Mother’s Day is upon us – the second Sunday in May! Meaning it’s time to book a brunch reservation to wow mom, no cooking (or dishes!) required. Whether mom craves pasta, sushi, a casual park picnic or Korean BBQ, there’s a spot in New York City with her name about to be on it. Here’s where to book Mother’s Day brunch in NYC this year:
If mom has a soft spot for Italian food, treat her to a special Mother’s Day meal at Babbo. Specials include Ricotta Gnudi with morel mushroom, asparagus and fava beans, and a Wagyu Steak with spring primavera salad and bone marrow vinaigrette. These specials will be offered on Mother’s Day from 12 – 8pm in addition to their full menu. Reservations can be made here or via OpenTable.
This year, Portale is offering a three-course prix-fixe menu ($95 per person) featuring a selection of appetizers, entrées, and desserts with a unique Italian twist. Start with appetizers like Insalata di Cavolo Nero with baby kale, currants, pistachio and pecorino, followed by a selection of mains including Chef Alfred Portale’s famous Cavatelli with ricotta, arrabbiata sauce and cilantro pesto. Dessert offerings include Semifreddo, a dark chocolate nutella cake with mocha cream, and candied hazelnuts, and their signature olive oil cake. As an additional option, Portale’s famous cinnamon roll for two will be available until 2:30pm ($15.) The prix-fixe menu will be available from 12 – 7pm; reservations can be made here.
Recently revitalized by Michelin-starred chef Antonio Salvatore and Monte Carlo Hospitality Group, the iconic, elegant restaurant serves the freshest catches with a touch of Chef’s Mediterranean influence. A three-course Mother’s Day brunch menu for $75 includes a complimentary mimosa for each guest over 21. Guests may choose an appetizer, such as: Salpicon de Octopus (thinly sliced octopus, fresh peppers, mojo potatoes, spices), Sushi and Sashimi Deluxe (chef’s selection of 3 sashimi and 1 sushi roll) or Mediterranean Salad (fresh tomatoes, cucumber, onion, feta cheese, cilantro, vinaigrette); entrées such as: Omelette Atlantic Grill (crab, avocado, cream cheese), Ravioli Atlantic Grill (house made ravioli, Maine crab, brandy cream sauce), Salmon Béarnaise (grilled salmon, green beans, cherry tomatoes, dill, béarnaise sauce) or the Fish Burger (lettuce, tomato, cheddar cheese, tartar sauce, fries); and for dessert Carrot Cake or a Coconut Lemon Mousse. Reserve via OpenTable.
Take mom on a getaway to Spain without leaving the city by visiting Socarrat Paella Bar! From May 6th through May 8th the Spanish eatery is offering Mama’s Lobster Paella with chunks of whole lobster, calamari, scallops, shrimp, mussels, clams, scallion, tomato sofrito and saffron aioli priced at $48 per serving. Toast to mom with their wide selection of wines and sangria available at all locations. Reservations can be made via OpenTable.
Bring mom to Chef Shaun Hergatt’s dynamic restaurant in West SoHo. Here she’ll enjoy a three-course prix fixe ($90 per person) featuring ingredients that are the epitome of spring. Starters include green asparagus with a poached egg and sauce girbrice, and green mustard soup with Carolina white prawns, and spring garlic. As a main course, golden tilefish is served with edamame and cilantro blooms, and if mom is a vegetarian there’s saffron risotto with basil pesto, pine nuts and sun-dried tomatoes. Celebrating mom means a celebratory dessert and Chef’s cheeky Cheezy Cheesecake is an attention grabber. Reservations can be made via Resy.
Get outdoors in The Bronx this Mother’s Day, on the one weekend a year people can picnic on Wave Hill’s expansive lawn overlooking the Hudson River, a centerpiece of the 28-acre garden complex. Pre-order a picnic from caterer Great Performances or bring your own. The $99 meal will include four dishes like cedar plank salmon with spring greens and goat cheese, plus the option to add on cocktails, wine or beer. You can also participate in free family friendly activities, including making gifts for Mom, community yoga, a nature walk and a garden tour.
