Spring is here (not that we really had much of a winter this year), which calls for a celebration—preferably one that involves a copious amount of Cadbury Mini Eggs. Yum! This year, leave the cooking to these restaurants, bakeries and markets instead, so you can focus on what’s important (ahem, stuffing your face with said chocolate eggs). Here, our list of the 19 best places to have Passover and Easter brunch, lunch or dinner in NYC. (Psst: Passover begins on Wednesday, April 5 this year and Easter is on Sunday, April 9.)
Where to Order Passover and Easter Dinner in NYC
Available from April 4 through April 6 at the Union Square, Rockefeller Center, Upper East Side and Upper West Side locations will offer Passover-friendly and Seder-ready dishes like various flourless cookies like coconut lime macaroons, and flourless cakes like their brownie cake or fresh fruit tart. For the Seder table, you can find a selection of matzah ball soup, gefilte fish, haroset and more.
Multiple locations; breadsbakery.com
On Wednesday, April 5 and Thursday, April 6, the Upper West Side’s Dagon will offer special Seder menu items to celebrate Passover. In addition to the regular menu, Chef Ari Bokovza is offering a Seder Plate for those wishing to have the symbols of Passover on the table. You can also order duck matzo ball soup and braised lamb or roasted salmon, as well as a Nutella Matzo Napoleon for dessert. Reservations can be made through the restaurant’s website.
2454 Broadway; dagonnyc.com
The famous brunch and pie destination is also serving a Passover and Easter menu this year. Join Bubby’s for a special celebration on April 5th and 6th with traditional Jewish comfort dishes including pot roast, chopped liver, deviled eggs, matzo ball soup and a special matzo crust berry pie. On April 9, Bubby’s is offering Easter brunch specials, including its famous sourdough pancakes, flaky buttermilk biscuits, avocado toast, fried chicken and of course, pie.
120 Hudson Street; bubbys.com
Chef Alex Stupak’s famed taco spot in the West Village and now at Waterline Square is serving “Easter tacos,” made with rabbit stewed in mole amarillo and topped with Mexican crema and Easter egg radishes (small round radishes in multi-colored pastel hues). Their fresh, house-made corn tortillas are made with Olotillo Blanco Corn, which is nixtamalized in-house. They’re available from April 5 to 10.
Multiple locations; empellon.com/restaurants/taqueria
The Cobble Hill, Brooklyn, family-friendly spot is hosting an Easter prix fixe menu and Easter egg hunt. The family-style meal includes dishes like Truffled Deviled Eggs, Cornbread Benedict, Chicken & Egg Waffle and more. Oh, and the Easter egg hunt features prizes for kids and adults alike for finding the golden egg.
449 Court Street; courtstreettavern.com
6. Il Buco
Il Buco's three-course prix fixe Easter brunch menu is a celebration of spring at the table, with dishes like housemade mini gnocchi with ramp pesto, Milanese di Vitello with rhubarb and mustard greens, and asparagus frittata with wild onions and arugula. The prix-fixe menu costs $95/person.
47 Bond St; ilbuco.com
Head over to Il Buco’s sister restaurant for even more Easter and Passover options. Il Buco Alimentari's Easter brunch service will include Lamb Panino, a delicious dish of shaved lamb, horseradish, stracciatella, arugula and fava pesto, and a traditional Italian Torta Pasquelina. From April 4 through 6, they will serve to-go matzoh ball soup, short rib dinner with beets, crispy artichokes, macaroons and a flourless chocolate cake in honor of Passover.
53 Great Jones Street; ilbuco.com/pages/alimentari
If the traditional Easter and Passover foods aren’t your thing, head to Atlantic Grill for a more seafood-centric menu. Their Easter Sunday menu featuresSalpicon de Octopus Sushi and Sashimi Deluxe, a crab omelette, Ravioli Atlantic Grill, Salmon Béarnaise, Fish Burger. For dessert, order the carrot cake or lemon coconut Easter egg.
50 W 65th Street; atlanticgrill.com
9. La Goulue
This French bistro on the Upper East Side will be offering a $72/person prix-fixe — one hors d’oeuvre and entrée — Easter brunch for Francophiles on Sunday, April 9, with tasty dishes like smoked salmon “maison,” bisque de homard (lobster bisque), roast leg of lamb, French toast, and more.
