NJ Restaurants Open on Easter Sunday

Here's where to dine for brunch, lunch or dinner in the Garden State on Easter.

Easter feels a bit late this year, but it will finally be here this Sunday. Whether you’re among the celebrating and overwhelmed or just don’t mind a nice Sunday brunch with mountains of sweet-smoky ham or a dinner of spring-heralding lamb, we’ve put together a short list of some of the many Easter brunches, lunches, and dinners the Garden State has to offer this year. There’s lots of variety here: you can do Easter at a mansion or by the sea, Easter with raucous egg hunts or get your Easter Bunny in a suit and tie (really). Our only word of advice, if you do find something you like and plan on making reservations, hop to it.

Hipster Easter in Fort Lee

Sherry Yard is a veteran chef and pastry chef (she’s worked at Spago, the iconic and lamented Rainbow Room and the Tribeca Grill, appeared on Food Network, published cookbooks, etc.). She also works the culinary end of iPic Entertainment’s upscale movie theaters (the reason you’re not confined to $11 popcorn anymore). This Easter, Yard and iPic are putting on a (gently) upscale “Decadent Buffet” at her City Perch Kitchen + Bar in Fort Lee with standbys like Honey Roasted Ham and Eggs Benedict buttressed by richer treats like French Toast with Whipped Citrus Scented Mascarpone and Strawberry Shortcake Push Pops. Decidedly adult though this is, there will be photo ops with something called the “Hipster Easter Bunny” as well as hourly Easter Egg hunts. Drinks aren’t included in the price, but they’ll be available. Regular weekend brunch hours, $48 per person, $12 for kids 12 and under. City Perch Kitchen + Bar, 2023 Hudson Street, Fort Lee; 201-582-7101

Elegant Seaside Easter at the Ebbitt Room

Easter at Beach Plum Farm is a hot—and basically sold out—ticket, but if you can’t make it there, head over to refinements of sister restaurant the Ebbitt Room, where they’ll be hosting their first-ever Easter Brunch with a menu supplied by Beach Plum Farm produce. From 10 am to 2 pm, you’ll have free reign over chef Jason Hanon’s farm-to-table upmarket buffet, with thoughtful dishes like Ahi Tuna Nicoise with farm eggs, green beans, and potatoes; Shakshuka with poached farm eggs, black kale, stewed peppers and tomatoes, and chorizo; and Leg of Lamb with smoked pineapple and salsa verde. Definitely atypical brunch fare. Reserve your seat over the phone. The Ebbitt Room, 25 Jackson Street, Cape May; 609-884-5700

Robust and Affordable at Stage House Tavern

No word on an Easter Bunny appearance, but Stage House Tavern in Mountainside is the only place we know of in all of Jersey that will have a “Nacho Cheese Fountain” running on Easter Sunday—already reason enough to go. Kidding aside, Stage House does solid, polished cooking—witness their Instagram—and their Easter Brunch and Easter Dinner Buffets promise to be no different. For instance, the holiday ham in their 10 to 2pm brunch is pit-smoked, and the leg of lamb is finished with a red wine demi and tzatziki sauce. Dinner goes from 3 to 7 pm and tacks on Made-to-Order Pizza and Pasta, St. Louis Ribs and Goat Cheese Ravioli in Basil Pesto Cream. With lower costs and a big, open space that’s basically built for brunch, this is an easy whole-family destination. $27.95 and $13.95 for brunch; $33.95 and$13.95 for dinner. The Stage House Tavern, 1099 Route 22, Mountainside; 908-731-0366

BYO Seasonal Easter at Acacia

Under up-and-coming chef Chris Voigtsberger, Acacia in Lawrenceville is passionately plugging away at polished seasonal cuisine; if you haven’t stopped by yet, Easter Brunch might be a nice intro to the cozy BYO. From 11 am to 2 pm, they’ll serve a three-course prix fixe menu, with sophisticated spring options like Ham and Pea Soup with a smoked ham broth and English peas, Herb-crusted Lamb Chops with soft scrambled eggs and bearnaise sauce, and Lemon Chiffon Pie for dessert (chocolate lovers don’t despair, there’s also Chocolate Mousse Trifle). The bring-your-own option keeps costs low and also means you can pick out your own early spring wine or beer or bubbly to pair with brunch. No egg hunts on schedule, FYI. $36 per person; make your reservations by phone. Acacia, 2637 Main Street, Lawrenceville; 609-895-9885

Bucolic Bunny Time at the Ryland Inn

If you’re looking for the best of both worlds—foodie and family—Ryland Inn is an excellent, if easily more expensive, bet among Easter brunch options. Starting at 11, they’ll have all sorts of bucolic fun for kids: Easter Egg hunt, petting zoo, face painting, arts and crafts. And then between noon and 5p m, patient adults (and newly hungry kids) can help themselves to the three-course prix fixe Easter Brunch. The menu turns out spring flavors with classic Ryland polish: Warm Asparagus Salad with Ryland Country Ham and Pea Tendrils; Wagyu Steak and Local Eggs with Chimmichuri; Strawberry, Blackberry, and Rhubarb Cobbler with Local Oat Crumble. Call for reservations, and bring an appetite to earn back the ticket price. $79 for adults, $29 for kids. The Ryland Inn, 115 Old Highway 23, White House Station; 908-534-4011

Mansion Easter at Ninety Acres

If you’re the type who needs next level Easter, you could try Ninety Acres at Natirar. The Mansion/Resort is home to Ninety Acres restaurant as well as a recreational cooking school and sprawling, mansion-y gardens and grounds. And on Easter those grounds can be the backdrop for a three-course prix fixe from noon to 6pm. There’s no actual word on menu items yet, but considering the proximity of the Farm at Natirar (it’s on the grounds), we’d expect more than a bit of very fresh product on the table. Like Ryland, this is a higher price ticket, but you’re buying some elegant country surroundings as well as a meal. $88 for adults, $29 for kids 10 and under. Ninety Acres, 2 Main Street, Peapack-Gladstone; 908-901-4701

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