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Where to Spend Easter Sunday in Philly + NJ

April 1, 2022 — Easter (Sunday, April 17) is fast approaching, and Philadelphia (and New Jersey)’s esteemed restaurant and bars are fully prepared to execute bountiful brunches, spirited craft cocktails, and more, to provide guests with an unforgettable holiday experience.

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Forsythia, Old City’s contemporary French bar and restaurant, will host an elevated, deluxe multi-course menu perfectly tailored for Easter. Chef Christopher Kearse and team have curated a posh prix fixe experience for $80/person featuring Green & White Asparagus with avocado gribiche, rhubarb, and fine herbs, English Cucumber Vichyssoise composed of smoked trout roe, meyer lemon, and puffed quinoa, Black Truffle Crêpe with rabbit confit, caramelized onions, and hazelnut-truffle honey, Quiche du Jour prepared with potato, wild spring onions, serrano ham, and smoked paprika hollandaise, and Tuna Niçoise with saffron potato, bagna càuda, and a six-minute egg. For the final course, guests can select from Buttermilk Panna Cotta composed of blueberry, lemon curd, and lavender cookie, or Chocolate Olive Oil Gâteau with sour cherry, rhubarb, and pistachio.

Easter brunch will be held on Sunday, April 17 from 10:30am – 6pm. Reservations are highly encouraged and can be booked via Resy or by clicking here.

Hours of operation: Wednesday through Sunday, 5 – 10pm for dinner service, and Saturday and Sunday, 10:30am – 2pm for brunch service

233 Chestnut Street | 215.644.9395 |   https://www.forsythiaphilly.com/

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Patchwork, a lively restaurant and bar focused on New American cuisine located in the heart of Rittenhouse Square, is ramping up their already stellar brunch spread with a bevy of add-ons for Easter Sunday, curated by Executive Chef Jonathan Dearden. Themed fare includes Bacon Deviled Eggs ($8), Smoked Salmon Frittata ($12), and Eggs Benedict with Serrano Ham and Tabasco Hollandaise ($18).

For sipping, imbibers can enjoy a Rose & Lavender Blood Orange Mimosa ($14) in addition to an expertly designed craft cocktail menu, courtesy of Lead Bartender Tara Przybyszewski. To book a reservation for Easter brunch, visit OpenTable or click here.

Hours of operation: Monday through Friday, 6:30 – 10:30am for breakfast/brunch service, Sunday through Thursday, 5 – 9pm and Friday and Saturday, 5 – 10pm for dinner service

1620 Chancellor Street | www.patchworkphilly.com

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Red Owl Tavern, the modern American tavern on Independence Mall, offers locals and visitors an exceptional display of themed fare and libations available on Saturday, April 16 and Sunday, April 17 during brunch service. In addition to the current seasonal breakfast and lunch offerings, guests can expect Whipped Ricotta Toast with kumquat marmalade and toasted hazelnuts, Shakshouka composed of baked eggs, spicy tomato sauce, feta, and olive oil, and Croque Madame with French ham, Gruyere, mornay, and a sunny side up egg.

For those interested in a tasty tipple to kick start the holiday festivities, Lead Bartender Christopher Devern is whipping up an Easter-appropriate craft cocktail dubbed We The Peeple composed of gin, St. Germain, lemon, blueberry syrup, egg white, heavy cream, and a Peep garnish.

Red Owl Tavern hours of operation: Monday through Wednesday, 8am – 9pm, Thursday and Friday, 8am – 10pm, Saturday, 9am – 10pm, Sunday, 9am – 3pm.

433 Chestnut Street | 215.923.2267 | www.redowltavern.com/

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Seaview Hotel & Golf Club, the New Jersey Shore’s quintessential resort, located only a 50-minute drive from Center City, Philadelphia, boasts a family-friendly brunch served buffet-style for Easter Sunday, featuring an extensive assortment of seafood, omelets, breakfast staples, entrées, and more. Offerings include Roasted Spring Vegetable & Cous Cous Salad with carrot-ginger vinaigrette, Shrimp & Snow Crab Claws served with traditional accompaniments, Belgian Waffles with fresh fruit and warm maple syrup, Duck Fat Poached Faroe Island Salmon, Oven Roasted Sliced Tenderloin of Beef, Caramelized Onion & Yukon Potato Puree, Honey Baked Leidy’s Ham with cracked mustard sauce, and more – priced at $57.95/adults and $28.95/children.

Additionally, an Easter Bunny will be on-site for children to snap photos with, and Seaview Hotel & Golf Club will host hourly Easter Egg Hunts on the sprawling lawn at 12:15pm, 1:15pm, and 2:30pm.

Easter brunch will be offered on Sunday, April 17 from 10am – 2:30pm in Seaview’s grand main dining room. Reservations can be made via OpenTable or by clicking here.

401 S New York Rd., Galloway, NJ | 609.652.1800 | www.seaviewdolcehotel.com/

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The Twisted Tail,  the popular Southern-inspired restaurant and bar on Headhouse Square, is celebrating Easter with a robust three-course prix fixe feast available during brunch service on Sunday, April 17 from 10am – 4pm. Opt for à la carte dishes or a multi-course experience for $45/person including Blue Bay Oysters, Spicy Tuna Tartare, Shrimp Cocktail, Eggs in Purgatory with tomato ragu, roasted peppers, Parmesan, and poached eggs, Roasted Leg of Lamb with garlic, rosemary, and roasted potatoes, and Chicken and Waffle served with apple butter and spiced maple syrup.

Reservations are highly encouraged and can be booked via OpenTable or by clicking here.

Hours of operation: Monday through Thursday 4—10pm, Friday 4—12am, Saturday 11—12am and Sunday 10—10pm

509 S. 2nd Street | 215.558.2471 |   http://thetwistedtail.com/

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Urban Farmer, Logan Square’s modern American steakhouse, has an array of à la carte specials planned for both brunch and dinner service this Easter, courtesy of Executive Chef Sonny Ingui. Guests can select from an expansive brunch and/or dinner menu, or opt for one of the beautifully prepared, themed additions such as Seafood Tower ($70/$138) composed of chilled oysters, lobster, shrimp, lump crab, salmon tartare, and mussels, Deviled Eggs ($14) with caviar and dill, Braised Lamb Shank ($38) with mushroom and pea ragout and Castle Valley corn polenta, and for dessert, Coconut Chiboust ($13) with lemon sable and blackberry.

Urban Farmer’s à la carte items begin at 11am on Sunday, April 17. Reservations are highly encouraged and can be booked via OpenTable or by clicking here.

Hours of operation:  Tuesday through Saturday, 8am – 9pm, and Sunday, 8am – 3pm

1850 Benjamin Franklin Parkway | 215.963.2788 |  https://www.urbanfarmersteakhouse.com/philadelphia-happenings/

 

-Nicole Schofield