Mother's Day is less than a month away, which means it's time to start planning the special day for the much-deserving mother or wife in your life. Speaking from experience, all moms really want is a little time off. You could choose to serve breakfast in bed, but why not forgo the chores altogether and hit one of NYC's many delicious brunch spots instead!
We've rounded up a baker's dozen worth of scrumptious places throughout Manhattan and northern borough neighbor, the Bronx. Each one is designated by mom style, including those looking for a waterfront view to moms who prefer a restaurant with vegetarian options. Pinpoint your special lady's preference, make your reservations and get ready to dig in. If you live further afield, be sure to check out our roundups of Mother's Day brunch spots in Brooklyn and Queens, or up the ante with one of these fun NYC itineraries to celebrate.
However you decide to spend the day, Happy Mother's Day from your peers here at Mommy Poppins!
For those who want to dress up, hit the Palm Court at the Plaza. Photo by Shinya Suzuki via Flickr.
For the Classic Mom
The Palm Court at the Plaza Hotel – Upper East Side
Fifth Avenue at Central Park South
Not only is this high-end eatery perfect for moms looking for a classy celebration, it's great for little pink princesses who go gaga over Eloise, the Plaza's most famous fictional resident. After extensive renovations, the hotel and restaurant are entering a new heyday. Admittedly it's pricey, but really, dining at the Palm Court is something everyone should experience once. So make reservations for Mother's Day and cross it off your list.
For the Foodie Mom
Prune – East Village
54 E 1st Street near First Avenue
Reservations accepted only on Mother's Day.
This hot spot is intimate (read small) but homey and delicious, with serious dishes presented in a not-so-serious way. Try classic eggs Benedict or sausage and oysters, among others, and wait until you see the 11 types of Bloody Marys! (I counted.)
RELATED: NYC Spring Fun Guide for Families: Art, Festivals and More
Take mom to the water for a scene-stealing brunch. Photo courtesy of Bateaux New York.
For the Cruising Mom
Bateaux Mother's Day Cruise – Chelsea
Board at 11:30am, cruise runs noon-2:30pm
Pier 61, Chelsea Piers, 23rd Street at the Hudson River
Enjoy amazing views of the Manhattan skyline as your sail aboard Bateaux New York's vessel enjoying a plated brunch. Mom will receive a complimentary glass of champagne or a mimosa.
For the Adventurous Mom
The View at the New York Marriott Marquis Hotel – Midtown West
1535 Broadway (between 47th and 48th Streets)
Your ears may pop as you take the elevator up to the 47th floor, where the aptly named View revolves. Yes, you spin slowly as you eat. Pretty cool, huh? You'll also find pretty amazing 360-degree views of the city. Tourists love it, but that doesn't mean natives won't appreciate its gimmick. The buffet features a selection of hot and cold dishes, a carving station, fresh waffles and complimentary mimosas for parents.
RELATED: Guide to NYC's Best Restaurants for Families
Book a table at Harlem's Red Rooster for a side of gospel music with your soul food favorites. Photo by Joan Nova via Flickr.
For the Soulful Mom
Red Rooster Harlem – Harlem
310 Lenox Avenue at 125th Street
Harlem's dining renaissance began with Chef Marcus Samuelsson's Red Rooster and the celebrity chef's uptown hot spot is dishing out its trademark delicious, elevated soul food favorites with a side of Gospel music. Like all Sundays, Mother's Day features a Gospel Brunch. Enjoy the sounds of the Vy Higginsen’s Choir as you dine on an a la carte menu.
Sink into a plush couch with your yummy buffet picks at the Roxy Hotel while kids are invited to a movie marathon downstairs. Photo courtesy of the hotel.
