Where to Eat This Easter
Today on The Daily Meal
Looking for a place to enjoy Easter brunch? We’ve tapped into our vast network of city editors, and they’ve each assembled an expert roundup of the best special menus in each of their cities. Read on for the best Easter brunch options in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, Las Vegas, Seattle, Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia.
Chef Laurent Tourondel (of BLT fame)’s newest endeavor is the Arlington Club, on the Upper East Side. His Easter brunch specials include duck confit and duck egg salad; roasted leg of spring lamb with mint (pictured), black olive tapenade, and melted leeks; an "Easter egg trio" filled with salted caramel pudding, passion fruit and pistachio vacherin, and chocolate peanut butter mousse; and chocolate petits fours.
This Madison Square sister restaurant to the Midtown classic San Domenico is serving a $70 four-course prix-fixe from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m., and it’s loaded with traditional Italian Easter fare. The menu includes vignarola, a traditional spring vegetable stew; a choice of ricotta and veal lasagnetta or a rice timbale called Sartú di Riso; roast baby lamb on the bone; and traditional Neapolitan desserts. Castiello, an Easter lard bread, will also join the bread basket.
Located inside the Conrad Hotel, this restaurant isn’t just serving brunch, they’re transforming the entire hotel lobby into an Easter "egg-stravaganza," complete with an Easter bunny, an Easter egg hunt, and egg-dyeing workshops. The brunch menu will be available from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., with a prix fixe menu ($45 for adults, $25 for children) and will include a choice of one entrée; one Bloody Mary, Bellini or mimosa; a pastry basket for the table; juice; and coffee or tea. Menu items include bruschetta scrambled eggs, as well as a rack of spring lamb with caramelized sunchokes, fava beans, and traditional Easter mint-flavored fregola. The children’s menu will include French toast with caramel bananas, grilled cheese sandwiches, and homemade pepperoni pizza.
Alfredo of Rome
This traditional Italian restaurant in Rockefeller Center is going the ultra-traditional route, with a $50 three-course prix fixe. First course options include soups, salads, and fettuccine Alfredo (the dish is named after the restaurant, after all); mains include pastas, risotto, halibut, chicken, and osso buco; and for dessert you choose between vanilla gelato, tiramisu, or lemon panna cotta.
This Michelin-starred contemporary Austrian restaurant on West 58th Street is offering a three-course prix fixe for $59. It highlights spring ingredients, and includes ramp soup with guinea hen and lemon, white asparagus salad, wild mushroom spätzle, and Colorado lamb shoulder.
For those looking to celebrate Easter with a Latin twist, this Lower East Side restaurant is serving an Argentinian-style Easter feast in honor of the new pope, who hails from the country. For $55, guests can dig into the "Pope Francis’ First Last Supper Feast," which includes dishes like Molleja Saltena, pan-seared sweetbreads with braised fennel, and for entrées, the Churrasco Buenos Aires, a grilled rib-eye steak with chimichurri.
The newest offering from Le Cirque patriarch Sirio Maccioni, this restaurant, located in The Pierre Hotel, is also doing a $55 prix fixe, which includes a cocktail, an amuse (either a deviled egg or bruschetta), antipasti including an artichoke-ricotta flan, entrées including roasted lamb or prime rib, and traditional Easter desserts. There’s also a $29 children’s menu, and anyone wearing an Easter hat will receive a free glass of champagne.
This relative newcomer from chef Jonathan Benno, located at Lincoln Center, is serving a $65 four-course prix- fixe on Sunday from noon to 8:30p.m. The menu will be focused on specialties from the Italian region of Liguria, and offerings will include gnocchi with basil pesto, whole roasted leg of lamb, grilled branzino, sheep’s milk ricotta cheesecake, and, to top it off, a chocolate egg.
All of chef Daniel Boulud’s New York restaurants are featuring special menus for Easter, but we’re most taken by his four-course prix fixe at the casual Bar Boulud, on Broadway and 64th Street, which will be served from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. for the very reasonable price of $32 per person. The French-focused menu includes items like terrine of house-made ham with parsley and garlic, oeuf cocotte forestière with wild mushrooms and caramelized onions, an Easter egg filled with pistachio madeleine, a traditional Sablé Breton, and chocolate guimauve.
