Treating mom to a stress free meal on Mother’s Day is always a good idea. Make reservations for brunch to secure a relaxed experience in the sunshine. Afterwards, it’s lovely to walk the city for a bit of shopping or extend your “day drinking” with another cocktail.
The View at the New York Marriott Marquis Hotel (1535 Broadway) If the WOW factor is all mom cares about, make a reservation for The View. The revolving rooftop restaurant in the middle of Times Square offers absolutely breathtaking scenery of Manhattan. The brunch buffet is a pricey $83 per person but includes Cracked Crab Claws, Jumbo Shrimp and Roast Prime Rib. The menu covers all types of meat, fish and salads as well as an omelette station. Plan to spend several hours noshing and taking photos of your spectacular mom above the clouds. Is it touristy? Yes. Is it special? Definitely.
Fred’s (476 Amsterdam Avenue) Brunch on Sunday is $19.95 and includes a House Bloody Mary, Bellini or Mimosa and homemade muffins. Mom can choose a breakfast classic like Cinnamon Raisin French Toast made with cinnamon raisin bread from Orwashers Bakery or the Burger served with French Fries or Sweet Potato Fries (add $1) and Salad Greens. Fred’s feels like your own living room complete with wall to wall photos of dogs and a fireplace. The casual welcoming setting delivers homemade comfort food at it’s finest. Fred’s is a staple on the upper west side, kid friendly and affordable. Visit during the week from 5-7 p.m. to save $2 on drinks and feast on food specials like $9 mussels and $11 nachos.
Sojourn (244 East 79th Street) Visit Sojourn for brunch ($32.99) for your choice of one entree and one side with two hours of unlimited Bloody Mary’s, mimosas and sangria. Try the Croque Monsieur with Chorizo Hash or Eggs Benedict and Apple Wood Smoked Bacon. Their menu is mostly tapas style with cuisine influences from all over the world. It encompasses everything from Italian to Mexican to Japanese. Additionally, Sojourn is offering a three-course prix-fixe dinner menu for $40, $60 with wine pairings on Sunday night. All dinners begin with a complimentary champagne toast. The vibe is hip wine bar meets classic upper east side eatery.