Where to Feed and Fête Mom on Mother’s Day (With a Map!)

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Mothers Day fast approaching; it's this Sunday is the perfect opportunity to spoil Mom and let her know how special she is, or to brownnose. Either way, show mama you love her with a decadent prix fixe brunch, la carte dinner, or an airy outdoor affair. All moms say they dont have favorites, but surprise her with a meal at any of these spots on her big day and youll be on the fast track to favoritism, especially if you keep the complimentary mimosas coming. Scope our map of dining destinations below.

Aquavit
65 E. 55th St., nr. Madison Ave.; 212-307-7311
When: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
What: Let Aquavit give Mom the Viking treatment an all-day Nordic-style smorgasbord where she can pick from leg of lamb, herring, salmon, and ris la malta (rice pudding).
Price: $65 per person

Benoit
60 W. 55th St., nr. Sixth Ave.; 646-943-7373
When: 11:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; 5 to 11 p.m.
What: Highlights at this Parisian transplant include an unlimited dessert bar with tarts, cakes, and a Paris-Brest filled with hazelnut cream.
Price: la carte

Brasserie
100 E. 53rd. St., nr. Park Ave.; 212-751-4840;
When: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
What: Surf-n-turfs the proverbial word with Brasseries three-course prix fixe menu. Its Moms choice of king salmon tartare, grilled striped bass, and prime-rib of beef Bordelaise, plus lemon mille feuilles and blueberry compote. Or she can pick from an la carte menu and raw bar featuring oysters, clams, and shrimp. Every mama in the house gets a free mini brown-butter cake.
Price: $49 per person

Brasserie 8 ½
9 W. 57th St., nr. Fifth Ave.; 212-829-0812
When: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
What: B is for Brasserie, brunch, and buffets lots of buffets. There are hot and cold buffets offering pizza, crepe, and mac and cheese stations, barbecue pulled pork shoulder, and poached jumbo shrimp. For dessert, theres peanut butter pie, chocolate eclairs, lemon meringue custard cups, and cupcakes. And for Mom, a free Kir Royale.
Price: $55 a person; $25 for kids under 12

DBGB Kitchen & Bar
299 Bowery, nr. Houston St.; 212-933-5300
When: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
What: Each of Daniel Bouluds restaurants is offering a Mom-day brunch special. DBGBs is a three-course prix fixe (and the cheapest).
Price: $27

Donatella
184 W. Eighth Ave., nr. W. 20th St.; 212-493-5150
When: noon to 11 p.m.
What: Owner Donatella Arpaia offers special Mothers Day menu items like a calzone with bacon and smoked mozzarella, crispy soft shell crab with radish salad and pickled ramp vinaigrette, and a Torta Della Mamma with layers of frangipani and apricot on her own first Mothers Day as a mom.
Price: la carte

Dragonfly
1463 Third Ave., at E. 83rd St.; 212-203-5518
When: 5 to 9 p.m.
What: Chef Cornelius Gallagher shares dishes developed from travels through Southeast Asia, like wasabi pastrami marrow dumplings, dashi, and Sriracha bacon for Mothers Day dinner.
Price: la carte

Edi & the Wolf
102 Ave. C, at E. 7th St.; 212-598-1040
When: 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
What: Start moms brunch with spring ingredients and finish it with chocolate with this three-course prix fixe. Artichoke salad and roasted Cornish hen are finished with chocolate two ways served with cherries, milk, and verbena.
Price: $48 per person

Haru Sushi
Multiple locations
When: 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.
What: Choose an appetizer (like a tower of spicy tuna, salmon tartare, king crab, and caviar), an entrée (like grilled chicken teriyaki), and a dessert (cheesecake tempura) at this affordable brunch spot. And give Mom some bubbly with cocktails like Enter the Dragon with Prosecco and pomegranate (not included).
Price: $25

JoeDoe, JoeDough
45 E. 1st St., nr. Second Ave.; 212-780-0262 and 135 First Ave., nr. St. Marks Pl.; 212-780-9222
When: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
What: Co-owner Joe Dobias pays homage to his own mothers Irish roots and partner Jill Schuster honors her moms meatloaf with some homey brunch specials at the Aggressive American eatery. At nearby Joe Dough, Momma Dobiass pancake sandwich has fried duck eggs and maple syrup between two pancakes, and Moms meatloaf sandwich is topped with homemade ketchup and American cheese.
Price: entrees, $10 to $14

Junoon
27 W. 24th St., nr. Broadway; 212-490-2100
When: Special menu from noon to 4 p.m.; Mothers Day gifts noon to 10 p.m.
What: The Flatiron Indian restaurant offers a special thali in vegetarian and meat options in addition to the regular menu. Moms get a complimentary Sparkling Saffron Champagne cocktail and a spice mix from Junoons in-house spice room.
Price: $25 to $29

Kutshers Tribeca
186 Franklin St., nr. Greenwich St.; 212-431-0606
When: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; 5 to 10 p.m.
What: Kutshers usual brunch items, like challah French toast and matzo brei, are all under $20. For dinner service, Mom gets a complimentary glass of Prosecco and onion rolls to take home.
Price: $17 and under

La Promenade des Anglais

461 W. 23rd St., nr. Tenth Ave.; 212-255-7400
When: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; 5:30 to 10 p.m.
What: Chef Alain Allegrettis three-course prix-fixe menu for brunch and dinner includes seasonal touches: a corn-and-crab soup, white and green asparagus salad, caviar and eggs, and a Guanaja chocolate mousse with salted caramel, feuilletine, and hazelnut gelato. Youll need to walk it off on the High Line.
Price: $65

