Where to Eat and Play This Easter and Earth Day in NYC 2019

Where to Eat and Play This Easter and Earth Day in NYC 2019


Earth Day 5K Green Tour (©Yael Malka)


Still looking for some great things to do this Easter weekend? How about Earth Day? There’s so much going on this weekend into next week it’s hard to put it all in one place! The obligatory Easter brunch with family and friends is great but why not enjoy some “green” attractions while your in the city and combine some fun with education on ways we can help save our planet.


Breakfast with the Easter Bunny at Stella 34 Trattoria & Bar

Have an excellent breakfast with the Easter Bunny himself, featuring fantastic sixth-floor views of the Empire State Building and activities including a professional balloon artist. The family-style breakfast includes pastries and savory and sweet buffet stations like a New York bagel bar.  Parents can enjoy a glass of prosecco, mimosa, or bellini while kids get a complimentary professional photograph with the Easter Bunny! Price: $35 for children and $40 for adults, depending on seating category.


All-you-can-eat Easter buffet at Brasserie 8 ½

Steps from the Easter Parade on Fifth Avenue, Brasserie 8 ½ offers one of the best deals in town: an upscale Easter buffet experience with over 50 gourmet delicacies by Chef Franck Deletrain. The holiday buffet features lemon-ricotta pancakes, eggs benedict, roasted porchetta, and an omelet bar, perfect for the popular, hands-on DIY breakfast experience. Price: $59, $29 for children 10 and under, free for children 3 and under; $15 mimosas and bellinis.


Brunch with the Easter Bunny at Rock Center Café

The Easter Bunny will be at Rock Center Cafe from 11 am - 3 pm and will also be skating on the Rink all morning! Dine on dishes such as strawberry buttermilk pancakes with Vermont whipped butter and maple syrup; housemade agnolotti with sweet English peas and ricotta in a herb broth; and Atlantic salmon with fregola, squash, and spring onion puree. Dinner options include Colorado loin of lamb with pan-roasted spring vegetable ratatouille and thyme jus; and grilled chicken paillard with spring beans, tomatoes, feta, and lemon vinaigrette. Price: $49 for Easter brunch, $59 for Easter dinner.


Skating with the Easter Bunny at The Rink at Rockefeller Center

An annual tradition at The Rink, skate with the Easter Bunny for a priceless experience. This year, kids get free admission to skate all week from April 18 leading up to the Rink’s last day of the season on April 25. Price: general admission: $25 for adults; kids skate free on Easter when they say “Spring Break”.

(Courtesy Grand Bazaar NYC)


Grand Bazaar NYC Earth Day Bazaar on 4/21

Come discover and shop at Grand Bazaar NYC (100 W 77th Street) indoors and outdoors with talented local artists, makers and independent vintage and antique dealers. The annual event will take place on Sunday, April 21st from 10am-5:30pm showcasing incredible

jewelry, fashion, furniture, art, home accessories, and more from recycled materials. Others creatively use sustainable and fair-trade materials to locally make beauty and skincare products, clothing, children’s accessories and toys, and artisanal foods. Come hungry and ready to learn from partners about environmental solutions and how to reduce your overall footprint and what programs are available in NYC.


Live Opera Performances at the MET Opera’s Grand Tier Restaurant

Listen to the sweet sounds of rising Met artists singing live opera numbers such as Schoenberg’s “Gigerlette” from Brettl Lieder and H. Leslie Adams’ “Prayer” from Nightsongs in the Grand Tier’s dining room, a setting highlighted by impressive chandeliers and original masterpieces by Marc Chagall. Contemporary American dishes such as classic smoked salmon, brioche French toast, and benedict royale take center stage for this only-at-the-Met special meal at $65 for a two-course prix fixe with endless bellinis.   


