Easter Brunch and Dinner Choices Abound in NYC

Gather your group, plan a family dinner, an intimate gathering or go solo.  There are plenty of options in New York City for dining on Easter Sunday.  Woman Around Town has rounded up some restaurants that offer fabulous cuisine for the holiday. Make your reservations soon, relax, and enjoy.

The Osprey at 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge (Brooklyn) The restaurant boasts market-driven American comfort food, highlighting local seasonal ingredients. Guests can enjoy the delicious fare and craft cocktails in a bright and airy atmosphere, incorporating lush greenery and wall to wall glass doors to create an indoor-outdoor garden experience. This Easter, take in stunning views of the Manhattan skyline at The Osprey at 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge. Easter brunch specials include Chilled Watercress Veloutè with Lemon Thyme Crème Fraiche; Asparagus with Crispy Brown Egg & Warm Taleggio Cheese, Preserved Lemon Vinaigrette; and Prime Rib with Pomme Puree, Spring Onion, Swiss Chard, Au Jus. Easter brunch specials will also be included in the Easter dinner menu and a la carte will be offerred. The Easter Dinner menu features tasty offerings such as Olive Poached Artichoke Salad, House Made English Pea Ravioli, Rack of Lamb and Lemon Meringue Tart.

DiWine Restaurant & Wine Bar (Astoria) The restaurant will be hosting its jazz brunch on Sunday from 10:30 a.m. – 3:45 p.m. with music from noon until 3 p.m.  Guests can enjoy brunch classics such as Apple Cinnamon French Toastand Avocado Toast & Poached Egg along with DiWine’s popular Turkish Shakshuka (spinach, merguez, chickpeas, tahini, sunny side up egg) Lobster BLT (Maine lobster meat, crispy bacon, mixed greens, toasted brioche bun, potatoes) and Truffle Eggs (Jersey asparagus, parmesan shavings, black and white truffle oil, over easy eggs, greens, skillet roasted potatoes).  Brunch comes with on complimentary mimosa, bellini, bloody mary, screwdriver or orange.  Guests can add one hour of unlimited drinks for an extra $20.  DiWine will also be serving dinner on Easter Sunday from 5 p.m. until 1 a.m.

Wolfgang’s Steakhouse (Multiple NYC Locations) All five spacious New York City locations are great for groups who can share Wolfgang’s signature USDA prime, dry-aged Porterhouse for two or more, generous side dishes of German Potatoes, Spinach (creamed, steamed or sautéed) and Lobster Mac and Cheese, and generous desserts such as a classic Sundae, Cheesecake, and Apple Strudel.  Of course, Wolfgang’s also offers a variety of seafood dishes such as the Seafood Platterappetizer, steamed or broiled Jumbo Lobster and Grilled Salmon.  An extensive wine list and a full-service bar are also available. 

Avena Downtown (Greenwich Village) The modern restaurant is putting an Italian spin on Easter with a three-course prix-fixe menu served all day for $65 per person including a starter, entree, and dessert. The menu includes delectable options like Asparagi Bianchi di Bassano with duck carpaccio; Tortellini filled with green peas ricotta topped with lobster ragu; and Pistachio Semifreddo with blood orange compote and warm Italian meringue. 

Toriko NY (Greenwich Village) The Japanese yakitori and wine concept, offers a unique menu for those looking for something a bit different on Easter Sunday. Their Sunday Sakura (meaning cherry blossom) menu includes a mixed green salad, rice bran pickled vegetables, yakitori (five chicken skewers and two vegetable skewers) as well as a choice of Toriko Shio Ramen or Oyako Don (chicken and egg rice bowl). The cost i is $50 for the Sakura course with an optional sake pairing for another $50.

