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Where to Eat on Mother's Day in New York City

Mother’s Day 2019 falls on Sunday, May 12th, and New York is ready with brunches and cruises perfect for any mom who deserves a special occasion. From surf 'n' turf combos to a great jazz brunch, read on for our picks for the best Mother's Day dining in New York City.

Mother's Day NYC: Benjamin Steakhouse

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From beautifully marbled cuts of dry-aged beef and succulent seafood to refined service and charm, Benjamin Steakhouse is perfect for making any occasion special. Mother’s Day is no exception: a prix fixe menu covers an appetizer, entree, a choice of side, and dessert, plus coffee or tea. They won’t make choosing easy; you’ll have appetizer options like lobster bisque, crab cakes, and shrimp cocktails, along with entrees like rack of lamb, Norwegian salmon, filet mignon, and a classic New York strip. 52 E. 41st St., 212-297-9177, benjaminsteakhouse.com

Mother's Day NYC: Buca di Beppo

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Hearty Italian dishes are served family-style at Buca di Beppo, making them perfect for sharing. Eclectic décor, lively music, and engaging staff all add to the fun. Buca opens at 11am on Mother's Day; recommended dishes include spicy chicken rigatoni, chicken parm with homemade marinara sauce, and mushrooms stuffed with prosciutto, cheese, sage, and rosemary, served on pesto cream sauce. Treat mom to a dolce platter for dessert, letting you sample tiramisu, double chocolate cake, homemade cheesecake, and Italian crème cake. 1540 Broadway, 212-764-6527, bucadibeppo.com

Mother's Day NYC: Chazz Palminteri Italian Restaurant

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“Only the best if my name is on it,” says Chazz Palminteri, whose Chazz Palminteri Italian Restaurant partnership will be serving a welcoming, authentic Mother's Day. A prix fixe pulls out all the stops, with primi piatti like grilled calamari salad, baked clams, or Caesar salad; for secondi, look for spinach fettuccine alfredo, angel hair pesto pasta, and housemade rigatoni. You can expect veal scaloppini, veal chops, USDA prime steak, branzino, halibut, and salmone selvatico “Palminteri” with a plum-chili sauce among the entrees. Finish up with a choice of tiramisu, cheesecake, or cannoli. 30 W. 46 St., 212-355-5540, chazzpalminterinyc.com

Mother's Day NYC: David Burke Tavern

Clothesline bacon

The all-new David Burke Tavern is a modern American restaurant by award-winning celebrity chef David Burke. A stately townhouse setting showcases Burke’s creative, contemporary approach to classic fare—often with showstopping presentations. On Mother's Day this year, you'll find a three-course prix fixe special for $55 per person. Burke's famous Clothesline Maple Candied Bacon, above, is available as a table share appetizer ($22). Follow it with first course options like pastrami-smoked salmon, heirloom tomato gazpacho, or an the asparagus “carbonara” salad with crispy prosciutto, burrata, and a cured egg yolk. For round two, you'll find temptations like a steak & egg Benedict with a chipotle Hollandaise, or crispy chicken & waffles with corn succotash and hot honey. Come dessert, your dilemmas will include cheesecake pops, apple tarts with cinnamon ice cream, lemon bundt cake with whipped ricotta and candied orange, or Baked Alaska bread pudding. Noon-8pm. 135 E. 62nd St., 212-988-9021, davidburketavern.com

Mother's Day NYC: Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse New York

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Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse New York boasts a sophisticated space that reflects the energy, vibrancy, and romanticism of the city. On Mother's Day, they'll be spoiling mom with slow-roasted, herb-crusted prime rib in addition to the full menu, which features an extensive collection of high-quality steaks and seafood. Come for lunch/brunch and you can treat mom to a lobster Benedict with citrus Hollandaise and caviar, or a filet mignon Benedict, both served from 11am to 2pm. Del Frisco's award-winning wine list makes the perfect complement. 1221 Ave. of the Americas (entrance on 49th St.), 212-575-5129, delfriscos.com

Mother's Day NYC: Empire Steak House

Empire Steak House

Built on the 40-year journey of a trio of brothers, Empire Steak House presents the finest cuts of steaks, freshest seafood, and a premium selection of 400+ wines, all in a beautiful surrounding with exceptional service. For Mother's Day, Empire Steak House will be serving a special prix fixe of four courses plus a side, with a complimentary glass of mimosa included. Start off with soup, baked clams, or fried calamari; follow with a salad course, and then it's on to entrees like prime sirloin, filet mignon, salmon, shrimp scampi, or chicken Parmigiana. Come dessert the options are tiramisu, carrot cake, cheesecake, and chocolate mousse cake; coffee, espresso, or tea are available as well. Midtown East: 151 E. 50th St., 212-582-6900; Midtown West: 237 W. 54th St., 212-586-9700, empiresteakhousenyc.com