If a high-end traditional smörgåsbord is your style, Aquavit should be your go-to spot. At $75, their Easter offering is pricey, but it sounds delicious: lots of different varieties of herring, seafood (hot, cold, and smoked), deviled eggs, Easter ham and smoked leg of lamb, lots of different salads and condiments, and your choice of Swedish meatballs, smoked Colorado lamb loin and breast, and sockeye salmon confit. Swedish Easter treats, including the Tosca tart, are available for dessert.
Wolfgang Puck at Hotel Bel Air
Celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck is offering a three-course Easter brunch, which includes a choice of blintzes, roasted beet salad, crabcakes, and steak tartare for starters and main course selections like huevos rancheros, halibut, steak frites, pancakes, and the Hotel Bel Air Benedict as well as a full dessert buffet bar. A glass of champagne or a Bloody Mary is also included. $120, 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Café La Boheme
Head to West Hollywood for an à la carte brunch amid opulent surroundings at Café La Boheme. Diners can choose to enjoy brunch alfresco on the patio or in a comfy booth in front of the huge fireplace. Special menu items include bacon and chive deviled eggs, lemon ricotta pancakes, Maine lobster Benedict, and grilled skirt steak. À la carte pricing, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Anglophiles can savor servings of house-made crumpets with clotted cream, curry on toast with fried duck egg, slow-roasted pork belly sandwiches, and Yorkshire pudding among other British favorites at The Pikey. The Hollywood gastropub is serving both brunch and dinner on Easter; brunch is à la carte, dinner is set price at $22, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for brunch, 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. for dinner.
Those craving an Italian take on Easter brunch can head to Scott Conant’s Scarpetta at the Montage Beverly Hills to taste chef Alex Stratta’s amazing offerings. Brunch choices include snow crab legs, polenta waffles, shortrib agnolotti, green and white asparagus, and slow-poached eggs with lobster hash and truffle hollandaise. The Cheese Store of Beverly Hills will offer a cheese sampling. $95, 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The Langham Pasadena is offering a family-friendly brunch as well as a variety of dining options this Easter. The buffet brunch in the ballroom includes seafood, sushi, salads, duck, pork, prime rib, omelette stations, and an assortment of desserts with a huge chocolate fountain. The Terrace (two courses) and the brand-new Royce Wood Fired Steakhouse (Sunday Market Brunch) are also offering brunch options. Egg hunts, train rides, and a petting zoo will keep the kids entertained. $95 for ballroom brunch, other options à la carte, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Chef Suzanne Tracht will be creating special items as well as traditional comfort food entrees at Jar’s Easter brunch. Jar will offer pot roast hash, lobster Benedict with poached eggs, brioche French toast, and roasted lamb among other favorites. They are also open for a special à la carte dinner on Easter Sunday. Brunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., dinner from 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Susan Feniger incorporates her love of food cart cuisine into Easter brunch at STREET. A special "All About Eggs" menu featuring unique dishes from Vietnam, Morocco, Turkey, India, and across the globe will be offered this Sunday, including items such as Singapore egg crepes, Japanese chicken tonkatsu, and the Diablo Egg Salad Sandwich. À la carte pricing, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Diners craving French-inspired cuisine can head to the 90210 ZIP code for chef Thomas Keller’s bistro take on Easter brunch at Bouchon. Highlights include steak frites, croque madame, bacon and chive waffles with Cheddar grits, as well as special Easter treats such as hot cross buns and pecan clusters. $36 per person, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Grass Fed - Wicker Park/Bucktown
This simple and bright bistro focuses, as you may guess by the name, on grass fed beef. However, their Easter Brunch menu highlights some of their other quality dishes, such as rosemary marinated leg of lamb, baby shrimp risotto, and herb roasted salmon. The three course menu is offered at a reasonable $25 per person.
Sepia - River West
Sip your morning cocktails in style at Sepia. Their sophisticated menu offers four courses: two family-style to share, along with individual entrees and assorted breads and pastries. While such classic treats as cheese blintzes and crunchy French toast will be tempting to fill up on, save room for the decadent desserts that are sure to please. You can see all there is on offer here.
