When the whole family is in town, it's a party.
Some families are close—closely bonded and geographically close—so they spend weekends together in addition to holidays while some dynasties can only manage a tribe gathering for a few special occasions throughout the year. No matter what kind of family it is, the usual order to celebrations is to have a good time together, partake in a meal that brings the group closer together and create new memories.
Make a special meal part of your Easter Sunday celebrations at some of the city’s best restaurants. Take a river cruise, show up and dine in style or have a carefree Easter-themed catch-up session so that the latest family gossip and kisses don't go unshared.
Easter Brunch or Dinner
Hornblower Cruises & Events (Hudson River Park): Hop aboard the New York City Easter Brunch Jazzy Cruise and enjoy live music and iconic sights of the city while dining on a bountiful brunch buffet with signature coffee and herbal teas, a dessert station and free-flowing mimosas. This festive cruise will take passengers to the New York Harbor, offering stunning views of the Manhattan skyline and Statue of Liberty. This cruise has reserved seating, so make sure to book your whole party together at one time. Boarding begins at noon and the cruise leaves Pier 40 at 12:30 pm. At W. Houston and the Hudson River, 646.699.4244
The Palm Court at The Plaza (Midtown West): Dining at The Plaza is a true NYC experience and, this Easter, executive chef Michael Lockard, executive pastry chef Matthew Lambie and their culinary team have put together an indulgent Grand Buffet of savory and sweet dishes. Dine on various salads, citrus scented brioche French toast, baked rigatoni, chardonnay braised artichokes, bourbon and apricot glazed bone-in ham, éclairs, almond custard pudding and more. The cost is $145 for adults and $65 for children, with additional gratuity. Fifth Ave., at Central Park South, 212.759.3000
Tribeca Grill (Tribeca): A NYC hospitality landmark in its third decade, the Tribeca Grill—owned by famed restaurateur Drew Nieporent and Academy Award-winning actor Robert De Niro—is a very festive place to be the weekend of Easter. The three-course prix fixe brunch is based off the price of the main course, ranging from just $39 to $65. The generous menu includes appetizers like yogurt parfait, roasted baby beets and grilled octopus. Main course options range from a goat cheese and fine herbes omelet to Atlantic salmon to grilled filet of beef and other savory selections. For dessert, choose from sweet sensations such as glazed donut holes, chocolate brioche pudding, New York cheesecake and more! 375 Greenwich St., 212.941.3900
The River Café (DUMBO, Brooklyn): This riverside restaurant offers one of the best views of the Manhattan skyline and Statue of Liberty from its prime spot beneath the Brooklyn Bridge. New American cuisine using the freshest and finest ingredients is served daily. For Easter, indulge in prix fixe brunch for just $125 per person. The meal will start with a banana-maple flan in an eggshell, topped with house-made granola and fresh Ronnybrook cream. Guests will then select an appetizer and main course from the full menu, followed by a trio of signature desserts, handmade holiday chocolates and confections. For Easter dinner, the prix fixe meal (only $145 per person) begins with wild sturgeon caviar and house-smoked salmon served in a holiday-themed eggshell. An appetizer and main course dish will be selected from the full menu with the meal ending with the signature dessert trio and handmade Easter confections. 1 Water St., 718.522.5200
Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse (Midtown East): Conveniently located near Grand Central Terminal, this steak house features—to no one’s surprise—expertly cooked steaks, handmade pasta and fresh seafood. In addition to its usual Sunday menu items being available à la carte, Davio’s will offer three brunch specials (Tuscan bruschetta, mustard seed crab cake and a chocolate waffle with Nutella gelato) and two dinner specials (rack of lamb and pan seared barramundi) on Easter Sunday, as well as a 48-ounce porterhouse for two. 447 Lexington Ave., 212.661.4810
Charlie Palmer Steak New York (Midtown West): Located at the Archer Hotel New York and serving progressive American cuisine, Charlie Palmer Steak New York is celebrating Easter with special brunch and dinner menus (à la carte menus are available as well). For only $38, guests can enjoy unlimited mimosas and Bloody Marys for two hours, along with an entree—choices include eggs Benedict, fried chicken & waffles, French toast and mezze rigatoni, among other options—as well as a doughnut wheel or charcuterie board for the table. For Easter dinner, partake in a three-course prix fixe ($85) menu. Choose an appetizer (Bibb lettuce, pate de campagne or potato leek and watercress soup), main course (leg of lamb, New York strip steak or Alaskan halibut) and dessert (strawberry and rhubarb cobbler or carrot cake). 47 W. 38th St., 212.302.3838
The Sea Fire Grill (Midtown East): This sleek, upscale seafood establishment serves contemporary American cuisine. Menu highlights are oysters from the raw bar, perfectly prepared fish and lobster, as well as dry-aged steaks and a carefully curated wine list. For Easter, enjoy a three-course prix fixe dinner menu for only $69 (not including beverage, tax or gratuity). Appetizer options are burrata, grilled Spanish octopus and lobster bisque, among others. Select from six entrees including roasted Mediterranean branzino, blackened Montauk swordfish and filet mignon. For dessert, choose between New York style cheesecake and chocolate molten cake. 158 E. 48th St., 212.935.3785
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Benjamin Steakhouse (Midtown East): Established in 2006, this critically acclaimed, family owned and operated steak house treats each guest like family. For Easter Dinner, enjoy a three-course prix fixe menu for only $69.95 (not including beverage, tax or gratuity) that features a choice of appetizer (baby leaf spinach salad, mozzarella and tomatoes, a half dozen Blue Point oysters and spring pea soup) and entree (rack of lamb, Chilean sea bass, bone-in rib eye steak or veal chop), as well as the chef’s choice for dessert. 52 E. 41st St., 212.297.9177
Dessert: Top off the Day With a Sweet Treat
Ladurée (SoHo and Upper East Side): With roots in Paris, this French bakery—known for its colorful macarons—is the perfect place to shop for Easter treats! Beginning March 29, gourmet creations by head patisserie chef Claire Heitzler will be available to sweets-seekers, including Joe Milk and Lolly Pink, edible bunny rabbits made of milk and pink-colored white chocolate, respectively. There are also filled milk or dark chocolate eggs, a Garden Party pistachio sugar crust pastry (covered with decorated pistachio mousse) and a special Charms Garden gift box filled with eight assorted macarons. For the holiday, enjoy the seasonal blackcurrant chocolate macaron! 398 W. Broadway, 646.392.7868; 864 Madison Ave., 646.558.3157
Grand Central Terminal (Midtown East): This transportation, shopping and dining hub is a perfect spot to pick up Easter dessert! Pick up Easter baskets and boxes from master chocolatiers Jacques Torres Chocolate, Li-Lac Chocolates and Neuhaus Belgian Chocolates. American baked goods haven Magnolia Bakery will have Easter cupcakes for just $3.75 apiece. Eli Zabar Bread & Pastry has fresh cakes, chocolates and other Easter treats. 89 E. 42nd St., 212.340.2583