Where to Eat in New York on Easter

Staff Writer
Enjoy Easter brunch or supper at these great local restaurants
The Lambs Club

The Lamb's club will be offering a five-course lamb dinner for Easter.

The snow has defrosted and spring has finally made its long awaited appearance in New York City! Hop to some of New York's best restaurants to celebrate the beautiful weather with brunches, buffets, and feasts this Easter, April 20th.  

An Easter Brunch will be offered ATRIO Wine Bar and Restaurant, located in the Conrad New York. Created by chef Anthony Zamora, the special pre-fixe menu features mouthwatering Mediterranean-inspired dishes including: Lump Crab Cake eggs Benedict, Mediterranean seafood salad, maple pecan hotcakes (served with spiced pecan crumble, bourbon mascarpone, and upstate apple compote), and pistachio and Parmesan crusted rack of spring lamb. The menu includes a choice of one Bloody Mary, Bellini or mimosa and a fresh baked pastry basket for the table. Served from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., $55/person.

New York’s best-loved Italian restaurant, still family owned and operated for over 70 years, Patsy’s Italian Restaurant will celebrate Easter by offering delectable and elegant menu specials including agnello di pasqua, a succulent rack of baby lamb, pizza rustica; a baked pie topped with provolone, Parmesan, ricotta, salami, soppressata and dry sausage; and for dessert lovers, there’s pastiera, a mouth-watering cheesecake with grana. Prix fixe menu is $65.

Chef Marcus Jernmark will present a three-course prix fixe menu for brunch and dinner at Aquavit. To begin, menu items include a delicate cold smoked salmon served with a luscious burrata and a distinctive cream of stinging nettles topped with a hard-boiled heirloom egg and sharp peppercress. The second course features a succulent grilled neck of lamb with asparagus and creamy quark as well as a smooth and sweet spring pea barley garnished with fresh chèvre and ramps. Rum baba with toasted sesame ice cream and dulce de leche served in a floral rosehip soup is an indulgent finale by pastry chef Emma Bengtsson. Brunch is from noon to 3 p.m. and dinner from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., $75/person. 

Oceana, Midtown’s Michelin-starred seafood destination, will be serving a three-course prix fixe dinner. Course options include ragout of spring vegetables & fresh herbs, house smoked salmon, butternut squash pasta with shrimp, fennel crusted lamb tenderloin, grilled halibut with cauliflower and radicchio, Scottish salmon a la plancha, and a Sicilian pistachio baked Alaska for dessert. $59 per person, $29.50 for children 12 and under from noon to 8 p.m.

The Sea Fire Grill will host a three-course pre-fixe menu from noon to  4:00 p.m. that includes an appetizer, entrée, and dessert for $49.95 per person. The menu consists of your choice of lobster salad, crab cake, Bibb salad or lobster bisque followed by a selection of eggs including omelettes, frittatas, or eggs Benedict. Finish off the meal with either a warm strawberry shortcake or flourless chocolate cake and mint chocolate chip ice cream. After 4 p.m., The Sea Fire Grill will begin serving their pre-fixe dinner menu for $69.95 per person. Start with a light seafood appetizer and then choose between Black Sea bass, filet Roquefort, shrimp scampi and dry-aged rib eye for dinner.

Benjamin Steakhouse has a hearty menu of steak and seafood that will definitely hit the spot! Choose an appetizer of salad, soup or oysters to start, with a choice of rack of lamb, Chilean sea bass, rib eye steak or veal chop to follow. The meal will be accompanied with Benjamin Steakhouse’s signature sides including Benjamin home fries, cream spinach, and asparagus. End the meal with your choice of dessert and freshly brewed tea or coffee for a great way to celebrate Easter! $69.95 per person.

Empire Steak House will offer a delicious assortment of menu items, including appetizers such as fried calamari, baked clams, and Caesar salad.  For an entrée, diners have their choice of prime sirloin steak, prime rib eye, filet mignon, lamb chops, chicken Parmigiana, pasta primavera, surf & turf, and much more.  For dessert, the restaurant offers a choice of tiramisù, carrot cake, cheesecake, or chocolate mousse cake with coffee or tea. $79.95 per person.  

