You’re looking for a way to celebrate Easter, but you are sick and tired of the same old regular prix fixe menus (don’t worry, I’m a little fatigued with them as well). Here’s a round up of some fun things you can do…lots of them kid friendly. So check these very inventive restaurants out for a fun Easter Sunday.
Asellina: (420 Park Avenue South next to the Gansevoort Hotel Park Avenue) This is simply super cool. I would have gone bonkers for this as a kid. Asellina’s Easter brunch on Easter Sunday is consists of a $25 prix fixe (but you can still order a-la-carte….gotta love options). Why am I so excited? Your little ones can play next door at the supervised “Gansevoort Hotel Petting Zoo” which is open from 12:00 – 2:00pm and located at the Gansevoort Hotel’s lobby level outdoor. There will be sheep, lamb, goats, bunnies, chicks and an Easter Bunny. I think I may have to go!
Bear Mountain Inn: (Bear Mountain, NY – don’t worry it’s only 30 minutes away) ”Breakfast with Bunny” at the Bear Mountain Inn will take place on Saturday, March 30th. Reservations will be accepted for two seatings: 9:00-11:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. There will be breakfast food, kid’s entertainment, goodie bags, and photos of the kids with the Easter Bunny. Price per person adults $24.95, children $16.95, age 2 and under are free.
La Maison Blanche: (11 Stearns Point Road, Shelter Island NY): I usually don’t go outside the five boroughs, but I thought their Easter offering was just too good not to share. Yup, they have a $34.95 3 course prix fixe, but…they are running an Easter egg hunt with Bonnie the Bunny. This is the 3rd year Bonnie will be joining the festivities. What the heck, you could make a nice weekend out of this since they are quite a cute hotel.
La Promenade: (461 West 23rd Street – Chelsea) How about a little Brazilian jazz? La Promenade will be offering both their a la carte menu and special Easter dished on the 31st. Guests will also get to enjoy their meal while listening to a live performance by Kerry Linder, and her Brazilian jazz band, from 12:30 to 4 PM. It sounds like a wonderful way to spend the holiday.
Mercadito Group: (Mercadito Grove 100 7th Ave South & Mercadito 179 Ave B) - Have some affordable offers. If you’re up for a little Latin flair, celebrate the holiday with Mercadito. Their $30 sharing menu comes with the chef’s choice of amuse and four choices of brunch items for the table. The price of Easter brunch also includes one cocktail per guest…if you’ve got little ones, they’ve crafted a special kids menu for little ones to choose from including pancakes & berries, cheeseburger with fries or quesadillas, at $6 per item.
Rock Center Cafe & The Sea Grill: (at Rockefeller Center, NYC). The Easter Bunny will be making a cameo at Rockefeller Center where he will be skating and dining with fans. From 9-3, guests can skate with the Easter Bunny and also enjoy a 3-course prix-fixe brunch for the family at The Sea Grill, or at New York’s American Grill—Rock Center Café. The menu will have plenty to delight adults, but the Chefs also created prix-fixe menus specially designed for children 12 and under for both restaurants. The Easter Bunny will visit each table at the Rock Center Cafe to hand out a bag of complimentary chocolate truffle eggs handcrafted by Pastry Chef Michael Gabriel’s to take home. Skate with Easter Bunny ($25 admission; $10 rental), Sea Grill 3-course Prix Fixe (10 am- 3 pm – $59 for adults, $29 for kids), Rock Center Cafe 3- course Prix Fixe Brunch (9 am- 4 pm $45 for adults, $25 for kids).
Spina: (175 Avenue B – LES/Loisada/Alphabet City): Spina is celebrating the holiday with their famous $12 Prosecco brunch. May I suggest their breakfast ravioli…it’s damn good! That’s an Easter celebration I can get behind.
Spirit of New York: (Chelsea Piers) Spend the holiday dining on water on the Spirit of New York. They’ve set up a buffet lunch, a DJ, and a special appearance by the Easter Bunny and a reading corner with The Cat in the Hat perfect for the kids. The cruise boards at 11:30am and ends at 2pm. Price is $47.90 per adult $28.95 per child age 3-12. Something tells me the little ones will love this.
Waldorf Astoria: (301 Park Avenue) The Waldorf Astoria New York’s famed Sunday Brunch is pretty damn good. It includes hot and cold dishes including those that use the hotel’s new “top of the Waldorf Rooftop Honey” from the beehives installed last spring. A raw bar with caviar, clams, oysters, shrimps and crabs (that’s where you’d find me), lots of carving stations, a “Made-to-order Eggs Benedict station”, and literally hundreds of deserts AND a chocolate fountain. It’s not cheap, ( $145 per adult and $65 per child, plus taxes and gratuity) but it sure is fun!
Pricing on Easter Sunday is $145 per adult and $65 per child, plus taxes and gratuity. Brunch also opens one hour earlier, with the first seating at 9:30a.m. To make reservation, guests can call or visit www.waldorfnewyork.com<http://www.waldorfnewyork.com> (212) 872-1275.