By Christopher A. Pape
With Easter just around the corner, it’s important to make reservations to restaurants that will both delight and satisfy. Here in the city there are a multitude of options, but only two that really excite the imagination. Eat and enjoy!
Our first choice is one that is sure to please. York Grill has been serving quality and delicious fare since the restaurant opened on Manhattan’s Upper East Side in September 1995. The restaurant features a warmly lit interior adorned with portraits and a large mural. Executive Chef Stefan Wiles has created a New American Fusion menu designed to please even the most discriminating guests. The restaurant is owned and operated by brothers Tony and Charles Greco, whose veteran career in the hospitality industry began when they opened their first restaurant in 1972.
The restaurant is such a hit with the Upper East Side crowd that they have decided to cater to the needs of the community on Easter. And therefore they will serve a four-course Easter dinner on Easter Sunday. Remembering that New Yorkers love varied options, they have opted for some very interesting choices. From a Greek muscat and star anise poached pear with baby red romaine salad to baby bay scallop and rock shrimp risotto, they’ve got everything covered.
Our second choice opened in 1994 as an offshoot of its successful sister in East Hampton. The restaurant, Nick & Toni’s Cafe, is revered for its artisanal food that happens to taste great. From greenmarket Cavolo Nero Crudo with roasted squash, house-cured pancetta, Pecorino Romano and lemon-oil to crispy chicken livers with Satur Farms frisee and balsamic onions – there is something for everyone to enjoy.
As with York Grill, they have decided to serve on Easter Sunday. With traditional favorites to more innovative dishes, Nick &Toni’s Café has become the destination of choice for those seeking not to cook on the holiday. With its hand painted frescos which decorate the walls and a wood burning oven that anchors this intimate Upper West Side eatery, it is no wonder why it is so beloved.
Whichever restaurant you choose, York Grill or Nick & Toni’s Café we are sure that you won’t be disappointed. Both are local favorites that transcend their roots and provide dining that punches well above their weight. Perfect for couples, families or Easter Sunday, NY Resident is sure that either one of these two establishments will become your go to spot.
Nick & Toni’s Cafe
100 West 67th Street,
New York, NY
1690 York Avenue
New York, NY 10128