While many people head to church on Easter, there's no denying the holiday is also centered around indulging in treats like marshmallows chicks, egg-shaped chocolates, and Easter ham. And with all the specials taking place around the city, it can be difficult to know what's what. Lucky for you, we've rounded up some of our favorite spots — bakeries and restaurants — offering Easter specials.
Easter has always been focused on sweets, so, of course the Cronut king is getting in on the action. Drop by the store or pre-order pastry specials like a peep-a-boo (marshmallow "chicks" in a salted caramel and chocolate shell) or the egg-straterrestial (colorful "aliens" that mimic a chocolate Easter egg, pictured above).
For $60, guests can enjoy a savory, four-course prix fixe at the Fort Greene hotspot. Appetizers include a stuffed egg; artichoke alla giudia; lentil and spring onion salad and ricotta with Swiss chard and pine nuts; and soup steeped in vegetables, herbs and egg yolk. Then it's on to stuffed lamb and an egg-based pastiera cake to finish.
243 Dekalb Ave.; Brooklyn; 718-622-5300
In addition to the usual à la carte menu (shown below), DBGB will offer a traditional maple-glazed baked ham on Easter Sunday. There's also a special leg of lamb, served with crispy artichoke and fingerling potatoes, and a tarte tropezienne with pearl sugar brioche and kirsch creme. Reservations are recommended.
299 Bowery; 212-933-5300
Boulton & Watt
This is so, so much more than a chocolate chip cookie (pictured at top). Dotted with gooey pastel chocolates, this dish is served with a side of strawberry milk. Pour it on top, or use your milk as a cookie chaser— anything works for the Spring Blossoms Cast-Iron Cookie. The new dish launches on Easter and will be available all spring for $10.
5 Avenue A; 646-490-6004
Looking to celebrate outdoors? Should weather permit, a traditional Easter buffet enjoyed on The Vine's patio will be accompanied by a jazz band. Start with farro salad with greens, broccoli, cranberries, walnuts and a walnut-lemon dressing, potato stuffed deviled eggs with espelette, cotechino hash, and poached eggs with sautéed kale and hollandaise. The best part? There's not only a dessert station, but also a smoked salmon station.
851 Ave. of the Americas; 212-201-4065
The Rainbow Room
The recently reopened Rainbow Room (shown above) will host an Easter Brunch featuring a live jazz singer. A la carte dining at the skyscraping restaurant is paired with specialized chef stations of freshly pressed juice, bacon, Greek yogurt, sweet and savory crepes and their award-winning Bloody Marys. Reservations are available from 11:00–3:30 PM for $125 per person.
30 Rockefeller Plaza; 212-632-5000
Clement at The Peninsula:
Another classic option? Clement is pulling out all the stops, including a full-on garden berry bar that features everything from mini muffins, to macerated fruits with mint, to luscious layers of berries with yogurt. The ambiance serves to bring to life the classic story of Peter Rabbit, featuring a themed spread from chef Remi van Petegem. Guests will also have the opportunity to meet Peter and his siblings, Flopsy, Mopsy and Cotton Tail. Running from 11:30 AM–3:00 PM, brunch costs $135 per guest and $65 per guest 12 years and under.
700 5th Ave.; 212-903-3918
Two options are available at this Midtown pasta den: pre-ordered Easter eggs to take-out and a full on celebratory brunch. And while the special menu — replete with chilled pea soup and Nova Scotia scallops — will undoubtedly be delicious, it's the decadent golden Easter egg that has us talking. One large chocolate egg filled with mini milk chocolate eggs and caramel ($37)? Sign us up. And then call this number to reserve your own: 212-613-8660.
400 5th Ave.; 212-613-8660