Hyper-specific recommendations for Mother’s Day brunch

Figuring out where to take the mom(s) in your life for brunch is no easy task. No two moms are the same! Some just want a nice, quiet place where they can hear themselves think, others prefer a booth to a chair that doesn’t offer long-term seating. And if young children are coming, it’s going to be quite a thing.

Instead of general recommendations, I thought I’d share some very specific suggestions, many of which were inspired by my colleagues here at The Times.

Some moms just want really good eggs. You might consider taking them Louis French at Boerum Hill, where the cloudy sweet scrum of Louie eggs with crab and Hollandaise sauce can be enjoyed on the lovely (covered!) back patio.

Or they might want to blend into one of the booths at Comodo at Kips Bay or The crocodile in Williamsburg, because no one knows comfort like a hotel restaurant. (At the former, opt for the en moladas; at the latter, opt for a croque-monsieur and as many pastries as humanly possible.) Our very own Florence Manufacturer recommends the Whitby restaurant and bar at the hotel of the same name a few blocks south of Central Park, where she usually goes for the stewed salmon, scallops and special duck breast.

With excitable little kids, eating out can be fun, weather permitting. At Mina’s, the Greek-inspired cafe at MoMA PS1 in Long Island City, overlooks a large, spacious courtyard full of picnic tables. Even better, there’s a playground just around the corner from 45th Road and 21st Street. (Get the kid-friendly granola with coconut milk and berries or the adult-friendly roast beef sandwich.)

Mothers who eat halal can dine in peace at Al Badaoui on Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn Heights. Must-try orders include mansaf (lamb stew in yogurt sauce over rice with slivered almonds); the mezze with hot and steaming pita; and what might be the hottest “pizza” in Brooklyn: saj flatbread with ground pistachios and a blend of cheeses.

To Lama San in the West Village, moms can enjoy Nikkei cuisine, the intersection of Japanese and Peruvian cuisine (a rare treat outside of Peru.) or dive into modern Hawaiian cuisine at Noreetuh in the East Village, where eggs can only be found in crab or kimchi fried rice, or on chicken fried in mochi batter.

Moms who don’t tolerate gluten or don’t eat meat will appreciate the flexible meals at Mediterranean restaurants. Olea or Miss Ada, both in bucolic Fort Greene. These restaurants offer plenty of gluten-free and vegetarian or vegan options, and then you can take a nice walk in the park!

And as they say in “Hamilton: An American Musical,” it’s quiet uptown. Despite its alcoholic name, Maz Mezcal in the Upper East Side has long been a neighborhood favorite for lifers looking for a delicious but distraction-free brunch (chilaquiles, chilaquiles, chilaquiles). And moms who appreciate calm and a real Italian dinner at 1 p.m. will appreciate you taking them nearby UVa — reservations recommended.


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