The best Mother's Day meals

Head's up: Mom's Day is on Sun 9. Take her someplace nice.

  • Shrimp alhinho at Aldea

  • Commerce

  • Spaghetti alla carbonara at Aurora Ristorante

  • English-cut lamb chop with miniature carrots and fennel at the Harrison

Shrimp alhinho at Aldea

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Treat Mom to some heartfelt grub at George Mendes’s Eat Out Award--winning Portuguese eatery. A three-course $65 prix fixe will be available at both brunch and dinner—the menu includes shrimp alhinho and arroz de pato (duck confit, chorizo, olive and duck cacklings), two dishes inspired by recipes from Mendes's mother. Your mom can expect flower-adorned tables and bags of chocolate upon departure. 31 W 17th St between Fifth and Sixth Aves (212-675-7223, 2--8pm; $65 per person.

Aurora Ristorante
At this calm Mediterranean restaurant, Adam Weisell will put a spin on the classic Mother's Day bouquet with his cheese croquette appetizer complemented by edible flower salad—look out for orchids, pansies and other flora on your plate. There will also be three other dinner specials (5--10pm) on the la carte menu, including lobster-filled pasta in shellfish emulsion ($22) and rosemary-grilled lamb chops with truffle potatoes and goat cheese ($28). It's cash only, so you'll have a chance to show Mom that you don't pay for everything with her credit card. 70 Grand St at Wythe Ave, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (718-388-5100, 11am--4pm. Average pasta $15.

The West Village is as good a place as any to spoil Mom, and this luxe dining room is sure to knock her "World's Best Mom" socks off. Make a brunch reservation to score breakfast favorites from the "Greatest Hits" (served until 1pm), including cinnamon rolls and slow-cooked eggs with creamy polenta and mushrooms ($15). If she's feeling adventurous, order Mom the sweetbreads or the "rag of odd things" (oxtail, trotters and tripe with hand-rolled orecchiette; $16). 50 Commerce St at Barrow St (212-524-2301, 11am--9pm. Average main course $15.

The Harrison
Chef Amy Freitag polled her staff about their mothers' favorite foods to get inspiration for her Mother's Day menu. The resulting three-course prix fixe ($55) includes dishes such as pan-seared Atlantic salmon and all-natural pan-roasted chicken. Freitag's own mother is the mastermind behind the meatball-laden "Sunday Sauce"—sure to be a hit with the youngsters at this kid-friendly affair. 355 Greenwich St at Harrison St (212-274-9310, 2--9pm; $55 per person.

Barely out of its first month, this AvroKO-designed Latin-Asian restaurant is offering a three-course prix fixe menu designed for the whole brood. Each diner can choose one small plate (halibut ceviche or bone-marrow steamed buns), a large plate (grilled Colorado lamb loin) and a dessert, but everything is served family-style—meaning Mom gets a taste of everything. 622 Third Ave at 40th St (212-808-8110, 5--10pm; $35, 12 and under $15.

Note: Reservations are recommended for all Mother's Day meals.

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