Mother's Day NYC: Fogo de Chão

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In 1979, Fogo de Chão began sharing the gaucho way of preparing meat in Porto Alegre, Brazil. Today, its gaucho chefs still expertly grill 16 cuts of meat and offer continuous tableside service. For Mother's Day weekend you'll find traditional Brazilian sides (cheese bread!), a market table and feijoada (stew) bar, and, of course, a selection of very fine fire-roasted meats. Take Mom out and she'll get a special bonus: a complimentary lunch or dinner on her next visit to Fogo, whether that's in New York or back home at one of Fogo's two dozen-plus other locations in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. Redemption is valid from May 13th through July 11th, 2019. 40 W. 53rd St., 212-969-9980, fogodechao.com

Mother's Day NYC: Haswell Green's

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If you’ve always wanted to sit in a Gangs of New York-style tavern, complete with aged barrels, antique chandeliers, and vintage upholstered chairs, come to Haswell Green’s. As savvy with a craft beer as with a craft cocktail, the bartenders can serve you your new favorite drink while you listen to live music. For Mother's Day, they'll be doing drink specials all day. Show your Broadway ticket to get discount drinks, and enjoy live music from noon to 3pm featuring dueling pianos. All Moms get complimentary cake! There will also be a raffle—show up to be in the running for a giveaway of The Cher Show swag, including Cher products, bags, and even tickets to the show! 240 W. 52nd St., 212-245-2801, haswellgreens.com

Mother's Day NYC: Heartland Brewery

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Times Square favorite Heartland Brewery and Chophouse is a great place for a Mother's Day meal.  Moms love the sesame seared ahi, above, as well as popular picks like the Black Angus steak and kale & chicken Caesar salad. Don't forget about Heartland's award-winning beer, which makes the perfect accompaniment. Conveniently located in Times Square (the Heartland Brewery and Chophouse) and also right inside the city's most famous building (Heartland Brewery and Rotisserie Empire State Building). There's a third member of the Heartland family in midtown as well, the Times Square HB Burger spinoff. 127 W. 43rd St. (btw. Sixth Ave. & Broadway), 646-366-0235; Fifth Ave. & 34th St., 212-563-3433; HB Burger: 127 W. 43rd St. (btw. Sixth Ave. & Broadway), 212-575-5848, heartlandbrewery.com/hb-burger2heartlandandbrewery.com

Mother's Day NYC: Morton’s The Steakhouse

mortons steak lobster Oscar

Famous for USDA prime-aged beef, fresh seafood, fine wine, and elegant desserts, Morton’s The Steakhouse is the ideal place for a memorable dinner. Mother's Day this year is no exception, as Morton's will be serving a steak and lobster Oscar combo for $59. (In addition, from May 8th through May 12th, treat Mom to a cocktail special: the Violet Blush, made with Belvedere vodka, Monin violet and pomegranate syrups, lemon juice, house-made raspberry cordial, and egg white froth). 551 Fifth Ave. (on 45th, btw. Fifth & Madison Aves.), 212-972-3315, mortons.com/newyork; also visit their downtown location near the 9/11 Memorial at 136 Washington St., 212-608-0171, mortons.com

Mother's Day NYC: ONE Dine

To have a meal at the highest dining room in the hemisphere, point yourself toward ONE Dine, the restaurant atop One World Observatory. You’ll find an elevated experience—in more ways than one. For Mother's Day enjoy a package of perks surrounding a chef-crafted a la carte brunch. You'll start off the priority access lanes for security and the SkyPod elevators, and you'll finish with access to the full Observatory after your meal. In between is New York-inspired cooking, with a complimentary mimosa, Bloody Mary, or Bellini to go with it. Among the temptations: house-baked buttermilk biscuits and jalapeño cornbread, chicken 'n' waffles, lobster roll, steak 'n' eggs, seasonal French macarons, and Paris-Brest with praline cream. 285 Fulton St., 844-696-1776, oneworldobservatory.com 

Mother's Day NYC: Patsy's Italian Restaurant

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Theatre District landmark (it was Frank Sinatra’s favorite!) Patsy's Italian Restaurant has been family-run since 1944. Executive Chef and Co-Owner Sal Scognamillo will be celebrating Mother's Day with an elegant menu that celebrates the restaurant's 75th anniversary. Look for the best and favorite dishes by the mothers, grandmothers, aunts, and wives of the Scognamillo family. Derived from their legendary recipes, Chef Sal Scognamillo’s menu will offer Grandma Concetta’s Eggplant Rollantini and Aunt Anna’s Spaghetti and Meatballs with Genovese Sauce. Sal's mother inspires Grandma Rose’s Chicken with Peas and Marsala. Dessert will feature Chef Sal’s wife Lisa’s strawberries with cannoli cream—a favorite snack in their household. 236 W. 56th St., 212-247-3491, patsys.com

