Heads up to all our American readers. Mother’s day will soon be upon us, and if you haven’t done so yet, it’s high time you put your thinking caps on and find out how to make up for all those times you didn’t call.
Out of ideas? Well, if you’re in New York, you shouldn’t be. There’s always that time honored tradition to fall back on: the Mother’s Day Brunch. It’s always a favorite and in the Big Apple, you’re spoilt for choice in terms of great restaurants. Here’s a shortlist of our favorite hotels to help you pick the right one on the special day.
The Peninsula New York’s Clement still has the afterglow of the new kid in town. This recent opening wasted no time getting itself on the “to do list” of New York’s gourmets, and with good cause. The ubiquitous Yabu Pushelberg interiors feel sophisticated and relaxed and the Michelin Starred Chef, Remi Van Peteghem, stakes out the Union Square Market with surgical precision to find the best ingredients for his contemporary American dishes. The brunch menu here is an ideal way to celebrate with mum.
There’s a lot to love about the Café Boulud. The locals swear by it and more tellingly, so do the French who find their way into its quiet neighborhood and onto its tables. The restaurant’s Michelin starred Brunch, conceived by celebrity Chef Daniel Boulud, is an unapologetic ode to French cuisine: house cured meats and pâtés from the charcuterie platter, warm poached eggs, marble potatoes and crab cakes coated in choron sauce, or melting gruyère, pouring from a Morel omelette; it’s a taste of France at every bite.
Tongue in cheek, funky and oh so chic… The Crosby Bar’s decor, atmosphere and eclectic brunch menu make it a great option for a Mother’s Day outing. Proof that the London based Firmdale hotels’ philosophy travels well, the Crosby Bar wasted no time winning over the hearts of New Yorkers since it opened in 2009. The trendy after work crowds, paparazzi hounded celebrities, and fashionistas call this place home and it can get very busy. Our advice is to get in early for a seat in the outdoor area. In regards to the menu, unpretentious but delicious seems to be the motto – our personal favorite, the short rib mac and cheese, fontina and parmigiano – but if you’re looking for exotic, there may be better options.
The Mark restaurant is designed to be a neighborhood eat. The kind of neighborhood eat which welcomes Woody Allen and Paul McCartney now and then, and is owned by celebrity Chef and international entrepreneur Jean-Georges Vongerichten. It does serve good old soup and pizza though… if you were wondering. You’ll find the restaurant in the sassy Mark Hotel at the heart of Manhattan, so if you want to take walk off the brunch menu’s generous serves of black truffle pizza, three cheese lobster pasta or even sashimi; you’re in the perfect spot.
Remember Cafe Boulud? Andrew Carmellini does, he worked as their chef for years and is as responsible for the restaurant’s iconic status as its namesake. Now, coaxed by Robert Deniro and the quiet lifestyle of Tribeca, the Greenwich hotel is where Chef Carmellini calls home. It’s the stage he’s been given to shine, all on his own. And shine he does. The French cum Italian fare that you’ll find at the Locanda Verde wouldn’t go amiss on the table of a seaside restaurant in Sicily. Hearty, well priced and set in one of Manhattan’s best neighborhoods; it’s the ideal restaurant for a quiet Mother’s Day brunch.