Where to find gorgeous Easter meals in North Jersey
Anthony Bucco, Exec. Chef/Partner of Felina Restaurant & Bar in Ridgewood, gives a brief tour. Video by Mitsu Yasukawa NorthJersey.com
Restaurants are prepping for Easter: busting out the pastel decor, springtime flowers and brightly colored eggs.
Why not dress in your Sunday best and enjoy a stress-free brunch or dinner for the holiday, falling this year on April 4? Or, if you're not quite ready to dine out yet, skip the mess of cooking your own ham or leg of lamb with a meal to-go.
Here are five gorgeous restaurants offering special Easter meals.
Take out or dine in on Easter at the stunning French restaurant Faubourg — which also has a terrace for outdoor seating. A fresh, spring-appropriate, three-course menu is available for dine-in or pick-up. It includes a first course choice of spring pea soup with lobster or jumbo lump crab and asparagus salad. Up next is entrees: a choice of halibut and morels or lamb loin and peas. End your meal with either carrot cake with cream cheese sabayon and orange marmalade or Opera cake.
Faubourg also has a home bundle take-out package that feeds four to six people. It includes hummus with whipped ricotta, jumbo asparagus with smoked salmon, quiche printanier, a choice of roasted leg of lamb or ham, ramp rosti, spring peas, carrot fricassee, and carrot and walnut cake.
When: Four-course meal available on Easter from 5 to 8 p.m. (preorder is recommended and day-of take-out calls will be accepted based on availability). Preorder home bundle by Friday, April 2; pick-up on April 4 from noon to 8 p.m.
Cost: $75 for the four-course meal; $295 for the home bundle
Go: 544 Bloomfield Ave., Montclair; 973-542-7700, faubourgmontclair.com.
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Ho-Ho-Kus Inn, Ho-Ho-Kus
The historic Ho-Ho-Kus Inn (the first version of the Inn was built in 1769, though it has been renovated several times since) will be open on Easter Sunday for brunch, lunch and dinner. The dishes have not been set yet, but owner Laurie Hamm said we can expect a condensed menu with plenty of chef's specials and Easter treats.
When: April 4; hours TBA.
Cost: A la carte
Go: 1 E. Franklin Turnpike, H-Ho-Kus; 201-445-4115, hohokusinn.com.
Fresh & Fancy Farms, New Milford
Head to this quaint, homey farm in New Milford for a family-friendly Easter Bunny brunch. Pancakes with lavender honey butter, sausage, fresh fruit, orange juice and coffee and tea are included. Kids will get also get a photo with the Easter Bunny, as well as crayons, a coloring book and a toy.
When: Two seatings on March 27; 10 to 11 a.m. and noon to 1 p.m. Two seatings on March 28; 10 to 11 a.m. and noon to 1 p.m.
Cost: $38 per person
Go: 575 River Road, New Milford; 201-483-9494, freshandfancyfarms.com.
Town Bar + Kitchen, Morristown
Not quite comfortable dining out yet? TOWN Bar + Kitchen will offer an Easter takeout menu so you don't have to dirty any pans. Course one is a choice of Brussels sprout salad or Caesar salad. Entree options include slow-cooked pulled lamb with pan gravy over garganelli pasta, herb-roasted chicken or lemon dill scented salmon.
When: Orders must be placed by 3 p.m. on April 3. Pickup times will be scheduled beginning 11 a.m. on April 4.
Cost: $225, feeds a family of four.
Go: 80 Elm St., Morristown; 973-889-8696, townbarandkitchen.com.
Housed in a beautifully renovated old bank, Felina is spacious, elegant and ready to serve you an Easer meal. Served family-style, the Easter options include choices of ramp pizza, pork belly, hamachi crudo, clamshell pasta, salmon, lamb and heirloom carrots. For dessert: rhubarb and pistachio crostata or carrot cake with yogurt ice cream.
When: Noon to 6 p.m. April 4
Cost: $69 for adults; $24 for kids 13 and under
Go: 54 E. Ridgewood Ave., Ridgewood; 551-276-5454, felinarestaurant.com.
Rebecca King is a food writer for NorthJersey.com. For more on where to dine and drink, please subscribe today and sign up for our North Jersey Eats newsletter.