Easter and Passover Menus to Feast On This Coming Holiday Weekend
Where to go to order the tastiest treats you don’t have to make yourself.
With Easter and the third night of Passover both falling on April 1 this year, you’d be a fool trying to whip up holiday meals better than what some of Westchester’s best chefs have to offer. To save your time — and your sanity — here are a few of our favorite places to grab holiday classics that might not be homemade, but will still leave a smile on grandma’s face.
Plates — Larchmont
Plates will be serving Easter Brunch from 1 a.m. until 3 p.m. The three-course prix fixe menu includes appetizers such as deviled eggs and cannelloni Bolognese, entrees like pancetta-and-artichoke pizza and a breakfast “Easter Burger,” and desserts like blondie sundays and strawberry-rhubarb crumble. Pricing is $45 for adults (includes a mimosa or bloody Mary) and $15 for children.
The Ritz-Carlton New York, Westchester — White Plains
The Ritz-Carlton’s Lounge will host a gourmet brunch of fresh fruit and pastries, make-you-own omelets, and a selection of larger plates like rosemary-garlic-crusted lamb or an aged Gruyere and leek tart, all for $65 per adult and $32 per child (tax and tip included!). The hotel will also hold an Easter egg hunt with plenty of candy treasures and a visit from the Easter Bunny.
Sonora — Port Chester
The coolest new brunch in town, Sonora’s menu is full of Latin-influenced flavors we love like goat cheese and sweet plantain croquettes, Cuban sandwiches, and spicy riffs on Eggs Benny. For Easter, the restaurant will introduce a series of specials, including braised lamb with eggs and chorizo and turmeric-pineapple margaritas.
Benjamin Steakhouse — White Plains
It’s classic steakhouse fare — spring-pea soup, bone-in rib-eye, rack of lamb, and home fries — for this popular $65 brunch. Book a table between 12 p.m and 5 p.m. to snap a shot with the visiting Easter bunny.
One Twenty One — North Salem
The affordable prix fixe menu ($39.95) at One Twenty One breaks from the holiday’s typical lamb-and-eggs constraints to feature homey and elegant dishes like King salmon crudo, burrata with house-made fig jam, blueberry buttermilk pancakes, and shrimp and grits.
Boro6 Wine Bar — Hastings-on-Hudson
One of Westchester’s trendiest brunch spots, Boro6 is offering an Easter Sunday brunch menu from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with everything from soft boiled egg platters and Tuscan kale salads to charcuterie and “boozy hot chocolate.”
Moderne Barn — Armonk
Chef Ethan Kostbar has crafted a simple yet classic brunch menu to be served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in addition to Moderne Barn’s regular menu (being served all day). Breakfast items like stuffed French toast and “The Westchester” (scrambled eggs with breakfast sausage, house-cured bacon, tomatoes and seven-grain toast) complement dinner options like lamb schnitzel and blackened salmon burgers. For a little of both, we highly recommend Biscuits and “Ribs,” sort of like biscuits-and-gravy meets eggs Benedict: buttermilk biscuits, spinach, prime rib ragout, poached eggs, and a nice bearnaise sauce. Oh my.
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Empire City Casino — Yonkers
Yonkers’ favorite raceway and casino will be offering several special throughout their multiple dining spots. Try the prime rib or glazed ham at Dan Rooney’s Sports Bar, lamb ragout or lobster at Nonno’s, roast leg of lamb in the food court, or even a Latin spiced prime rib at Lil Cocina (and plenty of other items).
Dubrovnik — New Rochelle
This Croatian fine dining restaurant is offering an à la carte lunch and dinner menu from noon to 9 p.m. with appetizers like tuna tartar, veal risotto, and marinated branzino, and mains such as sauteed soft shell crab, rotisserie lamb, aged rib eye, and wild salmon. As always, finish your meal off with a nice palacinke, or perhaps some homemade cheesecake.
Monteverde at Oldstone — Cortlandt Manor
This favorite restaurant prides itself on its lamb, and on Easter Sunday it will not disappoint. From 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., Monteverde will hold Easter dinner, highlighting roast leg of lamb as well as roast chicken and striped bass, with sides such as rainbow carrots, fingerling potatoes, and fresh salads. Dessert is included along with coffee or tea, all for $75 per adult and $25 per child.
Plates — Larchmont
Yup. After they finish brunch at 3 p.m., the Plates staff is hard at work on dinner. From 4:30p.m. to 8:30 p.m., the restaurant will serve their full, regular menu along with additional Easter specials!
Restaurant North — Armonk
While the whole dinner menu will be available (there’s also brunch!), Chef John Poiarkoff will include several Easter specials featuring spring’s fleeting produce, including ricotta agnolotti in green-garlic pesto with pea tendrils; grilled ham with asparagus, wild onions, and maple gastrique; and beet pavlova with lemon curd and lemongrass.
Siegel Bros. Marketplace — Mount Kisco
Not feeling like going out? Then order in! This tried-and-true, century-old market has the freshest ingredients and prepared foods around, and they’ve cooked up a holiday catering menu so good Aunt Bertha couldn’t tell you didn’t make it yourself. Soups, salads, apps, sides, mains, and even desserts are all available with handy serving size suggestions to help you dole out enough food for everybody. Just make sure to get your orders in by Monday, March 26 for pickup any time after 2 p.m. on March 31.
Tarry Lodge — Port Chester
Super seasonal flavors are the backbone of Chef Andy Nusser’s Easter brunch menu. Expect mains like porchetta with spring onions and cherry peppers; grilled lamb chops with fava, shiitakes, and mint yogurt; and asparagus alla Milanese; plus desserts like panna cotta with rhubarb and lemon sorbet.
Xaviar's X2O — Yonkers
X2O has crafted a prix fixe Easter menu as decadent as you'd expect from Chef Peter Kelly. First courses include options like seafood crepe, black truffle and green onion risotto, warm asparagus flan, and braised short rib ravioli with foie gras. These are followed by entrees like wild king salmon with honey and sake glaze, roast duckling or locally-raised chicken, roast rack of baby lamb, and classic chateaubriand. All of this is followed up by dessert, things like Belgian chocolate timbale, a sweet "Easter egg" made from mango and coconut mousse in a caramel "nest," or a passion fruit sabayon tart. Cost is $75 per person.
Siegel Bros. Marketplace — Mount Kisco
Come on, you didn’t really think the Siegel Bros. would leave you hanging, did you? Certified kosher for Passover, the catering menu includes borscht and chicken and matzo ball soup, gefilte fish, Israeli-style hummus, matzo-stuffed mushrooms, roast leg of lamb, brisket, salmon, kugel, sweet potato soufflé, and amazing desserts such as matzo brittle and two different kinds of macaroons! Just make sure to get those orders in by March 26! (Pickup available starting 3 p.m. March 29.)
Epstein’s of Hartsdale — Hartsdale
One of Westchester’s favorite Jewish delis for years, Epstein’s is running a special five course seder dinner for just $25.99 per person (eight-person minimum). Seder dinner comes with your choice from their regular menu of any one appetizer, one entrée, and two sides, plus chicken consommé soup with matzo balls, cranberry compote or tsimmis, matzo, and your choice of dessert!