Looking to dine out this Easter Sunday? New Jersey has a plethora of holiday brunch and dinner specials happening across the state.
B2 Bistro + Bar, Multiple Locations
This bistro is serving Easter specials at all its locations. In North Brunswick, an Easter Buffet will be served with an appearance by the Easter Bunny; Toms River will serve a buffet from 10 am-6 pm. Special Easter menus will be served at Point Pleasant Beach and Red Bank. At newly opened Bayville, an Easter buffet will be served at 10 am and 2 pm on Easter Sunday.
Bistro D’Azur, South Orange
Easter offerings include dine-in and takeout. The special carry-out menu—which is also for Passover—includes roasted Amish chicken, shakshuka, brisket, matzoh ball soup and more. The two-course pre-fixe offers a first and main course, including asparagus-and-mushroom risotto, lobster crepe, apricot-glazed chicken breast, grilled Atlantic salmon and roasted lamb rib chops. Dine-in on Easter Sunday is offered from 12-2 pm.
14 Academy Street, South Orange; 973-327-9725
The Black Swan Public House, Asbury Park
At this pub with Irish inspired-dishes—which made our Best New Restaurants list this year—the menu, by executive Chef James Avery, includes a full English breakfast, corned beef hash, a Scotch egg, bangers and mash, chicken cordon bleu and more. In addition, guests can sip the pub’s mimosa flight, gin and tonics, beers, wine and signature cocktails. Reservations can be made online. Open 11 am-9 pm on Easter Sunday.
601 Mattison Avenue, Asbury Park; 732-361-7159
Café Chameleon, Bloomingdale
Every entrée on the Easter menu comes with a choice of appetizer, dessert and a glass of Prosecco. Entrées include black bass, roast chicken, duck, spring lamb and hanger steak. Appetizers and desserts feature Brussels sprouts, beets and goat cheese, tuna tartare, carrot cake, cheesecake and lava cake. First seating is 12-2:30 pm, second seating is 5-7 pm. Reservations required.
60 Main Street, Bloomingdale; 973-850-6969
Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar, Atlantic City
In addition to a special menu, Cuba Libre is offering an Easter-themed cocktail. The Cuban Peep is made with vanilla rum and coffee liqueur, topped with a Peep. A la carte dishes include Empanadas de Espinaca (with spinach, sweet onions, pine nuts and Manchego cheese) and Costillitas de Cordero (grilled double chops with minty-mango chutney). Make reservations online.
2801 Pacific Avenue (Tropicana), Atlantic City; 609-348-6700
Drifthouse by David Burke, Sea Bright
A special three-course menu prepared by chef Toni Charmello—who recently celebrated her first year in the restaurant’s kitchen—is being offered this Easter. Choices include appetizers (Burrafato, mussels in tomato broth, tuna carpaccio), main courses (seafood risotto, surf-and-turf, three-cheese agnolotti) and dessert (tiramisu, double chocolate mousse cake) and more. $65 pp and $30 per child, available 12-7 pm Easter Sunday.
1485 Ocean Avenue, Sea Bright; 732-530-9760
Exit Zero Filling Station, Cape May
Brunch will be first-come, first-served, with a special appearance by the Easter Bunny. Kids of all ages can snap photos with the bunny. Brunch dishes include Indian and Thai curries, hot chicken sandwiches, burgers, mega tots, bloody Marys, mimosas and more.
110 Sunset Boulevard, Cape May; 609-770-8479
The Feathered Fox, Livingston
The mimosas will flow this Easter. This Sunday (and every Sunday) from 10 am-3 pm, guests can enjoy a tableside mimosa bar, complete with a bottle of Prosecco, Chambord, St. Germain, Grand Marnier and assorted berries, orange, blood orange and peach juices. Brunch dishes include chocolate babka French toast, ricotta pancakes, French onion soup, grilled cheese, omelets and steaks.
550 W Mount Pleasant Avenue, Livingston; 973-994-4900
The Franklin, Secaucus
This popular Jersey City Heights spot recently opened a second location in Secaucus. Guests can enjoy brunch seven days a week. Although JC is BYO, Secaucus offers a full bar. Brunch includes huevos rancheros, ricotta pancakes, crabcake sandwiches, warm goat-cheese salad, espresso martinis and more.
780 5th Street, Secaucus; 201-777-1188
Gordon Ramsay Steak, Atlantic City
Located in Harrah’s Resort, Gordon Ramsay Steak is offering a pre-fixe Easter menu. The selection of courses includes a lamb shank croquette, market wedge salad, prime rib marinated in everything-spice, and sticky toffee pudding.
