This Sunday is Easter, and restaurants all over the city are celebrating the holiday with themed specials and prix-fixe menus. Here's a guide to 11 great options for Easter in New York City.
What: Months-old Little Frog is celebrating its first Easter with a lamb trio. The menu offering includes stuffed lamb shoulder, baby leg of lamb, and lamb sliders. Minetta Tavern vet Xavier Monge is also offering a $33 per person pre fixe option that includes one entree and one cocktail. Those doing the pre fixe menu can choose from brunch items like duck confit hash, a croque-madame, and steak and eggs.
Details: Sunday only, $33 per person. 322 East 86th Street
What: If you aspire to a more casual day, head to any location of the Meatball Shop for an Easter special of “Bunny Balls,” a rabbit and chicken meatball with apples, cinnamon, fennel, and sage. You can add them to any brunch dish the restaurant makes, including benedict or a breakfast sandwich (pictured).
Details: 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. All locations
The Lambs Club
What: Geoffrey Zakarian’s Lambs Club is going all out for those who maybe swore off sweets for the last 40 days. There will be a dessert buffet and candy display that include homemade Peeps, jelly bean chocolate bark, doughnuts from Dough, and chocolate eggs filled with more candy. Savory dishes on the menu include scallop ceviche, rack of lamb with pistachio, and rigatoncini with bolognese. There will be DIY Easter baskets, too.
Details: 10:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Sunday, $85 for adults and $65 for children. 132 West 44 Street
What: Holiday favorites like hot cross buns, carrot cake, and egg-shaped cookies are available at this Upper East Side bakery thanks to pastry chef Rachel Binder (Maialino, Tabla, Savoy).
Details: Pre-order and pick up from April 8 until April 16. 359 East 68 Street
What: French-y restaurant and bakery Maman is upping the ante on its already stellar cookies by studding them with chocolate eggs. Other Easter treats include bunnies on a log — a brownie dotted with mini bunny cookies, and eggs in a nest — a collaboration with Eggshop that’s a meringue filled with lemon cream.
Details: Available for pick-up, catering, and pre-order at all Maman locations and online. Multiple locations
What: Go Indian this Easter at chef Floyd Cardoz’s magical Soho restaurant, with specials like ramp kulcha, rawa-crisped soft shell crab with Goan coconut curry, and pork ribs vindaloo.
Details: 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. 195 Spring St.
Tarallucci e Vino
What: A la carte menu items at all three locations of Tarallucci e Vino include rack of lamb with wild mushrooms, sugar snap peas, and fingerling potatoes. All three locations offer patio seating, too.
Details: Available all weekend. Multiple locations
il Buco Alimentari
What: Easter breakfast is available a la carte from 9:00 a.m. until 10:45 a.m. at this Great Jones mainstay. For lunch and dinner, the restaurant is offering pre fixe menus for $45 and $65 respectively. Alimentari's pastry chef Robert Bryant is also creating a slew of Easter treats like chocolate bunny pops and chocolate eggs, available for pre-order and pick up at the restaurant.
Details: Sunday only, kids menus also available. 53 Great Jones Street
What: The Vaucluse take on Easter Sunday includes a jazz brunch and dinner accompanied by a violinist. The a la carte menu will be available all day in addition to a few holiday items like a pastry table during brunch.
Details: Brunch: 11:30 a.m. until 3:00 p.m., dinner: 5:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. 100 East 63 Street
What: Grab your pastries here if you’re celebrating at home, with specials of hot cross buns and citrus babka.
Details: 120 Smith St., Brooklyn
What: If there’s ever a time for a jazz brunch, Easter is it. Emily Braden is playing during brunch, while Christopher McBride's CNOTE takes the dinner shift at Minton’s, the resurrected Southern-influenced Harlem hit from chef J.J. Johnson.
Details: Brunch from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; dinner from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. with reservations here.