10 Places To Take Mom This Mother’s Day In New York City

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1 of 10|Brunch at Cafe Boulud|Star chef and restaurateur Daniel Boulud knows how to spoil Mom on her big day. If you're a traditionalist at heart, Mother's Day brunch is a can't-fail classic. Cafe Boulud on the Upper East Side is dishing out three courses of seasonal French fare with dishes like fresh tuna tartare with mint and snap peas, foie gras laced with cocoa nibs and espresso, and a Marcona almond chocolate bar served with rose marzipan ice cream. - LINK
2 of 10|Brunch at Khe-Yo|For a more daring Mother's Day meal option, treat the lucky lady to brunch at Khe-Yo. Laotian chef Phet Schwader is whipping up a menu inspired by his mother Soubanh's home cooking. Expect plates like chicken wings with Sriracha hoisin and Thai basil, soy ginger-braised Berkshire osso bucco with quail eggs, and Mama's Lad Nah (Berkshire pork, chicken and wild prawns wok-seared with gai-lan and gravy over rice noodles). - LINK
3 of 10|New York Botanical Garden|Every May, the New York Botanical Garden honors moms with the Mother’s Day Weekend Garden Party. The spectacular spring landscape hosts live music, games, picnicking, poetry readings, and more. Start with a wander through the newly reopened Lilac Collection, then hit the performers on the Daffodil Hill mainstage, play a game of badminton, and take one of NYBG's guided tours. - LINK
4 of 10|Joan Osborne at City Winery|Bring a musical mom to see Joan Osborne perform at City Winery for the 4th Annual Joan Osborne & Friends Mother’s Day Benefit Concert. You know Joan from the 1995 earworm “One of Us,” which is guaranteed to be stuck in your head after the show, and is probably already playing in your head now. “Just a stranger on the bus trying to make his way home...” - LINK
5 of 10|Icing Class at Magnolia|Mom wants to know you can fend for yourself now that you're not living with her (you aren't, right?). Show off your culinary skills with a Mother's Day Icing Class at Magnolia Bakery. Not only is it a sweet way to spend a day with the woman who brought you into this world, you'll leave with a handful of sweet treats to share later. - LINK
6 of 10|Japan Day at Central Park |For 10 years, Japan Day has brought a celebration of Japanese culture to the heart of New York City. The free event includes a variety of activities and edibles, from origami and calligraphy, to music and dance performances, to an art exhibition and contest. There's even a 4-mile race for Moms who want to show how all their hard work at the gym is paying off. - LINK
7 of 10|The Peninsula Spa|Original? No. But who doesn't love a spa day? Moms get pampered from head to toe with a selection of special Mother's Day packages at The Peninsula. The cream of the crop is 'Mother's Luxe Life,' which includes a 60-minute Biologique Recherche Healthy Glow Facial, a 60-minute Holistic Massage, a manicure, a complimentary glass of Champagne, and a lunch. Accompany her for serious son points and serious relaxation. - LINK
8 of 10|Afternoon Tea at The St. Regis|The St. Regis hosts one of New York City's most quintessential afternoon tea experiences. The sumptuous menu includes a selection of tea sandwiches (from classic cucumber to hearty roast beef), assorted pastries and scones, and, depending on how much you shell out, champagne and caviar. Break out your white gloves for this one. - LINK
9 of 10|Perfect PIcnic|The word “picnic” normally strikes fear in a mother's heart. To her, it means choosing a location, organizing a meal, and wrangling unruly children until they've tired themselves out enough to go home. Now that you've reached adulthood, show appreciation for her efforts by taking the picnic planning out of her hands. You don't even have to have it in your hands, thanks to the expert team at Perfect Picnic who will arrange an entire “picnic experience” for you and Mom. - LINK
10 of 10|Smorgasburg at Prospect Park|New York City's most famous outdoor food market sets up shop in Prospect Park every Sunday. Smorgasburg launched in 2011 as a spin-off of Brooklyn Flea, the popular flea market founded by Jonathan Butler and Eric Demby. Every Saturday and Sunday from April through November, Smorgasburg showcases 100+ local and regional food vendors like Dough, Porchetta, and Mighty Quinn's. - LINK

There comes a time when macaroni necklaces don’t cut it for Mom anymore. Though your arts and crafts skills are undoubtedly top notch, this year the original special lady in your life deserves something more.

Next Sunday the 8th of May is Mother’s Day, and since reservations in this town fill up faster than you can say “How come you never call?” we’re giving you the rundown on where to go and what to do now.

We’ve put together a list of 10 of the best ways to celebrate Mother’s Day in New York City, from an edible tour of NYC delicacies in Prospect Park, to brunch at the New York Botanical Garden, to a lavish picnic that requires 0 preparation on your part.

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