Easter and Passover Menus to Feast on This Holiday Season
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.
Benjamin Steakhouse — White Plains
It’s classic steakhouse fare for this popular $65 brunch. Choose from blue point oysters, lobster bisque, a wedge salad, or Buffalo mazzarella and tomato for your appetizer, and an entrée of dry aged USDA prime bone-in rib eye, rack of lamb, Chilean sea bass, or USDA prime filet mignon, all with your choice of side. Finish it off with coffee or tea and your pick of cakes: red velvet, chocolate mousse, carrot, or New York cheese.
Boro6 Wine Bar — Hastings-on-Hudson
One of Westchester’s trendiest brunch spots, Boro6 is offering something new this year: a Bellini cart in Easter pastels — think blues, greens, yellows, orange, purples, and pinks — made from fresh fruit purees mixed tableside with sparkling wine. The house's famous bloody Mary will also be on hand, along with decorated eggs guests can take home!
City Perch — Dobbs Ferry
Locals can grab a prix fixe Easter buffet brunch at City Perch for $48 per adult ($42 for iPic members) and $12 for kids under 12. Buffet items include various breads and pastries; fruit station; salad station; cold station with smoked salmon, shrimp cocktail and apple-taragon mignonette; hot items like stuffed French toast, eggs Benedict, chicken-and-waffle, or biscuits in gravy; an ommelette bar, a carving station, and a massive dessert station. You can even enjoy an egg hunt or stop to take a new profile photo with the Hipster Easter Bunny!
The Cookery — Dobbs Ferry
Known for its extravagant pig roasts, The Cookery will hold true to form for Easter with a special all-day three-course menu for $55, which includes complimentary foccacia and a glass of prosecco. Starters include heirloom meatballs, rabbit rillette, pizza rustica, and grilled cuttlefish among others, whiles mains features dishes like sweet pea agnolotti, casareccee, beef shortrib, and pig head for two. Finish with desserts like warm chocolate polenta or chamomile tea cake.
Equus, Castle Hotel & Spa — Tarrytown
Equus will be hosting three seatings of a special Easter brunch this year, at 11 a.m., 2 p.m., and 5 p.m., each with an included egg hunt. The meal will include omelet, pasta, and carving stations as well as a waffle bar, sushi, salads, shrimp cocktail, assorted sides, and entrées like biscuits and country gravy and crispy duck confit. Dessert is also included, with options like bananas Foster, hazelnut Madeleines, and mini panna cotta. Cost is $115 for adults (with a complimentary glass of wine) and $50 per child 10 and under.
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 grilled leg of lamb and black truffle polenta. 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 rago, poached eggs, and a nice bearnaise sauce. (Oh my.)
Monteverde at Oldstone — Cortlandt Manor
This fan-favorite restaurant prides itself on its lamb, and on Easter Sunday it will not disappoint. Open for brunch and lunch reservations, Monteverde will highlight it's star with roast leg of lamb, as well as dishes like French roasted chicken, pan-roasted salmon, and vegetable quiche, with sides such as rainbow carrots, fingerling potatoes, and fresh salads. A dessert is included along with coffee or tea.
The Rare Bit — Dobbs Ferry
Like it's sister restaurant The Cookery, The Rare Bit has an all-day $55 prix fixe menu. Here starters include Cullen skink, Scotch egg, lamb tartare and more, while mains include dishes like braised lamb, chicken tikka masala, and rabbit pie. Dessert will be a choice of Eton mess — their signature charcoal merringue with absinthe-soaked strawberries — sticky chocolate pudding, and lemon posset.
The Ritz-Carlton New York, Westchester — White Plains
The Ritz-Carlton’s Lobby Lounge will host a gourmet brunch from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. including buttermilk flapjacks, pecan Niman Ranch smoked bacon, chicken apple sausage, spring vegetable frittata, Spanish tortilla Española, artisanal cheeses and cured meats, an omelet station, various desserts and more, all for $59 perperson. Kids will enjoy the hotel's annual Easter egg hunt (with plenty of candy treasures) and a visit from the Easter Bunny.