Mon Ami Gabi - Lincoln Park
This French favorite will not disappoint this Easter. From quiches and crepes to the king of Easter brunch dishes, prime rib, there are plenty of worthwhile options. Diners who haven't yet satisfied their sweet tooth with a chocolate bunny have two delicious French toasts to choose from. Of course, mimosas and bloody Marys will be pouring freely. The full menu can be seen here.
Tapas Valencia - South Loop
Head to this colorful tapas restaurant for a vibrant brunch unlike any you've had. Putting a Spanish spin on the Easter meal, expect a selection of their usual small plates, as well as paella, desserts, and a carving table serving generous portions of prime rib and lamb. A free glass of champagne or mimosa will accompany the meal.
LM Bistro - River North
This charming bistro will be a cozy place for your spring celebration. The three course menu is filled with classy dishes like lobster bisque, buckwheat crepes with smoked salmon and fromage blanc, and brioche French toast. It won't take much to imagine that you're spending your Easter on the banks of the Seine. You can get a head start on your daydreams with a glance at the full menu.
Salpicon - Old Town
Put some fiesta into your Easter at this upscale Mexican restaurant. Why eat Eggs Benedict when you can have Arrachera con Huevos? Other delicious Mexican brunch dishes like chilaquiles and jalapenos rellenos will kick your meal into high gear. Top it off with one of their many quality tequilas, and you'll definitely be having more fun at Easter brunch than anyone else in town. Check out the menu.
Due Lire - Lincoln Square
Nobody does Easter quite like the Italians, and Due Lire will certainly make sure you do not leave hungry. Frittatas and mascarpone-stuffed French toast will satisfy the more breakfast-oriented brunch lovers; if you lean towards the lunch side, dive into their pasta carbonara. Their a la carte menu is available from 11 am to 3 pm.
Little Market Brasserie - Gold Coast
This warm and friendly cafe opened not long ago, but it's ready to show its chops with an impressive Easter spread. Delivering a four course meal, complete with a cocktail, you can get familiar dishes with delicious details. The pork belly egg scramble elevates your usual "bacon & eggs" dish, while short rib poutine is a tasty visitor from the north. There's a kid friendly menu as well, making this a great family choice. You can see both menus here.
Signature Room at the 95th - Streeterville
This one is for the class acts. If you want to sip champagne and celebrate Easter with the best view in Chicago, the brunch at the Signature Room on the 95th floor of the John Hancock Building should be your pick. A buffet of appetizers will start you off, followed by plated entrees of all the traditional brunch favorites. A dessert station makes treats to order. Between 11 am and 3 pm, the Easter Bunny will be in attendance, and if anyone knows where to brunch, it's him.
Park Grill - Loop
Right on the edge on Millenium Park, this iconic restaurant nestled under Cloud Gate (also called "The Bean") is the ideal place for a spring celebration. Their a la carte menu offers anything your heart and stomach could desire. Chipotle Crab Benedict gives the usual dish a saucy twist, and the Spring Risotto will put you in the mood to go strolling among the flowers. The Bloody Mary Bar is a must as the perfect brunch accompaniment. Take a look at the menu here.
Comme Ça by David Myers, The Cosmopolitan — The Strip
Executive chef Brian Howard has created a lovely brunch to celebrate the holiday. Guests may indulge in the tempting brunch menu for $49 per person with an option for bottomless champagne, mimosas, and Bloody Marys for an additional $25 per person. The Easter buffet features house-made charcuterie, deviled eggs with a black truffle garnish, artisan cheese displays with traditional garnishes, assorted quiche, French potato salad, roasted cremini mushrooms with grilled ramps, and an assortment of flavorful glazed spring vegetables. In addition, they are firing up their wood-fired grill with some very nice options that include beer can chicken, roasted leg of lamb with a Provençale chimichurri, savory yet sweet hay-smoked honey ham, and grilled ruby trout. Of course, no Easter brunch is complete without something sweet. Chef Howard and his talented staff have created a sweet finish, complete with apple scones, chocolate croissants, lemon tarts, pot de crème, éclairs, and Comme Ça’s original duck confit cinnamon rolls.
Rao's, Caesars Palace — The Strip
Guests can hop on over to Caesars Palace and enjoy brunch at the famed Rao's Restaurant and celebrate Italian-style. Specials include corn soup ($15), crabcakes ($21), penne with braised lamb shank ragù ($28), and for dessert, a rich carrot cake ($12).
