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6 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.

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.

Candy Cocktails at City Winery

April 3

For those who like their Easter meals a little boozy, a visit to City Winery is a no-brainer. This special event takes Hudson Valley visitors through a list of libations that draws inspiration from everyone’s favorite childhood candy. Craft cocktails with everything from Peeps and jelly beans to high-quality cocoa from 3 Some Chocolates in Mount Vernon. Pick on small plates served with the tasting or dive into City Winery’s full menu. This $45 per person event proves that colorful treats and whimsy are not just for the kids.

Diamond Mills Hotel and Tavern Easter Brunch Buffet

Easter brunch (dine-in) 10 a.m. — 4 p.m., Easter dinner to-go

Nothing says “Easter brunch in the Hudson Valley” like dining with a gorgeous view, and Diamond Mills always delivers in this department. 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. The specialty desserts remain a surprise, but get excited for extravagant options like salmon roulade, seasonal vegetable quiche, and, of course, lamb with yogurt and mint. If you’d rather take the decadence home with you, the Easter to-go special includes many of the brunch offerings plus three pies: s’mores, cherry crumb, and lemon meringue.


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The Greekish Easter Meal

Easter meal (dine-in) and takeout baskets

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 $55 per person, savor an arrangement of unique flavors. Try the very traditional Easter meal of slow-braised lamb shank and orzo yiouvetsi for the main, or opt for either grilled fish or vegetable moussaka. A mezze spread of goat milk feta croquettes, stuffed grape leaves, caramelized cauliflower, and “Aunt Diane’s” delectable meatball keftedes keeps this meal especially exciting. If you’d rather take the fun to go, choose the basket for four people that includes lamb, cucumber tzatziki, fava hummus, smashed potatoes, and more. It would be impossible to leave out the philo-wrapped custard bougatsa that The Greekish serves for dessert alongside this Easter meal.

Rosticceria Rossi & Sons Traditional Takeout

Takeout all Easter weekend

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. 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 Brunch

Easter brunch (dine-in) 9:30 a.m. — 1 p.m.

Brunching at Shadows is a Hudson Valley tradition everyone should experience at some point. Poughkeepsie’s waterfront eatery is an ideal spot for Sunday brunches, and especially an over-the-top Easter spread. A full mouthwatering breakfast buffet tempts with all the classics: Belgian waffles, applewood-smoked bacon, bread pudding with maple anglaise, and a full omelet station. If lunch is more your speed, fish and chicken specials are available. The real showstopper here is the array of desserts, with bright, springtime treats like vanilla crème brûlée, key lime tarts, strawberry shortcake flutes, and mixed berry tartlets. For $36.95 per person, this Easter bounty is a steal.


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Smoke on the Water | Steak Easter Brunch

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

Celebrate Easter in Beacon at one of its most upscale destinations. The Roundhouse’s waterside lounge Smoke on the Water is another great holiday dining spot. Relax and enjoy a three-course brunch complete with high-end coffee, drinks, and more. Not only is the food divine, but the fireplace setting and the waterfall views add to the elegant atmosphere. Cost is $45 per person and $20 for children, and tables book fast, so make your reservation ASAP.