The Ultimate Easter Restaurant Guide
A collection of restaurants across the country that are offering special menus for Easter Sunday
Keywords Easter, Dining Guide, Restaurants, Easter Brunch
With Easter coming up this Sunday, it’s time to finalize your holiday meal plans. Perhaps you’re planning a stellar egg hunt with the Easter Bunny for your children followed by a homemade feast inspired by the bounty of the season. Or maybe you’re planning to book a brunch reservation at a trusted restaurant and leave the stress of cooking to the pros. If you fall into the latter category, consider this primer as the guiding light leading you toward those restaurants dedicated to make your Easter extra special.
Some restaurants are serving traditional brunch menus for Easter, while others are offering a more unique take the holiday for their dinner service (like Sotto in Los Angeles, where diners can feast on a whole nose-to-tail lamb menu). Prix fixe menus and multicourse meals are particularly popular for Easter this year, replacing the traditional buffet brunch in many cases.
Whether you’re looking for a more classic Easter dining experience, complete with spring vegetable salads and roasted leg of lamb, or something a bit out-of-the-box, like duck rillettes and sweet potato gnocchi, The Daily Meal has you covered this holiday season.
New York City
• Yefsi Estiatorio, New York City: The chef/owner of Greek restaurant Yefsi Estiatorio, Christos Christou, will prepare a special Easter dish of braised lamb and roasted lemon potatoes in addition to the regular menu on April 8. For those celebrating Greek Orthodox Easter on the 15th, Christou will keep the restaurant open only from 12 a.m. to 3 a.m. in order to serve diners attending Midnight Mass.
• SD26 Restaurant & Bar, New York City: SD26 will offer a special Italian menu in addition to the regular menu in celebration of Easter this Sunday. The four-course prix fixe will include dishes such as lasagnetta with meat ragú and veal polpettine and roast baby lamb with rosemary, fingerling potatoes, and braised artichokes.
• Aquavit, New York City: In keeping with its Swedish roots, Aquavit will be offering an "All-Day Smörgåsbord" on Easter Sunday. The dish selections will include a variety of salmons, herrings, Swedish meatballs, Princess Cake, and more.
• Lincoln Ristorante, New York City: Lincoln will offer a prix fixe brunch for Easter as well as a special tasting menu and à la carte selections during Sunday’s dinner service. Pastry chef Richard Capizzi will make braided, sweet Easter bread as a starter followed by a leg of lamb with ramps and rosemary fingerling potatoes.
• Cosa Duci Italian Bakery, Boca Raton, Fla.: Finish your holiday meal with authentic Italian specialties baked for Easter, such as two traditional Easter pies — La Pastiera, a tart made with eggs, grains, and ricotta cheese, and Pizza Piena, a savory pie made with eggs, ricotta, and prosciutto.
• The Belvedere at the Peninsula Beverly Hills, Beverly Hills, Calif.: Diners can enjoy a three-course menu at The Belvedere this Easter Sunday, featuring champagne from Nicolas Feuillatte. The menu will feature the market-driven cuisine that The Belvedere is known for, including dishes such as cold smoked whitefish, duck rillettes, and sweet potato gnocchi.
• Cecconi’s, West Hollywood, Calif.: Cecconi’s will be offering a few Easter specials in addition to their regular brunch menu this Sunday. Enjoy dishes such as mustard- and herb-roasted leg of lamb, asparagus and black truffle Benedict, and Pastiera, an Easter tart made with farro, ricotta, and chocolate.
• Sotto, Los Angeles: Chefs Steve Samson and Zach Pollack are offering up a unique Easter meal this year, featuring a nose-to-tail lamb menu. Items will include Sardinian pane frattau with livers and cardoons; tongue with fregola, salsa verde, and olives; and grilled leg with egg, lemon, and artichokes.