Where to Dine for Easter 2014 on the East End

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Enjoy your Easter brunch on the East End! Photo: belchonock/iStock/Thinkstock

The Twin Forks is prime territory for fabulous Easter dining on Sunday. Whether it’s a post-egg-hunt eggs benedict at family brunch, or a fine dinner with a vibrant local vintage, special meals and good deals abound on the holy holiday. Here are 10 picks for Easter eating on the East End (as if that wasn’t a mouthful already!). Click restaurant names for reviews!

East Hampton

For more than 25 years, Nick & Toni’s (136 North Main Street, East Hampton) has served some of the Hamptons’ finest fare. The restaurant’s regular, and much loved, Sunday brunch will include a few a la carte specials from 11:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m. on Easter Sunday, including house-cured salmon with poached egg on potato cake, lamb chops, lump crabmeat salad with spring pea soup, and ricotta cheesecake with rhubarb sorbet. These delights will also be available for the same price during dinner hours on April 20. 631-324-3550, nickandtonis.com

Following “slow food principles, with a Scandinavian twist,” The Living Room at c/o the Maidstone (207 Main Street, East Hampton) is serving a special Easter menu, in addition to their regular menu, for brunch (11 a.m.–3 p.m.) and dinner  (5:30–10 p.m.) on Sunday. The menu includes traditional Swedish matjes herring, garlic and rosemary marinated lamb roast and vanilla ice cream. 631-324-5006, themaidstone.com

Casual local burger restaurant Harbor Grill (367 Three Mile Harbor Road, East Hampton) will be serving Easter specials on Sunday, including an avocado and shrimp martini with fresh tomato, lime, cilantro and horseradish; slow-roasted prime rib of beef with whipped potatoes, vegetables, au jus and horseradish cream; and lump crab-crusted swordfish with vegetable rice, sautéed spinach and a lemon-white wine butter sauce. 631-604-5290

Opening for the season on April 17, waterfront spot Harbor Bistro (313 Three Mile Harbor, East Hampton) is serving a three-course Easter prix fixe on Sunday, featuring items such as shellfish bisque with mussels, clams, crab and lobster with a chive garnish; slow-roasted leg of lamb with Israeli couscous, truffle-grilled asparagus, garlic confit and lamb jus; and lemon mascarpone cake. 631-324-7300, harborbistro.net

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New, local, organic, gluten-free and vegetarian Fresh Hamptons (203 Bridgehampton/Sag Harbor Turnpike, Bridgehampton) will supplement their a la carte and brunch menus with some Easter treats from 11 a.m.–3 p.m. on Sunday, including whole-roasted baby lamb, Yukon potato gnocchi, and steamed asparagus with hollandaise. 631-537-4700, freshhamptons.com

Parisian-style bistro Almond (One Ocean Road, Bridgehampton) is offering Easter specials from 11 a.m.–3 p.m. on Sunday. Choices include roasted asparagus with Browder’s egg and soy-truffle vinaigrette; hot or cold caesar salad-style Brussels sprouts; English pea & mint soup; grilled lamb chops; duck confit hash; and sausage and eggs—to name a few. Children’s menu will also be provided. 631- 537-8885, almondrestaurant.com

The Southampton Inn (91 Hill Street, Southampton) is hosting an Easter “Best of the Best” breakfast in the café or courtyard, with expanded hours from 9 a.m.–1 p.m. Bring the kids and enjoy the Inn’s annual Easter Egg Roll from 10-11 a.m. on the south lawn, for children of all ages. 631-283-6500, southamptoninn.com

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Riverhead/North Fork

“Riverhead’s first Brasserie,” Dark Horse Restaurant (One East Main Street, Riverhead) is having a special Easter brunch at 11 a.m. on Sunday, featuring eggs Benedict, eggs Florentine, huevos rancheros, biscuits and sausage gravy (as a meal or a side) and hangar steak with poached eggs and Bearnaise sauce, as well as mimosas, bloody marys and everything from their regular menu. 631-208-0072, darkhorserestaurant.com

Chef Mandleur of Jamesport Manor Inn (370 Manor Lane, Jamesport) has prepared a traditional, yet inventive, a la carte Easter menu for Sunday, beginning with brunch from 11:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m. and dinner starting at 4 p.m. Brunch includes delights such as mushroom toast with whipped goat cheese; Prince Edward Island mussel soup; jumbo lump crabmeat filled fluke; organic eggs Benedict; Maine Lobster “BLT” and much more. Dinner adds dishes, including red wine braised boneless short ribs and pan roasted crescent duck breast, among others. Kids menu available. Reservations required. 631-722-0500, jamesportmanorinn.com

A scenic getaway on the North Fork Wine Trail, Cooperage Inn (2218 Sound Avenue, Calverton) will serve it’s Dan’s Best of the Best award-winning Grand Sunday Country Buffet Brunch early (9:30 a.m.–2 p.m.) on Easter, followed by a special holiday dinner from 3:30–8 p.m. Expect a vast array of culinary offerings at brunch, including omelet station, banana bread pudding, fresh pies, tarts and breads, eggs Benedict  and much more—with complimentary bloody mary or mimosa. Dinner features starters, such as baked clams and mussels brousse, followed by pan seared mahi-mahi, chipotle brown sugar rubbed ribeye, surf & turf and a host of equally thrilling options. 631-727-8994, cooperageinn.com

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