Where to Dine on Easter Sunday
How do we feel about Easter brunch or dinner in a restaurant? Well, it depends on the restaurant. The holiday calls for someplace with a sense of occasion, someplace pretty or festive that is serving spring lamb or ham. More than a few restaurants in our region fit the bill (such as the Red Lion Inn, left), and they were were still taking Easter reservations when we checked in with them this week. Easter is one of the last holidays where most stores don’t open, so it’s a wonderful day to take a drive and enjoy a leisurely meal that someone else has prepared. If you’re looking for another type of dining experience on Easter, check our Restaurant Listings (which are based on anonymous visits by the staff of Rural Intelligence, which does not accept free meals.)
Castle Street Cafe
Great Barrington, MA
After twenty years in the Berkshires, chef Michael Ballon knows how to serve up holiday meals with flair but no pretension. His family-friendly restaurant will be featuring a $33.00 prix fixe menu for adults and a $12.50 menu for children under 12. Noon - 6 p.m.
As you drive through horse country on your way to this traditional country restaurant, you’ll feel like you’ve stepped back in time to the days when Bing Crosby’s “Easter Parade” was a pop song. The $39.95 buffet (half price for children under 10; under 2 free) includes eggs to smoked salmon, roast beef, vanilla French toast, assorted desserts, and more. 11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
The grand old resort will be serving a lavish buffet brunch (including a waffle station, an omelette station, chef-attended pasta station, and a carving station with ham and loin of beef) in the mansion ballroom from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Adults: $45; children under 12: $24.95.
The Dream Away Lodge
The former bordello boasts an ecumenical life (and table) that mixes traditional fare – ham and lamb – spiced with international influences (think couscous and Greek yogurt) and rounds it all off with chef Amy’s amazing desserts.
Reservations: (413) 623-8725
The Greens at the Club
This home-away-from-home offers up brunch and dinner every Sunday, and has added a special menu to each in honor of Easter. Enjoy potato pancakes, braised cabbage, Scottish salmon, and, of course, the traditional lamb leg and local, roasted ham.
John Andrews has long been known as a restaurant that sources as much as possible from local growers and purveyors. Chef Dan Smith will be serving his always delectable regular menu on Easter from 5 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Reservations: 413 528-3469
Mezze Bistro + Bar
The weekly “comfort Sunday” menu ($20 for two courses and $25 for three courses) featuring dishes such as Mighty Food Farm eggs with ramp greens and East Mountain Farm bacon lardon and bacon brioche toast, will be served from 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.
The Old Inn on the Green
New Marlborough, MA
With intimate dining rooms illuminated only by candlelight, the Old Inn has a romantic Masterpiece Theatre ambiance. Thankfully, chef/owner Peter Platt serves audacious contemporary food, but in deference to tradition his Easter menu will include leg of lamb and smoked ham. Dinner: 1 p.m. - 8 p.m. $45.
South Egremont, MA
The Old Mill treats its customers like extended family, and the handsome dining room is homey in an elegant way. If you are putting together a group that includes friends from the Berkshires, Connecticut, and Columbia County, it’s perfectly situated for everyone, and on Easter Sunday you can dine early or late, from 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.
You can have anything you want—from challah French toast to roasted lamb—at this luxe locavore spot in a pastorale setting. Easter brunch will be served from 11:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
The Red Lion Inn
You certainly wouldn’t feel out of place wearing a flowery Easter bonnet in the landmark hotel’s Victorian dining room, while gorging on a four-course meal that might start with chilled asparagus-and-king-crab soup and end with lemon pound cake with strawberries & fresh cream
Noon - 4 p.m. Adults: $55; children under 12: $27.50. The regular dinner menu will be served from 5:30 p.m. - 8 p.m. There is a $109 room rate for anyone having Easter dinner or dining that evening.
If it’s warm on Sunday, you can have brunch between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on the Riverside Patio at this hotel overlooking the Hudson River. The Easter Brunch buffet features carved beef, French toast, quiche, and a grand dessert table. There will even be an Easter Egg Hunt for the kids and live music by The Bernstein Bard Trio. $35 for adults; $16.95 for children ages 6 to 12.
Route 7 Grill
Great Barrington, MA
If you and your kids are not shirts-tucked-in and tablecloth kind of people, then Route 7 Grill is more a down-on-the-farm way to spend Easter Sunday. With its emphasis on locally raised food, this upscale BBQ joint is offering (in addition to its regular menu) a special three-course menu ($25 to $35) by executive chef Chris Pratt. 11:30 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Chef Serge Madikian will be serving his usual exotic fare such as katafi crusted halibut and chicken bastillia with orange-curry emulsion from 5 p.m. - 10 p.m. on Easter Sunday.
The historic tavern will be serving locally sourced deviled eggs with jalapeno, honey-pineapple glazed baked ham, homemade desserts, and more in its warm, rich ambiance. Surprise menu additions and revisions possible. They will be serving from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Pine Plains, NY
The only time I ever had Easter lunch in a restaurant was at Provence, the pioneering bistro in SoHo, which was owned by Michel and Patricia Jean, who own Stissing House in Pine Plains. Everything tasted like the essence of spring in the French countryside, and it is sure to taste that way this Sunday. They will be serving their regular menu from 11:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. and several seasonal specials.
It always feels like spring at Swoon, which be open from noon until 9 p.m. on Easter, serving its regular dinner menu the entire day as well as brunch specials from noon until 3:30 p.m.
What could be more appropriate for Easter than dining in a renovated 1825 church? Chef/owner Josh Kroner plans to serve his usual multi-culti fare—such as barbecued duck quesadillas and pork tenderloin with Thai coconut-orange curry—and Easter specials beneath the soaring ceilings of the former First Baptist Church [left]. Dinner: 1 p.m. - 8 p.m.
West Stockbridge, MA
Touted as the “Taste of Germany” in the Berkshires, this historic, plank floor inn offers a savory array of luncheon treats, from warm shallot marmalade to leg of lamb with rosemary-sweet garlic jus (and, of course, apple strudel!). Serving luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.