Mother's Day NYC: The Ribbon

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Upper West Side favorite The Ribbon has arrived in the Theater District in an elegant setting that pays homage to old New York. Join them on Mother's Day for famous fried chicken and all their other regular menu favorites, with a couple of tempting specials thrown in. Look for brunch and lunch add-ons crab Benedict with asparagus and seared halibut with spring veggies. 220 W. 44th St., 212-944-2474, 44.theribbonnyc.com 

Mother's Day NYC: Saar Indian Bistro

Saar Indian Bistro

Chef Hemant Mathur, who received one Michelin star apiece for his two previous restaurants, has teamed up with his wife, pastry chef Surbhi Sahni, to create the new midtown classic Saar Indian Bistro. For Mother's Day, they'll be serving a moderately priced prix fixe ($39.95 per person). You can find kababs and crab cakes among the starters; curry, biryani, and malai kofta stuffed with fig, tomato gravy, and cumin-green pea quinoa among the mains. For dessert you have a choice of kesariras malai (milk dumplings) or dal chinni shahi tukra, a crispy cinnamon bread with cardamom cream and candied cashews. 241 W. 51st St., 646-609-2142, saarnyc.com

Mother's Day NYC: The Sea Fire Grill

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Chic seafood spot The Sea Fire Grill will be treating Mom right with a special three-course prix fixe. A tomato-basil burrata, tartare duo, and lobster bisque are among the options for starting things off, with second courses that include roasted branzino, spaghetti vongole (clams, garlic, and white wine), and filet mignon. Dessert brings two choices: New York cheesecake, or a chocolate molten cake done up with chocolate flake gelato and chocolate ice cream. 158 E. 48th St., 212-935-3785, theseafiregrill.com

Mother's Day NYC: Strip House

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Strip House brings New York soaring steak, sides, and dessert to two convenient locations. This Mother's Day, treat Mom to a mix of old-world glamour and contemporary sophistication. The original Union Square location will feature starters of potato gnocchi "carbonara" with speck, hen egg, and hon shimeji mushroom, joined by king crab tempura. The special entree is a char-grilled rib-eye "filet" with a pink peppercorn reduction. Dessert will be the perfect complement: red velvet cake with rhubarb ice cream. Midtown counters will a pretty spectacular menu of its own: soft shell crab to start, followed by a bone-in veal chop with a cherry red wine reduction, and concluded with strawberry panna cotta, rhubarb jam, pistachio tuile, and the house's own "fizzy cream." Served Sunday 1–9pm. Strip House Downtown, 13 E. 12th St.,  212-328-0000, striphouse.com/venues/downtown; Strip House Midtown, 15 W. 44th St., 212-336-5454, striphouse.com/venues/midtown

Mother's Day NYC: Tanner Smith's

Tanner Smith's

Named for a historical New York gangster from the Prohibition Era, Tanner Smith’s is your subterranean speakeasy in Midtown West. You can order gastropub fare like lamb sliders and fish and chips, all served with warm Irish hospitality. Mom is not forgotten: this Mother's Day, Tanner Smith's will be serving complimentary Tipsy Tea Pot Cocktails for all mothers from 10am to 4pm. (Reservations are required.) 204 W. 55th St., 646-590-2034, tannersmiths.com

Mother's Day NYC: On the Water

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Bottomless Mimosa $17
Lovely Rita Strawberry Margarita $13
Bloody Mary $13 - See more at: http://www.bbkingblues.com/bio.php?id=5951#sthash.guMJu0jy.dpuf

New York is ready with celebratory brunches and specials to make sure this Mother’s Day is a day that Mom will never forget. One of New York’s most spectacular experiences is getting out on the water. Spirit Cruises offers both Mother's Day Brunch and Mother's Day Dinner rides, featuring lush buffets, DJs, and interactive games; Mom gets a complimentary glass of champagne, Bloody Mary, or mimosa at brunch. Or hop aboard the all-glass cruise from Bateaux New York for a Hudson River spin, with a Mother's Day Bottomless Mimosa Brunch or a Mother's Day Dinner Cruise. Both outings will feature a live band and dance floor on top of a gourmet 3-course plated meal. Hornblower’s Mother's Day Jazzy Champagne Brunch Cruise features live music and free-flowing sangria and mimosas. Chelsea Piers, Pier 61, near W. 23rd St. on the Hudson. Spirit Cruises, 866-483-3866, spiritcruises.com; Bateaux New York, 866-817-3463, bateauxnewyork.com; Hornblower: Pier 40 (353 West St.). 646-798-2577, hornblowernewyork.com


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