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You can do better than a dozen carnations for Mother’s Day this year to show Mom how much you love her and how well you know her. After all, she brought you into the world, so the least you can do is show your appreciation. Check out this list of things to do on Mother’s Day including the best restaurants in NYC to take her to, the best shops in NYC for gifts, spas in NYC for a relaxing day, flower shops for the perfect bouquet—basically, how to spoil the most important lady you know.

When is Mother’s Day?

Mother’s Day is on Sunday May 8, 2016.

The best Mother’s Day brunch in NYC

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Show some love for the woman who raised you by treating her to the best Mother’s Day brunch NYC has to offer. Whether your mama is a chicken and waffles fan or would prefer a one of the city’s best cocktails (hey, who says she can’t have both!), these NYC eateries are offering special prix-fixe menus (and some complimentary treats) to honor all the mothers in the city. From charming SoHo restaurants to uptown fine dining stalwarts, use this handy guide to find some of the best brunch in town.
David Bouley’s Michelin-starred Japanese counter celebrates moms with a special five-course kaiseki menu from 11:30am to 4pm on Mother’s Day. The intimate experience will offer dishes like a sakizuke (Cape Cod scallop, uni, strawberry-lemon foam), hashiyasume (morel mushroom chawanushi with truffle-ankake) and shiizakana (soft-shell crab tempura or Hudson Valley duck breast sakura-yaki). $95


As a mother herself, megawatt chef Einat Admony knows what moms want for brunch. At her Israeli-Spanish newcomer, Admony will offer a casual two-dish prix-fixe with a house salad and special chicken-and-waffle plate for just twenty bucks. As an added bonus, all mothers dining in will receive a cocktail on the house. $20


Laotian chef Phet Schwader presents a highly personal, all-day menu for Mother’s Day, bringing to life vivid memories of his mother Soubanh’s home cooking. The affectionately annotated bill of fare offers dishes like Bell & Evans chicken wings and cucumber salad ($16), which was a “great snack” for the chef as a child, and a large-format Mama’s Lad Nah ($27)—Berkshire pork, chicken and wild prawns wok-seared with gai-lan and gravy over rice noodles—which the chef notes was reserved for “when we were really hungry.”


Francophiles should seek out this special, three-course brunch prix-fixe overseen by chef Julien Wargnies. There’ll be plenty to go around for both you and mom, what with gut-sticking plates ranging from ramp-and-mushroom risotto (beaurre noisette, parmigiano-reggiano) to saddle of lamb (gremolata, eggplant caponata) and Violet Hill Farm country chicken breast with a foie gras–chicken leg sausage. $75