12 Ways to Celebrate Easter 2014 in NYC
Just about any restaurant that serves brunch in this city is doing something special for Easter, so pick a favorite and make a reservation. Here, we've rounded up a dozen unique ways to celebrate, from a boozy Easter egg hunt to an all-lamb dinner.
Nerai, 55 East 54th Street, 212-759-5554
Heading to a midnight mass or Easter Vigil on Easter eve? Stop into this Greek restaurant after, where the kitchen will turn out traditional Greek Easter fare until 2:30 a.m. The family-style feast includes avgolemono soup, lamb riblets, pork tenderloin, and tsoureki, a traditional sweet Easter bread. And each table will receive red eggs so patrons can partake in the traditional Greek Easter game, tsougrisma wherein players attempt to break an opponent's egg with their own egg -- without cracking their own egg.
Sweetwater Social, 643 Broadway, 212-253-7467
How do you up the ante on an Easter egg hunt? Involve booze. This Friday and Saturday, Sweetwater Social will host an adult hunt from 5 p.m. until 2 a.m., when you'll be able to find eggs filled with bottles of liquor, drink tickets, and other prizes.
Francois Payard Patisserie, 1293 Third Avenue, 212-717-5252
Pick a side: Paris or America? Easter brunches from both cultures will be on display at Francois Payard Patisserie this Sunday at the Parisian versus American theme brunch. Francophiles can choose from braised lamb with rosemary, a classic croque monsieur, or quiche lorraine paired to a thematic cocktail and mini-croissants; supporters of the States can opt for eggs benedict or chocolate brioche French toast with a mimosa and a bread basket.
Lure Fishbar, 142 Mercer Street, 212-431-7676
Take a kid-friendly egg decorating class with pastry chef Katie McAllister on Saturday, where your children will dye eggs and put together miniature Easter baskets with housemade treats. (Parents can eat complimentary hors d'oeuvres and sip wine during the lesson.) Or hit brunch on Sunday, where you'll find festive house-made Easter baskets with a variety of seasonal dishes like a spring vegetable frittata with purple artichokes, ramps, and Pecorino Romano; pea and ricotta ravioli, and a raspberry and pistachio pavlova.
Meatball Shop, 84 Stanton Street, 212-982-8895
The Meatball Shop's Lower East Side location debuts brunch on Sunday, trotting out dishes like balls benedict -- two poached eggs, bacon, choice of meatballs, and hollandaise on a brioche bun -- and smash bun French toast served with housemade apple sauce and maple syrup. The restaurant will celebrate the holiday with a special bunny ball made with rabbit and seasoned with rosemary, parsley, fennel, and white wine.
Roman's, 243 Dekalb Avenue, Brooklyn, 718-622-5300
Roman's takes inspiration from Piedmont for its Easter feast, and it'll serve a $65 four-course prix fixe menu for the occasion. Look for dishes like bagna cauda, veal tonnato, and fried polenta with fonduta for appetizers before eating roasted lamb or porcini mushroom risotto and finishing up with panna cotta or a Piedmontese chocolate terrine called bunet.
643 Broadway, New York, NY
142 Mercer St., New York, NY
84 Stanton St., New York, NY
243 Dekalb Ave., Brooklyn, NY
132 W. 44th St., New York, NY
16 W. 29th St., New York, NY