Where to get your brunch on this Eastah


For some reason, and trust me when I say I have zero problem with it, we as human beings find the best way to honor a day is to give it a brunch. Whoever came up with brunch as a thing, is a genius. Unless you're a church-goer, or maybe a brunch-hating zombie, you sleep in, roll out of bed and feed your face with some of the most decadent incarnations of breakfast known to man. You like French toast? Good, we're going to stuff it with lemony cheese. Wait, wait, you like OJ and bubbly?? We're going to MIX them. Good fucking morning to us all. 

Sooo, it seems Easter is coming up, or something, and we all know what that means. Servers all over the city will brace themselves for an onslaught of brunchers, myself included, and many a heaven-sent Bloody Mary will be shaken for a few precious hours this weekend. If you're still here, and haven't run off to land face-first in some eggs Benedict, here's where to go if you can swing it:


1. Harvest

Three courses for $49, with a half-glass pairing for $15 and a full-glass pairing for $25. Harvest knows their shit, especially when it comes to fresh, local, springtime ingredients. If we had our choice, we'd probably go with the braised Vermont rabbit and gnocchi (sorry Easter bunny), the lemon poppy seed french toast with strawberry rhubarb compote, and the pineapple mint sorbet. Drool. more

The Beehive

2. The Beehive

Ah, Easter. Whether you find yourself at church on this fine Sunday morning, or sleeping off the previous night's antics, you still gotta eat--and we don't just mean jelly beans by the handful. Chef Rebecca Newell has you covered with a smorgasbord of homey comfort classics, from apple cinnamon bread pudding (um, yes) to an old-fashioned roast spiral ham with spring peas and whipped potatoes. Thanks, Easter Bunny. more

UpStairs on the Square

3. UpStairs on the Square

For 50 bucks a pop (or $25 for kiddies under 12), you can celebrate Easter in a whimsical dreamland of a dining room, noshing on warm buckwheat crepes, spring lamb, and chocolate bread pudding. more

Grafton Street Pub & Grill

4. Grafton Street Pub & Grill

If prix-fixe ain't your jam, but you still want to get a little fancy on the coveted Day of the Jellybean (and, you know, Jesus, and rabbits, and all that), Grafton Street is offering straight-up specials for it's brunch guests. Specials range from the traditional (rosemary roasted leg of lamb in a red wine reduction) to the not-so-traditional-but-still-delicious (Parisian gnocchi with pea tendrils and shiitakes). more

Beacon Hill Bistro

5. Beacon Hill Bistro

What can $39 get you on one of the busiest brunch days in town? Quite a bit, if you're headed to Beacon Hill Bistro and a cozy setting is what you're after. Food really does taste better the cozier you are! Proven fact. The BHB will be serving up all the classics, including an Old Spot ham with braised red cabbange and a maple mustard glaze, featuring the most famous foraged cousin of the chive, the ramp. So hot right now. more

Cafe Fleuri

6. Cafe Fleuri

Oh, what's that? You want to get super fancy? The best bang for your buck would be Cafe Fleuri, the Financial District's beloved chocolate bar. It ain't all about cocoa on Sunday, though. For $88 ($45 for kids), you can feast your eyes on a smorgasboard of stations to choose from: salads and antipasto, farmstead cheeses, fish market, breakfast table, waffles made to order, a hot buffet, pasta, and a carvery. Phew. more


7. Rialto

We're not going to lie, we had trouble writing this post because we couldn't stop reading over Jody Adams' menu for this Sunday. If there's one thing this lady is phenomenal at, it's making dish descriptions sing. For example, the "honey ricotta cheesecake with rose meringue and strawberries" might totally suck (it probably doesn't, not at all), but based off that sentence, we'll take ten. Just put it on our tab. Menu is $65 per person, and $25 for the lucky kids whose parents are taking them here in the first place. more


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