SUSHISAMBA, Palazzo Resort — The Strip
For a unique meal, SUSHISAMBA executive chef Herb Wilson has assembled many options to choose from. Grilled hanger steak with red chimichurri and organic eggs any style is a nice choice. Guests can also enjoy lobster eggs Benedict with miso-yuzu hollandaise; a South American frittata with lingüiça, asparagus, and hearts of palm; and Wagyu sliders. For dessert, save room for dulce de leche French toast, house-made quinoa waffles, and warm churros with spiced caramel and Peruvian chocolate dipping sauce.
OLIVES by Todd English, Bellagio Resort — The Strip
Celebrity chef Todd English has created a delightful Easter menu. Guests can start with grilled shrimp cocktail, BBQ pork flatbread, or watermelon gazpacho. Main course options include black olive chicken with polenta, pan-seared snapper with green pea risotto, or a surf and turf: grilled rib-eye steak with tempura fried jumbo shrimp.
Border Grill, Mandalay Bay Resort — The Strip
Border Grill executive chef Mike Minor has created an Easter menu to be enjoyed inside or outside on their patio. He’ll offer the very popular all-you-can-eat Border Brunch ($29.99 per person with optional $5 bottomless mimosas). The menu is available from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and guests can indulge in distinctive, Border Grill-style fare, such as bacon-jalapeño peanut butter and jelly, Peruvian shrimp and grits, Mexican chocolate pancakes, bread pudding French toast, frittata tart, Mexican rice pudding, breakfast enchilada, and shortrib hash and eggs. Rounding out the menu is Border Grill's famous dulce de leche-infused churro tots, an episode-winning dish from season three of Bravo's Top Chef Masters.
Hash House A Go Go, Various Locations — Off the Strip
Guests can hop into one of the four Las Vegas Hash House A Go Go locations for an enjoyable Easter Sunday meal. Food and drink specials range in price from $5.25 to $31.95. Menu options include the lamb chop hash (crispy potatoes, lamb chops, roasted red peppers, spinach, and goat cheese with two eggs and a biscuit, all drizzled with barbecue sauce), butterscotch almond pancakes, and roast chicken "Benny:" a biscuit topped with spinach, mushrooms, chicken, and two over-easy eggs. For dinner try the wedge salad, the Hash House mixed grill (lamb chop, duck breast, and boneless rib-eye), or mahimahi stuffed with a crabcake.
T-Bones Chop House, Red Rock Resort — Off the Strip
T-Bones at Red Rock Resort will serve Easter Brunch from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. The buffet menu selection includes assorted salads and smoked salmon, chilled shrimp and crab claws, made-to-order omelettes, braised shortribs, roasted pacific halibut, lemon thyme chicken, cinnamon roll pancakes, dessert, and pastries for $75 per person and $29 for children aged 8 and under. The Easter Bunny will also be making a special appearance.
Dos Caminos, Summerlin — Off the Strip
The newly opened Dos Caminos did not waste any time getting into the Easter mood. The brunch menu will include sopa de albondigas (tiny meatballs in rich herb broth), Oaxacan quesadillas, serrano ham and Mexican cheeses, poached eggs, mole negro, and cajeta-filled dark chocolate eggs in addition to their regular menu.
Marche Bacchus, Desert Shores — Off the Strip
Marche Bacchus, just 10 minutes from the Las Vegas Strip, is known for its lakeside seating. For Easter, the restaurant will offer a champagne brunch featuring a four-course meal and a complimentary mimosa or champagne ($49 per person). It's available from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and guests can indulge in French-inspired fare including chilled carrot ginger soup, jumbo lump crabcakes, pan-roasted salmon, chicken-filled crepes, and classic eggs Benedict.
