Easter brunch in NYC
The splashy Italian dining room inside the Meatpacking District’s Maritime Hotel is celebrating Easter with a two-course brunch menu ($38) that includes dishes like creamy burrata with warm spring peas, Tuscan kale and rhubarb, and decadent lasagna bolognese, layered with Heritage pork ragu, tomato confitura and fresh basil.
At her first solo venture, this 65-seat French-American spot in the East Village, Roxanne Spruance is serving a $75 four-course prix fixe on Easter Sunday, with options like house-cured gravlax with pumpernickel, Maine lobster eggs Benedict and a lemon cake with crème fraîche sherbet and spring strawberries.
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 person) that includes dishes like braised spring lamb with roasted vegetables and French toast with Chantilly whipped cream and 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 a Salt Meadow lamb leg with puntarelle and pistachio, which you can follow with olive oil semifreddo.
Choose your starter (smoked duck and chicory salad, mushroom and pancetta risotto), main (lobster tagliatelle, rack of lamb) and dessert (baked Alaska, warm chocolate cake with salted almond ice cream) at the three-course Easter brunch ($75) at this East Village fixture.
The $45 buffet brunch at this Jonathan Waxman restaurant inside the 1 Hotel Central Park includes build-your-own omelettes, house-made pastries, French toast skewers and yogurt parfaits. Unlimited mimosas and Bellinis are available for an additional $15 per person.
Fashion mogul Ralph Lauren’s gold-trimmed restaurant adjacent to his Fifth Avenue Polo flagship will offer Easter specials outside of normal evening hours, serving Ralph’s corn beef hash, popover Benedict and a selection of brunch cocktails.
Chef-owner Laurent Tourondel is turning out Easter specials for both brunch and dinner: For the daytime meal, expect festive dishes like Sicilian pistachio waffles with strawberry-rhubarb marmellata and mascarpone; for nighttime, pressed lamb shoulder with fava beans, chickpeas and basil sugo.
The iconic atrium at the Plaza Hotel is offering elegant buffet-style offerings on April 1st, including citrus-scented brioche French toast, seared Skuna Bay salmon and a carving station set with an herb-roasted rack of lamb and an apricot-glazed ham ($165 per adult, $80 per child).
Geoffrey Zakarian’s clubby gem will host a grand buffet at its mezzanine bar, complete with DIY Easter baskets, live jazz, raw bar selections and a carving station, as well as hot and cold brunch classics ($85 per adult, $65 per child). On the sweet side, the restaurant is offering an oversize chocolate egg filled with Easter candy, which will be cracked tableside.