Once you’ve sorted your Easter obligations, it’s time for a good meal.
Whynot put Easter classics on a pizza? Laurent Tourondel’s recently opened rustic Italian spotL’Amicoin Midtown West will serve the regular brunch menu along with a special Pizza Firenze, with Swiss chard, spring onion, shaved asparagus, baby carrots and a farm egg, as well as a Pulled Lamb Shoulder Salad with Pecorino vinaigrette. Welcome spring (for real this time) with a Non Classico Spritz of Contratto, vodka, grapefruit, St. Germain and prosecco.
Take an Easter Sunday trip uptown toThe Cecilfor chef JJ Johnson’s newly revamped menu, where he’s expanded the African-Caribbean-Asian influences to fold in some pointers from South America and a recent trip to Israel. For the holiday, he’s also serving traditional-ish specials like black kale salad with curry goat yogurt.Dandy Wellingtonis sure to turn up even more dapper than usual to keep things lively with classic jazz.
The East Village newcomerDavid’s Cafeputs its French comfort food touches on spring with specials like orange blossom pancakes. If you indulged in a bit of pre-Lent partying on Saturday, get the house special Hangover Poutine with ground beef, green peppercorn gravy and loads of cheese. If a little hair of the dog is more your speed, bartender Rael Petit created La Cage inspired by the Cadbury Creme Egg, with Dolin Blanc, lemon and vanilla cream syrup, topped with port wine and a bird’s nest spun from sugar and filled with mini chocolate eggs.
Cozy Midtown Italian spotAbboccatofour-course dinner menu ($70) ticks all the Easter classics with nonna’s special touches. Think spring pea puree-stuffed ravioli, lamb chops with fava beans, and Italy’s own version of tres leches cake: Easter bread soaked in three milks, vanilla mascarpone and strawberries.
Gather your family, or your fellow Easter orphans, and leave the cooking toAuden Bistro & Bar’s chef Mark Arnao. The Ritz-Carlton restaurant is serving a sprawling family-style tasting menu with nine dishes, three desserts and four sides for $95 per person, made with ingredients farmed by the chef himself in Hudson Valley. Options include smoked salmon and potato latkes, date and rosemary-stuffed roast lamb, sustainability-minded Mediterranean sea bass and three desserts, including a spring-ready peach and lavender honey cobbler. After dinner, head to the hotel’s Star Lounge for Easter-themed cocktails. There’s also a hotel-wide egg hunt for kids.