Enjoy an exquisite Easter dinner at chef Geoffrey Zakarian’s The Lambs Club and indulge in their five-course lamb dinner, where each course showcases the signature meat ingredient. Start your evening with tartare of lamb tenderloin, followed by succulent dishes such as braised lamb shoulder agnolotti and roasted loin of lamb. Finish your Easter feast with rhubarb and sheeps milk mille-feuille with sour cherry compote, yogurt crisp and blueberry ice cream, all for $89 per person.  The Lambs Club will also host their weekly jazz brunch in the main dining room from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. with the musical delights of the Avalon Jazz Band. Enjoy brunch items such as the farro porridge with fresh fruit, currant and rolled oats, and eggs en cocotte with San Marzano tomato, Spanish capers, pecorino and fennel.

NYC’s favorite uptown hideaway, Rusty Mackerel is serving up a brunch menu sure to leave your friends green with envy.  The green eggs and ham Easter brunch menu will feature a stylized selection of ostrich and duck eggs plated to please. Special menu items include: green eggs & ham — emu egg in shell served with pig head torchon, mustard, and greens; thousand you duck egg — with congee, beets, and radish sprouts; “Sunny” ostrich egg for two — featuring steak jerky and budding flowers. 

At the family-owned-and-operated Giovanni Rana Pastificio & Cucina inside Chelsea Market, Easter brunch will showcase spring's finest with an Italian twist, from asparagus and ramps to favas and spring onions, complete with a sweet surprise treat.

At the East Village's beloved Austrian tavern, Edi & the Wolf, chefs Eduard Frauneder and Wolfgang Ban will offer a four-course prix fixe of contemporary yet rustic Austrian fare for Easter brunch. From riffs on holiday classics like deviled Easter eggs with speck and horseradish, to a carrot cake with whipped Greek yogurt. $45 per person.

At the Michelin-starred Seäsonal, chefs Eduard Frauneder and Wolfgang Ban are serving a three-course Easter lunch and dinner, celebrating spring's bounty with an elegant, Austrian touch. Highlights include: pea soup with crème fraîche, pork belly with fennel and ramps, spätzle with wild mushrooms and berg käse, lamb loin with parsnip and lentils, and sea bass with mushroom and trout sauce. $59 per person.

Lincoln Ristorante will serve a four-course pre-fixe including gnudi di ricotta with ricotta dumplings, walnut pesto, and roasted grapes; lobster coral pasta with lobster and scallop sausage and tarragon; branzino cotto all’olio with San Marzano tomatoes and braised salsify; and leg of lamb with artichokes, peas, mint, olive oil whipped potatoes, and lamb jus. 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., $70 per person.

Hill Country Barbecue Market Brooklyn will feature the special Whole Hog Supper all day: $19.50 for 3/4 lb. pit-smoked whole hog, an 8-ounce side of cornbread, and a dessert.  A kid's Whole Hog Supper is $9.50 for 1/3 lb.  Adults can quench their thirst with the Blue Bonnet Cocktail, made with Brooklyn's own Greenpoint Gin, for $9. 

Hill Country Barbecue Market New York will feature its aptly-named Feed Yer Family special all day: 1/4 lb. lean brisket, 1 pork spare rib, 1 Hill Country hot link, 1/4 chicken, 2 “Good Eatin” sides, and choice of dessert, all for $23 per person. The Hill Country Easter Bunny will be on-hand throughout the day at both locations, passing around eggs and treats — for grown-ups and kids alike — full of fun & FREE surprises.

Charming East Village eatery East 12th Osteria offers an intimate yet open space for Easter. Weather permitting, their large French windows will open during service, inviting a welcome spring breeze. Chef Roberto Deiaco's five-course brunch prix fixe menu ($35) boasts classic Italian holiday items like duck confit mezzaluna pasta, roasted Colorado lamb with baby artichokes and olives, Atlantic black bass filet and for dessert, pistachio semifreddo, homemade gelati, and a traditional Colomba Pasquale, or Italian Easter cake.

