name Italian restaurants, New American neighborhood spots and iconic New York dining rooms.
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Best Easter brunch in NYC
The splashy Italian dining room from celebu-chef Mario Batali and partner Joe Bastianich inside the Meatpacking District’s Maritime Hotel is celebrating Easter with a four-course brunch menu ($59) that includes dishes like rabbit tortelli with basil-butter sauce and a spring lamb with cured egg yolk and black garlic.
At her first solo venture, this 65-seat French-American spot in the East Village, Roxanne Spruance is serving a $60 three-course prix fixe on Easter Sunday, with options like house-cured gravlax with a potato galette, a spring-vegetable frittata with prosciutto and a honey panna cotta with lavender and honey comb.
For 75 years, the gilded dining room nestled inside Central Park was a New York hallmark, a scenic magnet for tourists, brides and megawatt diners (Grace Kelly, John Lennon) alike. Now it can be the setting for your Easter celebrations, with a holiday prix fixe brunch ($125 per adult, $95 per child) that includes dishes like a braised spring lamb with roasted vegetables and French toast with candied almonds. Beyond the meal, guests can enjoy an egg hunt, family photos and live jazz.
From 11am to 4pm on Easter Sunday at Il Buco’s casual offshoot, you can enjoy a special brunch prix fixe for the holiday ($45 per adult, $30 per child). Chef Garrison Price whips up specials such as a crab frittata with cave-aged Comte and an Elysian Fields lamb with new potatoes and cardamom yogurt, which you can follow with chocolate-bunny pops from pastry chef Robert Bryant.
Easter additions to the iconic dining room’s decadent brunch buffet ($125) include roasted prime rib of beef and a Colorado roast leg of lamb. The a la carte menu is also complimented by a bacon bar, parfait bar, sweet-and-savory crepe station, a Bloody Mary bar and a fresh-pressed juice bar. Reservations are required.
A $45 buffet brunch will be offered from 7am to 2:45pm on Easter Sunday at Jonathan Waxman’s restaurant inside the 1 Hotel Central Park, with a spread that includes build-your-own omelettes, house-made pastries, French-toast skewers and yogurt parfaits. You can get brunch cocktails like unlimited mimosas and Bellinis for an additional $15 a person.
Along with its regular menu, Polo Bar—fashion mogul Ralph Lauren’s gold-trimmed restaurant adjacent to his Fifth Avenue Polo flagship—will offer Easter specials from 11:30am to 2:30pm, including Ralph’s Corn Beef Hash, a popover Benedict and a selection of brunch cocktails.
The iconic atrium at the Plaza Hotel is offering elegant buffet-style offerings on April 16th, including citrus-scented brioche French toast, chardonnay-braised artichokes and a carving station set with an herb-grilled rack of lamb and an apricot-glazed ham ($145 per adult, $65 per child).
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Bo's Kitchen & Bar Room
Bo's Kitchen and Bar Room offers you a choice: dinner in the full dining room or more casual bites at the bar. For bar snacks, there’s crispy alligator with chili aioli ($15), a cheeseburger topped with caramelized onions, heirloom tomatoes, lettuce and onion ($16) or olive oil–braised baby octopus tacos with mushrooms and blistered fresno chiles (three for $17). You’ll probably want a signature cocktail to go with it. Order something sweet like the Antebellum (bourbon, blood orange tea, lemon and mint) or a drink with more savory notes, like the Casa Capri (gin, cherry tomatoes, basil, black pepper, lemon and honey). Sit in the dining room to order something off the more extensive dinner menu. There’s fried brie with fig jam and braised beets ($14), lemon-buttermilk fried chicken with creamed kale ($23) and truffle mac and cheese ($12). Don’t forget dessert—the restaurant offers fried cookie dough beignets and a blood orange tart with chantilly cream (both $13).
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