Honey Salt, Summerlin — Off the Strip
This new farm-to-table restaurant in Summerlin has a whole day of activities planned. There will be an Easter egg hunt for the little ones and brunch specials that include artisanal hand-carved ham off the bone and farm-fresh eggs with breakfast potatoes. They even offer a special menu for the kids including pizza margherita, mac and cheese, pasta with butter, and chicken. For dessert, options include Easter cookies and milk, honey salt snow cones, or "grow your own sundae"’
Ray’s Boathouse – Ballard
Enjoying its 40th anniversary this year, the newly renovated Ray’s offers not only a sumptuous Easter brunch and dinner buffet for $40 in the café area, but $30 and $40 plated brunch menus in the Boathouse as well. Famous for its seafood, Ray’s features plenty of crab, salmon and shellfish in its generous buffet, as well as a carving station with prime rib and ham. Executive chef Wayne Johnson also showcases seafood on the Boathouse menus, with choices such the Dungeness crab Louis salad and the “Puget Sound Hangtown Fry” with Pacific oysters, salmon and house bacon served with a cornmeal muffin.
Copperleaf Restaurant at Cedarbrook Lodge – SeaTac
Cedarbrook’s executive chef Mark Bodinet has been delighting with his commitment to sustainability and farm-to-table cuisine. For Easter, Cedarbrook is serving an extravagant buffet in Tamarack Hall with made-to-order omelets, a carving station with prime rib and lamb, seafood galore, plus a dessert bonanza including a Snoqualmie Ice Cream bar, for $52 per person. At Cedarbrook’s Copperleaf Restaurant, diners can opt for Bodinet’s $52 four-course prix fixe menu, featuring Nash Family Farm rabbit and Theo’s chocolate sorbet for dessert.
Aqua by El Gaucho – Belltown
At Aqua, both the spectacular Elliot Bay views and the Easter menu are to be heartily recommended. Executive chef Steve Cain couldn’t have come up with a richer menu. The savory dishes come slathered with creamy sauces and stuffed with succulent seafood or meat, like the Angus beef tenderloin eggs Benedict or the Kodiak omelet with halibut, bay shrimp and Dungeness crab, while items like the crème brûlée French toast will satisfy your sweet tooth. If you’re going to break a Lenten fast, you might as well do it properly.
Rione XIII – Capitol Hill
Chef Brandon Kirksey at Rione XIII–Ethan Stowell’s homage to the simple, delicious cuisine of Rome—offers special savory brunch selections this Sunday, from Italian-inspired egg dishes such as poached duck eggs with rapini, tomato and sabayon, to pasta, pizza and meat options. Linger over a wild mushroom frittata with nettle pesto or a prosciutto, arugula and egg pizza and sip at a special Easter cocktail such as “The Late Riser,” with Prosecco, St. Germain and fresh grapefruit juice.
Sazerac – Downtown
At swanky Sazerac next to the Hotel Monaco, executive chef Jason McClure has planned a gorgeous $48.95 brunch buffet that, true to his reputation, combines fresh Pacific Northwest ingredients with a Southern zing. Enjoy Creole eggs Benedict and housemade andouille as well as Victoria Island asparagus with goat cheese, almonds and peppers by Mama Lil’s. The obligatory Dungeness crab dish: crab cakes with lemon aioli.
bin on the lake – Kirkland
Enjoy sweeping Lake Washington views and bacon, plenty of bacon, at the Woodmark Hotel. From the bacon beignets with a maple anglaise to the bacon and biscuits to the Double R Ranch New York strip with a fried egg and slab bacon, chef Dylan Giordan’s menu shows a definite predilection for crispy pork. Non-pork offerings (yes, there are some) include a black truffle scramble and (reliably) a Dungeness crab omelette with asparagus and mint.
Volunteer Park Cafe – North Capitol Hill
Pair a leisurely brunch with a springtime wander through North Capitol Hill’s favorite park. In addition to the usual homey breakfast and lunch menu, pastry chef Emily Weeks is preparing whimsical Easter-themed sweets, from colored egg and bunny cookies to birds’ nest cupcakes and that quintessential Good Friday treat, hot cross buns.
Monsoon - Capitol Hill
Since local eateries appear not to offer many Dungeness crab options, Monsoon steps in to fill the void. As a delicious extension to its seasonal Crab Feast—a two-pound Dungeness crab offered for $32 on Sunday and Monday evenings—the restaurant will serve half a chilled crab with brown butter dipping sauce for $18 for Easter brunch. The special is available in addition to Monsoon’s usual inventive menu, which integrates Vietnamese flavors with traditional brunch fare with items such as lemongrass mimosas and coriander pork belly with coconut rice “grits.”