For the Relaxed Mom
The Roxy Hotel – Tribeca
2 Avenue of the Americas at Walker Street
The vibe at The Roxy Hotel's Roxy Lounge is decidedly laid-back, with comfy couches enveloping diners in a room more reminiscent of a plush living room than a sit-down establishment. Adding to the relaxed atmosphere is the fact kids can be whisked away to The Roxy Cinema downstairs to enjoy a movie marathon while you dine. The menu is served buffet-style with a wide variety of delectable treats both sweet (house-made doughnuts!) and savory (glazed ham, prime rib, thick-cut bacon) and so much more.
It's hard to go wrong at Craftbar where you'll find the double-stack burger and other classics. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.
For the Top Chef-Loving Mom
Colicchio & Sons – Chelsea
85 Tenth Avenue at 15th Street
Craftbar – Chelsea
900 Broadway at 20th Street
For my fellow NYC moms who've watched every single episode of Top Chef, what could be a better way to celebrate than going to one of celebrity chef Tom Colicchio's restaurants? Craftbar offers brunch from 11am-4pm, with yummy selections like a fried oyster sandwich, shrimp and grits and whipped ricotta toast. Meanwhile, Colicchio & Sons is offering a special three-course prix fixe brunch in honor of Mother's Day from 11am to 3:30pm. It's a bit of a splurge, but for reality-food-TV junkies—and foodies—these are Emmy-winning choices.
For the Indecisive Mom
Tosca Cafe – Throgs Neck
4038 East Tremont Avenue
If you believe variety is the spice of life, head to Tosca Cafe. Locals flock to this spot for its wildly popular weekend champagne brunch buffet which includes all you can eat and drink! You'll find a lavish table stocked with fresh fruits, vegetables, salads and anti-pasta platters, as well as French toast, a made-to-order omelet station, clams on the half shell, fresh seafood and the spot's trademark homemade pastas. It's also a veritable bargain compared to many of our other picks. If the buffet doesn't suit you, order from the full menu.
For the Island Mom
Havana Cafe – Schuylerville
3151 East Tremont Avenue
This cozy Bronx spot offers a lively Sunday brunch, complete with all-you-can-drink sangria. On the menu is a variety of Cuban-inspired breakfast items. If your kids are less adventurous than you, there's a basic kids menu with child-friendly favorites like chicken tenders, pancakes or waffles and each kids' meal includes a soft drink and ice cream.
For the Meat-Loving Mom
Bronx Burger House – Riverdale
5816 Mosholu Avenue
With "burger" in the name, it's no surprise that this spot serves up red meat with just about every selection. It's prix fixe menu includes namesake specialties like the breakfast burger, as well as standbys such as steak and eggs and French toast. Wash it down with all-you-can-drink mimosas, Bloody Marys, sangria, screwdrivers, Bronx Burger House Brew or house wine.
For the Nature-Loving Mom
The Black Whale – City Island
279 City Island Avenue
For an (almost) out-of-this-city experience, head to this City Island favorite where you can dine alfresco in The Black Whale's beautiful outdoor garden. It's brunch buffet offers a little something for everyone, from made-to-order waffle and omelet stations to plenty of croissants and muffins and even a cold cereal selection for picky little ones.
Moss Café’s pastry case is always filled with homemade goodies. Photo courtesy of Moss Café.
For the Vegetarian Mom
Moss Cafe – Riverdale
3260 Johnson Avenue
Reservations accepted for Mother's Day.
This cozy coffee shop and cafe serves up a kosher, vegetarian menu embracing the farm-to-table movement. Menus change with the seasons, but expect wholesome, hearty, home-cooked goodness and made-from-scratch pastries. Enjoy mimosas or, if you prefer your beverages caffeinated, the Stumptown Coffee ought to satisfy your palate! The spot promises some specials for Mother's Day, though the seasonality of its menu and commitment to farm-to-table fare means it won't reveal just what's cooking until much closer to the holiday.
This post was originally published in April 2011. Additional reporting by Heather Chaet.
Top image: Harlem's Red Rooster. Photo by Joan Nova via Flickr.