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Easter is fast approaching. And if you’re spending Easter Sunday 2024 in New York City, where should you go to eat, what are the best restaurants open for brunch and dinner and family meals in NYC? We’ve curated a list of 11 of the best restaurants serving Easter 2024 brunch or dinner in New York City (NYC).  If you’re planning to make a reservation, though, you should hop to it.

Easter brunch or dinner in New York City (NYC) this year

Easter is rapidly approaching, and if you’re anything like us, you’re already discussing and planning how you’re going to spend the day – and, of course, where you’ll be meeting friends and family for a holiday meal.

As they say, the early bird gets the worm – which seems extra-appropriate for this spring holiday. So even though many restaurants have not yet published their Easter plans, we’re going to get you started with a few of our fellow early birds. Here are eleven suggestions of where you might want to enjoy a festive brunch this Easter Sunday.

what are the best restaurants open for Easter brunch and dinner in New York City?

1. Perry St

Jean-Georges’ restaurants are always a hit for the holidays because they guarantee a great meal from start to finish. And they often feature a special menu. This time, we’re recommending the wide-windowed Perry St, which promises a little taste of the sun alongside your morning coffee.

And as an added bonus, they’re already accepting reservations for March 31st – so if you’re looking to finalize your plans right now, this is your spot.

2. Red Rooster

Where better to spend this year’s Easter than Harlem favorite Red Rooster? Their weekend brunch menu is always pretty special. Think cornbread and gravy; a cheddar cheese omelet; and a breakfast pasta with tomatoes and eggs.

We suspect they may have something extra-special up their sleeves for the holiday, as they have in past years. We’ll have to wait and see! (And yes, of course they do take reservations – keep your eyes peeled, so that when April 9th opens up, you’re the first to snag a seat).

3. Le Coucou

They may call it “lunch,” rather than “brunch,” but meals at the Michelin-starred Le Coucou are still among the absolute best you can get on a weekend morning in New York. And even before we get to the possibility of Easter brunch specials, their regular weekend menu includes first-rate French fare.

Like Parisian lobster, “filet basquaise,” and a “tarte chocolate-passion.” This is the place to go if you are looking for an Easter brunch this year.

4. La Goulue

This Easter Sunday, La Goulue – the much-loved revival of the longtime French restaurant – will offer a special holiday pre-fixe menu ($86.00 per adult and $43.00 for children under 12). The courses have yet to be revealed, but since we are big fans of their typical weekend brunch – like the decadent brioche French toast, and the swoon-worthy eggs benedict – we are betting it will be a meal to remember.

5. Marea

The Michelin-starred Marea will be serving a special Easter menu ($155.00 per person) from noon to 2:45 on March 31st. The Italian restaurant kicks off its three-course pre-fixe with a choice between grilled octopus, nova scotia lobster, mushroom consommé, and white asparagus, and then continues with ten amazing choices of main course (our eyes are on the ribeye… or maybe the roast lamb and artichoke). And finally, dessert: pick between a lemon crostata, a tiramisu, and a vanilla cardamom panna cotta. Make your reservation today.

6. Casa Limone

Michelin-starred chef Antonio Salvatore will transport you straight from NYC to Southern Italy. This Easter Sunday, the team will offer a prix-fixe menu for $49.00, featuring a wide range of items to make your Easter brunch special.

7. Aquavit

We love Nordic restaurant Aquavit, and we especially love their commitment to the holidays. And to excellent cuisine. This Easter, they’ll be serving a three-course tasting menu ($155.00 per person), with cold seafoods, and a surprise Easter entrée and dessert. Book now on Tock.

8. Celestine

In need of a Brooklyn recommendation? How about this waterfront DUMBO spot, where you’ll have to decide what you like more – the views, or the food? Celestine serves an excellent Mediterranean brunch all year long, and we’d all be lucky to enjoy their smoked whitefish toast, brioche donuts, and hummus platter this Easter. Reservations are available a few weeks out, so check back soon for the March 31st.

9. Ai Fiori

Ai Fiori is already taking reservations for their special Easter brunch. The pre-fixe is $85.00 per person, from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM.   And may we suggest that you order a special pastry basket for the table? We know you don’t want to miss out.

10. Craft

There is something magical about Craft, the bar, the layout, the food, the service … plus the bronze decor. It has a reputation as one of the class-act restaurants in NYC, and it pretty much always comes across.

They will offer a special brunch from 10 am to 3 pm, featuring a selection of family-style starters & sides to surround your choice of a sweet or savory main course. Easter Brunch starts at $110 per person.

11. tavern on the green

Naturally, Tavern on the Green in Central Park comes to mind when it comes to brunching in New York City. And with spring in the air, this location is perfect for spending time with friends and family over a delightful meal!

On Easter Sunday, March 31st, Tavern on the Green will feature a 4-Course lunch and dinner menu selection with an array of fresh creations that will not only fill your appetite but exceed expectations by executive chef Bill Peet at $135.00 per person.

best restaurants open for brunch and dinner on Easter Sunday in New York City (NYC)

So, if you’re spending Easter Sunday 2024 in New York City, now you have informed recommendations from a local about where should you go to eat, and the best restaurants are that are open for brunch and family meals in NYC.

There are plenty from which to choose – just don’t wait too long to make your reservations. Added benefit of eating out on Easter Sunday in New York? Since no one has to cook or clean up, there’ll be extra time to prepare your hat for the Fifth Avenue Easter parade. Or an Easter egg hunt with friends in Central Park. Or just strolling the city and people-watching as a brilliant city welcomes the spring.

Pamela Thomas-Graham

Pamela Thomas-Graham is the Founder & CEO of Dandelion Chandelier. She serves on the boards of several tech companies, and was previously a senior executive in finance, media and fashion, and a partner at McKinsey & Co.