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13 Restaurants Perfect for Mother’s Day Brunch

From classic brunch fare to hot pot meals ideal for sharing

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The brunch menu at Thai Diner is unlike any other NYC restaurant
| Gary He/Eater

This year, the brunching marathon that is Mother’s Day falls on Sunday, May 9. Restaurants across the city are gearing up for the holiday with special menus for indoor and outdoor dining, as well as beautiful takeout spreads. This year’s celebrations may look different from years prior, but these restaurants around the city offer plenty of options — from classic brunch fare to hot pot meals perfect for sharing. And don’t worry: This list also includes a handful of no-reservation options for last-minute plans.

A number of NYC restaurants are offering outdoor dining, as well as takeout and delivery service. The type of service offered is indicated on each map point. However, this should not be taken as endorsement for dining in, as there are still safety concerns: for updated information on coronavirus cases in your area, please visit the NYC Health Department’s website. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines.

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Melba's

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For a comforting Mother’s Day meal of warm food and (probably) some bite-stealing, Melba’s in Harlem just might be right. One of the most popular orders, for good reason, is owner Melba Wilson’s eggnog waffles, which can be topped with fried chicken, wings, or catfish. Throw in a few sides, like macaroni and cheese or collard greens, and you’re well on your way to one of the city’s best soul food meals. The outdoor and indoor dining here is typically busy, but reservations are available two weeks ahead of time.

Shrimp and grits in a green bowl Melba’s [Official Photo]

Haidilao Hotpot

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There are few experiences more memorable than a meal at HaidiLao Hotpot in Flushing, which Eater critic Robert Sietsema declared one of New York City’s most fun restaurants. Start by selection four broths for the table (around $20) and embark on a choose-your-own-hotpot adventure from there, ordering from the restaurant’s lengthy menu of vegetables, fish filets, and well-marbled beef. Haidilao is limited to indoor dining at the time of writing, but outdoor dining may be available on Mother’s Day, according to an employee at the restaurant. Make a reservation by calling (917) 231-8888.

A square metal tub divided into sections holds for broths of various hues... Robert Sietsema

Casa Enrique

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There are few words as meaningful as “I love you” on Mother’s Day, but when planning a last-minute brunch, “walk-ins only” might come close. Casa Enrique, the city’s first Mexican restaurant to receive a Michelin star, operates on a first come, first serve basis, with brunch running from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekends. The restaurant is also home to one of the most affordable Michelin-starred brunches in the city, with most dishes netting out under $20.

Casa Enrique menudo
Casa Enrique menudo
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Marks Off Madison

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M.O.M. actually stands for Mark Strausman’s Mark’s Off Madison, a restaurant and all-day bakery that’s been buzzing since it opened last fall. This year, the M.O.M. Home Service takeout and delivery menu highlights some of the former Freds at Barney’s chef’s top dishes, including the O.G. Madison Salad, Estelle’s Chicken Soup, and his Lasagne Della Noona meat lasagna. For something sweeter, don’t miss the morning buns or coffee cake.

Noreetuh

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Hawaii has become a hot destination as Americans ramp up their travel plans amid increased vaccination rates. But for a taste of the island’s cuisine, there’s no need to go further than Noreetuh in the East Village. On Mother’s Day, the brunch (11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.) and dinner (5 to 9 p.m.) menus feature classics like spam musubi (there an option to add in a half bottle of Champagne for those ordering a platter of four), mochiko fried chicken, and of course, tuna poke bowls.

A bowl of tuna poke is available at Noreetuh, a Hawaiian-inspired restaurant in the East Village
Tuna poke at Noreetuh
Cassandra Wang / Noreetuh [Official]

MáLà Project

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Skip fighting over where to eat brunch this Mother’s Day, and instead fight over the lengthy menu at MáLà Project. This East Village restaurant specializes in dry pot, a broth-free cousin of Sichuan hot pot that makes for great communal eating. Choose from an impressive selection of meats, seafoods, vegetables, and tofu, and a few minutes later, those ingredients will come out wok-fried in one or more shareable wooden bowls. MáLà Project opens for lunch at 11 a.m. on weekends, but get there early because reservations aren’t on the menu.

