In case you haven’t made it on anyone’s guest list, or are too wiped to whip up a grand Easter or Passover feast at home, here are some worthy options to consider:
Alison Two will serve traditional-with-a-twist Passover dinners on Wednesday, April 8, and Thursday, April 9. The menu will include matzah ball soup, gefilte fish, charoset, and a free glass of wine. EntrÃ©e choices are salmon, chicken or beef short ribs. The dessert menu includes fruit, chocolate-covered matzah, house-made marshmallows, and more. The restaurant will have kosher wine and all the fixings (parsley, horseradish, egg, lamb shank) for the Seder plate, and groups are welcome to conduct their own service. $35, plus tax and tip. Reservations a must. 424 S. Bethlehem Pike, Fort Washington; (215) 591-0200, alisontwo.com.
Philadelphia’s modern Israeli restaurant, Zahav, will offer a special prix-fixe menu of traditional fare during Passover, April 8, until April 15. The menu includes handmade matzah with hummus and salatim, Yemeni-style matzoh ball soup, hot-smoked sable with Sephardic charoset, coffee-braised brisket with horseradish and truffled potato kugel, and chocolate-matzo torte with red wine. $42. Reservations encouraged. 237 St. James Place, Philadelphia; (215) 625-8800, zahavrestaurant.com.
To mark the start of Passover, London Grill will offer guests its annual Seder Chef’s Tasting Dinner, a festive four-course prix-fixe dinner featuring modern interpretations of traditional dishes. This celebratory menu is available Wednesday, April 8, and Thursday, April 9, in honor of the Jewish holiday. This year’s dinner includes chef and co-owner Michael McNally’s famous smoked whitefish gefilte fish, matzah ball soup, braised brisket with latkes and red cabbage, falafel-crusted chicken, and vegetable tagine. The dinner also includes a selection of house-made desserts and traditional Passover items, including matzo (unleavened bread), charoset (a sweet, dark-colored paste often made from dates and nuts), a shank bone, and other symbols of Pesach. Items from McNally’s Seder menu will also be available a la carte through April 15. $40. 2301 Fairmount Ave., Philadelphia; (215) 978-4545, londongrill.com.
Both the Paoli and Berwyn outposts of Trattoria San Nicola will be open on Easter Sunday. The Berwyn location will offer lunch and dinner 2-8 p.m., and its Paoli sibling will open for dinner 4-8:30 p.m. Both locations will serve their regular a la carte menus. 668 Lancaster Ave., Berwyn, (610) 296-3141; 4 Manor Road, Paoli, (610) 695-8990; tsannicola.com.
To celebrate Easter and the new season’s bounty of ingredients, Spring Mill CafÃ© will host “Easter in Bordeaux” on Sunday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The prix-fixe brunch menu includes:
â€¢ Soup PÃ©rigourdine
â€¢ A pÃ¢tÃ© tasting of the house pÃ¢tÃ©
â€¢ Escargots with foie gras Bordelaise
â€¢ Brioche with plum d’Agen
â€¢ Grilled artichoke and asparagus
â€¢ Apple and walnut tart
â€¢ Oysters and sausage with white wine
â€¢ Hanger steak with a cÃ¨pes mushroom and shallot confit
â€¢ Brook trout with sorrel
â€¢ Roast lamb with potatoes and truffles
â€¢ Omelet with French jambon (ham) and petit Basque cheese
â€¢ French toast with apricots, cherries and brandy
â€¢ Eggs Benedict with Canadian bacon and hollandaise, served with a potato-salsify salad
â€¢ Choice of desserts, and coffee or tea
$35. 164 Barren Hill Road, Conshohocken; (610) 828-2550, springmill.com.
Maia will offer its own version of Easter brunch this Sunday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Look for decadent dishes, such as smoked salmon Eggs Benedict, brioche French toast with Grand Marnier strawberry compote, rack of lamb with shiitake mushroom bread pudding, lobster and cheese blintz with sauce maltase, and spicy seared yellowfin tuna salad. $15 gets you unlimited Bloody Marys and mimosas. 789 E. Lancaster Ave., Suite A, Villanova; (610) 527-4888, tastemaia.com.
Easter brunch at The Newtown Grill & Wine Bar will be served 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., with a special appearance by—you guessed it—the Easter Bunny. The brunch buffet features a carving station with roast beef, leg of lamb, carver ham, salads, fresh fruit, veal and pasta entrÃ©es, and other lunch fare, along with traditional breakfast items and, of course, a tantalizing sweets table. (Also, the regular dinner menu will be served 4-8 p.m., and a special holiday a la carte menu will be offered.) $24.95/adults, $13.95/kids ages 4-12, kids under 4 free. 191 S. Newtown Street Road, Newtown Square; (610) 356-9701, italiansteakhouse.com.
Styer’s Garden CafÃ© will serve a three-course menu featuring a complimentary rosewater mimosa and a healthy, locally inspired menu. The first-course selections are minted pea soup, spring vegetable salad, and maple yogurt parfait, followed by your choice of French toast, spring onion frittata with roasted potatoes and Pennsylvania noble cheddar, or flank steak with roasted tomatoes, arugula pesto and blue cheese. If you’ve never had Styer’s homemade bread, you’re in for a treat. For this special occasion, its rhubarb bread—yum. $35/adults, special kids’ menu $10. 914 Baltimore Pike, Glen Mills; (610) 459-2400, ext. 5, terrainathome.com.