Easter brunches abound in the Ithaca area! Here’s a preview.

Ithaca has a fantastic selection of brunch spots every week, but a few Sundays a year, some of our favorite restaurants and hotels go all out.

Crabcake Eggs BenedictThe Ithaca Marriott Downtown, home of Monks on the Commons, is hosting a brunch buffet featuring the Easter Bunny in their second-floor Gorges Ballroom. The menu includes fresh pastries, a cheese and charcuterie display, sweet potato and kale hash, local chicken or pork sausage, smoked salmon, fried chicken, and carving stations with herb crusted prime rib and house smoked turkey, plus fresh fruit and a parfait station. Call 607-379-6606 for a reservation. Monks is also offering their a la carte brunch menu downstairs.

Also in Downtown Ithaca, Coltivare is offering a grand buffet, with $30 per adult and $15 per kid 10 and under including coffee and soft drinks. Build your own omelet or eggs cooked to order, choose from cold salads, a gravlax display with mini bagels, capers, and onions, roasted cod, soup, bacon and sausage, and a Cassis glazed ham carving station. Call 607-882-2333 for a reservation.

The BoatYard Grill has Easter specials in addition to their usual brunch menu, including a Happy Ham omelet of sliced black forest ham and New York State cheddar, steak and eggs, a smoked salmon skillet, and a Belgian waffle topped with fresh berries and blood orange yogurt.

Brunch options at Simeon’s include this fine frittata.

Simeon’s has an expanded Easter brunch menu that includes a jumbo shrimp cocktail, avocado toast, oysters on the half shell, biscuits and gravy, grilled ham steak, smoked salmon salad, seafood mac & cheese, and more.

Our friends at Bandwagon Brewery & Pub have just expanded their brunch menu, including an extensive selection of Eggs Benedict variations!

Madeline’s is offering their dim sum style brunch as well as a menu of traditional brunch entrees.

Shrimp, smoked salmon, and fresh fruit on the Taverna Banfi brunch buffet.

Agava on Ithaca’s east hill is opening at 10am for Easter brunch and offering bottomless mimosas until noon. All tables will “get a little gift from the Easter Bunny,” they tell us. Reservations are available at agavarestaurant.com or at 607-319-4366.

The Carriage House Cafe will be open for brunch, but Sunday’s their busiest day. Expect a wait. The Ithaca Ale House says they’re closed for the day this Sunday.

Taverna Banfi at the Statler Hotel has a brunch buffet featuring breakfast and brunch fare, a seafood display, salumi bar, carving stations, a delectable dessert buffet, and more. Call 607-254-2624 for reservations.

Ramada brunch buffet

The Ramada’s plentiful brunch buffet.

The Ithaca Airport Ramada on North Triphammer Road has an expanded Easter brunch buffet for $19.95 per person from 11am-3pm, but they’re sold out! The Ramada folks say they’re not taking any more reservations, but there may be room for walk-ins later in the day.

The Hotel Ithaca on South Cayuga Street in Downtown Ithaca has a “Grand Brunch Buffet” planned. $25.95 per adult or $10.95 per kid 5-12 includes their omelet station, smoked salmon, waffles, sausage and bacon, carving stations with prime rib and baked ham, vegetable lasagna, char-grilled salmon, Yancey’s Fancy Cheddar macaroni & cheese, salads, soups, and an “endless dessert display.”

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