Mother’s Day Dining

Mother’s Day is Sunday.

If you didn’t know that, get to the nearest Sephora and hook your mom/grandma/stepmom/mother figure/etc. up with some Sephora makeup STAT.

And while I hope you have your brunch reservations laid out, in case you don’t, here are some of my favorite options:

My fave city brunch:

Blue Water Grill

This place has wonderful food and great atmosphere. It’s a little pricey, but it’s Mother’s Day – everywhere is going to be a little pricey. The fish is impeccably fresh, the jazz music is lively, and the mimosas are heavy on the champagne. This is always my favorite brunch in NYC, and don’t forget the killer dessert here – all bananas and marshmallow, all the time.

You can still get reservations:


The Tribeca location still has some afternoon reservations  so you should get them now! The menu here is broad enough to please everyone in your party, the atmosphere is cheerful without being deafening, and the service is usually excellent. This is especially a great choice if you have kids – what kid doesn’t’ want some awesome spaghetti or the world’s most indulgent French toast?

Cheap and cheerful:


Head here for an awesome Tex-Mex feast. Mugs of frosty margaritas, Frito bags split open and topped with spicy chili and cool sour cream, and a laid back atmosphere that is kitschy and cool. The service is wonderful – you won’t be rushed out, no mater how long you stay. Mother’s Day is bound to be relaxed here, which isn’t often the case. Plus, the prices are really inexpensive for the portion sizes and quality of the food.

No reservations necessary:

The Tavern at Gramercy Tavern

It’s more relaxed than the formal dining room, but also less expensive and only takes walk ins. The food is seasonably inspired and incredibly delicious – everything from sandwiches to soups to cocktails is incredibly fresh and tasty. The atmosphere is great for a group of no larger than 4 and the service is impeccable. Get here when the tavern room opens, at noon, so you are sure to get a seat.

This looks delish:


R Lounge at 2 Times Square

Come here after the mother’s day festivities to relax. Chef Jose Garces designed this limited edition bloody Mary which is made with Prohibition Distillery Bootlegger vodka, spiced tomato water, celery bitters, and garnished with poppy and sesame seeds. It’s an everything bagel minus only the cream cheese! This is only available through Mother’s Day, so get it while you can.!