Forget chocolate bunnies, jelly beans, and Cadbury eggs – Greek Orthodox Easter has decidedly different food traditions than a classic Catholic celebration. Think avgolemono (egg and lemon soup), spit-roasted lamb, and tsoureki (sweet braided bread) instead. Here are seven restaurants where you can celebrate the resurrection this weekend and beyond.
Molyvos, New York, New York
Dive into a four-course dinner featuring traditional avgolemono, grilled lamb chops with garlic-sauced fingerling potatoes, and an Easter sundae forged from baklava ice cream, caramel, walnuts, and shredded sesame halva. Available on Sunday, April 8 from 1PM. to 10PM for $75 per person (plus tax and gratuity) or $120 per person (plus tax and gratuity) when paired with select Greek Alpha Estate wines. Make a reservation at Molyvos.
Iron Gate, Washington, D.C.
Enjoy Easter at brunch or dinner with a three-course, family-style feast. Dishes include Sesame-crusted feta with honey and vin cotto, caramelized onion pie, spring lamb with mint tzatziki, and toasted walnut cake with cognac caramel. Dinner is available on Friday, April 6 through Monday, April 9 for $55 per person (plus tax and gratuity), while brunch is available April 7 and 8 for $40 per person (plus tax and gratuity). Make a reservation at Iron Gate.
Estiatorio Milos, New York, New York
Chef-owner Costas Spiliadis commanders the sidewalk on 55th Street to spit-roast lambs for his annual Greek Easter feast. Additionally, diners will enjoy magiritsa (tripe soup) and avgolemono as well the chance to dye eggs red and crack them open, which symbolizes the resurrection and new life. Available on Sunday, April 8 from 12AM to 2PM and then from 5PM on for $115 per person (plus tax and gratuity). Make a reservation at Estiatorio Milos.
Kyma, Roslyn, New York
Celebrate Greek Easter with a three-course feast. Tsoureki and traditional dyed red eggs adorn each table. Guests get their choice of dishes, including magiritsa, avgolemono, spit-roasted baby lamb, and kokoretsi (seasoned offal wrapped with lamb intestine), plus a selection of traditional Greek desserts. Available after midnight mass on Saturday, April 7 for $95 per person (plus tax and gratuity), and again from 11:30AM to 9PM on Sunday, April 8 for $65 per person (plus tax and gratuity). Make a reservation at Kyma.
Estiatorio Milos, Las Vegas, Nevada
A five-course feast awaits celebrants. There will be spreads, magiritsa, Greek salad, roasted lamb with Greek potatoes, and desserts including tsoureki and koulourakia (Greek Easter cookies). Available on Sunday, April 8 from 11:30AM to 3PM and from 5PM to 11PM for $75 per person (plus tax and gratuity). Make a reservation at Estiatorio Milos.
Zaytinya, Washington, D.C.
The weekend following Greek Easter, stop by on Saturday, April 14 from 12PM to 4PM for the restaurant’s annual Agora celebration. The patio becomes a Greek marketplace, where guests can sample complimentary wine and spirits from Greek distributors, including Metaxa, taste olive oils, and nibble on bites from the restaurant and its sister spot, Pepe. Make a reservation at Zaytinya.
Kiki on The River, Miami, Florida
Celebrate Greek Easter on Sunday, April 8, which also marks the restaurant’s one year anniversary. Dig into roasted lamb, wash it down with ouzo and rosé, and vibe out to house music inspired by Mykonos. Make a reservation at Kiki on The River.
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Nevin Martell is a Washington, D.C.-based food and travel writer and the author of several books, including Freak Show Without A Tent: Swimming with Piranhas, Getting Stoned in Fiji and Other Family Vacations. Find him on Twitter @nevinmartell and Instagram @nevinmartell.