12 Easter Brunch and Dinner Specials in Boston
The Easter bunny didn’t bring you any Fabergé eggs this year? Find your own holiday opulence at chef Daniel Boulud’s tony Boston outpost, located inside the Mandarin Oriental Hotel. On their three-course prix fixe menu, you’ll find brioche pain perdu with poached rhubarb, confit de merlu, traditional Basque custard cake with brandied cherries, and other decadent bites.
Prix fixe brunch ($55 adults, $25 children) served 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Bar Boulud at Mandarin Oriental Boston, 776 Boylston St., Boston, 617-535-8800, barboulud.com.
At Harvard Square’s Beat Hotel, you won’t find William Burroughs and his stroboscopic dream machine—but you might run into a guy in a rabbit suit. This subterranean jazz brasserie is forgoing Naked Lunch in favor of a family-friendly Easter brunch featuring such seasonal à la carte fare as spiced carrot soup, baked spiral ham, roast lamb shoulder, and triple cheese quiche. Renato Malavasi’s Brazilian jazz trio and singer-songwriter Sarah Brindell provide tunes. We’re also promised “a visit from the Easter bunny himself.”
Brunch served 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Beat Brasserie, 13 Brattle St., Cambridge, 617-499-0001, beathotel.com.
The Beehive, the Beat Hotel’s sister restaurant in the South End, is serving up a jazz-soaked Easter Sunday of its own. For brunch, adults can opt for the two-course brunch menu, which includes dishes like eggs shakshuka, candied garlic spare ribs, and thick-cut French toast, while the kiddies have their own “Little Bee’s” menu (not to mention a special Easter egg hunt). For dinner, their à la carte menu offers stick-to-your ribs dishes like uni-crusted grouper, duck au poivre, and lamb shepherd’s pie. Wash it all down with a Beehive Bloody Mary and enjoy an all-day live music lineup, capped off with the Beehive’s Sunday Night Blues Series.
Prix fixe brunch ($45 for adults, $18 for children 12 and under) served 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., dinner served 5-10 p.m., The Beehive, 541 Tremont St., Boston, 617-423-0069, beehiveboston.com.
While most of us are oblivious to it, the relative scarcity of scrapple in Boston is a pain felt deeply among our city’s Mid-Atlantic transplants who grew up with this legendary Pennsylvania Dutch offal dish. As part of their three-course prix fixe menu, Bergamot is giving diners a chance to sample their “burnt ends scrapple Benedict,” in addition to vegetable strata and poached cod with linguiça.
Prix fixe brunch ($44) served 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Bergamot, 118 Beacon St., Somerville, 617-576-7700, bergamotrestaurant.com.
For a fusion twist on traditional Easter brunch, an East-meets-West-inspired spread awaits at Ming Tsai’s legendary French-Asian spot in Wellesley. There, you can sample Blue Ginger’s signature sticky buns, wok-stirred omelets, and Chinese-mustard-glazed ham.
Buffet ($45 adults, $18 children 6-12, children under 6 free) served 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Blue Ginger, 583 Washington St., Wellesley, 781-283-5790, ming.com/blue-ginger.
BOKX 109 American Prime
In Latin America, tamales are synonymous with holiday festivities. And over in Newton, BOKX 109 executive chef (and Guatemala native) Israel Medina will be giving diners a taste of this Easter tradition from his home country. During dinner service on Easter Sunday, you can order roasted pork shoulder tamales, accompanied by a green cabbage slaw.
Tamales available 5-9 p.m., BOKX 109 American Prime at Hotel Indigo, 399 Grove St., Newton, 617-454-3399, bokx109prime.com.
Head to Bondir’s cozy Cambridge dining room for a four-course prix fixe lunch. Highlights include mandarin-cured Scituate fluke, spring lamb saddle, and even rabbit ballotine (a ballotine being the forcemeat-stuffed, not-too-distant relative of the turducken). And while Bondir isn’t the only Boston restaurant serving rabbit dishes this Easter, a bunny might be its most appropriate spirit animal—the restaurant’s name means “to jump” in French.
Easter lunch ($55) served 12-5 p.m., Bondir Cambridge, 279a Broadway, Cambridge, 617-661-0009, bondircambridge.com.
The Breakfast Club
Hop down the hipster bunny trail to Allston’s Breakfast Club diner, for an Easter-themed installment of their four-course Breakfast for Dinner series. And a fashionably late one, at that: On Monday, April 6, they’re breaking out the deviled eggs and a “Chicken or the Egg?” omelette (filled with grilled chicken, fresh corn, arugula, tomato, and goat cheese), as well as sugar-high-inducing treats like carrot cake pancakes and marshmallow Peep milkshakes.
Prix fixe ($35), April 6, 7 p.m., The Breakfast Club, 270 Western Ave., Allston, 617-783-1212, thebreakfastclubboston.com.
Craigie on Main
“Celebrating Passover has become part of the Craigie family’s tradition,” proclaims Craigie on Main, where the holiday festivities pay special tribute to chef Tony Maws’s “culinary muse”: his grandmother Baba Hannah, “whose photo has hung in Craigie’s kitchen since opening day.” From April 3-11, you’ll be able to nosh on matzoh-meal lasagnette, Baba Hannah’s braised beef, and other Passover fare. And on Easter Sunday itself, they’re serving a three-course brunch menu that features peekytoe crab cakes, slow-roasted lamb leg, and an artichoke-and-black-truffle tarte flambe. As if you needed more proof that Craigie brunches hard.
Prix fixe brunch ($50 adults; $25 children under 12) served 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Craigie on Main, 853 Main St., Cambridge, 617-497-5511, craigieonmain.com.
Better start punching extra holes in your belt now: Hungry Mother’s cooking up a formidable Easter supper. Their tables will be groaning with plates of James Beard Award-nominated chef Barry Maiden’s chicken-fried Vermont quail, cola-and-mustard-glazed smoked ham, a “North Carolina Seafood Muddle,” and other Southern-accented fare. Go ahead and try to resist the temptation to order a side of the skillet cornbread with sorghum butter—we dare you.
Prix fixe supper ($55) served 1-8 p.m., Hungry Mother, 233 Cardinal Medeiros Ave., Cambridge, 617-499-0090, hungrymothercambridge.com.
The Tasting Room at Sip
On April 5, Downtown Crossing wine bar Sip debuts its new Tasting Room with a special flourish: They’re launching with a pop-up Easter brunch helmed by Josh Lewin and Katrina Jazayeri’s Bread & Salt Hospitality (previously in residence at Wink & Nod). Menu offerings include Greek lemon soup, Persian-style lamb, and “a house-brined ham made from pastured pigs from Brooks Cloud Farm in Maine.” Diners can opt for either their three-course prix fixe ($39), the five-course signature tasting ($69), or the go-big-or-go-home nine-course grand tasting ($119).
Bread & Salt menu served 10 a.m.-3 p.m., The Tasting Room at Sip, 581 Washington St., Boston, 617-956-0888, sipwinebarandkitchen.com.
We already know that T.W. Food reigns supreme with their prix fixe steez, and their Easter installment should be no exception: On their three-course Easter brunch menu, for example, you’ll find a braised-morel-and-chevré omelet, grits with rock shrimp and tasso ham, English pea soup with smoked mackerel, and pain perdu for dessert.
Prix fixe brunch ($45) served 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m., prix fixe dinner ($65) served from 5-9 p.m., T.W. Food, 377 Walden St., Cambridge, 617-864-4745, twfoodrestaurant.com.
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