Your Mother’s Day Table is Waiting 

Moms and mother figures in your life will certainly enjoy the opportunity to indulge in delicious fare from some of the top restaurants in the area. What could be better than relaxing and raising a glass to good memories and the great times to come. Our selections give you a lot of variety. We suggest that many of them will require reservations so make your plans and Happy Mother’s Day to you and yours!

The Osprey at 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge  – Celebrate your loved ones with a specialty food offering and meaningful Mother’s Day gift when you dine at The Osprey. Guests can take their pick from Bond + Bella’s customizable, sustainable bracelets and have it hand-welded onto their wrist, the perfect permanent accessory. Brunch will be served from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. You’ll love The Osprey’s casually elegant and natural venue that boasts great views.  Plan to enjoy the Brooklyn neighborhood while you are there. 

Mollusca – This restaurant in the Meatpacking District will serve brunch on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Highlights from Mollusca’s Mother’s Day brunch include a display of fresh strawberries on ice, complemented by a free-flowing chocolate fountain, complimentary to diners. Mollusca’s newly launched brunch menu by Executive Chef Christian Bonilla pairs perfectly with Mollusca’s beverage program. Highlights of the brunch menu include scrambled eggs with uni and Siberian select black caviar; the brunch burger, which features duck bacon, egg, lettuce, tomato, harissa mayo, and cheddar cheese served with truffle parmesan fries; and ricotta pancake served with blueberry sour cream.  Diners may also choose from the house specialty, mussels with 35 unique signature mussel sauces. 

Benjamin Prime – The elegant steakhouse in Midtown East will serve items including wedge salad; classic Caesar salad; Italian burrata; jumbo shrimp cocktail; lobster bisque; rack of lamb; filet mignon; bone-in ribeye; Norwegian salmon; Benjamin home fries, creamed spinach, steak fries, mashed potatoes, chocolate mousse cake, New York cheesecake, and more for $109 per person.

Hortus NYCThis Michelin recognized restaurant in NoMad has makes celebrating mom easy by crafting a special four-course Mother’s Day menu at the approachable price of $70 per person that will take guests on an eclectic culinary journey, seamlessly blending the flavors of China, Japan, Korea, and Southeast Asia with subtle European twists. The prix fixe menu curated by Executive Chef Geo Park begins with scallops and caviar, served with makgeolli beurre blanc, white asparagus, and walnut. There is also an option to add a wine pairing for an additional $40 per person. Hortus NYC will be serving their Mother’s Day menu on Saturday, May 13th and Sunday, May 14th for dinner.  Guests can enjoy dinner in Hortus NYC’s second floor dining room, which provides beautiful views of the stained-glass windows of the historic Marble Collegiate Church.

Everdene at Virgin Hotels NYC – Mother’s Day Brunch is being served at Everdene located on Broadway in NoMad. The restaurant is offering a special $85 pre-fixe, three-course brunch menu for all moms. Enjoy a complimentary glass of prosecco while overlooking the sweeping Manhattan views on the Everdene terrace with a flower bouquet in hand, to gift your mother. There will also be a special live performance from Antoine Drye & Quartet from noon until 4 p.m.

Virgil’s Real BBQ – This friendly, casual spot located in the heart of Times Square is perfect for the barbecue loving mom and her group. Not only will you be celebrating Mother’s Day but for National Barbecue Month the acclaimed BBQ restaurant will highlight baby back ribs with a serving choice of St. Louis style, Asian glazed, or apricot brandy BBQ. Restaurant goers will enjoy a full rack of hickory smoked baby back ribs, two large sides, and cornbread for $39 or a half rack with one cornbread and two sides for $23.95.

Baccarat Hotel New York Grand Salon – The Baccarat Hotel in the heart of Midtown is featuring brunch from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and an afternoon tea from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. in their Grand Salon. A specialty brunch, champagne afternoon tea, and live entertainment are among the many ways to enjoy a sparkling celebration. The Afternoon Tea includes a glass of champagne and a takeaway gift from the hotel’s Two Michelin Starred Culinary Director Gabriel Kreuther. The retro jazz band, Fleur Seule, will be performing live from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Benoit NY – The restaurant is a tried-and-true brunch destination for Mother’s Day and the location in Midtown is ideal. Benoit has been a staple in NYC for classic French fare that has never disappointed especially on holidays like Mother’s Day. Treat the mom in your life to timeless dishes like poulet rôti or hand-chopped beef tartare, and toast to the wonder woman mom is with cocktails such as the Inglorious Berries with vodka, lemon, strawberry and vanilla or Provençal Fizz with gin, lavender, chamomile, lemon and egg white. 

