Best Mother's Day meals
Mom's big day is Sunday, May 8. Did you make reservations yet?
Thu May 5 2011
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Take a stroll in Central Park before treating Mom to a celebratory meal at this new Upper West Side gem. Michael Psilakis's Mediterranean-inspired brunch features dishes like baked egg and roasted eggplants served in a skillet with tomato confit and toast ($14), as well as Fish Tag's signature lamb burger with whipped feta, spicy chilies and smashed fries ($16). An appetizing menu includes open-face bagels topped with a variety of smoked fish, including Norwegian salmon ($12). 222 W 79th St between Amsterdam Ave and Broadway (212-362-7470, fishtagrestaurant.com). Brunch 11am--3pm, dinner 5--10pm.
Eat on a secluded patio or next to a reflecting pool at this Soho Thai favorite. Chef Ty Bellingham has devised special menus for brunch (three courses) and dinner (four courses), with dishes such as hot-and-sour seafood soup with kafir lime leaves, and banana spring rolls with burnt-honey ice cream. All of the items will also be available la carte, and wine pairings are offered for moms who like the sauce. 60 Thompson Hotel, 60 Thompson St between Broome and Spring Sts (212-219-2000, kittichairestaurant.com). Brunch 11am--2:45pm; $25, with wine pairing $37. Dinner 5:30--11pm; $45, with wine pairing $60.
La Fonda del Sol
The day after Mother's Day, La Fonda del Sol pays tribute to the female winemakers of Spain at this guided tasting. Vino pro Nicholas Nahigian will introduce some of the most notable women on Iberia's vino scene. Then, you and Mom can sip samples from regions like Rueda, Manchuela and Rias Baixas, alongside tapas such as fluke ceviche and squid la plancha with bay leaves and lemon. MetLife Building, E 44th St at Vanderbilt Ave (212-867-6767). Mon 9 6:30--8:30pm; $45.
Lincoln Center is the stunning backdrop for this the two-course prix fixe, which offers a choice of both antipasti and secondi. Nosh on stracciatella, a chicken brodo with egg and pane rustico, or halibut with mussels, fava beans, green garlic and saffron. Enjoy your meal while watching the world go by in one of the restaurant's three glass dining rooms. 142 W 65th St between Amsterdam Ave and Broadway (212-359-6500, lincolnristorante.com). 11am--2:30pm; $28.
Show Mom how cultured you've become with a tour of MoMA. Then head to the museum's airy Modern restaurant for a splurgeworthy spread. Chef Gabriel Kreuther's menu includes dishes like chilled asparagus soup with smoked quail egg, sturgeon-and-sauerkraut tart, and rack of lamb with spring vegetables and hazelnut jus. Beware of being upstaged by pastry chef Marc Aumont, who will send the lady of the day home with a chocolate jewelry box filled with bonbons. 9 W 53rd St between Fifth and Sixth Aves (212-333-1220, themodernnyc.com). 11:30am--3pm; $125.
Chef Bobby Hellen's Belgian bistro doesn't stop with moules frites for Mother's Day. A $38 four-course prix fixe offers options such as whole-roasted chicken, roasted spring vegetables and lemon tart. Wine and beer are included. 111 E 29th St between Park and Lexington Aves (212-685-5585, restonyc.com). 5--10:30pm; $38.
This Food & Drink Award--winning Northern European eatery makes it easy to win points on Mother's Day. The three-course brunch features appetizer choices like bitterballen (crisp, oxtail-stuffed croquettes) and kale salad with green almonds, sweet onion and caraway. For the main course, dig into sweet and savory dishes including rookworst—a spin on the classic eggs Benedict, served on rye with a mustard hollandaise—and buckwheat pancakes served with rhubarb and maple syrup. 103 Second Ave at 6th St (212-253-0470, vandaagnyc.com). 11am--4:30pm; $35.