6 Sunday Fun Day Family-Style Suppers
Imagine Sunday evenings spent sharing food around the dinner table. If it sounds like a domestic fantasy borrowed from the 1950s (complete with an apron-wearing matriarch), you’re in for a surprise. Family-style Sunday supper is one of today’s hottest dining trends.
“The tradition most likely started during the English Industrial Revolution, when Yorkshire families would place a joint of meat in the oven to slowly roast while they attended church on Sunday morning,” says Lisa Mygrant, owner of Raven & Rose in Portland, Oregon, whose Sunday supper series has a loyal following.
Be it rustic, meat-driven meals or modern cuisine from Michelin-starred kitchens with stellar wine pairings, Sunday supper menus embrace a throwback vision. They offer crowd-friendly meals meant to foster connections between diners, not just nourish them.
It’s a trend that’s gaining steam. Rev Run, of the 1980s rap pioneers Run-DMC, hosts Rev Run’s Sunday Suppers on The Cooking Channel. It showcases simple recipes that will bring kids and adults alike back to the family dinner table.
Here are six picks from top restaurants, plus a supper-style recipe and wine pairing you can try at home (family and friends to fill the chairs not included).
Owned by father-daughter duo Tony and Marisa May, this modern Flatiron District Italian joint gathers groups ’round its tables to dig into a three-course, family-style feast every Sunday.
The Price: $40 per person ($20 for kids)
The Plate: Chitarra with tomato and basil (recipe below)
The Pour: Sommelier Eleonora Tirapelle recommends matching the acidity of the tomato sauce with the vibrant acidity found in Antinori’s 2009 “Marchese Antinori” Chianti Classico Riserva.
Recipe courtesy Matteo Bergamini, executive chef, SD26, New York City
2 pounds plum or Roma tomatoes
½ cup olive oil, plus 2 tablespoons
1 pound dried La Molisana spaghetti
⅓ cup basil chiffonade
¾ cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
Slice tomatoes in half, and lightly squeeze to remove seeds.
Place tomatoes in pot over medium heat. Lightly cook until tomatoes become soft, about 15 minutes. In blender, purée tomatoes, then return to pot over heat. Add ½ cup olive oil. Cook to preferred consistency and flavor, approximately 20 minutes.
In large pot of salted boiling water, add pasta. Boil for 3–5 minutes. While pasta cooks, simmer tomato sauce and add basil. Once pasta is cooked, strain with colander. Add pasta to sauce. Stir in Parmigiano-Reggiano and remaining oil. Serves 6.
Suzanne Goin was ahead of the curve when she launched her weekly three-course Sunday series in 1998, which served as inspiration for the chef’s 2005 cookbook, Sunday Suppers at Lucques.
While wine pairings aren’t included in the price, “the Sunday supper menu always has a special cocktail and three wines that have been selected to pair with the menu,” says Matt Duggan, general manager. “That day, the menu will list bottle prices, but the cool thing is that the recommended wines get opened up by the glass, too, expanding the already considerable by-the-glass list.”
The Price: $55 per person
The Plate: The menu rotates, but favorites include short ribs with Santa Barbara spot prawns and tomato confit, and duck breasts grilled with crème fraîche, roasted grapes and potato-bacon gratin.
“In all the countries of the British Isles, the Sunday roast is a grand tradition,” says Lisa Mygrant, the owner/manager. “Every weekend after leisurely Sunday morning activities, families and friends from all walks of life will gather together in homes, pubs and restaurants to share a hearty meal of roast meats, potatoes, gravy, seasonal vegetables and, most importantly, Yorkshire pudding.”
The tradition lives on at Raven & Rose. Each Sunday, guests find meaty menus and a well-stocked wine list featuring Pinot Noirs from nearby Willamette Valley.
The Price: $35+ per person, depending on menu selections
The Plate: Diners are encouraged to share wood-fired pork shoulder with Yorkshire pudding and two farmers’ market-sourced small plates like oven-roasted root vegetables or mac ’n’ cheese.
“Sunday supper was not only an important part of my own childhood, but it is also a huge part of American food culture,” says Jeremy Miller, the executive chef, who offers a Southern-style menu that includes a starter, entrée, sides and dessert.
In addition to the prix-fixe price, the Pacific-focused wine list offers 22 selections by the glass and 60 by the bottle, sourced primarily from California, Washington and Oregon.
The Price: $28 per person
The Plate: Fill up on comfort foods like fried pasture chicken with jalapeño vinegar, black pepper cream biscuits or housemade ziti with roasted carrots, sofrito, salsa verde and pecorino.
Start your own Sunday supper tradition at this warm, inviting grill. Paul Lynch, the executive chef, draws on his experience cooking in London to create a meat-focused meal, leaning heavily on local ingredients.
Prime rib is a standout, alongside other rotisserie-roasted meats.
“Our approach takes it back to its primal beginnings, where you have large cuts of meat slowly turning over a chaîne des rôtisseurs,” says Lynch. “We prepare prime rib for flavor, not for yield.”
The Price: Entrée items range from $22–$34; prime rib is $29 for 10 ounces and $34 for 14 ounces
The Plate: Hand-carved, hickory-rotisserie Hereford prime rib, served with fresh grated horseradish sauce, fingerling potatoes and jus pairs perfectly with an Australian Shiraz or California Cabernet Sauvignon.
We hope you’re hungry: This five-course Sunday supper tasting menu allows the Michelin-starred kitchen to show its creativity. Be sure to go early, as the popular dinner can sell out. While you’re at it, splurge on the wine, cocktail and spirit pairings for an additional sum (trust us, they’re worth it).
The Price: $59 per person; add $48 per person for booze pairings
The Plate: Don’t miss the wild boar and pistachio terrine with creamy savoy cabbage and brandied cherry.
- 1The Place: SD26, New York City,
- 2The Place: Lucques, Los Angeles
- 3The Place: Raven & Rose, Portland, OR
- 4The Place: American Food and Beverage, Atlanta
- 5The Place: FireLake Grill House & Cocktail Bar, Bloomington, MN
- 6The Place: PUBLIC, New York City