Sometimes it’s all about the experiences. There’s nothing better way to say thanks to mom than with a nice, relaxing brunch this Sunday – with or without a thoughtful accompanying gift. Here’s some recommendations to get you started with ideas of where to take the your family’s special Queen Bee.
in the West Village still has availability on OpenTable
, on the early side at 10:30, or later at 1:30 and beyond. They do walk-ins, but with this one I’d recommend a reservation to be safe. This restaurant is home to the most massive vanilla bean french toast I have ever seen, complete with decadent crème brûlèe batter and real Vermont maple syrup. Can’t beat that. For egg afficionados, I would recommend the “Benedict Johnny”, with its poached eggs, corn pancakes in lieu of english muffin, maple chicken sausage (made on premises), and hollandaise sauce. They use a roasted tomato hollandaise, which is a subtle way to provide some variation that definitely succeeds.
Another option is Blue Water Grill
in Union Square. If Mom’s on the Atkins diet, you can have her share of the excellent baked items they bring to the table beforehand. They make a mighty fine bananas foster french toast and the mimosa, included with the meal, uses fresh squeezed OJ. They are featuring a special Mother’s Day menu
, along with their regular offerings
. Afterwards, you’re well-situated to peruse the local vendors as well at the Market there in the Square.
A quaint favorite of mine and my mother’s is Alice’s Tea Cup. They now have three locations – one on the Upper West Side and two on the Upper East Side. I recommend the two scones plus a pot of tea, which will set you back $10. There’s plenty of tea for you to enjoy sitting and chatting with Mom for a while, once you finally settle on a selection out of their some 140 choices. The scone selection varies daily, but I recommend the ham and cheese or the cranberry orange, if available. If you’re celebrating as a bigger family, Alice’s does accept reservations for parties of six or more.