Does the thought of roasting the lamb, hiding the eggs, and stuffing the baskets before the Easter bunny hops through the front door make you want to go back to winter hibernation mode? Skip the stress and reserve your spot at one of these holiday brunches or dinners instead. With gourmet fare and farm-to-table eats galore, the plastic grass is greener at the Hudson Valley hotspots.
25 South Partition Street, Saugerties; www.diamondmillshotel.com
Perfect for family visiting from out of town
Diamond Mills in Saugerties delights this Easter with a curated menu developed by CIA trained executive chef Giuseppe Napoli. The in-laws will be impressed by the view of the Esopus Falls and generous carving station, which includes the requisite rack of lamb. The smoked fish display and made-to-order omelet station allow everyone to create the perfect plate.
Served 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.; for reservations, call 845.247.0700
120 Front Street, Newburgh; www.blu-pointe.com
Perfect for upstate weekenders
Blue Pointe in Newburgh may make a name for itself with its fresh fish and prime beef, but its Easter brunch menu includes dishes that go far beyond surf and turf. Big Apple weekenders and locals alike will go gaga for the chicken and waffles at breakfast and the truffle mac and cheese at lunch. Round things out with a fresh apple cider doughnut for a true Hudson Valley meal.
Served 10 a.m.- 1 p.m.; for reservations, call 845.568.0100
176 Rinaldi Boulevard, Poughkeepsie; www.shadowsonthehudson.com
Perfect for vegetarians (or vegetable lovers)
While Shadows on the Hudson is a year-round attraction for enticing eats and Poughkeepsie waterfront views, it goes above and beyond with its Easter menu. Vegetarians will be over the moon with options like the vegetable flatbread with shaved Brussels sprouts and a maple-balsamic reduction and the asparagus and artichoke risotto. Order the carrot cake for dessert for an A+ from the Easter bunny.
Served 1 p.m. – 8 p.m.; for reservations, call 845.486.9500
1000 Mountain Rest Road, New Paltz; www.mohonk.com
Perfect for couples
Hudson Valley favorite Mohonk Mountain House offers the Easter experience of dreams this April. Stay overnight at the picturesque retreat before chowing down at the luncheon buffet on Sunday. The charcuterie and seafood displays will delight brunch enthusiasts, while the carved to order station with ham, lamb, and strip loin will satisfy anyone looking for a heartier meal.
Served 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.; for reservations, call 855.883.3798
Henry’s at the Farm in Milton serves the requisite Easter rack of lamb.
220 North Road, Milton; www.buttermilkfallsinn.com
Perfect for bringing the kids along
As an early adopter of farm-to-table fare in the Hudson Valley, Henry’s at the Farm at Buttermilk Falls Inn and Spa in Milton is a no-brainer solution for top notch Easter dining. As a bonus, the holiday buffet offers reduced rates for the kids. Parents can savor the Hudson Valley Cattle Company short ribs while little ones munch on Frida’s Bakery pastries. The brunch runs all day with a changeover at 2pm from breakfast to lunch.
Served 10:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.; for reservations, call 845.795.1500
674 Thayer Road, West Point; www.thethayerhotel.com
Perfect for celebrating in style
Housed on the same grounds as The Thayer Hotel at West Point, MacArthur’s Riverview Restaurant is the place to go for an indulgent Easter brunch with trademark holiday fare. Made-to-order waffles and Bananas Foster stations make every guest feel special, while unlimited champagne, mimosa, and Bloody Mary glasses keep the celebration going.
Served 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.; for reservations, call 845.446.4731, ext. 7929