When the whole family is in town, it’s a party.
Some families are close—closely bonded and geographically close—so they spend weekends together in addition to holidays. Other dynasties can only manage a gathering of the tribe for a few special occasions throughout the year. But no matter what kind of family it is, the celebration’s usual purpose is to have a good time together, partake in a meal that brings the group closer together, and create new memories.
Make a special meal part of your Easter Sunday celebrations on April 21, 2019, at some of the city’s best restaurants. Take a river cruise, show up and dine in style, or have a carefree Easter-themed catch-up session so that the latest family gossip and kisses don’t go unshared.
Easter Brunch or Dinner
Hornblower Cruises & Events (Hudson River Park): Hop aboard the New York City Easter Brunch Jazzy Cruise and enjoy live music and iconic city sights while dining on a bountiful brunch buffet with signature coffee and herbal teas, a dessert station and free-flowing mimosas. This festive cruise in New York Harbor, which offers stunning views of the Manhattan skyline and Statue of Liberty, has reserved seating, so make sure to book your whole party together at one time. Boarding begins at noon and the cruise leaves Pier 40 at 12:30 pm.
The Morgan Dining Room at The Morgan Library & Museum (Murray Hill): Available Easter weekend only (April 21-22) between 11 am and 4 pm, the special menu features Easter specialties and springtime delights, such as an organic French omelet with triple-cream goat cheese, and chilled mint and tarragon pea soup with candied bacon and edible flowers. After dining in The Morgan Dining Room, find yourself immersed in Pierpont Morgan’s collection of historical manuscripts and early printed books, in addition to current exhibits “Tolkien: Maker of Middle-earth” and “The Extended Moment: Photographs From the National Gallery of Canada.”
The Palm Court at The Plaza (Midtown West): Dining at The Plaza is a true NYC experience and, this Easter, Executive Chef Michael Lockard, Executive Pastry Chef Matthew Lambie and their culinary team have put together an indulgent Grand Buffet of savory and sweet dishes. Dine on various salads, citrus-scented brioche French toast, seared Skuna Bay salmon, rainbow potato and spring onion hash, bourbon and apricot-glazed bone-in ham, éclairs, bergamot citrus tart, and more. The cost is $175 for adults and $80 for children (not including gratuity).
Black Tap Craft Burgers & Beer (SoHo, Midtown): The award-winning burger joint with the Insta-famous milkshakes celebrates Easter with its annual Peeps Shake offered in limited quantities April 19-21. The Peeps Shake is a wild cherry shake with a vanilla frosted rim studded with Easter M&M’s and topped with three yellow chick Peeps, whipped cream, Easter sprinkles and a cherry. Available for $17.
Tribeca Grill (TriBeCa): The NYC hospitality landmark, owned by famed restaurateur Drew Nieporent and Academy Award-winning actor Robert De Niro and now in its third decade, is a very festive place to be the weekend of Easter. The three-course prix fixe brunch ranges from $39 to $69, depending on the price of the main course. The generous menu includes appetizers like yogurt parfait, spring pea salad and grilled octopus. Main course options range from a goat cheese and fines herbes omelet to Atlantic salmon to grilled American wagyu sirloin and other savory selections. For dessert, choose from sweet sensations, such as warm peach and blueberry crumb cake, strawberry rhubarb vacherin and more.
Patsy’s Italian Restaurant (Midtown), known for years as Frank Sinatra’s favorite restaurant, celebrates its 75th anniversary in 2019. The Easter prix fixe menu ($69 per person) is derived from Patsy’s legendary recipes, including agnello di Pasqua (succulent rack of baby lamb with a mixed green salad), Easter meat pie (a baked pie topped with provolone, Parmesan, ricotta, salami, soppressata and dry sausage) and pastiera, a mouthwatering cheesecake with grana.
