Admit it, your strengths probably don't include cooking. And do you really want to try replicating one of mom's recipes for her? Here are five brunches that will mean more fun for everyone.
213 N. Eighth St.
The cozy main dining room, decorated in reclaimed woods and furnished with repurposed factory equipment, is a great spot for a girls night, but moms will be treated to a brunch feast inside the winery’s soaring Atrium. The prix fixe menu ($40) includes coffee and a glass of (literally) house wine, with options like roasted beets with goat cheese sabayon, braised short rib with polenta and brioche French toast with a lavender glaze. Reservation required.
85 10th Ave.
This is the one worth splashing out for — if you can still score a reservation. (At least the window is pretty wide, with seatings until 9 p.m.) Chef Mark Ladner was just named Best Chef NYC, and mom deserves nothing less. He’s been given free rein with the $126 five-course menu (or $179 for eight courses), which is described only as a highlight reel of seasonal vegetables and “additions that will complement the day.” We know mom likes a sure thing, but if there’s one man to trust in the kitchen right now, it’s Ladner.
21 Ninth Ave.
Come for the industrial-chic ambiance or snag an outdoor seat on the rooftop terrace, either way, this is the trendy brunch spot that mom will enjoy too. Asian-fusion options include specials like crispy soft shell crab with Thai chili vinaigrette and a pulled pork Benedict with avocado hollandaise. Digest all that good living during a stroll on the High Line or browse the reopened Whitney Museum two blocks away.
Red Rooster Harlem
310 Lenox Ave.
Chef Marcus Samuelsson’s new casual fried chicken spot Streetbird Rotisserie may be getting all the hype, but it’s the accomplished fare at his first restaurant, Red Rooster Harlem, that put him on the map. Bring mom here for a soulful brunch that includes a lobster omelette, pistachio sponge cake with lingonberries and cream, and more.
209 E. 49th St.
If your mom is your bestie, you already know how you’ll be celebrating: bottomless brunch. At Mexican coast-centric Pampano, moms in parties of four or more eat for free, but the rest of you will only pay $39 for unlimited small plates and two hours of free-flowing margaritas, Bloody Marys and sangria until 4 p.m. On the menu: chilaquiles con huevos, black sea bass with truffle bean puree, tacos and, yes, even pancakes.