Lanskys Deli
235 Columbus Ave., at W. 71st St.; 212-787-0400
When: Sat. and Sun., 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
What: Crab cake and eggs Benedict, pancakes and sausage, and cheese blintzes are all available under $20 at this weekend brunch spot.
Price: $20 and under

Lincoln Ristorante
142 W. 65th St., nr. Broadway; 212-359-6500
When: 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.; 5:30 to 10:30 p.m.
What: Two courses and three dining rooms at Lincolns Mothers Day brunch, with choices of spaghettoni alla carbonara, gnudi di ricotta, a strawberry puree, and Prosecco cocktail toast.
Price: Brunch, $32 per person; dinner la carte

Marcony
184 Lexington Ave., nr. E. 32nd St.; 646-837-6020
When: noon to 9 p.m.
What: This four-course prix fixe menu includes a glass of Prosecco and a choice of appetizer, pasta course, entrée, and dessert. Let Mom choose from an eggplant cake filled with mozzarella, ricotta-filled ravioli with red beets and sage butter, grilled salmon, and lemon curd tart with raspberry.
Price: $75 per person

The Mermaid Inn
568 Amsterdam Ave., nr. W. 88th St.; 212-799-7400
When: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; 5 to 10 p.m.
What: Mermaid fish tacos with pico and avocado and a lobster sandwich top the seafood-heavy menu at this Mothers Day brunch, which also coincides with Lobsterpalooza a pound and a half of lobster plus veggies for $24.
Price: la carte

MyMoon
184 N. 10th St., nr. Driggs Ave., Brooklyn; 718-599-7007
When: 5 to 11 p.m.
What: Whisk mom to Brooklyn and MyMoon for a three-course prix fixe menu on the outdoor patio. Inside or out, theres Spanish tapas and Mediterranean nibbles octopus carpaccio with mango, butternut squash gnocchi with capers and kalamata olives, chocolate mousse with toasted baguette, olive oil, and sea salt, and more on the menu.
Price: $45 per person

Pure Food and Wine
54 Irving Pl., nr. E. 17th St.; 212-477-1010
When: noon to 4 p.m.
What: Pure raw joint pairs its vegan menu with the outdoors for a Mothers Day brunch, weather permitting. The regular lunch menu will also be available.
Price: la carte

Recette
328 W. 12th St., at Greenwich St.; 212-414-3000
When: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; 5 p.m. to late
What: For brunch, treat Mom to decadent braised oxtail and bone-marrow hash browns. For dinner, a springtime ramp soup with fried clams and chorizo.
Price: la carte

Ristorante Asellina
420 Park Ave. S, at E. 29th St.; 212-317-2908
When: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (flowers 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.)
What: Asellina becomes a pop-up floral shop where moms can pick out their own bouquet from a flower cart in the restaurant for free. Also complimentary for moms is a Rosolio rosewater-based cocktail from Asellinas mixologist. Additions to the regular brunch menu include shrimp frittata, sage and orange pappardelle, pacific sole, and Champagne and butternut squash pudding.
Price: la carte

Rock Center Café
20 W. 50th St., nr. Fifth Ave.; 212-332-7620
When: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; 4 to 9 p.m.
What: A homey brunch or dinner awaits mom at the rink-side café, like buttermilk pancakes and a stuffed chicken breast, and outside in the new Summer Garden and Bar, a live performance by Juilliard musicians. Plus, mothers get a gift pack with spa products, a spa gift card, herb garden starter kit, and chocolate petits fours.
Price: Brunch, $40; Dinner, $59

Salinas
136 Ninth. Ave., nr. W. 19th St.; 212-776-1990
When: noon to 3 p.m.
What: The Mothers Day brunch menu at this Spanish eatery includes nibbles like an Iberian-style pizza with bacon, Mahon cheese, and shaved Brussels sprouts and a pesto with toasted bread crumbs, almonds, and sherry.
Price: la carte

The Sea Grill
19 W. 49th St., nr. Rockefeller Plz., 212-332-7610
When: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
What: After her three-course prix-fixe brunch of Montauk calamari la plancha and grilled New Zealand snapper, Mom gets a gift of spa products, a $25 spa gift certificate, an herb garden starter kit, and dark chocolate petits fours.
Price: $60 per person

SushiSamba
245 Park Ave. S., at E. 20th St.; 212-475-9377
When: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
What: Latin sushi fusion SushiSamba adds sweet brunch specials like quinoa waffles with apple membrillo and strawberry-caipirinha compote with vanilla and cinnamon butter, and savory ones like cast-iron steak and eggs with soft polenta. Its all set to a Bossa Nova performance by Trio Zona Sul from noon to 3 p.m.
Price: $10 to $18

Toloache 50, Toloache 82, Toloache Tacqueria, Coppelia, Yerba Buena Perry, and Yerba Buena Ave. A
When: Sunday, all day
What: Toloache 50 and Toloache 82 offer a prix-fixe brunch menu, and all Mothers Day patrons at all six of Chef Julian Medinas restaurants have to chance to enter a raffle for a trip to Oaxaca for a mother and one guest.
Price: la carte

Triomphe
49 W. 44th St. nr. Sixth Ave.; 212-453-4233
When: 10:45 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
What: Triomphe plans her day with a prix-fixe brunch and a ticket to Broadways End of the Rainbow at the Belasco Theatre. Choose your small plate, a main plate, and side dish, or order from the la carte menu (almond butter and strawberry jam pancakes and coconut waffles). Specialty cocktails available after noon.
Price: $120

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