At ilili, chef Philippe Massoud is offering Mediterranean/Lebanese-inspired items from his à la carte menu, as well as Easter add-ons like artichoke mekle with tahini labne and mint, fennel cured salt baked dorade, silk road lamb shank with baby carrots and kale, and spring risotto with English peas, caraway and Parmesan among other dishes. Finish the holiday meal off with a chocolate Easter Bunny sundae or the Easter Cookie Plate. ilili will also host kid-friendly games like an egg decorating contest and a chocolate egg guessing game, among others.

For the first time since 2012, The Water Club is welcoming guests to celebrate the Easter holiday over a special menu of classic American dishes, fresh seafood and — most importantly — the city’s best East River views. Created by executive chef Aaron Bashy, the fresh springtime menu will feature flavorful dishes such as: crispy georgie shrimp and grits, asparagus and farmers cheese pizza with chopped truffles; Colorado lamb “two ways,”cavatelli with mussels and lobster, and Key lime pie. 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. $85 per person

Omar's La Ranita’s Easter dinner menu is slated to be one for the books from beginning to end. The rabbit terrine’s traditional accoutrement garnish is composed of pickles, mustard, and hard boiled eggs. The pickles are from Omar’s exclusive ramps and fiddle head ferns. Chef Julian Proujansky will also be crafting a special lamb dish adorned with local carrots from Norwich Meadow Farm.  To end the meal on a high note, Proujansky has included a savory cloumage cheesecake, originating from a brand new type of cheese invented on a Massachusetts farm — it will melt in your mouth!

Enjoy Easter brunch the Payard way within the circular Parisian-style, tufted caramel and leather banquette-laden Salón de Thé, in the back of FP Patisserie on 3rd Avenue & 74th. Chef Francois will be offering a "Parisian versus American" theme brunch for $32. Francophiles can enjoy a traditional French Easter entree: shredded rosemary lamb shank with spinach salad, bacon and a soft-poached egg. Viennoiserie and a rhubarb cocktail are included in the pre-fixe. The stateside of the menu offers five options including country ham eggs benedict, salmon quinoa salad or chocolate brioche French toast.

The Meatball Shop's flagship location on the Lower East Side will launch brunch on Easter Sunday. Available from noon until 4 p.m., the playful brunch menu features a ball-inspired spin on classic dishes such as “Balls, Biscuits & Gravy,” topped with two fried eggs; “Balls Benedict,” two poached eggs, bacon, choice of meatballs and hollandaise on a brioche bun; and “Smash Bun French Toast” served with house made apple sauce and maple syrup. They have created a special “Bunny Ball” in celebration of Easter Sunday! This is a delicious meatball made out of, you guessed it, rabbit. Seasoned with rosemary, parsley, fennel and white wine, this flavorful rabbit-based meatball is available at all locations of The Meatball Shop (Lower East Side, Greenwich Village, Upper East Side, Lower East Side, Williamsburg and Chelsea) on their lunch and dinner menus for Easter (4.19-20).

For those heading to midnight mass on Easter Sunday, Greek restaurant Nerai (55 East 54th Street) will open from midnight - 2:30 am with a special a la carte family-style menu of traditional Greek Easter dishes, along with other dishes from their regular menu, by Executive Chef Chris Christou (Per Se, Ai Fiori, Dovetail, The London, Corton, Buddakan).  Each table will also receive red eggs so patrons can partake in the traditional Greek Easter game, tsougrisma. Greek Easter Specials include:  Mageritsa Soup – traditional Greek soup made from lamb offal; Crispy Sweetbreads; Lamb Riblets; Roasted Lamb with lemon potatoes; Maccaronara pasta with mizithra cheese, browned butter, and meat sauce; Pork Tenderloin with stewed gigantes beans and crumbled feta cheese; and Tsoureki, traditional sweet Easter bread.  Regular dinner menu will be served from 7pm – 12am.

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