5 Best Restaurants for Mother's Day Brunch NYC

It’s that time of year again in the United States. Mother’s Day is next Sunday!

We will be spending Mother’s Day this year in New York City, our former home and one of our favorite cities in the world. New York City does Mother’s Day right, and one of the best things to do is treat your mom to a very special, very New York, Mother’s Day brunch.

So we picked 5 restaurants, from casual to fancy, that offer a little something for everyone, and all have special menus or events on Mother’s Day. This special day rolls around only once a year, so do the right thing people, and treat your mom right!

5 Best Mother’s Day Brunch NYC Edition

Marea, Midtown Manhattan

This is one of the best special occasions restaurants in the city, a place where we have dined with friends and celebrated birthdays. It is an ideal spot for indulging your mom. It is mere steps from Central Park, the dining room is formal, yet modern, and the staff will inevitably be wearing better tailored clothes than you.

Marea specializes in Italian-influenced seafood, with a large crudo selection and a caviar menu. They offer a 3-course Mother’s Day brunch menu for $75/pp, with items ranging from a trio of crudos, to their now legendary house-made fusilli with red wine braised octopus and bone marrow (we’ve had it, and it’s amazing!), to a Creekstone Farms sirloin.

Marea is perfect for a mom who loves a little extra indulgence on her special day.

Claudette, Greenwich Village

For something a little more casual, head to Claudette, an adorable Provençal bistro a few blocks north of Washington Square Park. Claudette dishes out simple yet excellent southern French classics, and mixes in a little North African flair to spice things up a bit. The dining room is light and airy, and if it weren’t for the yellow taxis laying on their horns every few minutes, you might think you were in the south of France.

They serve the staples, like eggs benedict and a wild mushroom omelette if your mom isn’t too adventurous, but they also offer shakshouka, a North African baked egg dish in a spiced tomato sauce, and grilled local squid with harissa. The Mother’s Day brunch menu is $45/pp for 2 courses (either appetizer and main, or main and dessert). This is a relative bargain when it comes to Mother’s Day.

And an added bonus, Claudette is only short walk away from Strand Book Store, so you can show your mom your intellectual side and that your college tuition money was well spent.

5 Best Restaurants for Mother's Day Brunch NYC

Gotham Bar and Grill, Greenwich Village

Sometimes Mom wants something a little more classic, and Gotham Bar and Grill is the ideal pick. It has been around for 30 years, ancient by NYC standards, but the dining room is busy and the food is still legit. The decor, the food, and the service is a bit old school, which moms always appreciate.

For Mother’s Day brunch, they have a 3-course menu for $75/pp, with a mixture of brunch items and regular menu items. Gotham Bar and Grill is the place to eat rack of lamb, terrines, and a perfect roast chicken. There are no foams, gels, or culinary flair. Classic cooking done right. Your mom will appreciate it.

Il Buco Alimentari & Vineria, NoHo

This restaurant’s name is a mouthful, and you and your mom will probably mispronounce it, but who cares when the food is this good. Il Buco Alimentari & Vineria is a casual, rustic Italian joint that is part restaurant, part wine bar, part market. It is one of our favorite low-key lunch spots in downtown Manhattan, with a large selection of salumi, pastas, and panini.

For Mother’s Day brunch, their $50/pp menu includes 3-courses (appetizer, main, dessert). There are more “brunchy” items like ricotta pancakes and frittata, as well as a few pastas and their delicious fried artichokes with preserved lemon. If really wanted to impress your mom with a proper meal at Il Buco, add on some salumi that is cured in-house.

And for a little extra touch, by your mom a small bag of cookies from the market at the front of the restaurant on the way out. You’ll thank us later.

Untitled at the Whitney, Meatpacking District

This is another more informal pick, but the setting is one of the most unique in the city. Untitled is run by Danny Meyer, the man behind NYC classics like Union Square Cafe and Gramercy Tavern, so you know you are in good hands. The restaurant sits in the lobby of the Whitney Museum of American Art, the new, Renzo Piano-designed temple of modern art. You can even impress your mom by reciting the name of the architect (points for culture!).

Untitled takes advantage of the ground floor space, with tall ceilings and massive windows, washing the dining room in natural light. The food is contemporary American, with a diverse menu that includes pastries, breakfast items, and more substantial plates. For Mother’s Day, they are offering the standard brunch menu, but if you want go above and beyond for this Mother’s Day, book the tour and brunch package, which includes a before-hours tour of the Biennial Gallery led by Teaching Fellows, followed by a 2-course brunch with a cocktail for $95/pp.

5 Best Restaurants for Mother's Day Brunch NYC

This year, take our advice: skip the flowers, and do the right thing. Take your mom to Mother’s Day brunch in NYC, and do it properly. While flowers are always nice, a few glasses of bubbles and a special brunch will make any mom smile.

What are your favorite picks for Mother’s Day Brunch in NYC? Share your thoughts below!

  • May 13, 2017

    Awww.. this makes me miss the east coast and my mum! I grew up in NJ so we spent a lot of time in NYC, but I haven’t visited a few of these. I’ll have to try Claudette when I’m back, I absolutely LOVE shakshuka!

  • May 14, 2017

    How does one choose! To me all looked so good and tempting. The dessert of course attracted too much attention and scrutiny from me.

  • May 14, 2017

    Oh my word all of these are fantastic! I wonder if any have Vegan food as my mom doesn’t eat any animal products! I bet they do because NYC is awesome like that 🙂

  • May 15, 2017

    Yum…that looks like a great list so bookmarking it for my trip to NYC in future 🙂

    Since I am in India, I ended up taking my mom instead for a movie and then a mother’s day party at my aunt’s place! It was quite a ‘foodie’ day for us all 🙂

  • May 15, 2017

    Awe, this makes me miss my mother SO much! I would love to take her to Brunch. She lives in Alaska and I live in Germany. She would just adore all of these places, great list!

  • May 16, 2017

    What mom wouldn’t love going to one of these brunches?! These definitely beat out flowers. They all look amazing!

  • May 17, 2017
    Megan Jerrard

    Each of these looks incredible, and the food all works of art! Totally agree on the notion of skipping flowers and taking mum out to eat or for an experience where you can spend time together. We always do brunch 🙂 Love the idea of Marea for Italian-influenced seafood. Thanks for the heads up!

  • May 17, 2017

    I’m just surprised you where able to keep your lists to only 5 and even though you only have 5. I not sure which once I would choose but I wonder which one she would choose. Actually that chocolate cake looks beautiful!!! Can’t wait to head back!!!

  • May 17, 2017

    That cake looked amazing. I stirred clear of all brunch places on that day. Too many crowds..no go.

    • May 22, 2017

      you and us both. We ended up getting bagels and eating them in the park.