How to Celebrate Easter in Syracuse

By Emma Ryan

Easter Weekend means parents. Either you’re going home and get a break from Cuseland, or they’re coming here to celebrate with you. If you’re in the holy **** my parents are coming mindset, we’ve got some ideas for how to keep them out of your dorm and having a good time. You may even enjoy yourself.

Good Friday

Dinner at Laci’s Tapas Bar304 Hawley Ave

If you’re an observing Christian, that means no meat on Fridays. At Laci’s Tapas Bar, there are plenty of savory, shareable vegetarian and fish options on the menu.

I recommend the mac and cheese egg rolls and the soy BBQ pork sliders (made of tofu) for a meal that won’t make you feel like you’re sacrificing. (Full menu here)


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Photo by 1911 Spirits




If you’re of age, check out the 1911 Tasting Room, located at the Beak and Skiff Apple Orchard at 4473 Cherry Valley Turnpike, in Lafayette.

The distillery is open Thursday through Monday, 11 am-5pm, the perfect time to try a flight with your parents. The tavern attached serves classic bar food including wings, Hoffman’s hot dogs, and burgers, but there are also cheese boards and salads for the vegetarian folks out there. Check out their menu here.



Spending time with family can be a great way to relive your childhood. Take a break from stressing out over the few weeks we have left and visit the Syracuse Zoo. Yes, we just said that. But there are lions. And penguins. And their Jungle Cafè chicken nuggets are the real deal. It’ll be open from 10-4:30 pm on Saturday. If you’re going to relive your childhood, you should go all out.


Dinner and Drinks

Finish off the night at Kitty Hoynes. The pub has been featured on Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives, and is a great place to grab a great beer and a warm meal. Having just been to Ireland myself, trust me when I say the live music Friday and Saturday nights (starting at 8 pm) is not something you want to miss. Plus, over the music, your parent’s won’t be able to start another conversation about your future.


Easter Sunday

You’ve made it to Easter…congrats! You’re almost done with your family! (I’m kidding, I’m sure it’s been a beautiful weekend.) Now it’s time to celebrate that Christ has risen. What else is there to do but have a boozy brunch?

I’m sure your parents are a little sick of good ‘ol Syracuse, so drive out to Skaneateles, a quaint little town on the lake. Blue Water Grill is right on the water and they’re offering Easter Sunday brunch starting at 10 am. We called ahead for you, and don’t worry, they’re still taking reservations. Even better, it’s buffet style, aka unlimited bacon. You’re welcome.



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