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10 NYC Spots for Pre-Show Mother’s Day Brunch

May 3, 2019 by Maggie Gilroy
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It’s time to thank our mothers (or mother figures) for everything they’ve done for us. From packing lunch to attending soccer matches to drying our tears, we have a lot to thank them for. (Does anyone remember puberty?)

So, before you treat your mother to a Sunday matinee on Mother’s Day, take her to brunch. It may be a basic weekend ritual, but New York City restaurants are going the extra mile to make mothers feel special with fun menu items, gifts, and even live music.

We found 10 brunch spots, most not far from the Broadway theater district, to give you and your mother plenty of time to eat and then head out to her favorite show. Here’s a guide to brunch spots that are pulling out all the stops for your mama.

Tavern on the Green
67th St. & Central Park West

As the spot of many Broadway after-parties, Tavern on the Green is almost synonymous with the theater. The historic sheep fold-turned-restaurant is offering brunch from 9AM to 4PM. The prix fixe menu is $115 for adults and $75 for diners 12 and under. There will also be a family photo booth and live music.

Buddaken

Buddakan
75 9th Ave.

With a menu that showcases Asian flavors and décor that emulates 16th-century Paris, the eatery will be offering Mother’s Day Brunch from 12PM to 3 PM. The brunch will feature the full dinner menu. For reservations.

The St. Regis New York
2 East 55th St., at Fifth Ave.

Founded by John Jacob Astor, the hotel is offering a brunch complete with live piano music. There will be an appetizer and raw bar buffet, as well as an à la carte brunch entrée and a dessert display. Brunch will be served from 12PM to 4PM, and prices begin at $95 per guest.

Maya NYC

Maya NYC
1191 1st Ave.

Maya was inspired by Tequilerias in Mexico, and Chef Chef Richard Sandoval, a Mexico native, whips up modern Mexican cuisine. A bottomless brunch will be held from 11AM to 4:30PM. All mothers will receive a special gift.

Clyde Frazier’s Wine and Dine
485 10th Ave.

Retired basketball player Walt “Clyde” Frazier has turned into a restaurateur with Clyde Frazier’s Wine and Dine. The brunch will be held from 12:30PM to 1:30PM and includes a full buffet, unlimited mimosas, beelines, and 24k Champagne provided by Blue Nun. The East Coast Inspirational singers and Pristine Sound Productions will provide music. The brunch is $50 on beforehand and $60 at the door. 

Riverpark

Riverpark
450 E 29th St.

From 11AM to 6PM, Riverpark will be serving a three-course prix fixe menu as well as live jazz music. The menu is $70 per person. Main courses include roasted salmon, fried chicken, and braised brisket. For kids 12 and under, there’s a $30 children’s menu.

Alamo Drafthouse NYC
445 Albee Square W, Brooklyn

This might be the perfect spot for “Dirty Dancing” fans. From 12PM to 2PM, watch the hit Patrick Swayze film while enjoying a themed brunch. Dishes are tied perfectly to the theme, with names like “Carried a Watermelon” (a watermelon salad), “We’re Leaving Early” (baby spinach quiche), and “Thyme of My Life” (a lemon-thyme shortbread cookie). Tickets are $45.

Photographed by Sean Tracy

Dirt Candy
86 Allen St.

This vegetable-focused restaurant is part of the Vegetable-Forward movement. The five-course brunch, including a cocktail, is $60 per person including tip. Tomato biscuits, a cucumber salad, Korean Fried Broccoli, Turnip Banh Mi and Stoneground Grits with Tempura Poached Eggs are all on the menu.

The Roxy Hotel Tribeca
2 6th Ave.

The famed Roxy Hotel is hosting a brunch from 12PM to 3PM, with a live performance from Matthew Avedon. In addition to the brunch, explore the hotel’s amenities such as Paul’s Cocktail Lounge, The Django Jazz Club, Jack’s Stir Brew Coffee, Blackstones Salon, and the Roxy Cinema.

Craft New York
43 E 19th St.

Craft is offering a three-course prix fixe meal for $55 a person from 10:30AM to 3PM. There’s also a $35 menu for children ages 12 and under. The main menu includes littleneck clams, Porchetta, and a roasted lamb rack.