Restaurants Serving Brunch for Easter Sunday in NYC!

A plate of Coffee cake with a marmalade spread and butter from Sarabeth's brunch menu

If you haven't already concocted a menu and ordered the ham/lamb for a home Easter celebration this Sunday, maybe it'd be easier at this point just to go out somewhere? There are, of course, scores of great brunch spots all over town, some with special Easter menus, and several of our favorite restaurants are also adding Easter dishes with prix-fixe specials to their dinner menus. Here's a quick list of some of our suggestions!

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Relive the British Invasion at Lincoln’s Center’s “Ladies and Gentlemen… The Beatles!”

Women at a drum-kit receiving video lessons from Ringo from The Beatles

As I'm sure you've heard (was it the shrieking teenagers echoing across the decades?), The Beatles first came to America 50 years ago in February, landing at JFK to begin their historic TV-radio-concert-tour across the country, spearheading the so-called British Invasion which would redefine music and culture forever.

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NYC’s Best Destination Parks

Duck on a wall about to enter pond at Rockefeller Duck park


If you're fortunate enough to live right near one of the more than 1,700 public parks and playgrounds that make New York City among the greenest urban areas on the planet well…. then, that's where we'll probably find you this weekend. Yay spring!. But even though New Yorkers all have their favorite neighborhood spots for promenade strolling, bench sitting, sprinkler frolicking, ball playing, dog running–you name, we got it–there are also plenty of destination parks in this town, well worth packing up the crew and getting on a subway to spend an afternoon. Here are a few of our favorites…

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Easter Egg Hunts, Parades, and Other Fun Activities in NYC

Image of colorful easter eggs hiding in the grass in Central Park for a NYC Easter Egg Hunt

Photo by Robert S. Donovan

Next weekend is Easter already! A holiday which is a great excuse to celebrate spring, wear lots of florals, get together with family, microwave some peeps, and eat a ton of chocolate. For kids, though, Easter is all about the egg hunt (although the Faberge Big Egg Hunt is fun for adults too). If you're looking to supplement or replace your home hunt with something a bit more festival-like, here's a quick look at several options around town. Keep in mind, these types of events are always crowded!

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Pop Art & Post-War Artwork from Onnasch Collection at Hauser & Wirth

Man standing in Hauser and Wirth's Onnasch Collection with a portion of a brick wall and a white statue of a man sitting in a chair.

New York City's grand museums are about to launch their big spring/summer exhibitions. We're especially looking forward to Ai Wei Wei in Brooklyn, and Jeff Koons Whitney takeover, which will be that institution's grand finale at their Upper East Side location. Until then, it seems like the perfect time to check out some gallery shows around town.

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Spring Cleaning Tips for 2014: Refresh Your Living Space

Photo of spring cleaning supplies, provided by Susy Morris

Seems like it actually might be warm now for the duration (though let's not forget the April blizzard of '82!). Spring ushers in lots of activites in New York, such as the flower shows we wrote about recently. But it's also time to clean your home. Ugh, I know, but remember: there are few chores that feel more satisfying when you're done than a big (or even semi-big!) spring cleaning. Now, I am no expert on the subject as my kids will tell you, but we scoured the internet and found a number of sites with some stellar-sounding advice.

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The Faberge Big Egg Hunt is ON!

large colorful egg as part of the Faberge Big Egg Hunt in NYC

Is NYC cracking up? Well, while there may be several examples of that, right now, and through until April 18, there are more than 250 giant eggs "hidden" all over New York City. Each one of these fabulous two-and-a-half-foot sculptures has been dyed… er, designed, by a different artist. They are the focus of the Big Egg Hunt presented by Faberge. Each egg can be "cracked" via the Big Egg Hunt app on your smart phone, with a chance to win extravagant prizes–aka, a $50,0000 Faberge Egg pendant necklace–each week. And each of these amazing eggs are for sale though the Egg Hunt online auction or wait for the Grand Auction at Sotheby's on the April 22nd. The best part: 100% of the money raised through sales goes to two charities, one an arts organization for children in NYC, the other an elephant conservation group in Asia. Here's how the Faberge Big Egg Hunt works…

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Charlie Bird in Soho: A Delicious Italian Party

Four elegantly prepared razor clams at Charlie Bird SOHO

Charlie Bird, the wildly successful Itailan-ish spot that somehow comfortably crams a city's worth of scenesters every night into its awkward narrow space, was at or near the top of just about every "best new restaurant" list last year. People love the casual atmosphere, the wine list, and the food. Anchoring the western end of what is possibly today's most exciting restaurant "neighborhood," the Houston Street corridor, Charlie Bird and NYC are having an intense love affair at the moment. But for various reasons (it's a tough table, it's a little pricey), I hadn't been to Charlie Bird until finally getting the opportunity just last week… and man am I glad I took it.  

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Just in Time for Opening Day: NYC’s Best Sports Bars


Fans raise a glass in celebration of Opening Day in NYC at Legends Sports Bar

"Opening Day is here!" Perhaps there are no other words that instill as much excitment, anticipation, and nostalgia than those as we celebrate the start of the 2014 Major League Baseball season. With 162 games (plus playoffs, fingers crossed!), there are so many opportunities to see/hear so many games in so many different ways. Going out to the ballpark is awesome, of course, and listening to a game on the radio at the beach, or in the car, has its obvious nostalgic charms. Napping on the couch during the third through fifth innings on a lazy Sunday afternoon? Yep, that's good, too. But when you want to capture that ballpark electricity without actually heading out to the stadium, a first-rate sports bar (loud but not obnoxious, good beers, solid eats, partisan crowd, tons of TVs) makes for a great night, or day, out. Here then, a few of the best sports bars in New York to catch Opening Day Fever!

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Things to Do in April in NYC

An annual public pillow fight at Washington Square Park in NYC

Because it's felt like full-on winter here for so long, April seems to have snuck up on us a bit this year. So before we fall too far behind, here's a quick look at just a few upcoming events slated for next month that recently caught our eye. And don't forget about those flower shows!

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