Easter is Hopping in the Garden State

Whether you’re looking for brunch, dinner, or catering for Easter, it’s time to get moving. Check out several Garden State options below!


Spend Easter at The Gables with a four-course holiday menu ($58 per person). Seating is available from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Reservations can be made online or by phone. 212 Centre Street, Beach Haven, 609-492-3553.


In addition to its regular a la carte brunch menu, Essex Junction will offer Easter specials. Click here to make reservations. 90 Washington Street, Bloomfield, 973-680-8110.


Quaker Steak & Lube will hold an Easter Egg Hunt at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 26, at all three NJ locations. The Lube is also offering a kids-eat-free special on Easter Sunday. Families will receive up to two free Kids’ Meals with each adult entrée purchase (for children ages 12 and under). 1036 Cedar Bridge Avenue, Brick, 732-255-5823; 561 U.S. 1, Edison, 732-777-9464; 1304 US Route 22, Phillipsburg, 908-454-2900.


Washington Inn offers its regular brunch buffet menu along with an a la carte menu, for $29.95 ($17 for children). There is limited availability so call for reservations. 801 Washington Street, Cape May, 609-884-5697.

Enjoy an Easter Brunch or lawn activities at Congress Hall! Egg hunts, potato sack races, and train rides will be happening from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and require no reservation. Easter brunch will be in the Grand Ballroom between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. for $40 ($14 for children). 200 Congress Place, Cape May, 888-944-1816.


Families are welcome bring their baskets to Chevy’s Fresh Mex in Clifton and Linden for an egg hunt on Saturday, March 26, at 10:30 a.m. On Easter Sunday, families will receive up to two free kids’ meals (for children 12 and under) with each adult entrée purchase. 365 Route 3 East, Clifton Commons, Clifton, 973-777-6277; 1150 South Stiles Street, Linden, 908-862-9800.


Rat’s Restaurant will hold Easter Brunch in Rat’s Kitchen, where diners will have the opportunity to watch the restaurant’s talented chefs at their craft. Displays include a raw bar, smoked fish, charcuterie, carving stations, and more. Reservations are available from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 16 Fairgrounds Road, Hamilton, 609-584-7800.


The historic Ho-Ho-Kus Inn (pictured at top) provides guests with savory and sweet selections and a Viennese dessert station. Seatings are available 10 a.m., noon, and 2 p.m. Reservations can be made here. 1 East Franklin Turnpike, Ho-Ho-Kus, 201-445-4145.


Brick Farm Tavern, one of the Garden State’s newest farm-to-table restaurants, located in an 1800s Hopewell Farm House, will offer Easter brunch from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Call or email for reservations. (Details here.) 130 Hopewell Rocky Hill Road, Hopewell, 609-333-9200.


Luke Palladino Seasonal Italian Cooking will offer an Easter brunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The menu, with prices, can be viewed here. 199 New Road, Central Square, Linwood, 609-926-3030.


Strip House at the Westminster offers an a la carte menu along with Easter Sunday specials by its new culinary director, Tom Valenti. Reservations are available from 1 to 9 p.m. 550 West Mount Pleasant Ave, Livingston, 973-548-0050.


Avenue, Jersey Bites
Avenue in Long Branch

Avenue in Pier Village will offer brunch ($37) and dinner ($40) menus. Please call for reservations. 23 Ocean Ave, Long Branch, 732-759-2900.


Escape will celebrate Easter with a three-course prix fixe brunch for $35 per person. Reservations are recommended. 345 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair, 973-744-0712.


Yvonne's, Jersey Bites
Yvonne’s in Neptune

will serve Easter brunch on Sunday until 2 p.m., followed by dinner from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m., with Easter specials alongside the regular menu.  Easter drink specials include $10 carafes of mimosas, build-your-own-bloody-mary, and a special Easter martini menu. 1311 Route 35 South, Neptune, 732-775-9004.


Dinosaur Bar-B-Que offers Easter guests the choice between the pit-smoked ham and Ham ‘N All the Fixins packages to cater your Easter event. You can order by email or phone. Pricing and ordering information is available here. 224 Market St, Newark, 862-214-6100. 


Chakra will offer a three-course brunch for $42 per person. West 144 Route 4 East, Paramus, 201-556-1530.


Agricola is offering a farm-to-table Easter brunch with reservations from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Pricing is $35 for adults ($15 for children 12 and under). The menu can be viewed here. 11 Witherspoon Street, Princeton, 609-921-2798.

The Peacock Inn is presenting an elegant 3-course dinner for $95 per person, with seatings from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. 20 Bayard Lane, Princeton, 609-924-1707.

Celebrate this Easter at Salt Creek Grilleand choose from two dining options. Brunch will be served from 10 a.m. to 2.30 p.m. Then from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m., Executive Chef Luis Estrada will serve a special dinner menu. Forrestal Village,1 Rockingham Row, Princeton, 609-419-4200.


Historic Smithville Inn is serving an all-day buffet with the last seating at 6 p.m. The cost is $36.95 for adults and $18.50 for children under 12. Reservations are not required. 1 N. New York Road, Smithville, 609-652-7777.


Molos Restaurant offers a $60 three-course price fixe menu 3:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Reservations can be made here. 1 Pershing Road, Weehawken, 201-223-1200. 


At Applebee’s locations statewide, kids (12 and under) eat free on Easter, with the option of any entree on the kids’ menu. Offer is valid for two children per adult entree ordered.