Mother’s Day is around the corner that means restaurants across the city are gearing up for a busy weekend. Whether you’d like to treat your mom to afternoon tea or a full fledged prix-fixe menu, here are 12 brunch options not to be missed. By Carly Petrone and Jessica Allen.
20 W. 72nd St.
New York, NY 10023
The Ribbon is ready to celebrate the mother in your life with special additions to their regular brunch menu. Highlights include Cheddar Pancakes with hot chicken, Potato Latkes with smoked salmon and sturgeon caviar, and Ricotta Gnocchi with spring vegetables and tarragon. Toast to a fun day with one of their bubbly cocktails like the Humphrey Bogart (pineapple, honey, cava) or the Dolled Up (Reyka Vodka, pear puree, rosemary, lemon, cava). This Upper West Side restaurant used to be the infamous Hotel Franconia back in the 1920’s and its décor and spirits collection certainly reflects that today.
The Palm Court at The Plaza
768 5th Ave.
New York, NY 10019
Treat your mom to an elaborate afternoon tea at The Palm Court at The Plaza. Their Mother’s Day Tea ($110) includes a selection of small bites – think sandwiches, scones, and pastries – along with a glass of Champagne. Kids can enjoy The Children’s Eloise Tea ($55) alongside mom on her special day with kid-friendly treats like PB&J sandwiches, warm seasonal scones, and Vanilla Iced Tea. End the meal with festive Pink Pink Cotton Candy for the kiddos and Black & White Eclairs for adults. Both options are offered on May 13th and May 14th.
Four Seasons Hotel
57 E. 57th St.
New York, NY 10022
Make your reservation for Mother’s Day Brunch at The Garden at the Four Seasons Hotel New York. Chef John Johnson is offering a wide variety of classic dishes like Local Blueberry Stuffed French Toast with Nutella Honey Butter, Crab Fritatta, and Pastrami Roasted Tournedos. Start out with a Chilled Cauliflower Bisque with crème fraiche and lemon caviar or a crisp Sweet Pea and Lemon Salad with shaved baby beets and savory yogurt. Finally, satisfy your sweet tooth with tasty dessert options like Cinnamon Babka Pudding, Paris-Breset, or Chocolate Gateaux. This special prix-fixe brunch menu is available for $139 ($65 for children) and seating times are available at 12 p.m., 12;30 p.m., 2 p.m., and 2:30 p.m.
Tavern on the Green
67th St. and Central Park West
New York, NY 10023
Stop into one of the most iconic restaurants in New York City for a memorable Mother’s Day Brunch. Make your reservation at Tavern on the Green and enjoy a prix-fixe menu for $95 ($75 for children). There will be live jazz and seating in the courtyard (weather-permitting) and guests are also invited to take a family photo in front of their annual Floral Backdrop. Brunch menu available from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Would you rather celebrate at night? Their Spring Prix Fixe Menu is also available from 5 p.m. – 11 p.m. Learn more here.
400 5th Ave, 2nd Level
New York, NY 10018
Celebrate Mother’s Day with a thoughtful three-course menu ($79/person) at Ai Fiori. Chef Michael White has cooked up quite a feast with starters like Roasted Beet Salad with ricotta, puffed farro, and honey as well as Fluke Crudo with American sturgeon caviar and Meyer lemon. The entrée choices range from sweet to savory – the Pancakes with honey ricotta will fill you up while the Garganelli with prosciutto, spring peas, cream, and parmigiana is certainly comfort food elevated. Seafood lovers will be happy to see Wild Striped Bass, Line-Caught Halibut, and Spaghetti with Blue Crab on the menu. And don’t forget dessert! The milk chocolate mousse with hazelnut sponge and caramel hazelnut gelato is a stand out but there is also classic Panna Cotta, Tartaletta, Sorbetto e Gelato, and Formaggio al Forno to think about. Add on a pastry basket for $12 and unlimited brunch cocktails for $30 to make it a meal to remember.