Sonora — Port Chester
One of the coolest brunches 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, plus a few choice lamb specials. They'll also be hosting a special prix fixe dinner you'll want to check out below.
273 Kitchen — Harrison
For a true Easter Sunday feast, this Harrison spot will be offering a five-course prix fixe meal for $55 (running alongside its normal menu) on April 21, as well as an encore for Greek Orthodox Easter on April 28. Tastes include pita and dips, fresh salads like shaved crunchy cabbage oir soups like spring lamb and dill, entrées like grilled Mediterranean Branzino or rosemary rubbed lamb, desserts, and more!
Empire City Casino — Yonkers
As always, Empire City is celebrating with multiple meal specials. Recently revamped, The Pub will feature a special pan-seared pork chop entrée with apple-cranberry sauce, potatoes au gratin, and a hot cross bun for $28. For a more traditional Italian vibe, Nonno's will be serving a braised lamb hind shank stewed in a white-wine-and-vegetable stock along with gremolata over saffron risotto for $29.
Sonora — Port Chester
After brunch, stick around for Sonora's three-course prix fixe dinner menu. Starters include lamb meatballs in a Castilian sauce, organic kale salad, lobster bisque, and grilled shrimp ceviche. Mains include roast leg of lamb, branzino, braised short ribs, seared free bird chicken, and seafood paella (with optional lobster). All that comes with a chef's special dessert for just $37. (Kids menu also available.)
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, locally-raised chicken, roast rack of baby lamb, and classic chateaubriand. All of this is followed up by dessert: things like Valrhona chocolate melting cake, a sweet "Easter egg" made from mango and coconut mousse in a caramel "nest," or a crispy lemon Napoleon. Cost is $75 per person.
As many a disheartened Jew can attest, there's a difference between kosher and kosher for Passover (more stringent guidelines for the preparation, generally speaking, plus the whole 'no-leavened-bread' thing). It can be difficult to find truly kosher kitchen, and don't tell her but even your bubbe's probably doesn't measure up. That said, if you're willing to be a little lax in how strictly you observe these regulations, you can get a fantastic meal in Westchester for very little effort.
Ben's Kosher Deli — Scarsdale
Come on, you didn’t really think the Ben's would leave you hanging, did you? Ben's is still offering a 10-person holiday take-out meal for $349.90 that gets you gefilte fish, chopped liver, matzo ball soup, two sides (like broccoli almondine of potato pudding), cranberry-pineapple compote, cole slaw, tsimmes, and an entrée of turkey, chicken, of brisket. As an added bonus, Ben's will even throw $100 in monthly BOGO coupons onto your Preferred Patron card.
By the Way Bakery — Hastings-on-Hudson
If you're just looking for a nosh or a little after-dinner sweet, think no farther than this dairy- and gluten-free bakeshop. Think chocolate truffle tortes, seven layer cake, coconut "cheese"cake, classic macaroons, and more decadent desserts so good, you'll never now they were parve!
Eden Wok — New Rochelle
It may seem silly, even a bit cliché, to name an Asian restaurant to a list of restaurants great for a Jewish holiday, but thanks to a kashrus certification, this fusion kitchen is actually as kosher as your local Jewish butcher — no dairy with their beef dishes, only mock crab in their sushi rolls, even the burgers are made with "We Promise It's Parve" faux-cheese and turkey bacon!
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 $26.99 per person (eight-person minimum). Seder dinner comes with your choice appetizer, one entrée with gravy, two sides, soup, and dessert, plus cranberry compote or tsimmis, and plenty of matzo!
Moderne Barn — Armonk
Moderne Barn will be offereing a special prix fixe Passover menu for $49 per person. Dishes include matzo popovers and Sephardic apple-date horoset as an appetizer, black truffle deviled eggs next, followed by a choice of matzo ball soup or baby arugula salad, then either chicken liver mousse or gefilte fish, and an entrée of either braised lamb shank or grilled salmon. (Plus a choice of dessert, of course!)