The beloved French bistro on the Upper East Side helmed by the Executive Chef Antoine Camin will be serving prix-fixe complete with optional fresh baked croissants and pain au chocolat. Appetizer and entree options will include French toast with homemade brioche, mascarpone cream and blueberry jam; eggs Benedict with organic poached eggs, Canadian Bacon or smoked salmon and hollandaise; a Croque Monsieur with brie and black truffle, mache salad and French fries, and more. The prix fixe menu is priced at $72 and $36 for children under 12 years; with indoor and outdoor seating available.
This Mother’s Day, Aldama welcomes Luis Valle of the beloved Mexico City destination, Don Vergas Mariscos, for a one-day-only pop-up with five iconic dishes from the Don Vergas Menu, available all day. Brunch opens at 11am through 3pm, and dinner service begins at 5pm. Reservations can be made through Resy
A picturesque place to celebrate Mother’s Day, sit under the bright and colorful canopy of flowers to enjoy Southern Italian specialties on a three-course $65 Mother’s Day brunch menu. Toptions will include antipasti like Zucca e Burrata (roasted squash, Pugliese burrata, pumpkin seeds, bottarga) and Carpaccio di Salmone (wild salmon, fennel, sun dried tomatoes, radishes); Mains such as Margherita Pizza (fior di latte mozzarella, tomato, basil), Tagliata e Uovo (steak and eggs, salad, fries) and Lobster Benedict (Maine lobster, poached eggs, hollandaise); and Dolci such as Tiramisu, Meringata di Limone, and Gianduja. Reservations may be made on OpenTable.
The buzzy coastal Italian restaurant from owner Robert Goldman, partner Kyle Hotchkiss Carone, and executive chef Ashley Rath is introducing weekend lunch just in time for Mother’s Day. The new menu inspired by Venice and the Italian coast, offers simple yet elevated housemade pastas and sandwiches, savory egg preparations, and daytime sweets. New and favorite dishes include: Cherry Tomato spaghettini ($24), Guanciale linguine, preserved orange ($28), Mozzarella in Carrozza ($15), Baked Eggs, three eggs, parsley pesto, fried sage ($19), Pancakes, pancetta, whipped ricotta with black pepper, agrodolce ($22), Frittole, fried dough with apricot jam, creme fraiche ($19), Cheeseburger, crispy pancetta, agrodolce onions, arugula, taleggio ($30), and Fried Tomato Sandwich, fried heirloom tomatoes, arugula, mozzarella, prosciutto, aioli ($20). Reservations open two weeks in advance on Resy.
This beloved Korean BBQ restaurant presents a contemporary take on traditional recipes, inspired by owner Bobby Yoon’s grandfather’s restaurant Haeundae Somunnan Amso Galbijib, which opened in 1964 in Busan, South Korea. Menu highlights include the Marinated Short Ribs, which are prepared through the Haeundae Cut, a special technique that was invented by Bobby’s grandfather to tenderize even the toughest of meats; Galbi Dumplings with short rib, chive, and tofu and Uni Mentaiko Rice with uni, mentaiko, wasabi tobiko, seaweed, pickled chayote and microgreen, among other dishes.
Chez Nick’s menu marries seasonality, fine-dining techniques and comforting dishes of housemade pastas, burgers, and more. Alongside their full menu, Mother’s Day specials include brunch items like Cinnamon Roll Monkey Bread with vanilla glaze and chocolate chips; Quiche Loraine with ham, spinach, gruyere cheese with refreshing pea shoot salad; and Southern Style Breakfast Sandwich with crispy bacon, heirloom tomato and cheesey scrambled eggs with pimento cheese. Dinner specials include dishes like English Pea Raviolo stuffed with guanciale, lemon and black pepper; JagerSchnitzel, a grass-fed veal cutlet served with morrells, pernod and Austrian potato salad; and Black Bass en Papillote served with fresh vegetables and ramp salsa verde; among others. Reservations are available on Resy,
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