Mother’s Day is fast approaching (Sunday, May 12 to be exact) and nothing is more appropriate for the occasion than a nice sit-down brunch with the favorite lady in our lives. There are so many choices for where to dine in NYC that it can become a little overwhelming, which is why we’ve taken the liberty of listing the top brunch spots around the city. The following eateries have received our stamp of approval and are wonderful options to consider for this Mother’s Day.
1. Locanda Verde
Located in Tribeca, this Italian tavern is fairly casual and offers up riffs on traditional Italian fare. The restaurant is also a popular destination for brunch, with many people flocking every weekend for pastries by pastry chef Karen DeMasco and brunch dishes created by chef Andrew Carmellini. The space is very sunny with natural light flowing in and the atmosphere is easy going, which makes the establishment a coveted destination on weekends. There is also outdoor seating to take in the rays of the sun while you and your mother enjoy the cuisine. The menu is as affordable as it is mouth watering, which makes this place a top brunch destination.
377 Greenwich St
(corner of N.Moore and Greenwich)
New York, NY 10013
This dining establishment has locations around the world, including several in New York City alone, but it is recommended to go to the newest outpost, Serafina Always, located at 33 East 61st Street. It’s right on the border of midtown Manhattan but also situated next to a more residential area so one can enjoy the food without being overwhelmed by the city’s atmosphere. Also an Italian eatery, people come to enjoy authentic Italian cuisine and good conversation. In the spirit of Mother’s Day, Serafina is also giving every mother that dines at the restaurant their own rose.
33 East 61st Street
New York, NY 10065
3. David Burke
Named after Chef David Burke himself, this downtown location can be found inside the James Hotel. The chef interprets classic American fare in his own way and the restaurant makes the effort of focusing on locally sourced ingredients. This is a multilevel space, providing sufficient amounts of seating for diners. Only opened in February 2011, the eatery was named one of Forbes 2011 All-Star Eateries with an award of three stars. Customers can count on brunch classics such as eggs Benedict being reinterpreted in creative new ways.
23 Grand St
(between Thompson St & Avenue Of The Americas)
New York, NY 10013
There is emphasis on seasonal, locally farmed ingredients here as well, with the menu representing contemporary American cuisine. Just outside of the city, this restaurant is located a stone’s throw away in Long Island City. Every mom that comes in for brunch (or dinner) on Mother’s Day will also get a complimentary cocktail, the Rhubarb Gin Fizz, concocted by the in-house bartender.
46-42 Vernon Blvd
Long Island City, NY 11101
5. Park Avenue Spring
Having been recognized by the New York Times and New York Magazine, among others, Park Avenue Spring has captured the attention of food lovers across the city. The décor is just as famed as the cuisine, with the space being designed by an award-winning design firm with meticulous attention to detail. Located in midtown, the restaurant serves up fresh pastries and classic brunch fare. There is a Mother’s Day prix fixe menu available from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., with brunch options offered until 3:30 p.m.
Park Avenue Spring
100 E 63rd St
New York, NY 10065
6. Arcane Bistro
This restaurant serves up Creole cuisine in the East Village, which is a rare find. It’s difficult to find affordable pricing at NYC eateries while also serving up great food and atmosphere, but Arcane manages to do the impossible. Generally, menu prices don’t exceed $20 and for Mother’s Day brunch the price tag is only $12.95, including orange juice and a cocktail. It’s the most affordable way to treat your mom to an experience in the French-Caribbean this Mother’s Day.
111 Ave C
New York, NY 10009
If you’re looking for a more unconventional (but very fun) way to celebrate with Mom, brunch at this Meatpacking District establishment is where you ought to be. Once guests enter the building they are transported to the French Riviera for a brunch best described as “dancing the day away”. Guests are encouraged to enjoy the food and good company around them, with diners notably dancing and having the time of their lives while enjoying their mid day brunch. If you go early your mother can still enjoy a more traditional brunch but if you’d like to really experience the festivities things really start to come alive around 1 p.m.
409 West 13th Street
New York, NY 10014