The kiddies can keep their egg-picking baskets—we'd rather celebrate the vernal holiday with festive feasts at some of the best brunch spots in town. On March 27, round up your family and friends and hit up one of these blowout meals before visiting the city's best chocolate shops or flaunting your Sunday best at the Easter Parade and Bonnet Festival. From a new Italian restaurant to an American classic, here are the best spots for Easter brunch NYC has to offer.
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Easter brunch in NYC
Price: $55 per person, $15 for children
On the menu: Tom Colicchio's monolithic Meatpacking stalwart will serve a three-course prix fixe with starters such as smoked salmon flatbread with cream cheese, and a baby romaine salad with buttermilk dressing. A choice of mains includes a crispy farm egg with duck confit, short rib hash, and sea bream over quinoa and English peas. For the youngsters, a kids' menu offers bites like macaroni and cheese and tomato-basil pizza.
Price: A la carte
On the menu: Celebrate Easter in traditional Austrian fashion at Michelin-starred toque Eduard Frauneder's beloved East Village tavern. For the holiday, he'll oversee rustic plates like French toast with strawberry jam and whipped mascarpone ($12), a house merguez with cucumber salad and harissa ($14), and farro salad topped with a poached egg and seasonal greens ($12).
Price: $35 per person
On the menu: Mark Barak's charming Flatiron trattoria will supplement its traditional brunch menu with a three-course holiday set menu. Chef Simone Bonelli will dispatch an amuse bouche of deviled eggs and caviar followed by a leek-truffle fondente on toast. For the main attraction, there will be a lamb burger with sheep's milk cheese, red-onion chutney and fried sweet potato. Cap off the feast with sweet orange sorbet, an Italian Easter staple.
On the menu: Housed in Williamsburg's McCarren Hotel & Pool, this fern-bar–inspired eatery will serve an affordable prix-fixe feast that comes with a gratis glass of prosecco. Overseen by chef Kevin Chojnowski, the bill of fare includes a basket of house pastries (cultured butter, fruit preserves) and choice of ricotta pancakes, fried chicken and waffles, and a cured king salmon bagel with sprouts-scallion cream cheese.
Price: $125 per person
On the menu: Take in grand views and live jazz with your brunch at this landmark Rockefeller Plaza dining room. Chef Robert Aikens' holiday specials will include smoked salmon or Maine lobster with caviar-crowned deviled eggs, and carrot-cake Easter pancakes. For beverages, stop by a fresh-pressed juice bar and the award-winning Bloody Mary bar.
On the menu: At this Michelin-starred Bowery charmer, chef Daniel Eddy showcases his classic French training through a special spring menu. Start with white asparagus with vinaigrette before noshing on a roasted lamb shoulder that's been smoked, confit, grilled and dressed with parsley-lemon lamb jus. For dessert, enjoy a traditional mille feuille with chocolate and salted caramel.
Price: $145 per person, $65 for kids
On the menu: Head to the Plaza Hotel for culinary director Geoffrey Zakarian's grand buffet complete with carving stations and a whimsical dessert display. Pile your plate with starters (hot cross buns, cheese and salumi) before indulging in entrées (shakshuka baked eggs, potato-turnip gratin) and sliced meats (Creekstone Angus prime rib, glazed Easter ham). Cap off the brunch with confections such as a gianduja chocolate egg and an almond-milk cremeux with Mandarin orange blossom coulis.
Price: A la carte
On the menu: Ralph Lauren's immaculately decorated restaurant will celebrate Easter with a selection of specials, such as a popover Benedict with creamed spinach and Gruyere ($23) and corned beef hash with sunny-side eggs and cayenne hollandaise ($25). On the sweeter side, find offerings like challah French toast with cinnamon-caramelized bananas, granola and Vermont maple syrup ($19).
On the menu: At all three locations of the neighborhood brasserie (East Village, Midtown, Lincoln Square), enjoy chef Brian Ellis' Easter special of lamb shank with cauliflower cous cous, edamame hummus and za'atar gremolata. That star dish is complemented by offerings from the Smith's regular menu, including breakfast pot pie, Sicilian baked eggs and vanilla-bean French toast.