CATCH NYC (Meatpacking) CATCH NYC successfully fuses great food, service and exceptional ambiance. Serving up dishes that are both sophisticated and approachable, CATCH’s sharable style of dining is the perfect choice for an Easter celebration. Easter Brunch Specials include Duck Egg Ravioli with Goat Cheese, Crispy Prosciutto, Maitake Mushrooms, Truffle, and Creamy White Wine; and Egg White Frittata with Turkey Bacon Jam, Mixed Greens, Yukon Potatoes, Crispy Artichokes, and Pecorino. The Easter dessert special is Passion Fruit Egg Mousse with Chocolate Hazelnut Ganache, Chocolate Tart, Toasted Hazelnut, and Gold Leaf.

LDV Hospitality’s Scarpetta (NoMad) The restaurant is inviting guests to celebrate Easter at the restaurant with their Easter Brunch and Easter Dinner prix-fixe menus. For $55 per person, guests can choose from a 3-course prix-fixe brunch menu including dishes such as Cauliflower Romanesco with Salmoriglio and Herbed Bread Crumbs, Scarpetta’s signature Spaghetti with Tomato & Basil, Ricotta Pancakes with Chantilly Cream and Vermont Maple Syrup along with Valhrona Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Banana Toffee, Sauce and Caramel Gelato. For $89 per person, guests can choose from a 4-course prix-fixe dinner menu that includes dishes such as Raw Yellowtail with Olio di Zenzero & Pickled Red Onion, Short Rib & Bone Marrow Agnolotti with Garlic Chip & Horseradish, Scarpetta’s signature Spaghetti with Tomato & Basil, Branzino with Salsa Verde, Braised Endive and Charred Onions along with a Dulcey Cheesecake with Pistachio Ganache, Poached Pears and Blood Orange Sorbet.

Atlantic Grill (Upper West Side) The beloved seafood restaurant will be offering their famous brunch menu with some festive seafood specials, including Shrimp and Poached Eggs Shakshuka, Grilled Mediterranean Branzino, Feta Stuffed Lamb Burger, and a Chocolate Mousse Easter Egg.

Bar Boulud (Upper West Side) The restaurant will be serving their regular à la carte menus for Brunch and Dinner with special additions that include Roasted Leg of a Lamb (asparagus, fava bean, peas, kale and confit garlic Rosemary & thyme jus); Grilled Dorade (green and white asparagus, fines herbs, hollandaise); and Baked Virginia Ham (brown sugar & mustard glaze, spring carrots, pommes dauphines).

Boulud Sud (Upper West Side) Daniel Boulud’s Boulud Sud is Mediterranean-inspired and the menu emphasizes regional flavors, featuring fresh vegetables, seafood, citrus, grains & herbs.  Easter Brunch will be offered for $48 with a three course prix-fixe menu; not including tax and gratuity. Menu items include Mediterranean Mezze (spicy Moroccan hummus, herb falafel, babaganoush), Green Asparagus Soup (goat cheese, croutons, chive oil) and Eggs Benedict (house-smoked ham, hollandaise).

Virgil’s Real BBQ (Times Square) Virgil’s Real BBQ is bringing finger-licking BBQ specials to the scene this Easter. The famed Times Square joint is offering starters like Potato and Leek Soup ($7.95) topped with crispy shallots and Cobb Salad ($15.95) topped with grilled BBQ shrimp. Entrée specials include Bone-In Smoked Prime Rib ($34.95) with au jus and horseradish served with a choice of two sides and Cajun Blackened Snapper ($21.95) with spicy poblano mustard sauce. Those looking for something sweet can enjoy Virgil’s dessert special – Red Velvet Cake ($6.95) with Virgil’s creamy vanilla frosting.

District Social (Midtown) Midtown’s District Social is celebrating Easter Sunday with a three-course brunch prix-fixe menu for $45 per person including a complimentary Bloody Mary or Mimosa! The menu begins with an Assorted Pastry Basket of sweet and savory items all baked in-house, followed by elevated brunch dishes like Beet and Walnut Salad, French Toast featuring brioche and coconut custard, and Steak and Eggs (for an additional $5) served with potatoes and hollandaise sauce. 

