Where to Eat & Drink on Easter: 8 NYC Picks

By Zagat Staff  |  April 7, 2014
Credit: Tanja Yokum

Easter is just around the corner, and since it's one of the most popular brunch holidays of the year, we've rounded up some of the best options in the city for food and drink - including all-day deals and even a boozy Easter egg hunt just for adults. Whether you want to indulge in a lamb-filled feast or have a casual midday meal, we've got you covered.

  • Roman's

    Enjoy a four-course afternoon or evening prix fixe at this Clinton Hill hot spot, including a large antipasti course (bagna cauda, stuffed eggs, veal tonnato, anchovies with salsa verde and fried polenta with fonduta), porcini mushroom risotto, roasted lamb with potatoes and salad and two desserts for $65. Call to make reservations, which are available from 1-8 PM on Sunday, April 20.

    243 Dekalb Ave.; 718-622-5300 

  • Sweetwater Social

    Easter Sunday brunch not your style? Partake in an adult Easter egg hunt on Friday, April 18, and Saturday, April 19, from 5 PM-2 AM at this cocktail-focused NoHo newcomer. The eggs will be filled with an array of prizes, such as bottles of liquor and drink tickets, and will be scattered all around the bar throughout the weekend. Also, expect an appearance by the Easter Bunny. 

    643 Broadway; 212-253-7467

  • The Meatball Shop

    The flagship location of this meatball specialist will host a brunch on Easter Sunday from noon-4 PM. The playful menu features a house spin on classic dishes, such as Balls, Biscuits and Gravy topped with two fried eggs; Balls Benedict, with two poached eggs, bacon, meatballs and hollandaise on a brioche bun; and Smash Bun French Toast served with housemade applesauce and maple syrup.

    In addition, one of the meatball choices for the occasion will be a special Bunny Ball, made of rabbit and seasoned with rosemary, parsley, fennel and white wine. You can try it at all locations of The Meatball Shop on Easter Sunday. 

    84 Stanton St.; 212-982-8895

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    Lincoln Ristorante

    Head to Jonathan Benno's Lincoln Center showstopper to celebrate Easter, Italian-style. The $70 four-course prix fixe menu will include items like ricotta gnudi, lobster strozzapretti, branzino cotto all’olio, leg of lamb and an array of desserts. Each course will have several options so guests can customize to their preferences.

    Pastry chef Richard Capizzi will lend a refined touch to some classic Italian holiday sweets, including Easter bread with orange marmalata, biscotti, pastiera di grano (Neapolitan cheesecake) and housemade chocolate eggs. Brunch will be served from 11:30 AM-8:30 PM on Easter Sunday.

    142 W. 65th St.; 212-359-6500

  • The Lambs Club

    Looking for lamb-laden feast on Easter? Given its name, you know this spot will do it right. Celebrity chef Geoffrey Zakarian's Midtown West oasis is offering an indulgent five-course lamb dinner for $89 per person. The menu includes a starter of lamb tartare, braised lamb shoulder agnolotti and roasted loin of lamb. For dessert, Zakarian will serve a rhubarb and sheepsmilk mille-feuille with sour cherry compote, yogurt crisp and blueberry ice cream.

    132 W. 44th St.; 212-997-5262

  • Bo's Kitchen & Bar

    Have a NOLA-inspired Easter brunch at this Flatiron hot spot, with items like roasted oysters, andouille sausage po' boys, monkey bread French toast and biscuits with gravy. Also expect some special Easter lamb dishes and plenty of great cocktails, like the Honey Blossom Mimosa. 

    6 W. 24th St.; 212-234-2373

  • Hill Country

    For a casual, family-friendly Easter brunch, both the Manhattan and Downtown Brooklyn locations of this BBQ joint will celebrate with all-day specials and a real live Easter Bunny. Dig into a special Whole Hog supper at Hill Country Barbecue Market Brooklyn: $19.50 for a 3/4-lb. plate of pit-smoked hog, a side of cornbread and dessert. A Kid's Whole Hog Supper is $9.50, with a smaller portion of pig. Adults can tipple a Blue Bonnet Cocktail, made with Brooklyn's own Greenpoint Gin, for $9. Hill Country Barbecue Market New York will feature its "Feed Yer Family" special all day: 1/4-lb. lean brisket, one pork sparerib, one hot link, 1/4 chicken, two sides and a choice of dessert, all for $23 per person.

    30 W. 26th St., 212-255-4544; 345 Adams St., Brooklyn, 718-885-4608

  • East 12th Osteria

    Enjoy an Italian-inspired Easter brunch at this East Village osteria. Chef Roberto Deiaco will offer a five-course prix fixe for $35 that includes classic Italian holiday dishes like duck confit mezzaluna pasta, roasted Colorado lamb with baby artichokes and olives and Atlantic black-bass fillet. For dessert, there's pistachio semifreddo, homemade gelati and a traditional colomba pasquale, or Italian Easter cake. 

    197 First Ave.; 212-432-1112