As you’re undoubtedly aware, this Sunday is Mother’s Day.
Wait… You didn’t forget again, did you? Did you?! Seriously?!
Okay, don’t panic.
As the always proud, often exhausted mother of two children under four I’m an expert on the subject of things you could do to show some love and gratitude to the woman who raised you into the mostly- functional-adult you are today.
Here are a few ideas for ways to show Mom some serious TLC, New York City Style!
If She Loves a Good Mimosa
Nothing says “Happy Mothers Day” quite like a pitcher of champagne spiked orange juice and an overpriced omelet! And, lucky for you, New York City is full of fabulous places to get brunch. Here are three of our favorites:
310 Lenox Avenue
Between 125th and 126th street
Marcus Samuelsson’s Harlem mainstay features a creative menu of elevated soul food like Miss B’s Biscuts and Gravy, Hot Honey Yardbird, and West Side French Toast. You and your mom can also enjoy some pretty fabulous live jazz while you devour your corn bread.
1108 Cortelyou Road
Between Stratford and Westminster
This farm to table gem in Ditmas Park gives you all the charm of Brooklyn with a minimal amount of hipster pretension. And the care and thought they put into sourcing their ingredients really shows- the food is fantastic. Try the chicken Schnitzel!
36-10 30th Avenue
Ok, full disclosure- this place was basically my second home when I lived a block away from it in Astoria. I made friends with the staff, I showed up for burgers at 1am on a Tuesday, and I never missed the chance to have brunch here. The menu at Hallet changes often but I’d recommend you and your Mom start off with the bottomless Bloody Mary’s and then go for the Country Fried Steak or Huevos Rancheros. And tell them I said “Hi!”
If She Need a Little Pampering
When was the last time your mom had the chance to lounge in a hot tub, or get a fancy facial, or a hot stone massage? Yea… it’s been a while. But you can fix that! These are our favorite places where your Mom will be treated like the queen she is:
88 Franklin Street
Nestled in the heart of TriBeCa, Aire Ancient Baths draws inspiration from the traditions of Rome and Ancient Greece. You can bath in wine. You get a pink salt, full body scrub. You can luxuriate by candle light in a warm, thermal bath.
Is this place expensive? Yes.
Is childbirth wildly painful? Yes.
I rest my case.
29 Great Jones Street
Between Bowery and Lafayette Streets
If you’re in the market for a beautiful, relaxing environment where you can get inventive and unique spa treatments, this is the place. The Gua Sha Contouring Stone Facial is the stuff of legend and the 90-minute Signature Massage will almost make up for that stunt you pulled in High School. You know the one…
If She’s a Free Spirit
Maybe your Mom would appreciate a gift that’s a little more outside-the-box? No problem! New York City has something for everyone- even the most discerning of Maters.
575 Degraw Street
Corner of 3rd Avenue and Degraw Street
Your Mom is already a superhero- but can she climb like Spiderman? Maybe not. But I’m pretty sure she can still beat you to the top of one of Brooklyn Boulder’s climbing walls. Go ahead, prove me wrong.
Pier 84 Boathouse
555 12th Avenue at West 44th street
The best way to see the city is undoubtedly from the water. And there are few things more exciting to do on the water then steer a kayak along the Hudson, riding the current toward the harbor as you take in the skyline towering above you. Athletic, fun-loving moms will love this one!
Would your adventurous Mom enjoy exploring the history and culture of New York City with a professional guide?
Sundays are our Central Park Adventures and they are some of our most popular programs but if you had another neighborhood in mind you can also book a Customized Adventure.
Your Mom will thank you!