Art and Soul
Art and Soul will be offering a brunch buffet with several food stations serving lamb leg and maple ham, eggs your way, fried chicken and waffles, grits, collard greens, cured meats and cheeses, and Southern dessert favorites like red velvet cake. [$55 adults/$25 kids 12 and under]
Crème is known for their chicken and waffles, which is up there with the city's finest. The restaurant is offering its usual a la carte brunch menu as opposed to a special Easter menu, but there are still plenty of reasons to spend your Easter afternoon here. Namely, shrimp and grits, green eggs and ham, and Louisiana benedict (poached eggs with sauteed shrimp, andouille sausage,and Tabasco hollandaise).
Mike Isabella’s popular eatery will be serving a four-course brunch ($40) featuring items like flatbread with Isabella’s famous pepperoni sauce, cinnamon knots with nutella, breakfast pizza, meatballs over polenta, agnolotti, pork belly hash, and olive oil cake. Kids under 12 can select items off a special a la carte menu in lieu of the four-course option. For adults that prefer a less indulgent meal, grab a seat at the bar or pizza bar and order off the regular a la carte menu. Oh, Graffiato, you had us at nutella.
Eggs? How pedestrian. Aside from one egg dish (the egg “torta”), Equinox will offer an upscale three-course brunch menu ($48) full of delectable dishes such as gooseberries, asparagus and shaved duck ham, grilled lamb tenderloin, 142 degree Angus beef short rib with pommes frites, and pan roasted black sea bass. Oh, and for the third course (dessert), there are options like mocha pot de crème, warm beignets, and pistachio biscotti (yes, that’s one dessert) and German chocolate cake terrine.
Blue Duck Tavern -- If Equinox isn’t fancy enough, Blue Duck is offering its own three-course brunch ($95) featuring highlights like duck confit hash with fried egg, roasted rack of lamb with rosemary jus and lemon confit, bourbon and date pecan pie, and sour cream cheesecake with brandied cherries. The same menu will be available for $45 for kids 6-12 years old and is complimentary for kids under 6.
Diners can choose any two courses plus dessert or a cheese course for $39. Some notable dishes include a charcuterie plate, “Tuscan Scrapple” (duck neck), wild boar, duck leg confit salad, and a slow-roasted ham with braised onions. If you’re feeling more breakfast-y, Dino will offer Nutella french toast and fritattas as options for the second course. Both dishes come with local greens “sformata” (think cheesy vegetable soufflé) and a choice of steak, bacon (applewood smoked or Tuscan) or breakfast potatoes. For dessert, choose any option off the regular dessert menu (which is anything but regular). Items include Nutella bread pudding, tiramisu, chocolate torta, and gianduia “Nico,” which is a combination of bittersweet chocolate gelato topped with chopped chocolate, hazelnut gelato topped with toasted hazelnuts, chocolate sauce, and amaretto whipped cream. If that’s not enough, throw in a few Sfogliatelle, a Neapolitan-style breakfast pastry with citrus-scented semolina and ricotta filling ($3 each). You may need to be carried out of the restaurant after such a decadent meal, but it’ll be worth it.
Lincoln is offering a three-course brunch. First course offerings include lobster parfait and foraged mushroom salad with fried egg. Second course offerings include mouth-watering dishes such as chicken and sweet potato waffle with bacon, steak and eggs with tarragon cheddar bread pudding, lamb chops, and jumbo lump crab cake benedict. For dessert, check out the chocolate and peanut butter bar with burnt marshmallow ice cream, meyer lemon panna cotta or strawberry-rhubarb crumble. [$45 adults/$21 kids 12 and under]
Co Co. Sala
Decadence is CoCo Sala’s middle name. Its three-course brunch starts with breads, fruits, pastries, champagne cocktail and warm chocolate fritters. Diners can then choose from entrees that include French toast s’mores, breakfast flatbread with chicken sausage, bacon, scrambled eggs, and hollandaise, crab cakes with chipotle chocolate tomato glaze, and grown-up grilled cheese and bacon. For dessert, diners can choose treats from the Chef’s display of chocolate desserts. Kids get a special Easter treat! [$60 adults/$30 kids 10 yrs old and under]
Sophia’s, located in the old Salt + Pepper space on Passyunk Ave., is launching their new brunch service this Sunday from 10:30am-2pm (they’ll serve brunch at this time every Saturday and Sunday from there on out). Chef Chef Christopher Lee is compiling a first-rate menu, including poached eggs with corned beef hash, peppers and fontina cheese sauce; brioche French toast with bananas, brown sugar and toasted walnuts; and for the hungrier among us, a burger with aged brie, bacon, grilled onions and honey mustard sauce. In addition to classic brunch drinks, Sophia’s bar will have a special Easter-inspired cocktail on deck: a carrot mimosa with carrot juice, Aperol and Prosecco.
