Selecting a Mother's Day brunch venue in NYC can be as stressful as showing up single to your (younger) sister's wedding. This year, don’t take a one-brunch-fits-all approach. From the “cool” mom to the new mom, here are eight places to brunch for every "type" of mother.
For the mom who only drinks wine at church: The Plaza Palm Court
With opulent decor reminiscent of the Gilded Age, this NYC institution has special occasion written all over its skylight crowned space. Culinary director Geoffrey Zakarian, the dapper celeb chef, is offering special tea tiers for the holiday. Nibble on a traditional selection of tea snacks like chilled lobster tartlet, foie gras torchon, smoked salmon eclair and raspberry macarons. The holiday special ($120 per person) comes with a glass of champagne. If you’re looking to save a bit of cash, evening tea from 5 PM to 12 AM goes for $90.
768 5th Avenue; 212-546-5300
For the mom who drinks wine on the way to church: The Bennett
Some moms are just as into boozy brunch as you are. From the owners of mixology havens Dear Irving and The Raines Law Room, this TriBeCa hotspot serves an impressive selection of artful cocktails paired with drink-friendly food including brunch. Indulge on dishes like chicken 'n’ biscuits, The Bennett Burger with American Wagyu beef and Eggs Bennett-dict with fried ham, black pepper biscuit and whole butter hollandaise complemented by killer adult beverages.
For the “cool” mom: Vandal
Some moms want to see and be seen. This Lower East Side spot is ideal for the woman who may have gone to Woodstock or had a not-so-secret affinity for punk rock in the '70s. The plush interior of chef Chris Santos’ latest mega-restaurant is filled with street art-inspired murals (think Shepard Fairey). For brunch, nosh on fun dishes including coffee pancakes, almond ginger croissants and Hong Kong French Toast with red bean paste and milk tea. Pre-order a bouquet or arrangement from in-house florist Ovando (212-400-0195).
199 Bowery; 212-400-0199
For the Instagram-obsessed mom: Seamore’s
With ceiling-high windows, whitewashed woods and a modern interior that could’ve come straight from Montauk, this Little Italy fish shack was made for fab daytime photos. The food is camera-ready (and delicious) too. The brunch menu features new riffs on classics like lemon ricotta pancakes and huevos rancheros with red chili sauce. The sustainable seafood focus extends to the morning menu in dishes including fish tacos, shrimp & grits and a breakfast burrito with adobo squid, egg and kale scramble.
390 Broome St; 212-730-6005
The mom you don't actually want to talk to: The Smith
Don’t feel like engaging in an intimate conversation about getting hitched? Bring mom to The Smith. This thunderous mini-chain with a brand new NoMad outpost is so boisterous during brunch, she’ll be lucky if she can hear her own voice. Fill your mouth with good-value American fare rather than words, while basking in the upbeat vibe. Dishes include hearty options such as corn beef hash, ranchero scramble and Sicilian baked eggs.
For new moms, a child-friendly brunch that isn’t Chuck E. Cheese: Bubby's
Unless you’re in Park Slope, NYC isn’t the most kid-friendly city. Bring the new mom and little one to Bubby’s. Both locations offer laid-back ambience and hefty portions of classic American comfort fare including blueberry sourdough pancakes, cheddar grits breakfast and smoked salmon bagel. Extra bonus for older kids: the Meatpacking locale features a retro soda fountain.
The mom that hates New York City: Edi & the Wolf
Escape the crowds and the concrete on Edi & the Wolf’s idyllic 26-seat patio. With hanging flora and impressionist-inspired painted greenery, the cozy space feels like it’s straight out of a fairytale. For the holiday, the Austrian restaurant is offering specials for mom. For brunch, there’s French toast with strawberry, rhubarb and whipped mascarpone; smoked trout crêpe with white and green asparagus topped with béarnaise as well as spring appropriate drink, Rosemary’s Peach Cocktail with fresh peach, St. Germaine, vodka, rosemary and prosecco.
102 Avenue C; 212-598-1040
For the yoga mom: dirtcandy
If your mom regularly shops at Whole Foods, owns a closet full of Lululemon and can slay a crow pose, there’s a good chance she’d prefer her brunch to be veggie-only. Book a table at dirtcandy where chef Amanda Cohen brings vegetarian fare to new heights. Look for playful dishes like carrot granola, corn French toast and green huevos and no ham with green tortilla, salsa verde, queso fresco and two tempura poached eggs.
86 Allen Street; 212-228-7732