No mom should cook on Mother’s Day. And that’s why it’s among the busiest restaurant days of the year. Accordingly, many dining rooms will feature special menus and dishes to celebrate Mom and the holiday.
Here are 10 Long Island restaurants doing exactly that. At these and any other local spots, it’s best to book your table as early as possible. All prices are exclusive of tax, tip and, except where noted, beverages.
Hendrick’s Tavern in Roslyn will serve brunch from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and dinner, with openings that start at 4:30 p.m. It’s a la carte service for both, unless you have a crew of eight or more during brunch, which affords the table access to a lavish buffet. For $49.95 per adult and $29.95 for kids 10 and younger, the buffet will feature salad and pasta stations, a carving station with filet mignon and turkey and a dessert spread. Reservations are strongly recommended. 1305 Old Northern Blvd., Roslyn, 516-621-1200, pollrestaurants.com
The Inn at New Hyde Park will host a generous Mother’s Day buffet in its ballroom. Seatings are at 11 a.m., noon, 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. Adult price is $58 (includes a glass of sparkling wine), children 4 to 12 dine for $25 and children younger than 4 eat free. The buffet will feature a cold display with shrimp cocktail and a raw bar, a carving station, pasta station, children’s station, “bacon me crazy” station and waffle station serving, among other dishes, chicken and waffles, and a dessert “extravaganza” with an ice-cream cart. Everyone gets unlimited juice, soda, coffee and tea. Reservations recommended. 214 Jericho Tpke., New Hyde Park, 516-354-7797, innatnhp.com
Library Cafe in Farmingdale has a buffet brunch from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. that’s $23.95 for adults and $10.95 for children; and a three-course dinner for $24.95. Among the dinner choices are seafood bisque, Caesar salad, grilled sirloin steak with peppercorn sauce, chicken with pesto marinade and pepper salsa, vegetable ravioli with Cajun-spiced chicken, and grilled Cajun mahi mahi with mango salsa and quinoa salad. 274 Main St., Farmingdale, 516-752-7678, lessings.com
Market Bistro in Jericho opens earlier than its usual Sunday hours on Mother’s Day, offering its full dinner menu from 1 to 9 p.m. Start with a black truffle arancini ($6) and move on to share an arugula salad ($12) and an octopus salad ($14) followed by mains such as the seasonal Steelhead salmon ($29) or a comfort food dish such as duck pappardelle ($25). Reservations are highly recommended. 519 N. Broadway, Jericho, 516-513-1487, marketbistroli.com
Volpe at Fox Hollow in Woodbury will serve Mother’s Day specials from noon to 6 p.m. Included with the main course is a salad, such as Caesar, goat cheese, spinach or asparagus; and dessert, either crème brûlée, bread pudding or chocolate-covered strawberries. Main dishes include lasagna primavera ($31), loin and rack of lamb with spinach-and-wild mushroom souffle ($54), chicken stuffed with spinach and speck ($39) and skirt steak piperade ($49); appetizers, shrimp cocktail ($13), clams oreganata ($12), grilled calamari ($13) or zucchini blossoms ($12). Menu for children 10 and younger: $19.95. 7725 Jericho Tpke., Woodbury, 516-802-7501, thefoxhollow.comSUFFOLK
Jonathan’s Ristorante in Huntington will present a $38 fixed-price brunch ($18 for children younger than 10) from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and dinner with specials from 3 to 9 p.m. Brunch takes in tomato gazpacho, smoked salmon, crabcake, waffles, French toast, frittata, shrimp scampi-style, spinach-and-ricotta ravioli with Bolognese sauce, Nutella tiramisu and vanilla panna cotta. In addition to the regular a la carte menu, dinner specials include buffalo mozzarella ($15), lentil soup ($9), seafood risotto ($33), wild striped bass with Champagne vinaigrette ($33) and filet mignon with black truffle sauce. 15 Wall St., Huntington, 631-549-0055, jonathansristorante.com
Land’s End will host brunch in Sayville with a buffet to accompany the sweeping view of Great South Bay. Reservations are available any time between noon and 4 p.m., for $45 an adult, $19 for children younger than 12 and $9 for children younger than 5. The buffet lineup features a salad station with a handful of classics, from Caesar to shrimp cocktail, a hot station with, among other selections, lemon pepper-crusted salmon, seafood paella, carved sirloin and ham, creamed red potatoes, mixed spring vegetables and pasta dressed in your choice of sauces. Desserts range from cookies and pastries to cakes and pies. 80 Brown’s River Rd., Sayville, 631-589-1888, landsendweddings.com
Mirabelle and Mirabelle Tavern at the Three Village Inn in Stony Brook plan a buffet and three-course fixed-price dinner on Mother’s Day. The buffet is from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Cost: $49 a person, half-price for children 10 and younger, plus tax and tip. Carving station with prime rib, chafing dish of duck confit, raw bar and lobster-and-potato soup highlight the choices. Omelets, French toast and pancakes are at the brunch station. Dinner is $68, plus tax and tip. Selections include seared red snapper, roasted branzino, grilled strip steak, pan-roasted duck breast, Caesar salad, escabeche of foie gras and crab quiche. 150 Main St., Stony Brook; 631-751-0555, lessings.com
Nick & Toni’s in East Hampton will offer a la carte brunch and dinner specials. They include crabcake with sweet pea cream and pea-tendril salad ($21), grilled wild salmon with morels, asparagus, fava beans and lavender cream ($39; $24 at brunch); and strawberry sundae with buttermilk gelato ($14). 136 N. Main St., East Hampton, 631-324-3550, nickandtonis.com
View in Oakdale will have an a la carte menu. Choices include crabcakes with mango salsa, avocado and Meyer lemon aioli ($18); shrimp cocktail ($18); wild mushroom rice balls ($12); stuffed local clams ($12); Beijing duck tacos ($14); lobster bisque ($11); Manhattan-style clam chowder ($10); pan-seared sea scallops with risotto ($38); filet mignon with garlic potato puree and poached asparagus ($42); cavatelli pasta with lobster ($31); cedar-roasted salmon ($31); pappardelle Bolognese ($26); and desserts such as crème brûlée, cheesecake, chocolate marquise and strawberry parfait ($10 each). 3 Consuelo Place, Oakdale, 631-589-2694, viewoakdale.com