If you’re lucky enough to snag a table in this cozy Center City BYOB, you’ll be handsomely rewarded. From 10:30am-2pm on Sunday, they’ll be dishing up all their most popular brunch-y items, like fried chicken with Korean chile sauce on a scallion waffle, topped with a fried egg, and a homemade brisket egg and cheddar sandwich on sesame brioche. There will also be a number of specials available created that morning with the freshest produce in their delivery. Don’t forget to bring a bottle of bubbly to jazz up fresh squeezed OJ, or vodka to go along with Matyson’s house-made bloody mary mix!
You might not think of an upscale Indian restaurant as a likely place to find Easter brunch, but Tashan’s got a whole special event lined up for Sunday. From 11am-3pm, Chef Sylva Senat will set up a buffet of his favorite items off the brunch menu (think house made organic chicken vindaloo sausage and coconut anise pancakes with fresh berries). There will also be interactive chef stations, where Tashan’s kitchen crew will prepare a variety of cold and hot dishes to order. For those wishing to imbibe,the $24 per person price also includes one mimosa or bloody mary. Bonus: kids under 10 eat half price, and children under 5 eat for free! They are also offering free valet service, so there’s no need to stress finding parking on Broad Street.
While they’re not offering a special Easter brunch menu, per se, the brunch at Farmicia is already special enough to warrant a mention here. A long time favorite on the Old City restaurant scene “The Farm,” as it’s known to regulars, has been doing the farm-to-table, fresh and organic thing long before it was a city-wide trend. The expansive brunch menu includes everything from loaded nachos, to brioche French toast, to lox and eggs, to Amish cheddar grits with country pork sausage. Vegetarians are also accounted for, with options like scrambled tofu with vegan chorizo sausage, and grilled brie with pesto on baguette. Farmicia has a fully stocked bar, but is also a BYOB - so between the beverage flexibility and the epic menu, everyone in your party should be able to find satisfaction. Brunch runs from 10am-3pm, and for early birds, a more limited breakfast menu is available from 8:30-10am.
Iron Hill Brewery Chestnut Hill
If you want to escape the crush of the city for a calmer suburban vibe, Iron Hill Brewery in Chestnut Hill has a special Easter brunch menu from 11am-2pm on Saturday and Sunday. Pair pints of their fresh, made-on-site beer (try the Kaffee IPA, brewed with La Colombe coffee!) with a wide variety of options, ranging from oysters on the half shell, to a blue crab omelette with guacamole, tomatoes and swiss, to a carved pineapple glazed ham accompanied by pineapple casserole, haricot verts, and twice baked smashed potatoes.The little ones have their own menu, which includes the adorable-sounding Baby Benedict. Reservations are encouraged.
Spirit of Philadelphia
If you really want to get out of the city - and off dry land altogether - climb aboard the Spirit of Philadelphia for their annual Easter lunch cruise. A 3-course lunch buffet will be served, including a fresh salad station, tilapia filet, roasted chicken, pork loin, smoked mac and cheese, and a large selection of desserts. A DJ will be spinning tunes for dancing and the Easter Bunny will make an appearance for photos. Enjoy the fresh air and amazing views of Philadelphia from the outdoor decks. Boarding begins at 12:30pm and the cruise runs from 1-3pm. Tickets are $54.90 per adult and $32.95 per child age 3-12.
The Beehive — South End
Reserve a spot at The Beehive to join in some (or all) of their daylong Easter festivities. Beginning with a special, prix fixe Easter Jazz brunch from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., they go on to serve Easter dinner from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.… and for those of you who are booked all day, stop by later on for à la carte food and cocktails with a side of live jazz performances until midnight.
