Food & Drink

Where to take any type of mom on her special day

Published On 05/05/2013 Published On 05/05/2013
Brunch must: bloody mary's

Despite their universal love of Redbook, Dancing with the Stars, and criticizing you, all moms are not, in fact, the same -- so we've compiled this list of great restaurants with awesome brunches, each suitable for taking your at-least-somewhat-unique mom to this Mother's Day. Foodie Mom The Pines 284 3rd Ave; Gowanus; 718.522.1921 Get as adventurous as your mom did in college at this Gowanus indoor/outdoor destination, where you can snag venison tartare, fried eggs w/ testa, and steak, egg & cheese biscuits. Get your Gowanus on with Mom, right here Mom Who Hates Your Life Choices NoMad 1170 Broadway; NoMad; 212.796.1500 You didn't become a doctor like your brother, you're not married, and the chance of grandchildren is diminishing quarterly. But you are making money, so treat Mom to a big, fancy, impressive brunch at The NoMad, where you'll chow on a very serious $26 chicken sandwich with black truffles and foie gras, along with a $37 beef dish adorned with tomato confit and fried bone marrow. Click here for the complete swankiness Nervous-Regarding-The-World Mom David Burke Kitchen 23 Grand St; SoHo; 212.201.9119 Your mom is a little panicky about coming into the city; she hates grime and has mixed feelings about rats, but mostly thinks they're gross, so you'll probably want to shuffle her over to David Burke. Chances are she's familiar with him through his cookbook and spot at Bloomingdale's, so she'll feel safe at DBK, while you double-fist "beer-naise"-topped lobster Benedict and a Waffle Grand Slam with sausage, bacon, and grilled pineapple. Click here for more info on the sophisticated brunchery Party Mom Bagatelle 1 Little West 12th; Meatpacking; 212.255.9717 Everyone is always telling you how cool your mom is; now it's time to pay her back for all those 30-packs of Red Dog she bought you by taking her to the renowned party brunch at this Meatpacking pleasure dome, with all its sparklers, champagne, and whole roasted chickens. It's party-brunch time Very Old Mom North End Grill 104 North End Ave; Financial District; 646.747.1600 Battery Park City doesn't have the hustle and bustle of the Villages or SoHo, and NE Grill has perfect mom-appropriate decibel levels in the dining room, where you can take on cheesy scrambled eggs with chilaquiles or oatmeal pancakes with butter sauce. (Ed. note: Celeb bonus! One time I saw Leonardo DiCaprio eating here. Now you can pretend you did and tell your mom.) For more on this refined brunchery, click here

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1. Bagatelle New York 1 Little W 12th St, New York, NY 10014 (Meatpacking)

At the Meatpacking location of this trendy French-staurant, enjoy Franco-fare and a solid weekend brunch that tends to get rowdy.

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2. The Pines 284 3rd Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

The Pines is a cozy, rustic, backyarded offering working up a pork chop w/ 'nduja & husk cherries, cavatelli in trotter ragu, and short rib w/ abalone mushroom, aji dulce peppers, and an unaged white cheese named quark.

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3. The NoMad 1170 Broadway, New York, NY 10001 (Nomad)

Housed in a historic arts building, The NoMad hotel is a stylish, Parisian-inspired luxury hotel with hardwood floors and handmade rugs. Inside the hotel is a bi-level library, an opulent lounge with a mahogany bar, and an upscale restaurant. Around the corner from the hotel is the much-lauded NoMad Bar (10 W 28th St), serving refined cocktails and upscale pub fare in a hip, lively space.

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4. David Burke Bloomingdale's 1000 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10022 (Midtown)

Food and fashion, typically adversaries, come together at David Burke Bloomingdale's. The result: nom nom nom. Spanning the entirety of 59th Street, restaurateur David Burke opened this bar/cafe in 2005, satisfying shoppers hungry to pop their belts... not just buy one. Menu items include lobster dumplings, big pretzel paninis, pastrami salmon, and the Warm Country Apple Cappuccino (apple cider / brandy / foamed milk). Martini Week Specials: from 5:30p to 8:30p, get a Grey Goose "Not Your Mothers Cosmo" or a Bombay Sapphire "Truffled Gin Gem" with Vermouth for $10 (Note: bar only).

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5. North End Grill 104 N End Ave, New York, NY 10282 (Financial District)

At this largely pescatarian bar & grill, the walls & bar are covered in rough, black-stained fence wood from Wisco, tightly packed rows of giant, saucer-like fixtures hang from a pipe-lined ceiling, stools line the chef's counter overlooking the open kitchen, and the dining room is accessed via a walkway lined with prep stations for pastries, coffee, and fish.

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