Where to take mom for Mother’s Day in NYC

Toast to mom with specialty cocktails at Rock Center Cafe. Credit: Patina Restaurant Group
Toast to mom with specialty cocktails at Rock Center Cafe. Credit: Patina Restaurant Group

Treat the first woman in your life on Sunday at one of these special spots.

Restaurant Marc Forgione
134 Reade St., 212-941-9401

Iron Chef Marc Forgione worked with his Chef de Cuisine Stephen Wambach to create a menu inspired by their own mothers. The result? Wambach’s take on brunch, which will feature pannkaka, a cast-ion skillet custard native to Scandinavia, served with lingonberries and whipped cream. For dinner, Forgione’s own mother will be preparing her secret-recipe meatballs for Marc to use in his house-made pasta. All moms who dine at the restaurant will receive flowers.

Rock Center Café
20 W. 50th St., 212-332-7620

When it’s not being used in the winter, the ice rink at Rockefeller Center is transformed into an extension of the adjacent Rock Center Café. This year, treat mom to an outdoor garden party as Juilliard-trained musicians handle the background music. On the three-course brunch and dinner menus are from-the-garden delights like chilled gazpacho and fava bean and grilled leg of lamb.

Nick & Toni’s
100 W. 67th St., 212-496-4000

The restaurant, famous in the Hamptons and NYC, will have a la carte menu items like wild king salmon with smoked olive tapenade for brunch and chilled crab and spring pea salad on a chive pancake for dinner. All moms will enjoy a complimentary blood orange “momosa” upon arrival.

245 Park Ave. S., 212-475-9377

If mom loves to be a part of the city’s glitterati, take her to SUSHISAMBA’s Park Avenue location, where a bossa nova band will entertain as the crowd enjoys the eatery’s fusion Japanese, Brazilian and Peruvian cuisine. Come in for house-made quinoa waffles with vanilla-cinnamon butter and lobster eggs benedict.

Sarabeth’s Tribeca
339 Greenwich St., 212-966-0421

Mom will love the elegant eatery’s touch of daintiness. Come by for scones, lobster salad and plum-peach tarts.

236 Fifth Ave., 212-683-2929

All moms dining at the Mediterranean restaurant will receive a complimentary St-Germain and Champagne cocktail and an herb plant to take home. Mom will put them off to the side while tucking into ramps a la plancha, soft shell crab and apricot almond cake, inspired by the recipe Chef Philippe Massoud used to make as a boy — which was made even better when his mother encouraged him to add a little apricot jam to it.

420 Park Ave. S., 212-317-2908

Pick a bouquet for mom from the restaurant’s on-site flower cart before sitting down to heirloom tomato salad, lobster frittata, wild red snapper and mimosa pudding for brunch.

The Dalloway
525 Broome St., 212-966-9620

Two moms eat for the price of one during brunch and dinner in support of equal rights at the lesbian-leaning restaurant. Don’t miss the restaurant’s specialty egg-in-a-hole paired with a Browning’s bloody mary.


Moms eat free!

Hit any of these restaurants for a gratis meal for your leading lady.

Pennsylvania 6
132 W. 31st St., 212-727-3666

78 Rivington St., 212-420-7700

Lil’ Frankie’s
19 First Ave., 212-420-4900

88 Second Ave., 212-420-0202

156 E. Second St., 212-477-7600


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