Lumière — Newton
For those who prefer à la carte options, Lumière in Newton is a great idea. Chef Michael Leviton will be serving a few Easter favorites with a flourish: think crispy poached Baffoni Farm egg with Lumière bacon and buttermilk-lard biscuit, or strawberry rhubarb tart with ginger ice cream and candied orange. All ingredients are sourced locally and in season.
Island Creek Oyster Bar — Kenmore
If you are more inclined toward food of the sea, make your reservation at Island Creek Oyster bar, where chef Jeremy Sewall showcases some of New England’s best seafood. On Easter Sunday, their fabulous brunch will see additions like the smoked salmon eggs Benedict (homemade brioche, house-smoked Faroe Island Salmon, poached egg, and Steelhead Roe hollandaise).
Beacon Hill Bistro — Charles Street, Beacon Hill
Arrange for your Easter morning to kick off along one of Boston’s most quintessential streets at Beacon Hill Bistro. Chef Joshua Lewin always brings a beautiful feast to the table, and this year he has prepared a prix fixe special that will be served from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For $39 a person, you can enjoy a three-course brunch featuring locally raised meats (Rohan duck rillettes), a whole slew of delicious egg dishes (poached eggs over salmon and toasted brioche with chive hollandaise), or something sweet like brioche French toast with native strawberries, mint, and Chantilly cream. Oh, and don’t forget about the selection of house-made desserts as well.
L’Espalier — Back Bay
Really indulge this Easter weekend with the special brunch offerings at L’Espalier. Chef Frank McClelland has prepared a delectable three-course menu for adults and a separate menu for children. Go the extra mile and order caviar, oysters, and a cocktail before your meal, which might include Scottish smoked salmon or Maine lobster bisque, East Coast halibut, or roasted rabbit loin. Of course, more traditional brunch items like French toast with homemade maple syrup from the chef’s very own apple farm will also be available.
Dante — Cambridge
Chef Dante de Magistris brings some Italian fare to the table on Easter Sunday with dishes inspired by his Nonna. Expect Pizza Chiena (an Italian-style quiche) and tufoli pasta with spring lamb ragù. Dante’s brunch favorites like Italian eggs Benedict, spaghetti carbonara, and roasted trout will also be offered. Easter brunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
75 on Liberty Wharf — Seaport
Celebrating their first Easter since their grand opening earlier this year, 75 on Liberty Wharf (sister to 75 Chestnut in Beacon Hill) will be offering a cornucopia of breakfast and lunch items à la carte from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Make a reservation here for raspberry-stuffed French toast, steak and eggs, or a traditional breakfast plate. You may also just want to stop by for a go at their Bloody Mary bar with a whole list of add-ins, accoutrements, and house-infused vodkas. Add a stroll around the Seaport area after this and you will have a wonderful day planned!
Rosa Mexicano — Seaport
Another option along the waterfront is offered at Rosa Mexicano, Boston’s first outpost of this wonderful Mexican restaurant. After their "Flavors of Mexico" kicked off with their Desayuno, aka Mexican breakfast, with great success a month ago, they are holding another authentic Mexican brunch on Easter Sunday. Expect house-made horchata, watermelon juice, huevos fritos y carnitas (fried eggs with carnitas hash), Desyanuo tamal (creamy breakfast tamale) and a delectable torrejas de miel rellenas (stuffed French toast). Prices are à la carte and brunch will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Take a look at their full Easter brunch menu here.
TW Food — Huron Village, Cambridge
If you have yet to experience Tim Wiechmann’s food, perhaps this Easter brunch is the time. Not only will you be selecting your three-course prix fixe menu from a list of items including house-made pierogi verde, spring lamb, and their special Easter omelette (wild mushrooms, sautéed ramps, feta cheese, and crispy leeks), but you will also be treated to live jazz by none other than chef Wiechmann himself! Make your reservation today because this space is small and intimate. The full brunch menu can be found here.
The Gallows — South End
The Easter brunch tradition at The Gallows is sure to satisfy your sweet tooth. Their already phenomenal French toast recipe will be dressed up and dressed down as they prepare a host of different varieties. Think, apricot and golden raisin French toast, with local honey, mascarpone, and pistachios, or French toast with duck leg confit, blueberry vinaigrette, and fall greens, both of which have been created by chef Seth Morrison and team at The Gallows in the past. The menu is decided only a few days in advance, so be prepared to be surprised.
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