With Easter just a few days away, Christians around the world are planning to mark the day with prayer and feasting, lots of feasting. Sundays are traditionally a feast day in Christianity. Whether marked by the inclusion of the Eucharist in Sunday services or a Sunday afternoon potluck, a feast has been a part of the faith walk for centuries. Easter, a holiday marking the Resurrection of Christ, is the most important date on the Christian calendar, besides, after forty days of contemplation and sacrifice during the Lenten Season, everyone is ready to eat!
Gelotti’s, with locations in Caldwell, Totowa, and Montclair, is bringing the Garden State tradition of the Ice Cream Cake to holiday tables everywhere. Known for innovative ice cream, sorbet, and Italian Ice flavors, Gelotti’s has been the talk of the town in Montclair where their latest location recently opened. Patrons there are not only discovering what the rest of Northern NJ has known for years, but have gone nuts for the Easter cakes. (anecdotal evidence suggests it may have something to do with the Marshmallow Peeps. Other designs including a White Rabbit are also available. Gelotti’s of Montclair: (973) 509-1607
Cowan’s Public in Nutley was a smash at Taste of Montclair earlier this month and is sure to be the new craft cocktail destination of Essex County. They’re hosting Easter Sunday brunch from 12pm to 4pm. For reservations or further inquiries please email Info@CowansPublic.com or give them a ring after 3pm: (973) 542-8151!
Forget Easter Eggs. Imagine starting your Easter morning with Honey Lavender Scones and colorful French Macarons from Asalt and Buttery in Caldwell. 346 Bloomfield Ave Caldwell (across from Rockin’ Joes) (973) 638-1919
Spuntino Wine Bar, in Clifton Commons on the 3, will be offering their Weekend Brunch menu from 11:30 – 3:00 in addition to their tapas style menu. Clifton Commons 70 Kingsland Road Clifton, NJ 07014 Tel: (973) 661-2435
Escape, Montclair’s premier farm-to-table restaurant, is offering a $35 three-course Easter brunch prix fixe showcasing local ingredients from 11:30 to 5pm. Choices include mussels and spring onions, grab grits and mushrooms, and foie gras, toast and jam for the starters. Entree selections include sliced duck and asparagus salad, the famous EM burger, and omelet with mushrooms and chicken. Other selections are also available. Escape 345 Bloomfield Ave Montclair.
Anthony’s Cheesecake, the cornerstone of the New Bloomfield Center, is hosting Sunday Brunch on Easter Sunday. Additionally, as Bloomfield’s Premier Bakery, Anthony has an extensive dessert and savories menu if you are hosting Easter at your home. Selections include Grandmas Pizzagaina, Ricotta Sweet Pie, Italian Cheesecake, Broccoli Rabe Mozzarella & Sausage Quiche, and Chocolate Mousse Cake. Anthony’s Cheesecake 71 Washington Street Bloomfield NJ. Call (973) 415-8885 to reserve for brunch or order.
Terre a Terre, Northern NJ’s celebrated Farm-To-Table restaurant is welcoming guests from 11am to 4:30 pm. The locally sourced menu will include the classic a la carte menu with some wonderful dinner options. The garden courtyard will be open weather permitting. Terre a Terre 312 Hackensack St Carlstadt NJ (201) 507-0500.
Laboratorio Kitchen on Bloomfield Ave in the “New Montclair Center” will be serving Easter Dinner on Sunday 2-9pm. The regular a la carte menu plus holiday specials will be offered. Laboratorio is at 615 Bloomfield Ave (near Valley and Bloom). (973) 746-6100
Spice Thai, voted best BYO and Best Ethnic restaurant by leading regional publications, is serving dinner from 12pm to 9:30pm Saturday and Sunday. Spice Thai, 26 Belleville Ave, Bloomfield NJ. (973) 748-0056