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

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Mother’s 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, à la carte dinner, or an airy outdoor affair. All moms say they don’t have favorites, but surprise her with a meal at any of these spots on her big day and you’ll be on the fast track to favoritism, especially if you keep the complimentary mimosas coming. Scope our map of dining destinations below.

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 à la malta (rice pudding).
Price: $65 per person

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: à la carte

100 E. 53rd. St., nr. Park Ave.; 212-751-4840;
When: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
What: Surf-n-turf’s the proverbial word with Brasserie’s three-course prix fixe menu. It’s Mom’s 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 à 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, there’s 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 Boulud’s restaurants is offering a Mom-day brunch special. DBGB’s is a three-course prix fixe (and the cheapest).
Price: $27

184 W. Eighth Ave., nr. W. 20th St.; 212-493-5150
When: noon to 11 p.m.
What: Owner Donatella Arpaia offers special Mother’s 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 Mother’s Day as a mom.
Price: à la carte

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 Mother’s Day dinner.
Price: à 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 mom’s 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 mother’s Irish roots and partner Jill Schuster honors her mom’s meatloaf with some homey brunch specials at the “Aggressive American” eatery. At nearby Joe Dough, Momma Dobias’s pancake sandwich has fried duck eggs and maple syrup between two pancakes, and Mom’s meatloaf sandwich is topped with homemade ketchup and American cheese.
Price: entrees, $10 to $14

27 W. 24th St., nr. Broadway; 212-490-2100
When: Special menu from noon to 4 p.m.; Mother’s 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 Junoon’s in-house spice room.
Price: $25 to $29

Kutsher’s Tribeca
186 Franklin St., nr. Greenwich St.; 212-431-0606
When: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; 5 to 10 p.m.
What: Kutsher’s 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 Allegretti’s 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. You’ll need to walk it off on the High Line.
Price: $65

Lansky’s 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 Lincoln’s Mother’s Day brunch, with choices of spaghettoni alla carbonara, gnudi di ricotta, a strawberry puree, and Prosecco cocktail toast.
Price: Brunch, $32 per person; dinner à la carte

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 Mother’s Day brunch, which also coincides with Lobsterpalooza — a pound and a half of lobster plus veggies for $24.
Price: à la carte

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, there’s 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 Mother’s Day brunch, weather permitting. The regular lunch menu will also be available.
Price: à la carte

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: à 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 Asellina’s mixologist. Additions to the regular brunch menu include shrimp frittata, sage and orange pappardelle, pacific sole, and Champagne and butternut squash pudding.
Price: à 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

136 Ninth. Ave., nr. W. 19th St.; 212-776-1990
When: noon to 3 p.m.
What: The Mother’s 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: à 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 à 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

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. It’s 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 Mother’s Day patrons at all six of Chef Julian Medina’s restaurants have to chance to enter a raffle for a trip to Oaxaca for a mother and one guest.
Price: à la carte

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 Broadway’s End of the Rainbow at the Belasco Theatre. Choose your small plate, a main plate, and side dish, or order from the à la carte menu (almond butter and strawberry jam pancakes and coconut waffles). Specialty cocktails available after noon.
Price: $120

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