Jams at 1 Hotel Central Park – Jams at 1 Hotel Central Park is offering a delectable brunch from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Enjoy an array of seasonally inspired dishes and fresh frozen watermelon margaritas in celebration of Mother’s Day. You can also create a bond that lasts forever with Love Weld’s permanent jewelry collection.  Take advantage of the restaurant’s proximity to Central Park and have a leisurely stroll after your delicious brunch. 

KYU – The restaurant in NoHo is known for their Asian-inspired, wood-fired cuisine. Guests can treat mom to a decadent brunch experience. To sweeten the celebration, the KYU team will be gifting a sugary, take-home surprise for all the mamas dining in. On Sunday, May 14, from 12 p.m.  to 3 p.m., guests can indulge in inventive brunch plates offering a rich exploration of interpretive technique and ingredients. Guests can expect newly rolled out brunch dishes just in time for Mother’s Day, including the ssamjang chicken sandwich, a smoked French dip topped with fried egg, black garlic jus and grilled jalapeno aioli, and the Duck Scramble served with toasted rice and creamy gochujang.  

La Marchande and IRIS The restaurants are by Michelin starred Chef John Fraser who is offering Mother’s Day special menus at both restaurants. To make the day more special, mom will receive a complimentary bouquet of flowers when she orders the Mother’s Day specialty cocktail handcrafted with The Botanist gin. Treat mom to a luxurious meal inspired by the bounty of spring and global flavors at La Marchande in the The Wall Street Hotel. Brunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and dinner will be served from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.  The three-course menu is  $72 per person and dinner can also be ordered a la carte. Or you can honor mom with an elevated Mediterranean-inspired brunch spread at IRIS in the heart of Midtown. Brunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The three-course menu is $72 per person.

The Red Pavilion – In Brooklyn, the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) teahouse by day and Asian neo-noir nightclub after dark hosts a festive Cha Cha Yum Cha Dim Sum Brunch featuring thoughtfully curated plates by TCM chef and co-founder, Zoey Xinyi Gong.  Highlights include the shrimp dumplings with pickled mustard seeds and micro greens; Shanghainese sticky rice shumai; coix seed pork rib and an egg tart with purple yam cream. For guests looking for an evening dim sum experience to treat mom to, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., The Red Pavilion will also offer a dim sum dinner comprised of six small dishes, a cocktail of your choice and premium Chinese tea all served family-style. At 8:45 p.m., guests dining in can stick around after dinner for Shanghai Mermaid, a sultry, glamorous evening of burlesque, aerial and red hot 1930’s jazz performances. 

Just Across the River in New Jersey!

Blu on the Hudson – This newly opened restaurant brings a New York City-style dining experience to the waterfront in Weehawken, New Jersey.  It offers a bold seafood centric menu accented by a top-flight steak program, homemade pasta, a one-of-a-kind cocktail program, and soon-to-come rooftop event space, is introducing a new brunch menu that will be served on Mother’s Day.  Blu on the Hudson is just minutes away from Hoboken and Jersey City by Light Rail, and a picturesque six-minute NY Waterway ferry ride from Manhattan.

Grand Lux CafeIn northern New Jersey, the Paramus Park location of Grand Lux Café is everything you expect from this popular restaurant with a lavish décor, great service and delicious dishes. They have just debuted some new menu items that include crispy shrimp rolls, lemon-parmesan brussels sprouts, ahi tuna burger, short rib pasta, and avocado benedict. And be sure to treat mom and everyone in your party to one of the scrumptious desserts like layer cake or their new profiterole. 

DRIFTHOUSE by David BurkeIf you’re headed to the New Jersey shore, this restaurant located in Sea Bright has a magnificent oceanfront setting, new seafood-focused menu, and an exciting, stylish maritime décor. DRIFTHOUSE by David Burke is offering a Mother’s Day prix fixe brunch menu served from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at a price of  $55++ per person and $35++ per child ages 10 and under. For those that are dining a little later, the la carte dinner menu with specials will be served from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. 

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Marina Kennedy began her writing career when her four children were grown and she returned to college to study in the humanities. She is delighted to be a contributor for Woman Around Town. The majority of her articles focus on the culinary scene, theatre, and travel. Marina and her husband Chuck enjoy the rich cultural experiences of the New York metro area and beyond. She hopes that readers like reading her articles as much as she enjoys writing them.