Another Mother’s Day has arrived, and this year, unlike the last two, the city has deemed it safe to return to indoor dining at restaurants.
For something out of the ordinary, consider taking Mom to Kitsby, which is hosting a Mother’s Day special afternoon tea. Guests will partake of 10 bite-sized Asian American-inspired sweet and savory pastries and one main course from options that include a char siu pork sandwich on a crusted Hawaiian bun and a tea egg sandwich on a toasted brioche. The cost per person is $69, and reservation for parties of 2 to 4 must be prepaid at Tock. Kitsby, 186 Grand Street, Brooklyn.
For something else that is out of the ordinary, treat Mom to a ramen dinner that you prepare yourself at home. Ichiran (reviewed here) has taken the impersonal “ramen focus booths” out of the equation by packing everything you need for one of its ramen meals — Hakata-style homemade thin noodles, classic tonkotsu pork bone broth base, and spicy red sauce — in a convenient to-go kit. The kit, which is designed to feed three, is $29. Ichiran,152 W. 49th Street, 646-964-4294.
At historic Wave Hill in The Bronx, Mother’s Day is traditionally the one time a year people can picnic on the expansive lawn overlooking the Hudson. Celebrants can either pre-order a picnic or bring their own. The former catered by Great Performances provides bountiful servings of dishes like cedar plank salmon with lemon-cumin aïoli and spring greens and goat cheese. The cost is $99 per person, $35 for children 7 and under. As a welcome harbinger of New York’s near-return to normalcy in the face of COVID, the offer will be in play on Saturday, May 7, as well. Orders must be placed by Monday, May 2. Before or after savoring their lunch al fresco, Mother’s Day observers can participate in free family-friendly activities, including making gifts for Mom, community yoga, a nature walk, and a garden tour. See www.wavehill.org/calendar/mothers-day-2022 for further information.
Scarpetta in the James Nomad Hotel will be featuring a three-course prix fixe brunch on Mother’s Day priced at $75 per person. Mom can begin her special day with perhaps yellowtail crudo glistening with gingery oil followed by cacio e pepe ravioli dotted with charred leeks, brown butter, and sage. For dessert there is a decadent Valrhona chocolate cake with chocolate banana toffee and caramel gelato. A special treat for Mom to take home will be presented at the conclusion of the meal. Scarpetta, 88 Madison Avenue, New York, 212-691-0555.
One of New York’s burgeoning class of high-end kosher restaurants, the UN Plaza Grill, in the shadow of the United Nations, will open for brunch at 11:30 a.m. on May 8. A two-course (main course and dessert) prix fixe will set you back a mere $39 a head. All adult celebrants will slip into a festive mood as they sip a mimosa or a glass of prosecco. The menu runs the gamut from breakfast classics to lunch favorites, including bananas Foster french toast, smoked salmon benedict, and avocado toast. At 4 p.m., dinner will take the Mother’s Day stage with both the restaurant’s regular à là carte and $69 three-course prix fixe menus available. UN Plaza Grill, 845 UN Plaza (First Avenue bet. 47th and 48th Sts.), 212-223-1801.