A spread of dishes at MáLà Project, including dan dan noodles, shelled peanuts in a cup, and dry pot in a wooden bowl Anthony Bui/Eater

A fine dining experience doesn’t have to take place in a restaurant’s dining room or covered patio these days. Though that option is available at chef Shaun Hergatt’s new Soho restaurant, Vestry, there’s also the takeout and delivery route for a three-course Mother’s Day menu ($90 per person). The Michelin-starred chef’s set menu includes dishes like blinis topped with cured trout roe, morel mushroom tagliatelle, and a dark chocolate tart for two.

A plate of carpaccio salmon at Shaun Hergatt’s restaurant Vestry in Soho
Salmon is on the three-course menu for Mother’s Day at Vestry
Vestry [Official]

The Musket Room

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For a meal that leans toward fine dining without all the fuss, the Musket Room is an often overlooked downtown spot worth making brunch reservations for this year. Indoor seating is available, but the back garden, filled with herbs and greens, may be the best seat in the house to enjoy chef Mary Attea’s cooking. A $60 prix-fixe menu — a very reasonable deal for a Michelin-rated spot — includes choices like oysters on the half shell topped with smoked trout roe, nettles malfatti, and a refreshing spring-inspired cocktail that combines rum and tomato water, among other seasonal ingredients. Brunch will be served between 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The backyard of a restaurant is outfitted with planters and a few tables for outdoor dining The Musket Room [Official]

Thai Diner

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If you never got to eat at Uncle Boons — the now-closed restaurant known as much for its Michelin-starred cooking as its hours-long lines — Mother’s Day might just be the perfect excuse for a brunch at Thai Diner. This all-day restaurant from the same team serves a few dishes from Uncle Boons, along with a full menu of Thai brunch staples. Eater critic Ryan Sutton deemed the restaurant’s fried chicken laab and babka french toast “pure New York comfort for our dumpster fire of a year.” The no-reservation spot opens at 10 a.m. on Sundays.

Nuggets of golden fried chicken sit underneath green herbs and next to a pile of white rice
Fried chicken laab
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Baz Bagel

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Baz Bagel offers a classic and more whimsical take on NYC’s most beloved carb. A Mother’s Day brunch features two options: A dozen custom color bagels ($45) or a brunch spread ($120) with lox and cream cheese for the hand-rolled bagels, which are just fluffy enough and not too dense. They’ll also throw in pastel black-and-white cookies. For the more ambitious types, there’s an at-home kit ($45) with enough ingredients to bake 10 bagels.

Custom color bagels from Baz Bagel
Custom color bagels from Baz Bagel
Baz Bagel [Official]

Egg Shop

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Eggs may seem like a run-of-the-mill option for a weekend brunch, but this popular Williamsburg spot — which also has a location in Nolita, at 151 Elizabeth Street — specializes in egg-centric dishes. A $45 prix-fixe menu includes options like the Fish Out of Water (Acme-smoked salmon with ricotta, pickled onion, capers, and hard-boiled eggs on sourdough) or even a classic B.E.C. that’s served sunny side up with a spread of tomato jam, pickled jalapenos, and cheddar on a fluffy brioche bun.

The Fish Out of Water is a popular dish at Egg Shop that features Acme-smoked salmon with hard-boiled eggs
The Fish Out of Water includes Acme-smoked salmon with hard-boiled eggs
Egg Shop [Official]

Hometown Bar-B-Que

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Sure, a lunch here might stain your Mother’s Day best, but rest assured you’ll be dining on some of the best barbecue New York City has to offer. Order the fatty brisket and as many ribs as you can muster, and don’t pass up the Korean- and jerk-seasoned varieties. During the coronavirus pandemic, customers place their orders online and “can sit wherever they can fit,” according to a worker at the restaurant. Hometown’s sizable outdoor set-up seats 175 people.

Randazzo's Clam Bar

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The heaping, family-style portions at Randazzo’s might warrant a nap afterward, thereby shortening your Mother’s Day, but the saucy seafood dishes here are well worth it. This old-school restaurant known for its pasta and clam dishes has been a staple in Sheepshead Bay for close to a century and is ideal for bigger groups that don’t mind a loud restaurant. Randazzo’s, which opens at 11 a.m. daily, is not accepting reservations on Mother’s Day.

