Easter Sunday brunch, a tradition for many across the country and around the hub, brings to mind bright salads, savory ham and lamb, and buttery soft quiche. And of course, chocolate.
It’s a special day for chefs, too, because the playful side of the holiday allows them to show off their skills. Harvest executive pastry chef Joshua Livsey is an Easter enthusiast, saying, “I like to serve elevated versions of what people expect. It’s Easter, it’s fun!”
Whether Easter is a serious celebration of your beliefs, the unofficial spring kickoff, a day to spend with the family watching the smalls hunt for eggs, or seriously not your thing – there are options. Menus have been scoured. Easter bunnies are hopping all over town. Musicians are readying their instruments. Eggs are filled with treats. All that’s needed are happy and hungry diners.
Fancy and fun
Put on your Easter bonnet and hit these upscale spots to see and be seen. Cambridge mainstay Harvest will serve a special cinnamon babka at brunch, in addition to their chocolate babka. They will offer a prix fixe menu with three special dessert offerings — a deconstructed coconut cream pie with pineapple and dark chocolate, almond cherry cheesecake (“This one we’re doing in the shape of an egg, a chocolate egg with a cherry cheesecake filling, resting on top of a mini doughnut” Livsey told the Globe), and a dark chocolate lavender cremeux.
The newly opened Table by Jen Royle, in the North End, is offering an expanded brunch menu. Owner and chef Jen Royle says, “We are combining some of our most popular brunch items with some new lunch items. People seem to love our fried dough and breakfast flatbread, so I wanted to keep them!” Additions include homemade gnocchi with broccoli rabe and Italian sausage, meatballs with homemade ricotta and zeppole with warm nutella filling and raspberry coulis.
Back Bay mainstay Grill 23 & Bar presents a special Easter menu featuring a spring mushroom and rootberry risotto, cider brined kurobuta pork chop with brown butter sweet potato puree, Brussels sprouts and peppercorn gastrique. The steakhouse’s classic dishes will also be on the menu.
Delight the littles with bunnies, egg hunts and music. Adults can enjoy smoked salmon toast and brioche french toast from a prix fixe brunch at South End classic The Beehive while younger diners can fuel up for the egg hunt with scrambled eggs and toast. And of course, there will be live music. The Beehive’s sister restaurant, Cambridge’s Beat Brew Hall is offering the same. The Boston Harbor Hotel is hosting brunch in the Atlantic Room and Meritage Restaurant + Wine Bar. The brunch will feature live music, Easter egg hunts around the hotel and a visit from the Easter bunny! Kendall Square’s Glass House also promises a visit from the Easter Bunny (he’s going to be very busy), specials like fried lobster benedict and pastrami hash, and egg hunts for the kids.
Keep it simple
If you want to keep it casual and simple, Southie favorite Capo will be open for Easter brunch with decadent menu additions like Strawberry Rhubarb French Toast with vanilla anglaise and oat streusel crumb and Nonna’s Lamb Sugo with Madeira mushrooms and mafalde. 110 Grill, which has locations across Massachusetts, is serving up chicken and waffles with walnut bacon maple syrup, crab and egg flatbread and steak and eggs benedict, along with their everyday brunch menu on Easter. They’re also stirring up a few custom cocktails, including an adult mocha iced coffee.
Just want brunch?
Jamaica Plain favorite Tres Gatos will be open normal brunch hours on Easter, serving tapas style brunch. Bistro du Midi will be open for a prix fixe brunch on Easter Sunday, along with unmatched views of the Public Garden. Or head to the Long Wharf for a seasonally inspired a la carte brunch at State Street Provisions.
And of course, as the days grow longer and sunnier, thoughts turn to dining al fresco, because no one loves the patio life more than those who’ve made it through another long winter. And many diners will have the chance to dine outside on Easter, weather permitting.
“Our patio is open, and people will be eating outside,” says Harvest’s Livsey. “And there’s a heated patio, so even if it’s a little chilly people can eat outside among the potted flowers. It’s like spring is finally here.”
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