The Lambs Club (Midtown) Celebrity chef Geoffrey Zakarian’s The Lambs Club at The Chatwal is offering a prix-fixe brunch menu for $85 for adults and $65 for children under 12.  Brunch will be served from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm.  Guests could indulge in various menu items including Breads & Pastries such as Chocolate Croissants and Cinnamon Roll, Raw dishes such as Shrimp Cocktailand Tuna Tartare with Champagne Gelee & Cucumber, Hot dishes such as Brioche French Toast and Smoked Salmon, as well as Sweets such as Lemon Meringue, Strawberry Shortcake, and Macaroons.

Armani Ristorante (Midtown) The Italian fine dining destination by Giorgio Armani, is excited to announce its special Easter menu for Sunday, April 21, 2019 (11:45am-3:00pm). Created by Chef Michele Brogioni, the four-course meal ($105/per person) includes elevated takes on dishes that are traditional for the spring holiday. It’s the perfect way cap off a visit to the Easter Parade on Fifth Avenue, which can also be seen from the restaurant. The Armani feast centers on lamb, which is the most popular centerpiece of Easter meals throughout Italy and represents sacrifice. Other nods to tradition include eggs, symbolizing rebirth, in this case deviled, as well as a Wild Herbs Tart that incorporates eggs. The feast also includes Casatiello, a rich savory bread that celebrates the end of Lent, as well as artichokes, fava beans and peas, which are traditionally harvested in Italy around Easter.

Jams at 1 Hotel Central Park (Midtown) Known for its seasonal farm-to-fork cooking, Jams at 1 Hotel Central Park will be offering a special Easter brunch buffet for $55 per person excluding tax and gratuity.  It will be served from 8:00 am to 2:30 pm. Helmed by critically-acclaimed Chef Jonathan Waxman, Jams is a 100-seat restaurant and bar committed to working with local farmers and vendors to source the best and freshest seasonal ingredients. The Easter buffet will feature a wide assortment of brunch favorites including Lemon Ricotta Pancakes, Maine Crab Cakes, Deviled Eggs and Black Seed Bagels with Smoked Salmon, as well as made to order farm fresh omelets with seasonal ingredients. Guests can also choose from other delicious offerings such as Strawberry Rhubarb French Toast Bites, Mini Mushroom, Ramp & Goat Cheese Quiche, Buttermilk Marinated Fried Chicken, and Fossil Farms Smoked Ham.

Ben & Jack’s Steakhouse (Midtown East) Executive Chef Admir Alibasic’s menu is priced at $69.95 and will be served from 4:00pm – 10:30pm. Highlights include Blue Point Oysters or Roasted Potato & Leek Soup; USDA Prime New York Sirloin Steak, Rack of Lamb or Veal Chop; Carrot Cake, Key Lime Pie or Chocolate Mousse Cake.

LDV Hospitality’s American Cut (Midtown and TriBeCa) This Easter, LDV Hospitality’s American Cut Midtown and Tribeca are offering a prix-fixe Brunch menu. For $55 per person, guests are offered a delicious Bread basket including Everything Biscuits, Blueberry Muffins, Browned Butter & Cherry Scones, Mini Zucchini Bread served with Veggie Cream Cheese & Orange Butter, House Cured Gravlax “Pancakes” with Crème Fraîche, Chives and a Potato Pancake, Lobster Benedict with Poached Eggs and Asparagus, NY Minute Steak and Eggs with Watercress and Crispy Shallots along with Monkey bread with Mexican Hot Chocolate.

American Cut MidtownAmerican Cut Midtown is now offering an Easter Brunch Buffet. For $65 per person and $30 per person for children under 10, guests can indulge in various menu items including a Roast Prime Rib Carving Station with Whole Grain Mustard & Horseradish Cream, a Whole Roast Chicken Carving Station with Lemon & Fresh Herbs, Cold Poached Salmon with Cucumbers & Dill Sauce, and a Bagel & Lox Station with Shaved Red Onion, Capers, Cornichons & Cream Cheese. 

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