60 East 65th Street
New York, NY 10065
On Mother’s Day, Chef Daniel Boulud’s eponymous French restaurant will be offering a super-special three-course prix fixe menu from 12 to 8 pm. OK, so it’s not cheap—$175 per person, with an optional $95 wine pairing—but it is totally and utterly worth it to thank the mom in your life for all she does. Offerings include Hudson Valley foie gras, wasabi-marinated yellowfin tuna, Liberty Farm duck, wagyu beef sirloin, a mousse made with Belgian beer, and a Madagascar milk chocolate crémeux. See? As our own mom would say, you get what you pay for!
1414 6th Avenue
New York, NY 10019
Tell your mom to arrive hungry, because this Mother’s Day brunch is all-you-can-eat. Helmed by the beloved Jonathan Waxman, of Barbuto fame, Jams serves seasonal American cooking in a lovely, light-filled space. Mom’s gonna love it! We’re pretty jazzed about the Berkshire pork terrine benedict, with a fried egg, sourdough toast, and hollandaise made with hot sauce; the salmon plate with a hand-rolled bagel, cream cheese, peppercress, and caperberries; and the grilled white shrimp salad with avocado and ruby red grapefruit.
206 West 118th Street
New York, NY 10026
Help your mom get her groove on / back this Mother’s Day by taking her to brunch at Minton’s. The legendary jazz club features smoked pork ribs, deviled eggs, smothered chicken and grits, and other creative interpretations of soul food and southern specialties. Your meal will be accompanied by Brandon Bain, who “blends pure silky tones, humor, and modernly honest renditions of all of the greatest classics,” from pop to jazz to Calypso. (Seatings are available from 12 to 3 pm, although brunch begins at 11 am.)
126 West 18th Street
New York, NY 10011
Show your mom how much your care about her health by treating her to brunch at Rouge Tomate. This Chelsea restaurant believes that “delicious cuisine” and “good-for-you food” don’t have to be mutually exclusive. Indeed, the sustainable space features wood salvaged in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy and a living plant wall. On Mother’s Day, the Michelin-starred restaurant is offering a three-course menu that includes a chilled beet soup with goat cheese, lobster tartine, and vanilla panna cotta with basil and strawberry.
40 Central Park South
New York, NY 10019
The stalwart Sarabeth’s serves an amazing brunch weekend after weekend, as evidenced by the crowds that pack the restaurant’s various locations every Saturday and Sunday. On Mother’s Day, you can go for beloved favorites like apple-cinnamon French toast, a jalapeno and cheddar omelet, seafood cobb salad, or a toasted coconut waffle. Alternatively, you can opt for special additions designed with moms in mind, such as a petite filet with jumbo lump crab sauce and sautéed spinach, a spring vegetable quiche, and blueberry pancakes.
62 Greenwich Ave.
New York, NY 10011
It’s easy to treat your mom to brunch at Greenwich Steakhouse because this Mother’s Day, moms eat for free! Indulge in a menu that ranges from Challah French Toast with berries, fresh jam, and honey to Lobster Risotto. They’re also offering their signature Greenwich Steakhouse breakfast sandwiches with two eggs, hash browns, salad and your choice of steak, bacon or sausage. Add on a celebratory glass of champagne or ask your bartender for a suggestion that embodies the special woman in your life.
Brunch, Baby Brunch at Schimanski
54 N 11th St.
Celebrate Mother’s Day with the kiddos a day early over at Schimanski in Brooklyn. Stop in on Saturday, May 13th and enjoy a brunch with both adult and children’s meal options, plenty of cocktails (and mocktails), as well as live DJ that will be spinning kiddie tunes and songs that parents love. Take advantage of the available stroller parking so you and your loved ones can get creative at the arts and crafts station. Don’t forget your toy favors on the way out! Make your reservation by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Jessica Allen is a New York-based writer.