Three New Yorkers tell us about their moms-and we teach them how to treat 'em right.
Thu May 7 2009
RECOMMENDED: All Mother's Day ideas
Seth Herzog hosts Sweet at the Slipper Room (167 Orchard St at Stanton St, 212-253-7246; Tue at 8:30pm, $5); the comedy show frequently opens with banter between Herzog and his mom, Kara Greene.
About Seth’s mom:
“She loves anything free, and going out to eat anywhere that’s cheap and fun,” says Herzog. “She used to take improv classes at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre. At a recent performance of Sweet, she reenacted an episode of Maury Povich’s talk show, where she played all the parts—even Maury.”
Don’t make Mom pay $12 for Ghosts of Girlfriends Past! The Sony Wonder Technology Lab (550 Madison Ave at 56th St, 212-833-8100) presents free flicks every Saturday afternoon in its high-def theater. Settlein for some code-breaking on Saturday 9, when The Da Vinci Code screensat 2pm.
A witty gaggle of lady bloggers, authors and TV personalities will take over Comic Strip Live (1568 Second Ave between 81st and 82nd Sts, 212-861-9386; Thu 7 6--8pm, $35) for Open Mom Night. This week’s performance includes TONY Kids contributor Melissa Chapman and RoleMommy.com founder Beth Chapman. Put your mom on stage at your own risk.
Enjoy home cookin’ without lifting a skillet at the kitschy Chat ’n’ Chew (10 E 16th St between Fifth Ave and Union Sq West; 212-243-1616), which combines Christmas lights, vintage popcorn machines and Thanksgiving on a Roll. Nostalgia nirvana.
Jennifer Damiano stars as Natalie in Next to Normal at Broadway’s Booth Theatre (222 W 45th St between Broadway and Eighth Ave, 212-239-6200). Her mom, Nancy Damiano, was in labor during three Mother’s Days—with Jennifer and her two siblings.
About Jennifer’s mom:
“We stayed at the Plaza once and treated ourselves to manicures and pedicures,” says Jennifer. “My mom loves brunch and a good mimosa, and spends a lot of time on Broadway news sites; it makes her feel connected to me. She’ll call me and discuss what she’s read about Next to Normal, and I’ll say, 'Mom, you can’t tell me these things!’ It’s distracting.”
French bistro Patois (117 Mulberry St between Broome and Grand Sts, 212-925-8157) serves unlimited mimosas and Gruyre macaroni and cheese during its prix-fixe weekend brunch ($12.95).
Faina European Day Spa (315 W 57th St between Eighth and Ninth Aves, suite 402; 212-245-6557) offers a year-round Mother & Daughter package ($199), which sees Mom through a 30-minute full-body massage, as well as an aromatherapy foot scrub.
Bring the woman who’s already sat through Les Misrables eight times to Seth Rudetsky’s behind-the-scenes Broadway Chatterbox talk show at Don’t Tell Mama (343 W 46th St between Eighth and Ninth Aves, 212-757-0788; Thu 6pm, $10 plus two-drink minimum), where guests like Kristin Chenoweth and Anthony Rapp share their sassy stories.
Gavin Kaysen won the 2008 James Beard Foundation Rising Star Chef of the Year Award and is the chef de cuisine at Caf Boulud (20 E 76th St between Fifth and Madison Aves, 212-772-2600). This Mother’s Day, he’ll celebrate his 30th birthday with mom Nancy Kaysen.
About Gavin’s mom:
“She orders dry white wines when we get cocktails,” says Gavin. “She loves seeing musicals, and fashion. Once, I taught her how to make a Caesar salad, but she was cleaning the kitchen and sprinkled on Comet instead of Parmesan. I told her to wash off the salad. I was just kidding, but she actually did it.”
Sashay through the history of style at the Museum of the City of New York (1220 Fifth Ave at 103rd St, 212-534-1672; $6--$10). “Valentina: American Couture and the Cult of Celebrity,” on view through May 16, is the designer’s first retrospective. On Saturday 9 and Sunday 10, MCNY also presents “Valentina: Is It the Girl or Is It the Gown?: A Broadway Musical Cabaret” at 3pm ($15--$20).
One taste of the scallops Galicia and the grner veltliner Concerto (2005) at Xicala Wines & Tapas (151 Elizabeth St between Broome and Kenmare Sts; 212-219-0599, xicala.net) and Mom will think you’ve whisked her to Europe.
Or, get in some QT on a three-hour voyage across the Hudson during Spirit Cruises’ Mother’s Day Dinner Cruise (Pier 62, Chelsea Piers at 23rd St; 212-727-7768, $73.90).
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