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Easter 2014 In New York City

Easter, a festivity of spring and rebirth, is surely on its way. It’s almost time to shed those Lenten sacrifices and indulge again. There is no better way to do so than to partake in the fabulous Easter brunch and dinner offers throughout New York City and celebrate with luxurious prix fixes and alluring drinks and dishes. Many of the city’s most distinguished and delicious restaurants have assembled special Easter Sunday menus, but here is just a taste.

Easter Brasserie

Brasserie Dish (patinagroup.com)

From 9am until 10pm, Brasserie, situated in the iconic Seagram Building, will be offering an Easter prix fixe feast, including three courses for $48. Executive chef, Luc Dimnet, mixes classic French cuisine with a modern twist, which is evident the special Easter menu, starring a chanterelle and white asparagus crepe, lamb medallions served with braised young carrots and striped patisson squash, and a sweet honey crème fraiche torte.
100 East 53rd Street
New York, NY 10022
ph. 212.751.4840

The lavish midtown restaurant, Villard Michel Richard, is offering a sumptuous buffet on Easter Sunday from 12:30 to 8pm. For $115, explore the large variety of delicious food options ranging from a lobster salad nicoise, sautéed scallops with a mushroom sauce, to leg of lamb, haricot verts and a tempting array of sweets.
Villard Michel Richard
New York Palace Hotel
455 Madison Avenue
New York, NY
ph. 212.891.8100

Looking for something a little different to taste on Easter day? Join Aquavit for Nordic cuisine on the holiday. The Michelin Star restaurant is offering a three course prix fixe featuring cold smoked salmon with burata, seared arctic char, and even smoked vanilla crème brulee. This menu is available from 12 to 3 pm and for an evening seating from 5 to 9pm for just $75 per person.
65 East 55th Street
New York, NY 10022
ph. 212.307.7311

Easter Asiate Restaurant

Asiate Restaurant (madarinoreintal.com)

With a luxurious list of seasonal cocktails and wines to top off an even more extraordinary $68 prix fixe Easter Brunch menu, Asiate  in the Mandarin Oriental, could be the perfect place for a treat after Lent. The curated menu features a Gourmandise Tasting including a pan seared crab cake and a foie gras panna cotta; a second course with a choice of two delicious dishes like a duck confit and heirloom bean cassolette or an herb crusted beef tenderloin; ending with a dessert duo.
Asiate at Mandarin Oriental, New York
80 Columbus Circle
New York, NY 10023
ph. 212.805.8881

Even the prestigious Café Boulud has an extremely tempting menu for Easter Brunch. With the price tag of $95 for adults and $45 for children, the delectable fare will consist of three courses, enticing diners with dishes like Crepes Suzette, Tai Snapper crudo, artichoke angolotti, Maine Peekytoe crab Benedict, chocolate Napoleon, and vanilla crème caramel.
Café Boulud
20 East 76th Street
New York, NY, 10021
ph. 212.772.2600


Toqueville Dish (toquevillerestaurant.com)

The exquisite Toqueville  in Union Square is presenting a three course Easter brunch for $68. The brunch menu features appetizers like grilled Berkshire pig belly, entrees like pan roasted lamb loin and braised shoulder or a red fennel hash with double smoked bacon, and an array of desserts from their vibrant kitchen. Here, brunch will be served from 11:30am until 4pm.
1 E 15th Street
New York, NY 10003
ph. 212.647.1515

In Brooklyn for the Easter holiday? Check out Baci & Abbracci for its reasonably priced Easter menu, ringing in at only $35. Appetizers including butternut squash soup and grilled octopus, entrees like pan seared Atlantic salmon and pappardelle with lamb ragout and sweet endings such as tiramisu and Neapolitan pastiera will surely please.
Baci & Abbracci
204 Grand Street
Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY
ph. 718.599.6599

The American grill at Rockefeller Center, Rock Center Café, is offering both an Easter Sunday brunch and dinner, made up of an appetizer, entrée and a dessert, with possible additions like a sharable starter and sides. House-cured salmon Gravlax and a tropical fruit parfait can serve as appetizers, while entrees include options like an American breakfast, a lamb burger, and tagliatelle pasta, and desserts range from steamed lemon pudding to New York Cheesecake for $49. Dinner offerings for $59 include grilled asparagus and shaved speck, maple bourbon veal bacon, shrimp chop chop salad, seared fluke, and delightful desserts.
Rock Center Café
Rockefeller Center
20 West 50th street
New York, NY 10020
ph. 212.332.7620

Tribeca Grill

Tribeca Grill (myriadrestaurantgroup.com)

Tribeca Grill is another refined restaurant to dine out for that Easter celebration, which is presenting three-course brunch and dinner menus ranging from $38 to $69. Brunch brings corn bisque, Irish steel cut oats, grilled lamb chops, croissant French toast, banana tart and chocolate cake. Dishes like tuna tartar, rock shrimp tempura, roasted Amish chicken, poached halibut and raspberry cheesecake make up the Easter dinner menu.
Tribeca Grill
375 Greenwich Street
New York, NY 10013
ph. 212.941.3900

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