Capital Region

Restaurants do brisk Easter brunch business

Just ask Pat Popolizio, the owner of The Waters Edge Lighthouse
In this file photo, a line forms at the omelet station for Easter brunch at Angelo’s Prime Bar and Grill in Clifton Park.
In this file photo, a line forms at the omelet station for Easter brunch at Angelo’s Prime Bar and Grill in Clifton Park.

Easter is a big brunch holiday.

Just ask Pat Popolizio, the owner of The Waters Edge Lighthouse.

“Our brunch gets more popular every year,” Popolizio said.

Their buffet style brunch has been sold out for a few days now, with over 200 reservations made.

“Easter is a very special holiday. We serve exceptional buffets . . . we do not skimp on anything,” Popolizio said. They serve a traditional ham with an almost overwhelming number of side dishes.

They’re not the only ones that have been noticing the growing popularity.

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Prime at Saratoga National Golf Club has been sold out for a month, according to Devin Sherin, the marketing manager.

But for those who haven’t made their reservations, yet there are still a few options.

The Blue Hen at the Adelphi Hotel in Saratoga Springs is holding its first Easter Brunch. 

“We had a Thanksgiving brunch and that was really successful,” said Steve Bouchard, the marketing coordinator. So far they’ve taken close to 200 reservations but Bouchard said there’s still room.

Their menu includes a raw bar, carving station, egg station, among other options.

“We’re also having a Children’s Spot,” Bouchard said. Even picky eaters should find something that interests them, whether its chicken nuggets or noodles and butter. Brunch at the Blue Hen goes from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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“We’re normally pretty full,” said Heidi Larkin, the catering manager.

According to Matt Mazzone, the chief operating officer of Mazzone Hospitality, brunch has become an Easter holiday tradition, as much as Easter egg hunts.

“People have made it a ritual. I have a table of 20 that have been coming to the [Glen Sanders] Mansion for years,” Mazzone said.

Every year, thousands attend brunch at the Hall of Springs in Saratoga and the Mansion, and both locations sell out weeks before Easter.
“It’s part of the reason we expanded,” Mazzone said.

They’re offering brunch at Prime in the Hilton Garden Inn in Clifton Park, which was not yet full when Mazzone spoke with the Gazette.

Although each location offers a unique take on the holiday brunch, there will still be eggs, french toast, lamb and ham dishes.

“We’ll do everything from scratch,” Mazzone said. Desserts, including cookies, brownies and cakes will be made by the Mazzone bakery.

At the Hall of Springs, there will also be an ice cream station.

For a complete change of scenery, Duke’s Chophouse at Rivers Casino will be serving up a confectionery-focused brunch from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. It’s a holiday indulgence, with bananas foster french toast (made with caramelized bananas), red velvet pound cake, ice cream sundaes and cakes and pastries from Villa Italia. For those looking for a more savory flavor, there will be seafood and a carving station, along with bagel and salad stations.

Here’s a look at some of the most popular Easter brunch spots in the Capital Region. Some may be booked for the occasion, but always call ahead:

The Ripe Tomato
2721 U.S. 9
Ballston Spa

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31 N Jay St.

Longfellows Restaurant
500 Union Ave
Saratoga Springs

Glen Sanders Mansion
1 Glen Ave Scotia

The Water’s Edge Lighthouse
2 Freemans Bridge Road

Prime at Saratoga National
458 Union Ave
Saratoga Springs

Angelo’s Prime Bar and Grill
30 Clifton Country Road
Clifton Park

The Hall of Springs
108 Avenue of the Pines
Saratoga Springs

Aperitivo Bistro
426 State St.

The Blue Hen
365 Broadway
Saratoga Springs

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