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The Best Places for Easter Brunch

Eric Strauss
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Concierge, The Bryant Park Hotel
Eric Strauss
Concierge, The Bryant Park Hotel
40 W. 40th St.
212.869.0100

Eric Strauss, concierge at The Bryant Park Hotel, shares his top places to “do brunch” this Easter. First up, for modern American fare, Strauss recommends a trip to Midtown’s The Lambs Club. “Chef Geoffrey Zakarian serves up classic dishes with an upscale, modern twist in fabulous Art Deco décor,” he says. “They play live jazz during Sunday Brunch—a great way to escape the hustle and bustle of NYC.” For a creative concoction, Strauss suggests his favorite brunch cocktail at the eatery, The Gold Rush—Bourbon, lemon & honey served over one large ice cube, which he describes as “perfection.” On the Upper West Side, located near Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Strauss says Ed’s Chowder House is “the perfect blend of Cape Cod meeting New York City—a little shabby but way more chic!” He adds that diners shouldn’t be fooled by the establishment’s super casual name, stating that the food, service and décor make it anything but. “Chef Ed Brown serves up classic seafood dishes from the East Coast,” Strauss says. “One of my favorites is the lobster roll.” Strauss also says the restaurant’s signature Bloody Mary is a must. “This spicy cocktail is topped off with an oversized shrimp. It’s delicious and definitely worthy of a selfie status update.” Downtown, the Union Square Cafe is a popular staple in the heart of its namesake neighborhood, which “exudes casual elegance.” While there, foodies can enjoy Chef Danny Meyer’s signature New American brunch dishes. “One of my favorite dishes is the huckleberry pancakes served with bacon peanut butter,” Strauss exclaims.