777 Harrah’s Boulevard, Atlantic City; 609-441-5060
Grain & Cane, Berkeley Heights
Chef Louis Bayla is preparing brunch and dinner this Easter Sunday. All-day specials include East Coast oysters, roasted Maine lobster thermidor, maple glazed lamb chops and Easter profiteroles (cream puffs). Brunch is 11 am-3 pm; dinner is 5-7 pm.
250 Connell Drive (The Park), Berkeley Heights; 908-897-1920
Hearth & Tap Co., Montvale
An a la carte brunch will be served from 11 am-2 pm and a dinner from 3:30 pm to closing. The menu will include Hearth & Tap favorites and Easter specials, with a kids’ menu also available. Outdoor seating will be offered, weather permitting. Reservations required.
125 N Kinderkamack Road, Montvale; 201-307-6300
La Mer Beachfront Resort, Cape May
From April 2-17, a special brunch menu will be offered, and the Easter Bunny will stop by. The a la carte menu features lump crab eggs Benedict, berry bunny stuffed French toast, Easter waffles, roast lamb and grits, salmon BLT and more. Specialty cocktails are also on the menu. Seatings are from 8 am-2 pm; reservations are required.
1317 Beach Avenue, Cape May; 609-898-2244
Red Horse by David Burke, Rumson
Once a month, this spot offers brunch, and this month Easter Sunday is the day. From 10:30 am-2:30 pm, brunch dishes include banana-pecan pancakes, tempura chicken-and-waffles, steak + eggs, eggs Benedict and more. Cocktails, wine, beer and sake are also offered.
26 Ridge Road, Rumson; 732-576-3400
Son Cubano, West New York
Every Saturday and Sunday, this Latin-inspired restaurant offers an extensive brunch menu from 11 am-3 pm. Crab croquettes, roasted pear salad, crispy buttermilk chicken and French toast, BBQ glazed salmon and more are on the weekend-only menu. Guests can enjoy brunch with signature cocktails, including the Chili Chili Bang Bang (tequila, Ancho Reyes chile, passion fruit ginger beer) and the Henny Guava (Hennessy, orange curaçao, lemon and guava).
40-4 Riverwalk Place, West New York; 201-399-2020
Stage Left Steak & Catherine Lombardi, New Brunswick
This dining duo is offering all kinds of Easter specials. Stage Left Steak, one of New Jersey Monthly‘s top steakhouses, will host a brunch from 11 am-2:30 pm on Easter Sunday, with selections including lobster bisque, escargot, cured salmon, eggs-and-lobster potato hash, raisin hazelnut French toast, buttermilk fried chicken, créme brûlée, cakes and more. For dinner, Catherine Lombardi will add specials to their regular a la carte menu, such as softshell crabs, osso buco, and Easter Pie (pizza rustica). Reserve online.
5 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick; 732-828-4444
Toast City Diner, Asbury Park, Montclair, Red Bank
Easter specials are coming to this BYO brunch spot. An Oscar Benedict and Nicoise Salad will be new to the menu, in addition to Toast classics such as challah French toast, omelets, cinnamon buns and more. Pair your Easter brunch with Toast’s signature lattes, teas and hot and iced coffees, including a French toast latte made with brown sugar, maple and cinnamon. Reserve online.
516 Cookman Avenue, Asbury Park
700 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair
45 Monmouth Street, Red Bank
Ventanas, Fort Lee
Weekend brunch is always happening at this American, Latin and Asian-inspired restaurant. Dishes include bacon donuts, buttermilk pancakes with apple compote, Korean breakfast (jasmine rice, bok choy, egg, pork belly), chicken-and-waffles sandwich, lobster roll and more. Special brunch cocktails are available, including the Ventanas Spritz made with Chandon garden spritz, orange juice and orange zest. Brunch Saturday-Sunday 11 am-3 pm.
200 Park Avenue, Fort Lee; 201-583-4777
1776 by David Burke, Morristown
Every Sunday from 11 am-3 pm, guests can enjoy a special brunch, including oatmeal donuts, steak tartare tacos, banana blueberry pancakes, bison & sweet potato hash and specialty cocktails. For Easter at this terrific Morristown newbie, chef David Burke is curating a pre-fixe dinner, $95 per person. Dishes include lobster dumplings, beef Wellington, cauliflower panna cotta, roasted branzino and more. Reservations offered for seatings between 12 and 7 pm on Easter Sunday.
67 East Park Place, Morristown; 973-829-1776