Mother. Mom. Mommy. Mama. There are plenty of ways to address her. And more than enough restaurants to treat her on what traditionally is the year's busiest day for dining rooms. The choices vary as much as the Moms. Here are 10 possibilities, priced modestly to not-so.
154 Montauk Hwy., Blue Point
This warmly appointed tavern gets going at 10 a.m., when chef Danny Avalos will offer an a la carte brunch repertoire of such dishes as crème brûlée French toast, fresh fruit crepes and a goat cheese-caramelized onion omelet. The regular dinner menu kicks in at 3 p.m., with such favorites as flaky-crusted chicken potpie, pot roast and rigatoni Bolognese (available in small and large portions). Additional specials will be dictated by market availability. For dessert: blueberry Napoleon and banana bread pudding.
74 Main St., Kings Park
Mom will have lots of options at this comfortable Italian spot with a caring crew and a knowing kitchen. The regular dinner menu starts at 1 p.m. and showcases pork osso buco, tender gnocchi in a bright filetto di pomodoro sauce, and the showstopping chicken a la Ciro's (enough to feed at least three). For dessert, the signature Napoleon (made with freshly whipped cream) should not be missed.
Sensasian (formerly known as Sen Asian Bistro)
636D Wantagh Ave., Levittown
This chic Asian spot will feature its regular menu. You might want to start with grilled Chilean sea bass, beautifully presented in three porcelain spoons. Festive sushi rolls and Chinese comfort classics round out a pan-Asian roster that includes Thai red chicken curry. Added enticements: free mango cheesecake or ice cream for dessert and a free glass of wine for ladies.
1027 Northern Boulevard, Roslyn
Long Island's only double-decker diner will serve its regular menu, augmented by a few specials from chef Chris Palmer. You'll find a frittata with fresh mozzarella, sun-dried tomatoes and basil as well as bananas Foster French toast and gluten-free blueberry pancakes. Waist-watchers will appreciate the North Fork salad of grilled asparagus and zucchini with mesclun, orange wedges and sun-dried tomatoes in a honey-orange balsamic dressing that's mostly juice. On the other hand, there's always a classic burger.
63 Glen St., Glen Cove
Flavors, not tabs, are big at this Peruvian restaurant with an upbeat vibe. Menu favorites include seviche mixto (shrimp, calamari, scallops in a lemon and cilantro marinade), beautifully burnished rotisserie chicken, as well as tallarin con pollo en trozos (a Peruvian take on Chinese lo mein). Expect a few surprise chef's specials, too.
234 Hillside Ave., Williston Park
La Marmite is one of Long Island's veteran Continentals, surviving trends du jour and periodic recessions. The traditional establishment will offer a streamlined version of its regular menu. Expect dishes along the lines of seafood crepe, clams oreganata, bay scallops in lemon sauce, crabcakes, duck a l'orange, grilled lamb chops, grilled sirloin steak.
150 Main St., Stony Brook
The $59 fixed-price dinner at the stellar French-New American restaurant includes openers such as chilled sweet pea cream soup, asparagus ragout in puff pastry, Serrano ham with fava beans and leek vinaigrette and warm goat cheese salad ($3 supplement); main dishes, spice-crusted loin of lamb with spring-vegetable fricassee, roasted pike with red-wine sauce, and seared filet of beef with green peppercorn sauce ($5 supplement).
North Fork Oyster Company
300 Main St. (Stirling Square), Greenport
This newcomer specializes in seafood, but Mom will have plenty of other choices, too. It's a handsome eatery, fittingly in oyster hues. Service is friendly; food, consistent. On Mother's Day, the specials will include local asparagus bisque, wild mushroom rice balls, shrimp cocktail; pan-roasted striped bass with white truffle honey, butter-poached lobster with herb-ricotta gnocchi, grilled strip steak with root-vegetable gratin.
Rare650 is a show, an energized, multilevel combo plate: steak and sushi served with flair. Mom will find creative crudo, fine straightforward sushi, excellent whole fish, including Dover sole, pompano and red snapper; and deftly prepared beef -- porterhouse for two, three or four, filet mignon, bone-in rib, sirloin, Kobe burgers and Carrara-marbled Kobe steak.
186 Jericho Tpke., Floral Park
Villa d'Este has been in business since 1969. It's refurbished and reliable. Emphases are Italian, Continental, steak. A trimrendition of the regular a la carte menu will be available on Mother's Day. Minestrone, lentil soup, asparagus gratin, tricolor and Caesar salads, veal rollatine, shrimp Francaise, chicken Fiorentina and penne alla Bolognese are among the selections.