Treat Mom to the best of Upper East Side dining at Swifty’s. This American-meets-European menu from Executive Chef Stephen Attoe hits all the highlights. Not-to-be-missed dishes include a vegetable frittata with morel mushrooms; special “no toast” eggs; the first of the season soft shell crabs meunière and a blood orange cake with crème fraiche. Cultural aficionados will appreciate the revolving exhibit of fine art that completes the popular bistro’s festive atmosphere.
1007 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10021
An upscale brasserie in the heart of Murray Hill, Artisanal is offering an exclusive four-course prix fixe menu for Mother’s Day that includes Watercress Salad and Local Zucchini Vichyssoise to start; second course options of Lobster Mac n’Cheese, Blue Crab Risotto or Squid Ink Fettuccine; Hudson Valley Duck, Striped Bass or Snake River Farms Wagyu Strip Loin as a main; and for dessert, Strawberry Shortcake, Coconut Tapioca Pudding, Stout Bundt Cake, or Vanilla Saffron Panna Cotta. Restaurateur Sarid Drory is also offering moms a special holiday treat—a rose upon arrival and a luxury gourmet basket valued at over $100 at the end the meal that includes delectable cheeses, jelly, crackers, and wine. Artisanal has also recently added a 65-seat sidewalk café designed by Sarid Drory with handmade Parisian furniture from Maison Drucker and decorative flower boxes. The four-course prix fixe is available for $95 per person.
2 Park Avenue, NY, NY 10016
Treat Mom to a one-on-one dining experience at this cozy Upper East Side hotspot. Enjoy high-quality Mediterranean dishes that are a fusion of Italian and French classics, including fresh spring dishes such as Lobster Salad with radicchio, watercress, endive, cremini mushrooms and citrus vinaigrette; Baby Artichokes with Avocado and Parmigiano; or Endives with a Roquefort Cheese to start before moving into enticing entrees such as Pan Seared Nantucket Sea Scallops with mushrooms, braised leeks, and lemon white wine sauce; Straccetti di Vitello, super-thin pounded sliced veal served with arugula and shaved Parmigiano; or Spaghetti with pancetta and peas. Save room for the extensive dessert menu that caters to all of Mom’s favorites including Profiteroles; Apple Tarte Tatin; Warm Flourless Chocolate Cake; or Cantucci al Vin Santo, homemade biscotti served with Vin Santo wine for dipping.
21 East 62nd Street, New York, NY
Owner and Executive Chef Philippe Chow puts his own contemporary spin on traditional Beijing-style cuisine at Philippe on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. The restaurant, which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year, serves an expertly designed menu of signature dishes such as Chicken Satay, Peking Duck, Green Prawns, and Nine Seasons Spicy Prawns—each presented family style—as well as a too-good-to-resist dessert menu from pastry chef Kostas Paterakis, that includes Red Velvet Cake; the gluten-free Warm, Bittersweet Chocolate Molten Cake; and Peanut Butter Mousse Pie. Specialty drinks ranging from a Lychee Martini to Midnight Mojito, are just the icing on this epicurean cake.
33 East 60th Street, NY, NY 10065
This Upper East Side neighborhood gem will offer a two-course menu for moms. Favorite signature dishes from Executive Chef Ben Zwicker’s special menu include the Kale Salad with apple, sesame, and chili-lime vinaigrette; Yellowfin tuna tartare; or the prime aged Angus burger. Also available are the T-Bar Steak Bar—certified Black Angus, filet mignon, aged New York Strip, aged bone-in rib eye, or Black Angus porterhouse for two, served with steak sauce, béarnaise sauce, or poivre sauce. No meal at T-Bar is complete without tasting the popular desserts Banana Parfait Mille Feuilles or Chocolate Sundae with brownie, chocolate sauce, and cream. An artful menu of specialty cocktails—including the exquisite Downtown Manhattan, made with Whistle Pig Straight Rye Whiskey, brandied cherries, Antica vermouth, and cherry herring—and a curated wine list complete this epicurean outing.
1278 Third Avenue, NY, NY 10021
Villagio on the Park
A recent newcomer to Manhattan’s dining scene, Villagio on the Park will wow Mom with a fresh taste of Italy in an unparalleled Central Park South location. Dine within the restaurant’s dining rooms or in Villagio’s 16-seat sidewalk café. Wine-and-dine Mom with seasoned restaurateur Alex Kalas and Thomas Billante’s curated menu of traditional Italian dishes including Fiore di Zucca (zucchini flowers stuffed with smoked mozzarella and prosciutto); Pollo Milanese, chicken breast lightly breaded and topped with tricolor salad with fresh diced tomatoes, lemon juice, olive oil, and balsamic vinegar; or Risotto Frutti di Mare—Carnaroli rice in a saffron sauce with an array of fresh fish, shrimp, mussels, clams and calamari.
40 Central Park South, NY, NY 10019
A cozy and intimate high-end dining experience. Vai Restaurant is located on Amsterdam Avenue in New York’s Upper West Side and for the past five years has given Mother’s a special surprise gift when dining their on Mother’s Day. Vai provides fabulous contemporary Mediterranean cuisine with Italian influences under the guiding hand of Executive Chef and Owner Vincent Chirico. Try delicious signature dishes such as the Charred Portuguese Octopus with jalapeño pesto, crisp nugget potato and arugula. Alternatively the Burrata Ravioli with truffle cream, 18 month parmigiano and honshimeji mushroom. Entrée specialties include the Whole Roasted Mediterranean Branzino and 30 oz. Prime Rib Eye for two with brussel sprouts and marble Yukon gold potato. In addition to the regular menu Chef Chirico has a constantly evolving menu of seasonal market driven specials. Why not start and end your celebration dinner with one of Vai Restaurant’s specialty cocktails such as the Anjou Pear Martini with vanilla infused vodka, anjou pear purée and lemon juice or the Pomegranate French Gimlet composed of gin, St. Germaine, lime juice and a dash of Cointreau. Vai Restaurant is open 10:00am to 10:00pm on Mother’s Day.
429 Amsterdam Ave, NY, NY 10024
Wine and dine with mom this Mother’s Day at Village Prime for brunch or dinner with a complimentary glass of champagne. A new addition to the West Village with a private courtyard, Village Prime specializes in contemporary American steakhouse cuisine in a rustic yet refined setting. Owner, and chef Paul Singh who has a track record in creating successful restaurants with Chef Rory O’Farrell combine traditional cooking techniques and artful ingredients for frequently photographed dishes such as the refreshing Tomato Basil Burrata, Tuna Tartare, or Maryland Lump Crab Cake to start; entrees including aged USDA Prime meats ranging from filet mignon to the delicious 42-ounce Porterhouse for two; Line-Caught Swordfish with zucchini and Brussels sprout risotto; or pan-seared Chilean Sea Bass with potato puree, Swiss chard, and red-wine Worcestershire reduction. Unparalleled desserts such as Crème Brulee, Banana Bread Pudding, and Chocolate Fudge Cake, and a unique cocktail menu, including the Fig Blossom—fig vodka, elderflower, and orange and cranberry juices—complete the menu.
302 Bleecker St, NY, NY 10014