It’s Mother’s Day, when we show mommy dearest how much we care with … flowers? Jewelry? Spa treatments? Sure, but this year, forgo breakfast in bed for a meal at one of the city’s hottest restaurants. Trust us, she won’t miss your “special pancakes.”
The Marrow, 99 Bank St., themarrownyc.com, 212-428-6000
In a nod to his mother’s background, “Top Chef” winner Harold Dieterle will serve an Italian-inflected brunch at his brand-new restaurant. There will be lightly cured arctic char, mortadella eggs Benedict and olive oil cake.
Boulud Sud, 20 W. 64th St., bouludsud.com, 212-595-1313
Brunch at Daniel Boulud’s latest spot is made that much tastier when enjoyed al fresco. Dine on specials like orange blossom-scented yogurt parfait, charred merguez sausage and lavender flan while seated in the new sidewalk café.
The Pines, 284 Third Ave., thepinesbrooklyn.com, 718-596-6560
Go to Brooklyn for this Gowanus eatery’s prix fixe in addition to their regular brunch menu. Pair a glass of brut rosé Champagne with oysters and soft scrambled eggs topped with American sturgeon caviar.
Louro, 142 W. 10th St., louronyc.com, 212-206-0606
As part of his Mother’s Day brunch, Chef David Santos will gift each mom a lavender lemon Bundt cake to take home. But first, enjoy signature dishes like uni with pork belly, octopus Bolognese and suckling pig before heading home for dessert.
Crown, 24 E. 81st St., crown81.com, 646-559-4880
At John DeLucie’s restaurant, ricotta pancakes, croque madame and lobster frittata will supplement the classic a la carte brunch menu. Don’t miss the breakfast pastry basket, overflowing with croissants, pain au chocolate, scones and hot cross buns.
L’Apicio, 13 E. 1st St., lapicio.com, 212-533-7400
Treat mom to Italian fare like shrimp and polenta, eggs en purgatorio and Parmesan French toast with prosciutto cotto and fried eggs, all in the name of breast cancer research. L’Apicio will donate a portion of brunch sales on May 12 to finding a cure.
Sauce, 78 Rivington St., saucerestaurant.com, 212-420-7700
Frank Prisinzano’s trattoria is offering mom’s meal on the house, which is sure to make dishes like Fontina cheese omelets, stuffed French toast and pane pomodoro taste that much sweeter.
Lincoln Ristorante, 142 W. 65th St., lincolnrestorante.com, 212-359-6500
Take mom to the Italian Riviera for Jonathan Benno’s homage to the Liguria region of Italy with a four-course dinner menu featuring fragrant marjoram, olives, braised greens and the coastal region’s famous pesto sauce.
The NoMad Hotel, 1170 Broadway, thenomad-hotel.com, 212-796-1500
Chef Daniel Humm’s impressive special menu, rooted in the same traditions found at his Michelin-starred Eleven Madison Park, begins with a snow pea chiffonade, followed by king crab tagliatelle and the restaurant’s signature roast chicken, stuffed with foie gras, black truffle and brioche.
L’Amant, 235 W. 12th St., lamantnyc.com, 646-476-8731
Try the Mother’s Day-themed “La Mère,” (at left) with vodka, Cocchi Americano Rosa, lime juice, homemade strawberry syrup, fresh basil and soda, to perfectly end the holiday.