Easter is most associated (in the food sense) with Chocolate bunnies, peeps and colored eggs. I particularly like the culinary aspect of Easter. My family celebrated both Catholic Easter and Greek Easter (which meant twice the goodness). If you don’t feel like cooking for the holiday, these are some great NY restaurants offering lovely Easter menus:
Carmine’s – 2450 Broadway and 200 West 44th Street: I know Carmine’s is touted as a tourist trap, but I love it. The food is good, plentiful and the atmosphere at Carmine’s screams “FAMILY!” On Sunday, April 8th, Carmine’s will offer a roasted rack of lamb dinner ($70). I think anyone (devout or not can enjoy it). The meal includes an array of roasted vegetables, and Easter bread, as well as their signature cicola (focaccia dough rolled with prosciutto, sopressata and Romano cheese). Call for more details and reservations 212-362-2200 (Broadway location) or 212-221-3800 (West 44th Street).
DB Bistro – 55 West 44th Street: As you know, Daniel Boulud can do no wrong in my eyes. This Easter Sunday you can head to DB Bistro for brunch from 10-3pm. Easter brunch will feature an a la carte menu and will also have a family style entrée special – slow roasted whole leg of lamb with Provencal side dishes for the table (4 to 6 guests) at $200. Dinner will be served from 5pm to 10pm a la carte. For details and reservations call 212-391-2400.
Il Tesoro – 1578 First Ave: In addition to his standard dinner menu, Chef and owner A.J. Black has put together a four-course Easter Lamb tasting menu for Easter Sunday (April 8), allowing you to savor lamb in different ways ($65 pp). Dishes include lamb Milanese and roasted baby lamb (served over wild mushroom risotto with a white truffle porcini sauce). For reservations and details call 212-861-9620.
Murals on 54 – 63 West 54th Street: Murals is offering a special Easter Brunch menu for the day and includes a complimentary glass of Champagne, Bloody Mary or Mimosa (that’s my kind of celebration). The brunch will cost $49 for adults, $18 for children ages 5-10, and is free for children under 5. You must make reservations by calling 212-314-7700 or going to http://www.murals54.com/
New York Central – Park Avenue at Grand Central: Chef Christian Ragano is offering an affordable ($35 from 11am to 2pm) yet luscious brunch with spring-themed dishes like the Lavender French Toast as well as a three-course “not-so-traditional” dinner ($68 from 3pm to 10pm), which includes entrees such as Long Island duckling and pan roasted Brittany turbot. For resos and details call 646-213-6865
Patsy’s – 236 W. 56th Street: Celebrate Easter at a NY classic. Patsy’s will be offering some very special Easter dishes on Sunday, April 8. Dishes include agnello di Pasqua (a succulent rack of baby lamb), pizza rustica (a baked pie topped with provolone, parmesan, ricotta, salami, soppresaata and dry sausage), and for those with a sweet tooth. Pastiera (cheesecake with grana). The dinner will cost $59.95 pp. For details and reservations call 212-247-3491.
Tocqueville – 1 East 15th Street: Chef Jason Lawless is offering a three-course lunch ($64) and three-course dinner ($75) on Sunday, April 8th featuring ingredients sourced from the Union Square Green Market. I am mostly tempted by the confít of rabbit terrine with ramps, haricot vert and red wine carmel. Call for reservations and more menu details 212-647-1515.