This Is the Best City in America to Celebrate Easter
You'll find everything from Easter brunches to quirky holiday-themed parades in this city.
Easter is arriving on Sunday, April 21, and for those looking to celebrate the occasion, some cities in America are known to be packed with activities and ways to mark the holiday.
Wallethub recently compared 100 U.S. cities to find which offer for the occasion based on metrics within four categories: the number of Easter observers, Easter traditions (like brunch restaurants per capita and costs of a restaurant meal), kids’ Easter activities (like Easter egg hunts), and weather conditions around the holiday.
New York City ranked as the top destination, hosting the most brunch restaurants per capita, the most candy and chocolate stores per capita, the most flower and gift shops per capita, and the most Easter egg hunt events per capita. New York City was followed by Chicago and Los Angeles in second and third place.
Brunch options abound in the city, featuring everything from lemon ricotta pancakes and Maine crab cakes at Jams at 1 Hotel Central Park to prime rib with spring onions and Swiss chard and asparagus with crispy brown egg and warm Talleggio cheese at the Osprey at 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge.
You can even take a cruise to combine brunch or dinner with hours of views over New York City's skyline. For example, Bateaux New York has a bottomless mimosa brunch with dishes like Scottish smoked salmon, forest mushroom ravioli, and herb roasted shrimp, and an Easter dinner cruise with options that range from duck pate and braised short rib to broiled Maine lobster tails.
Spirit Cruises also has both an Easter brunch and dinner cruise, with options that range from slow-roasted strip loin to oven baked flounder. Both cruises include live entertainment options that include either a band, a DJ, or a pianist.
New York City is also home to longstanding Easter celebrations like the Easter Parade and Bonnet Festival, with parade marchers adorned in bonnets as they march down Fifth Avenue to celebrate a tradition dating back to the 1870s.
There are also Easter egg hunts at locations that range from the Children’s Museum of Manhattan to the NYC Fire Museum, while the Rockefeller Center also hosts a brunch package that includes ice skating with an Easter bunny and a three-course brunch.