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10 Spots for Festive Easter Eats in the Hudson Valley

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Restaurants across the region celebrate Easter with boozy brunches, traditional treats, and lots of lamb for dine-in specials and takeout packages.

By Raphael Beretta and Greta Stuckey

Spring is a wonderful time in the Hudson Valley. Home gardens come alive with colorful flowers, local wildlife re-emerges from hibernation, and the warmer weather encourages endless hiking and other outdoor jaunts.

After being cooped up all winter, who wants to slave away in the kitchen for an Easter meal? Skip the stress and reserve a spot at one of these holiday brunches or dinners for dine-in or takeout instead. With gourmet fare and farm-to-table eats galore, the plastic grass is greener at these Hudson Valley hotspots.

Diamond Mills Hotel and Tavern Easter Brunch Buffet

Easter brunch (dine-in) 10 a.m. — 4 p.m.
Saugerties

Nothing says “Easter brunch in the Hudson Valley” like dining with a gorgeous view, and Diamond Mills always delivers in this department. Dine inside or choose to sit outside if the weather is warm and inviting. Eat al fresco on the lovely grand terrace that overlooks the graceful Esopus Falls. As part of the annual tradition, Executive Chef Marcos Castro and Pastry Chef Kerry Hagarty put together an assortment of springtime classics and sweet treats for visitors to enjoy.  Get excited for extravagant options like rosemary chicken and waffles, beef short rib hash, vegan pastrami reubens, and the Tavern stuffed French toast. 

 

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The Greekish Easter Meal

Easter meal (dine-in)
Nyack

Easter is a great holiday for delicious Greek food. Nyack’s reimagined restaurant continues to delight with perfectly-executed mezze and other Mediterranean fare. For $75 per person, savor an arrangement of unique flavors. Try the very traditional Easter meal of slow-braised lamb shank, or try the grilled fish or vegetable moussaka. A mezze spread of potato croquettes, stuffed grape leaves, and caramelized cauliflower keeps this meal especially exciting. 

Rosticceria Rossi & Sons Traditional Takeout

Takeout all Easter weekend
Poughkeepsie

Few places in the Hudson Valley do holiday Italian food quite like the fan-favorite Rossi & Sons. The special take on traditional Easter dishes should not be missed. Sample pizza rustica, a true “pizza pie” filled with prosciutto, soppressata, and a slew of Italian cheeses, and pastiera, a wheat and ricotta pie flavored with vanilla beans and candied citrus. In addition, the eatery will be offering Italian Easter bread, which is braided sweet brioche bread scented with vanilla beans and orange. Alongside these unique seasonal dishes, Rossi’s makes its high-quality breads, meats, cheeses, and pasta available for takeout. Place orders online for one serious Easter dinner.  

Shadows on the Hudson Easter Sunday Dinner

Easter dinner (dine-in) 1:15-7 p.m.
Poughkeepsie

Dining at Shadows is a Hudson Valley tradition everyone should experience at some point. Poughkeepsie’s waterfront eatery is an ideal spot for Sunday dinner, and especially an over-the-top Easter spread. A full mouthwatering dinner menu tempts with all the classics: glazed ham, lamb chops, steak, shrimp cocktail, beef kabobs, salmon, chicken, vegetable orecchiette, and lobster. For some light appetizers, try the crab cakes, burrata and roasted beets, Caesar salad, or spring flatbread. Don’t worry, there is desert, too! Pick from a variety of dessert menu options such as vanilla bean crème brulée, dark chocolate hazelnut mousse, and an ice cream Easter sundae. 

 

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Roundhouse Easter Brunch & Dinner

Easter brunch 10 a.m. — 3 p.m., Easter dinner 3 p.m. — 8 p.m. (dine-in)
Beacon

Celebrate Easter in Beacon at one of its most upscale destinations. Relax and enjoy a three-course brunch complete with high-end coffee, drinks, and more. If you want a relaxing morning, stop by later in the day for a special Easter dinner. Not only is the food divine, but the fireplace setting and the waterfall views add to the elegant atmosphere. The Dutchess County destination is extending its operating hours for Easter weekend, and tables book fast, so make your reservation ASAP.

 

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The Grandview | Easter Sunday Buffet 

Easter buffet 12 p.m. — 4 p.m. (dine-in)
Poughkeepsie

Celebrate Easter with the whole family at this elegant restaurant with perfect views of the Hudson River. An Easter buffet awaits guests with delicacies such as slow-roasted prime rib, lamb, and honey-baked country ham. As for small bites, The Grandview will provide unlimited shrimp cocktails in addition to offering a variety of soups, salads, and sides. Adults can choose to eat Easter classics or pick a gourmet dish such as chicken Francese, grilled salmon, eggplant rollatini, and more. Don’t be afraid to bring the kids along, since the Poughkeepsie hotspot has a buffet filled with chicken nuggets and macaroni and cheese just for the little ones. When you start to get full, you can choose from one of the 15 different desserts offered.

The Stagecoach Inn| Easter Sunday Brunch

Easter brunch 10 am — 4 p.m. (dine-in)
Goshen 

If you are looking for a nice place to go with the family where you can get pictures and food, The Stagecoach Inn is the place. Seatings for brunch will be between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. for $65 a person and $25 for children. In addition to brunch, there will be a flower truck for children and an Easter bunny for photos.

Mill Creek Caterers| Easter Sunday Brunch

Easter brunch seating times 11 a.m. — 2 p.m.
Hopewell Junction

If you are looking for a nice brunch option on Easter Sunday, make your reservation at Mill Creek Caterers. You will have the option to choose from a breakfast station, a lunch station, a kids’ station, and a dessert bar. Brunch options will include French toast, potato fritters, eggs, and pineapple brown sugar glazed ham. If you are looking for lunch, the eatery will be offering Easter classics such as carved lamb, sliced roast beef, and honey-glazed salmon. Reservations are required, and the feast is priced at $50 for adults and $25 for kids. 

 

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Blu Pointe Easter Brunch 

11 a.m. — 2 p.m.
Newburgh 

Blu Pointe has you and the family covered on Easter Sunday. Instead of getting tired cooking all morning, stop by for the special brunch and enjoy all the fare the restaurant has to offer. Some special dishes being served will include prime rib, honey-glazed ham, and a leg of lamb carved to order alongside eggs Benedict and omelets. In addition, you can try the bagel and lox or chicken and waffles. If you are looking for hot entrees, you can choose between salmon, meatballs, and more. For dessert, the restaurant will be serving a variety of pastries and other small sweets prepared by the pastry team. 

Heritage Food + Drink Easter Brunch and Dinner

Wappingers Falls 

This brunch and dinner menu at Heritage is not your everyday Easter food. If you are looking to eat some elegant dishes on Easter Sunday, then this Wappingers Falls favorite will satisfy your cravings. The restaurant will be serving brunch and dinner with options such as grilled prawns, crab cakes, smoked salmon gnocchi, crispy duck confit, and grilled rack of lamb. For dessert, enjoy the homemade cannoli trifle. You can pick between flavors such as cinnamon whipped ricotta, chocolate pistachio, and cannoli chip. 

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