How to Celebrate Mother’s Day During the Pandemic

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It is eight days and counting until Mother’s Day. If it is your custom to take Mom out for brunch or dinner on her special day, the coronavirus presents a special challenge.

Luckily, that challenge is not insurmountable, thanks to the ingenuity of some New York restaurateurs and food vendors.

To start, West Village restaurant Sveta (64 Carmine Street, 212-203-4106) is offering a Zoom dinner party for Mother’s Day. You and your mother can tuck into three courses of Russian fare that includes a bottle of wine. Begin with perhaps a salad of beets, carrots, potatoes, and pickled vegetables before moving on to branzino, accompanied by roasted vegetables, cippolini, olives, cherry tomatoes, and oregano. Finish with the house’s napoleon — bavarian cream between flaky layers of puff pastry layers. The price is $60 for two, $100 for four. The deadline for orders is May 8. Call 212-203-4106 for other menus.

If your preference is to treat mom to breakfast in bed, consider ordering in from Ess-a-Bagel (831 Third Avenue (bet 50th & 51st Sts), 212-980-1010), purveyor of some of the city’s best hand-rolled bagels as well as such breakfasty diversions as eggs with pastrami or corned beef ($8.05) and decadent danish ($3.40 each).

Is mom a devotée of boozy desserts? If the answer is yes, Tipsy Scoop (217 E. 26th Street, 917-388-2862) may have her number. Fete the lady of the hour with a Mother’s Day Pack featuring four flavors of alcohol-laced ice cream and sorbet. Flavors include cake batter vodka martini, dark chocolate whiskey salted caramel, strawberry white sangria sorbet, and raspberry limoncello sorbet.

(h/t Nadeem Siddiqui)