29 E 61st Street; lagouluerestaurant.com
10. Casa Limone
If you’re headed to the Easter Bonnet Parade on 5th Avenue, Casa Limone is a great spot for viewing. Located just steps from Rockefeller Center and Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, the Southern Italian spot is serving a three-course, prix-fixe menu ($75 with a complimentary mimosa) with choices like zucca e burrata, Ccarpaccio di salmone, margherita pizza, lobster benedict, and desserts, like as tiramisu or meringata al limone.
20 E 49th Street; casalimonerestaurant.com
11. La Newyorkina
This Passover menu brings together owner Fany Gerson’s Mexican and Jewish heritages. Think: Mexican gefilte fish with guajillo chipotles, braised brisket tamales, Mexican chocolate caramel matzoh, and cocadas (coconut-lime bites). The menu is available from April 4 to 6 with deliveries to Manhattan, parts of Brooklyn, Queens and New Jersey.
61 Commerce St; lanewyorkina.com
A modern Italian American restaurant in Williamsburg, Macchina will be open on Easter Sunday for brunch and dinner. The menu includes a wide variety of cocktails, such as the Il Verde, a riff on the classic Bloody Mary, and an assortment of dishes like the Limoncello Stuffed French Toast, a homemade brioche bread stuffed with housemade limoncello, mascarpone and blueberry compote.
110 Bedford Ave; macchina.nyc
The Upper East Side catering and gourmet-food emporium is offering a mouthwatering selection of dinners for both Passover and Easter this year. Order in a traditional spread that’s almost as good as Bubbe’s cooking for six or 12 people, starting at $355. You can also order items a la carte, like matzoh balls and chicken liver for starters; thickly-sliced beef brisket and grilled cedar plank salmon for mains; potato pancakes and kugel for sides; and flourless chocolate cake and coconut macaroons for dessert. Orders must be placed by Friday, March 29th at 4 p.m. for Passover catering, and Tuesday, April 4th for Easter catering. Check out the full Passover menu here and the Easter menu here.
1114 Lexington Ave.; (212) 288-7800 or butterfieldnyc.com
14. The Ribbon
On a budget? This American-style eatery located on the Upper West Side has a delectably affordable Passover package that includes gefilte fish, matzoh ball soup, housemade chicken liver mousse, brisket, roasted chicken, potato pancakes, macaroons, and a honey cake.
20 W 72nd St.; theribbonnyc.com
13. Eli Zabar
The Upper East Side stalwart is offering a wide selection of Passover foods, including their Seder Plate ($39) that includes hard-boiled egg, roasted shank bone, horseradish, haroset and parsley bouquet. Prefer to pick and choose your menu to your liking? Order items individually such as whole roasted capon, spinach kugel and chocolate-glazed orange cake. See the full Passover menu here and get your order in early.
1411 3rd Avenue; elizabar.com
16. Katz’s Deli
This Passover, get a meal from the Lower East Side institution that includes matzoh ball soup, chopped liver or gefilte fish, brisket, turkey, pastrami or corned beef and dessert of honey cake, chocolate babka or cinnamon rugelach. You also have the option to order individual items if you’re into that kind of thing. Check out the full menu here.
205 East Houston Street; katzsdelicatessen.com
17. Bklyn Larder
Confit lamb, roasted chicken, pickled devil's eggs, hot cross buns, coconut cake, panna cotta and seasonal salads are just some of the many Easter offerings on offer at this specialty food store in Prospect Heights (items priced individually). Oh, and let's not forget about the Easter and Passover cheese platters. Check out the full Easter and Passover takeout menus here. Make sure to place orders for both holidays by March 27th for a guarantee of local delivery.
228 Flatbush Avenue; bklynlarder.com
Available from April 5 through 12, stop by renowned Chef Einat Admony's imaginative Mediterranean Balaboosta in the West Village. With offerings of matzoh ball chamusta, brisket sabzi, and seared snapper—just to name a few of the menu highlights—you can’t go wrong this Seder dinner. For a less traditional meal, try the fluke ceviche, branzino, calamari, or tahdig rice.
611 Hudson St.; balaboostanyc.com
Newly opened in January, Gab’s is making Easter brunch fun again this year—even for the grown-ups. Each table will have an Easter basket with eggs to reveal prizes, such as a round of mimosas, to have a little Easter Egg “Hunt” for adults. Gab’s features a hyper-seasonal, sustainable menu featuring the most craveable brunch items, and in addition to buttermilk biscuits with kumquat marmalade, or the trout roe and soft scramble on housemade sourdough, for Easter, the chef will prepare a special lamb roast. Happy hunting!
76 Carmine St.; gabsnyc.com