The Sea Fire Grill (Midtown East): This sleek, upscale seafood establishment serves contemporary American cuisine. Menu highlights are oysters from the raw bar, perfectly prepared fish and lobster, as well as dry-aged steaks and a carefully curated wine list. For Easter, enjoy a three-course prix fixe dinner menu for $69 (not including beverage, tax or gratuity). Appetizer options are burrata, grilled Spanish octopus and lobster bisque, among others. Select from six entrées, including roasted Nova Scotia halibut, blackened Montauk swordfish and filet mignon. For dessert, choose between New York-style cheesecake and chocolate molten cake.
The River Café (DUMBO, Brooklyn): This riverside restaurant offers one of the best views of the Manhattan skyline and Statue of Liberty from its prime spot beneath the Brooklyn Bridge. New American cuisine using the freshest and finest ingredients is served daily. On Easter, indulge in a prix fixe brunch for $125 per person. The meal starts with a banana-maple flan in an eggshell, topped with house-made granola and fresh Ronnybrook cream. Guests then select an appetizer and main course from the full menu, followed by a trio of signature desserts, handmade holiday chocolates and confections. For Easter dinner, the prix fixe meal ($145 per person) begins with wild sturgeon caviar and house-smoked salmon served in a holiday-themed eggshell, followed by an appetizer and main course dish selected from the full menu. The meal ends with the signature dessert trio and handmade Easter confections.
Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse (Midtown East): Conveniently located near Grand Central Terminal, this steak house features—to no one’s surprise—expertly cooked steaks, handmade pasta and fresh seafood. On Easter, in addition to its usual Sunday menu items available à la carte and a 48-ounce porterhouse for two, Davio’s offers three dinner specials: stuffed quail with cauliflower; couscous salad; and white chocolate raspberry mousse with fruit compote and crème anglaise.
Green Fig (Midtown West) puts a Mediterranean twist on Easter brunch with three specials: crab deviled eggs ($9); smoked salmon mac and cheese ($21); and mouthwatering grilled pork chops ($19) in a mustard and brown sugar glaze with mashed potatoes. The regular brunch menu features mezze for the table along with entrées like brioche Benedict and fun brunch cocktails including mimosas, screwdrivers and more. If the weather cooperates, guests can dine and drink on the gorgeous rooftop terrace, Social Drink & Food.
Benjamin Steakhouse (Midtown East): Established in 2006, this critically acclaimed, family owned and operated steak house treats each guest like family. For Easter dinner, the three-course prix fixe menu for $69.95 (not including beverage, tax or gratuity) features a choice of appetizer (baby leaf spinach salad, mozzarella and tomatoes, a half dozen Blue Point oysters and spring pea soup) and entrée (rack of lamb, Chilean sea bass, bone-in rib eye steak or veal chop), as well as the chef’s choice for dessert.
Kellari (Midtown) hosts a special four-course Greek Easter dinner on Sunday, April 28, with live music starting at 2 pm. The prix fixe menu costs $69 per person and includes lobster bisque New England-style, and magiritsa traditional Easter soup for the first course. The second course includes options such as farm-to-table salad with mesclun, baked carrots, potatoes, chickpeas and hazelnut vinaigrette; croketes, including zucchini fritters with a mild spiced coulis; and hortopita, including phyllo pies filled with Swiss chard, spinach, leeks and aromatic herbs. Main course dishes include pan-seared Corfu shrimp over wild mushroom risotto; organic Amish chicken with lemon, rosemary and grilled local vegetables; and spit-roasted Easter baby lamb served with oven-roasted lemon. The final course includes a signature homemade dessert platter for the table. À la carte is also available.
Buenos Aires (East Village) features a traditional Argentine Easter brunch, offered in addition to the current brunch menu. The Easter prix fixe menu is $35 per person with alcoholic beverages and $25 per person without the pairing. The three-course meal includes tuna or spinach empanadas for the first course; bacaloa con garbanzos (salt cod with chickpeas), a hearty stew made with chickpeas, spinach, tomatoes and a sprinkling of cumin and smoked paprika for the main course; and huevos de Pascua (chocolate eggs) or panqueques de dulce de leche for dessert. Chef/owner Ismael Alba, a native Argentinian, prepared some of his signature dishes for Pope Francis when the pope visited the Big Apple in 2015.