Show how much you care.
It’s easy to think that Mother’s Day is all about buying a gift and a card and showing that you’ve given some thought to letting your mom know that you appreciate her, but taking her out for brunch means that you get to spend some time with her.
In many ways this makes the day really special – not only are you showing how much you care but you’re also treating her as a friend as well as a parent, which adds another dimension to your relationship.
New York has some wonderful places to eat on Mother’s Day, and I’m going to share some of my favorites with you, but there are, of course, great places the world over where you can spend some quality time with your mom.
Gotham Bar and Grill
With awards in abundance and fabulous reviews, this downtown New York restaurant is a lively and beautiful place to eat wonderful food.
It’s situated in a tree-lined stretch of Greenwich Village area and has a set price Mother’s Day Brunch for $75, including such delights as House Made Granola Parfait, Maine Lobster Tagliatelle, and Gotham Chocolate Cake.
The menu is plenty and varied and has a good number of options for those with special dietary requirements. (www.gothambarandgrill.com)
This Portuguese inspired restaurant, based on the traditional recipes of the chef George Mendes’ own mother, Lupulo gives you the choice of a fixed price Mother’s Day Brunch menu or you can go a la carte.
The prix-fixe is $42 for 3 courses, and includes choice of tea, coffee or juice as well as Bacalhau Croquettes, skirt steak and eggs plus traditional Portuguese egg custard tarts. This is a really relaxed and inviting place to eat which pays homage to traditional Portuguese Taverns with its striking blue and white tile and rustic wood tones. (www.lupulonyc.com)
For wonderfully fresh and seasonal ingredients with a local producer focus, this restaurant not only serves award winning cuisine but has a farm-to-table ethos and is environmentally conscious.
Their brunch menu makes great reading, with amazing choices such as scrambled eggs, crispy oysters and hot sauce butter, or the delightfully named eggs benedict with flying pigs farm ham, and has a great choice of wonderful salads, entrees and appetizers. This is a place to eat that makes your soul feel good!
The wine and cocktails list are imaginative and broad and there are house made juices too. (www.abckitchennyc.com)
Whether your mom is a foodie or not particularly into the cuisine side of things, Cookshop on Tenth Avenue is perfect for a Mother’s Day Brunch with a chef’s selection pastry board, the Cookshop breakfast bowl (kale, spinach, farro wheatberries, sesame seeds, hazelnuts, feta cheese, walnut oil, nigella seed, falafel, sunny side up egg), egg white frittata and so much more to enjoy.
As they say about themselves; “At the heart and soul of this restaurant lies the owners’ commitment to bringing an honest, seasonal dining option to New York City.”
This restaurant has charm and atmosphere and also has a great selection of wines, which are completely suitable as a gift/momento for your mom at the end of your meal. (www.cookshopny.com)
Chalk Point Kitchen
This Soho restaurant is my slightly guilty pleasure, included because its menu is really helpful to anyone who has a gluten free, vegan, or carb free diet, and their food is ultra organic but has a by no means limited offering.
Another eatery with a market to table ethos, the Mother’s Day Brunch menu includes a complimentary strawberry Bellini, and the regular menu has delights which include homemade chorizo hash, warm ancient grain porridge and Nancy’s Hudson Valley Camembert with house-made apricot jam. Food is so fresh and lovely, this is a super-friendly place to eat. (www.chalkpointkitchen.com)