Melba's

Shrimp and grits in a green bowl Melba’s [Official Photo]

For a comforting Mother’s Day meal of warm food and (probably) some bite-stealing, Melba’s in Harlem just might be right. One of the most popular orders, for good reason, is owner Melba Wilson’s eggnog waffles, which can be topped with fried chicken, wings, or catfish. Throw in a few sides, like macaroni and cheese or collard greens, and you’re well on your way to one of the city’s best soul food meals. The outdoor and indoor dining here is typically busy, but reservations are available two weeks ahead of time.

Shrimp and grits in a green bowl Melba’s [Official Photo]

Haidilao Hotpot

A square metal tub divided into sections holds for broths of various hues... Robert Sietsema

There are few experiences more memorable than a meal at HaidiLao Hotpot in Flushing, which Eater critic Robert Sietsema declared one of New York City’s most fun restaurants. Start by selection four broths for the table (around $20) and embark on a choose-your-own-hotpot adventure from there, ordering from the restaurant’s lengthy menu of vegetables, fish filets, and well-marbled beef. Haidilao is limited to indoor dining at the time of writing, but outdoor dining may be available on Mother’s Day, according to an employee at the restaurant. Make a reservation by calling (917) 231-8888.

A square metal tub divided into sections holds for broths of various hues... Robert Sietsema

Casa Enrique

Casa Enrique menudo
Casa Enrique menudo
Casa Enrique [Official]

There are few words as meaningful as “I love you” on Mother’s Day, but when planning a last-minute brunch, “walk-ins only” might come close. Casa Enrique, the city’s first Mexican restaurant to receive a Michelin star, operates on a first come, first serve basis, with brunch running from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekends. The restaurant is also home to one of the most affordable Michelin-starred brunches in the city, with most dishes netting out under $20.

Casa Enrique menudo
Casa Enrique menudo
Casa Enrique [Official]

Marks Off Madison

M.O.M. actually stands for Mark Strausman’s Mark’s Off Madison, a restaurant and all-day bakery that’s been buzzing since it opened last fall. This year, the M.O.M. Home Service takeout and delivery menu highlights some of the former Freds at Barney’s chef’s top dishes, including the O.G. Madison Salad, Estelle’s Chicken Soup, and his Lasagne Della Noona meat lasagna. For something sweeter, don’t miss the morning buns or coffee cake.

Noreetuh

A bowl of tuna poke is available at Noreetuh, a Hawaiian-inspired restaurant in the East Village
Tuna poke at Noreetuh
Cassandra Wang / Noreetuh [Official]

Hawaii has become a hot destination as Americans ramp up their travel plans amid increased vaccination rates. But for a taste of the island’s cuisine, there’s no need to go further than Noreetuh in the East Village. On Mother’s Day, the brunch (11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.) and dinner (5 to 9 p.m.) menus feature classics like spam musubi (there an option to add in a half bottle of Champagne for those ordering a platter of four), mochiko fried chicken, and of course, tuna poke bowls.

A bowl of tuna poke is available at Noreetuh, a Hawaiian-inspired restaurant in the East Village
Tuna poke at Noreetuh
Cassandra Wang / Noreetuh [Official]

MáLà Project

A spread of dishes at MáLà Project, including dan dan noodles, shelled peanuts in a cup, and dry pot in a wooden bowl Anthony Bui/Eater

Skip fighting over where to eat brunch this Mother’s Day, and instead fight over the lengthy menu at MáLà Project. This East Village restaurant specializes in dry pot, a broth-free cousin of Sichuan hot pot that makes for great communal eating. Choose from an impressive selection of meats, seafoods, vegetables, and tofu, and a few minutes later, those ingredients will come out wok-fried in one or more shareable wooden bowls. MáLà Project opens for lunch at 11 a.m. on weekends, but get there early because reservations aren’t on the menu.

A spread of dishes at MáLà Project, including dan dan noodles, shelled peanuts in a cup, and dry pot in a wooden bowl Anthony Bui/Eater

Vestry

A plate of carpaccio salmon at Shaun Hergatt’s restaurant Vestry in Soho
Salmon is on the three-course menu for Mother’s Day at Vestry
Vestry [Official]

A fine dining experience doesn’t have to take place in a restaurant’s dining room or covered patio these days. Though that option is available at chef Shaun Hergatt’s new Soho restaurant, Vestry, there’s also the takeout and delivery route for a three-course Mother’s Day menu ($90 per person). The Michelin-starred chef’s set menu includes dishes like blinis topped with cured trout roe, morel mushroom tagliatelle, and a dark chocolate tart for two.

