Eating + Drinking

11 Eggcellent Easter Dinners and Brunches

Celebrate spring with fresh, hyper-seasonal dishes.

Photo courtesy of Yellow Magnolia Café

After all the eggs have been found and baskets delivered, throw on your finest florals and head out for a classic Easter meal with your family or friends at one of NYC’s best springtime spots.

Yellow Magnolia Café

For those who want: Springtime fare among Brooklyn’s famed cherry blossoms.
What you’re eating: Breakfast bibimbap; crispy chicken accompanied by collard slaw and hair-raising habañero honey; purple mustard greens tossed with pickled fennel and candied pistachios; and polenta fries made from Tennessee red cobs.
What it’ll cost: À la carte or $38 for an optional two-course prix fixe
Brooklyn Botanical Garden, 990 Washington Avenue, Crown Heights

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Dirt Candy

For those who want: Brunch sensations made from the Easter Bunny’s veggie patch.
What you’re eating (and drinking!): Crepe cakes made with carrots; sky-high squash biscuits slathered in yellow pepper jam; cilantro spritzes; jammy tempura eggs atop stone-ground grits; a (less) Bloody Mary made with green tomato juice; waffled kale; and banh mi filled with Szechuan-style turnip cakes.
What it’ll cost: $32 for two courses, a cocktail, and coffee/tea
86 Allen Street (between Broome and Grand Streets), Lower East Side

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Brunch and a Bloody Mary at Dirt Candy./Getty Images

The Palm Court

For those who want: A “grand buffet” in an even grander setting.
What you’re eating: Bounties of spring crudité with vibrant beet hummus; garganelli tossed with hyper-seasonal morels, spring peas, and Parmesan cream; spring onions inside a rainbow potato hash; caramel milk chocolate demi eggs with speculoos cake and raspberry hibiscus jelly; and eclairs with hazelnuts made three ways.
What it’ll cost: $175; $80 for ages 12 and under
The Plaza, West 59th Street and Central Park South, Midtown

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Photo courtesy of the Plaza Hotel

Brooklyn Cider House

For those who want: All-day desayuno in the Bushwick sun—dogs and bunnies welcome!
What you’re eating (and drinking!): Double-fried chicken wings atop Belgian waffles; Spanish-style bacalao omelets; braised lamb shoulder with spring vegetables; cider-spiked mimosas; and apple fritters perfect for popping in your mouth.
What it’ll cost: À la carte
1100 Flushing Avenue, Bushwick

Photo by Michael Tulipan/Courtesy of Brooklyn Cider House

Via Carota

For those who want: Some rabbit to go with their trattoria-style dinner (sorry, Easter Bunny!).
What you’re eating: Charred leeks underneath sheep’s curd; lip-puckering Meyer lemon risotto; fava bean stew; slow-braised tripe masked in rich tomato sauce; and fried rabbit flavored with rosemary and garlic. 
What it’ll cost: À la carte
51 Grove Street (between Bleecker Street and Seventh Avenue South), West Village

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Armani / Ristorante

For those who want: A bellissimo brunch with views of the Easter parade.
What you’re eating: Decadent homemade tortellini filled with black truffle and favas; savory lard bread symbolizing the end of Lent; cured pork neck served family-style; and roasted Colorado lamb loin accompanied by potato fondant and fried artichokes.
What it’ll cost: $105 for four courses
717 Fifth Avenue (at East 56th Street), Midtown East

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Craft

For those who want: Simple (but not simplistic) American fare from a Top Chef.
What you’re eating: Lamb two ways (in the form of braised shoulder and bacon); baskets of house-made lemon danishes and cinnamon rolls; littleneck clams paired with Calabrian chilis and ramps; Pecorino-laced grits; and crumbly rhubarb pie.
What it’ll cost: $55; $35 for ages 12 and under
43 East 19th Street (between Broadway and Park Avenue South), Gramercy

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La Pecora Bianca

For those who want: Feel-good, locally sourced comfort food.
What you’re eating:
Four kinds of elaborate toasts; kale salad tossed with roasted rainbow carrots and charred lemon vinaigrette; hand-rolled strozzapreti buried underneath hearty lamb ragu; creamy burrata surrounded by roasted apples and pine nuts; and sheep’s milk panna cotta paired with poached rhubarb bites and wildflower honey. 
What it’ll cost: 
$45 for three courses
1133 Broadway (between West 25th and 26th Streets), Nomad; and 950 Second Avenue (between East 50th and 51st Streets), Midtown East

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David Burke Tavern

For those who want: Opulent feasting, courtesy of a multi–James Beard Award winner.
What you’re eating: Crab cakes crusted in pretzels; maple bacon hanging from a clothesline; goat cheese gnocchi tossed with farmers’ market faves; cheesecake pops served with a dollop of bubble gum whipped cream; and baked Alaska in bread pudding form.
What it’ll cost: $55 for three courses
135 East 62nd Street (between Park and Lexington Avenues), Upper East Side

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Leuca

For those who want: Rustic coastal dishes from chef Andrew Carmellini and company.
What you’re eating (and drinking!): French toast inspired by baba au rhum; bundt cake sprinkled with lemon-fennel pollen; ribbon pasta coated with pastel green broccoli rabe pesto; nitro cold brew splashed with rye and absinthe; and a variety of Italian spritzers.
What it’ll cost: À la carte
The William Vale, 111 North 12th Street, Williamsburg

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The Queensboro

For those who want: Ambitious, reimagined American dishes by Jackson Heights locals 
What you’re eating (and drinking!): Buttery dulce de leche pancake stacks; garlicky breakfast fried rice inspired by owner Tony Liu’s upbringing; a roasted lamb sandwich slathered with saffron-specked aioli; poached eggs atop smoky salmon slices; and a springy asparagus Milanese with copious amounts of ham and Parmesan. 
What it’ll cost: $35 for two courses
80-02 Northern Boulevard, Jackson Heights

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