Even though we don’t need a day to tell our moms just how much we love them, it’s always nice to treat the lovely ladies that raised us to something special on Mother’s Day (that would be May 10th for all you slackers!) And in a city as diverse as New York City—there’s no shortage of options. Whether your mom’s idea of a good time is a day at the spa or a night at the theater, we’ve rounded up a slew of ways to spoil your mom this Mother’s Day.
The only thing worse than forgetting to buy your mom a gift on Mother’s Day is taking her to an ultra-crowded restaurant. Not only will the service will be incredibly slow, chances are, it will be so packed that you’ll have to scream just to make pleasant conversation. Do yourself (and your mama) a favor and skip the trendy brunch spots in favor of a quiet and relaxed setting like the Mediterranean mecca, Adalya. Grab a table on the outside patio and treat your mother to a Mediterranean Momma (Gin, Campari, Lillet Blance, and Carpano Antica Formula) while soaking in the rays and feasting on Apple Cinnamon Pancakes or the Turkish Breakfast for two—hardboiled eggs, fresh olives, Jerusalem salad, and Turkish bagels, served alongside Manchego and feta cheese.
PICNIC IN THE PARK
Don’t feel like being confide to a table in the slightest? Grab a blanket and an assortment of snacks from the expansive Plaza Food Hall—or better yet, enlist the help of a new NYC service called Picnic in the Park, which creates stunning and delicious picnic baskets for you to pick up at various locations throughout NYC (all of which are conveniently located at wine shops near popular picnic destinations).
Posh department stores have their time and place—and plenty of luxury goods to make us weak in the knees—but for a shopping experience you’ll both remember for years to come, why not roll up your sleeves and do a little antiquing. Not only will you find one-of-a-kind items, but each piece has a story and a history (kind of like you and your mom!) that you won’t find at any cookie-cutter shop. For an assortment of vintage finds—from jewelry to clothes—check out the Brooklyn Flea in Fort Greene.
As much as we love the bright lights of Broadway, the best way to bond is through laughter. And NYC is home to some of the funniest stand-up comedians and comedy troupes in the world! For a blush-worthy show that you and your mom won’t soon forget, head to the Upright Citizens Brigade for an evening of improvisational performances and sketch comedy.