Take Off to the Big Apple with the Apple of Your Eye

by Joanne Spataro

Looking to plan the best Mother’s Day weekend for your mom? With local favorites and upscale options both established and new, there’s plenty to do in New York City that will make her smile. Take her beyond the usual photo op in Times Square with a variety of dining, shopping and sightseeing opportunities — and if she’s into belting out tunes while enjoying a glass of red wine, even singalong opportunities. Make it a Mother’s Day to remember with these eight experiences.


Looking for the original Baked Alaska? Settle in for an indulgent evening with this gorgeous blow torched dessert boasting nautical-esque meringue spindles and ice cream said to have been first served here in 1870. Add one of their classic cocktails and you’re in for a sweet night.

56 Beaver St, New York, NY 10004, 212.509.1144, Delmonicos.com

Bar SixtyFive at the Rainbow Room

Sip a cocktail while enjoying panoramic views 65 stories above NYC on Saturday night, and save room for brunch the next day: the Rainbow Room is serving an indulgent Mother’s Day buffet from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. of made-to-order eggs Benedict, house-made waffles with bourbon whipped cream and bacon syrup and a decadent dessert bar. 

30 Rockefeller Plaza, 65th Floor, New York, NY 10112, 212.632.5000, RainbowRoom.com

Tea & Sympathy 

When afternoon tea with the Queen of England and Meghan Markle isn’t an option, pop into this local gem. Located in the historic West Village, enjoy one of nearly 40 tea flavors with names like Rosie Lee over a three-tiered tray of house-made finger sandwiches and scones. 

108 Greenwich Ave, New York, NY 10011, 212.807.8329, TeaAndSympathy.com 

Joe’s Pub at
the Public Theater 

At this independent, non-profit music venue, The Public Theater, catch a comedy or music show over a sophisticated cocktail. Then, retire to The Library, an upstairs lounge where you can continue your cocktail experience among historical paintings and books. 

425 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10003, 212.539.8778, PublicTheater.org


This upscale, mid-century-styled Italian-American restaurant is cut straight from movies like Goodfellas with its orange and dark blue checkered floors and servers in velvety burgundy suits. For a filling, delectable dinner, dig into their Ribeye Diana or one of their signature red-sauce dishes.

181 Thompson St, New York, NY 10012, CarboneNewYork.com

Reserve Roastery

The Starbucks siren at the Reserve Roastery New York City. (Connor Surdi, Starbucks)

There are only five Starbucks Reserve Roastery locations in the world and one more opening in Chicago, so revel in the rarefied, sophisticated, reserve-level coffee delights served with or without alcohol. Take a tour of the roastery, the full bar and market style stations for a bite of gourmet pizza, breakfast items and more. 

61 9th Ave, New York, NY 10011, 212.691.0531, StarbucksReserve.com

Marie’s Crisis Cafe 

At this beloved West Village bar, gather around the piano and sing Broadway showtunes into the wee hours. Bring your cash for drinks and tipping the pianist. You may even run into a few celebs, which often make low key appearances for the cheap drinks and RENT singalongs. 

59 Grove St, New York, NY 10014, 212.243.9323, MariesCrisis.us

Vessel at
Hudson Yards

Designed by British architect Thomas Heatherwick, take selfies in front of this honeycomb-shaped, 60-ton sculpture. Climb the spiral staircase of 154 interconnecting staircases and almost 2,500 steps that lead to breathtaking views of the Hudson River. Afterward, visit the 720,000 square foot mall with upscale dining and shopping. 

20 Hudson Yards, New York, NY 10001, HudsonYardsNewYork.com   

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