Dine Among The Cherry Blossoms at BBG’s Yellow Magnolia Café

The flavors of spring pop at Yellow Magnolia Café with a variety of fresh ingredients picked straight from Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s lush grounds. Soak up the views of the famous cherry blossoms and other blooming flowers while dining on exquisite dishes including Yellow Magnolia fried chicken with wild rice, collard green slaw, and habanero honey; ramp and gruyére frittata with market greens salad; and an ancient grain bowl with spelt berries, wild rice, quinoa, spicy greens, avocado, and marinated egg. Price: $38 for two-courses plus a mimosa or bloody mary.


Elegant Italian Cuisine at Lincoln Ristorante

At Lincoln Ristorante, Chef Shea Gallante creates fresh, beautiful, comforting food with bold flavors. His all-day Easter menu features show-stoppers including crudo di salmone with Mandarin orange, dill, and smoked trout roe; risotto al funghi with spring onion and braised morels; and costoletta di maiale, a roasted pork chop with Castellucio lentils, escarole and spring garlic. Price: $85 for three courses, $55 for children under 12.


Fresh Tastes of Spring at The Sea Grill

Steps from Easter Mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, the Easter Parade and Bonnet Festival, and the skating bunny on the Rock Center Rink’s ice, The Sea Grill is the perfect location for an Easter celebration. The decadent brunch here offers first-rate seafood along with fresh greenmarket spring ingredients, from spring onion carbonara to spring pea risotto, crab benedict to poached lobster salad with baby greens all for $65.

Earth Day Green Fair (©Yael Malka)


Earth Day New York 2019 Green Fair and Earth Day 50 Art Installation

The Earth Day Initiative's annual green fair takes place on Tuesday, April 23 from noon - 6:30 pm at E. 17th and Broadway. This annual outdoor Earth Day celebration is free and open to the public. The special day will feature a live art installation where artists will paint large-scale canvases with environmental themes relating to the Green New Deal. Dozens of exhibitors from a wide range of organizations including environmental campaigns, local eateries, government agencies and national corporate partners as well as green lifestyle products and services will be on hand.  H&M will sponsor a zero-waste woven art installation and Global Fashion Exchange (GFX) will host a special clothing swap. Live musical performances, talks and interactive activities for kids and adults alike will also take place.


Earth Day 5K Green Tour on 4/22

The Earth Day Initiative will host its 5th Annual Earth Day 5K Green Tour on Earth Day, Monday April 22.  Guests are invited to get outside and visit green organizations around the city including a river ecology school on the Hudson River, a state-of-the-art waste and recycling center, a zero waste office and a rooftop farm on top of an office building. Lunch will be provided by Just Salad.  It’s a great way to support great green sites and to find out how to get involved, volunteer, and stay green throughout the year. For more information or to purchase tickets to attend, visit


The Dark Side of Tulum Screening & Panel—The naturally beautiful and immensely popular destination is on the verge of ecological collapse. This independent documentary explores both the beauty and betrayal of Tulum, Mexico—and what can be done to change it.

The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with director, Rachel Appel, along with other special guests. Light bites and refreshments will be provided during the screening.

1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge

Monday, April 22, 7-10 pm


A Supper That Sustains Us

The 1 Hotels Zero Waste Dinner Series, Jams at 1 Hotel Central Park kicks on Tuesday, April 30 with A Supper That Sustains Us, a night of thoughtful culinary innovation that honors the environment and local farmers. The cocktail receptions begin at 7 pm with a family-style dinner following from 8-10 pm. 1 Hotels Zero Waste Dinner Series will partner with local chefs to explore and promote awareness around zero-waste cooking by utilizing ingredients in their wholest form. Witness how the guest chefs transform scraps into treasures and have the opportunity to engage in conversations around zero-waste and the culinary arts. All proceeds go to Grow NYC and Billion Oyster Project.


A Supper That Sustains Us will feature the following chefs:

Jonathan Waxman: Barbuto & Jams

Nancy Silverton: Pizzeria Mozza

Preston Madson: II Buco Alimentari

Justin Smillie: Upland NYC & Miami

Jake Leiber: Chez Ma Tante

Heather Miller: Jams (Pastry)





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