A plate of carpaccio salmon at Shaun Hergatt’s restaurant Vestry in Soho
Salmon is on the three-course menu for Mother’s Day at Vestry
Vestry [Official]

The Musket Room

The backyard of a restaurant is outfitted with planters and a few tables for outdoor dining The Musket Room [Official]

For a meal that leans toward fine dining without all the fuss, the Musket Room is an often overlooked downtown spot worth making brunch reservations for this year. Indoor seating is available, but the back garden, filled with herbs and greens, may be the best seat in the house to enjoy chef Mary Attea’s cooking. A $60 prix-fixe menu — a very reasonable deal for a Michelin-rated spot — includes choices like oysters on the half shell topped with smoked trout roe, nettles malfatti, and a refreshing spring-inspired cocktail that combines rum and tomato water, among other seasonal ingredients. Brunch will be served between 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The backyard of a restaurant is outfitted with planters and a few tables for outdoor dining The Musket Room [Official]

Thai Diner

Nuggets of golden fried chicken sit underneath green herbs and next to a pile of white rice
Fried chicken laab
Gary He/Eater

If you never got to eat at Uncle Boons — the now-closed restaurant known as much for its Michelin-starred cooking as its hours-long lines — Mother’s Day might just be the perfect excuse for a brunch at Thai Diner. This all-day restaurant from the same team serves a few dishes from Uncle Boons, along with a full menu of Thai brunch staples. Eater critic Ryan Sutton deemed the restaurant’s fried chicken laab and babka french toast “pure New York comfort for our dumpster fire of a year.” The no-reservation spot opens at 10 a.m. on Sundays.

Nuggets of golden fried chicken sit underneath green herbs and next to a pile of white rice
Fried chicken laab
Gary He/Eater

Baz Bagel

Custom color bagels from Baz Bagel
Custom color bagels from Baz Bagel
Baz Bagel [Official]

Baz Bagel offers a classic and more whimsical take on NYC’s most beloved carb. A Mother’s Day brunch features two options: A dozen custom color bagels ($45) or a brunch spread ($120) with lox and cream cheese for the hand-rolled bagels, which are just fluffy enough and not too dense. They’ll also throw in pastel black-and-white cookies. For the more ambitious types, there’s an at-home kit ($45) with enough ingredients to bake 10 bagels.

Custom color bagels from Baz Bagel
Custom color bagels from Baz Bagel
Baz Bagel [Official]

Egg Shop

The Fish Out of Water is a popular dish at Egg Shop that features Acme-smoked salmon with hard-boiled eggs
The Fish Out of Water includes Acme-smoked salmon with hard-boiled eggs
Egg Shop [Official]

Eggs may seem like a run-of-the-mill option for a weekend brunch, but this popular Williamsburg spot — which also has a location in Nolita, at 151 Elizabeth Street — specializes in egg-centric dishes. A $45 prix-fixe menu includes options like the Fish Out of Water (Acme-smoked salmon with ricotta, pickled onion, capers, and hard-boiled eggs on sourdough) or even a classic B.E.C. that’s served sunny side up with a spread of tomato jam, pickled jalapenos, and cheddar on a fluffy brioche bun.

The Fish Out of Water is a popular dish at Egg Shop that features Acme-smoked salmon with hard-boiled eggs
The Fish Out of Water includes Acme-smoked salmon with hard-boiled eggs
Egg Shop [Official]

Hometown Bar-B-Que

Sure, a lunch here might stain your Mother’s Day best, but rest assured you’ll be dining on some of the best barbecue New York City has to offer. Order the fatty brisket and as many ribs as you can muster, and don’t pass up the Korean- and jerk-seasoned varieties. During the coronavirus pandemic, customers place their orders online and “can sit wherever they can fit,” according to a worker at the restaurant. Hometown’s sizable outdoor set-up seats 175 people.

Randazzo's Clam Bar

The heaping, family-style portions at Randazzo’s might warrant a nap afterward, thereby shortening your Mother’s Day, but the saucy seafood dishes here are well worth it. This old-school restaurant known for its pasta and clam dishes has been a staple in Sheepshead Bay for close to a century and is ideal for bigger groups that don’t mind a loud restaurant. Randazzo’s, which opens at 11 a.m. daily, is not accepting reservations on Mother’s Day.

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