The Big Apple is a great place to celebrate any special occasion, and Mother’s Day is no exception. All around the city there are many great options for you to spend the day with your mom. Whether you want to enjoy a nice meal, listen to music, stroll in the park or just go shopping, New York City’s offerings are unparalleled. Here are some of the best ways to spend Mother’s Day in 2014. No matter what you and your mom decide to do, you’ll be sure to have a great time.
Parks and City Walks
If the weather cooperates, taking a stroll around the city is a great way to get some fresh air with mom. From Central Park and the New York Botanical Garden all the way to Coney Island, New York City has some really wonderful outdoor spaces. Mother’s Day is also a great opportunity to explore another neighborhood or take a shopping tour. If your mom likes shopping she would probably love having you as her own personal shopping guide for the day.
Living in New York City is wonderful because you have countless tourist attractions at your fingertips. However, many of us live very busy lives, and we aren’t always able to take advantage of what New York has to offer. Mother’s Day is the perfect opportunity to relax and explore one of the city’s many museums.
Located on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, the Metropolitan Museum has one of the largest collections of art and artifacts in the world. You’ve probably been to the Met before, but as we all know one day isn’t enough to see everything. The Met also has some special events for Mother’s Day, including a prix-fixe brunch.
Museum of Natural History
Located on the west side of Central Park, the Museum of Natural History has everything from dinosaur bones to cultural relics and dioramas. The museum isn’t just for kids and you and your mom are bound to have a great time.
The New Museum of Contemporary Art is located at 235 Bowery on the Lower East Side. The museum isn’t as large as the more well-known museums like the Met and MoMA, but you don’t want to miss its unique collection of contemporary art. The exhibits are intriguing and intimate, and you really feel like you get to know the artist in the space.
Brunch is a time-honored tradition in New York City. Although some restaurants may be extra-crowded on Mother’s Day, many places run specials for moms. Here are some of the best brunch spots for this Mother’s Day.
Atlantic Grill, 49 West 64th Street at Broadway: Hit this seafood favorite for a brunch featuring fresh smoked salmon & poached eggs or go for the smoked salmon platter for a taste of locally smoked salmon on a NYC bagel.
Harding’s, 32 E. 21st St.: Harding’s has tasty fare with a Southern twang. The $25 prix-fixe Mother’s Day Menu has salmon, fig toast with goat cheese, fennel hash and strawberry shortcake.
Dear Bushwick, 41 Wilson Ave., Brooklyn: This Brooklyn spot offers a full meaty English breakfast at just $15. There are also a few other options if you prefer something a little lighter.
Pure Food and Wine, 54 Irving Place, at 17th St.: This quaint underground restaurant caters to vegetarians. The Brazil nut and vegetable croquettes are one of their tastiest brunch options.
Special Events and Attractions
Make Meaning has locations on Manhattan’s Upper East and Upper West Sides, and at each of them you and your mom can have a cookie decorating party. While you personalize your treats, you can enjoy a cup of David’s Tea.
This river cruise company offers special family packages for Mother’s Day. The great thing about World Yacht is you can combine a cruise with a meal. Brunch and dinner packages are available, although they can get a bit pricey.
Michael Arenella and His Dreamland Orchestra
Does your mom like jazz? What about dancing? If you answered “yes” to either of these questions you simply can’t miss Michael Arenella and his seven-piece jazz band. The group will perform 1920s-era jazz at Daffodil Hill in the Bronx from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and there will be ample room for you to show off your swing moves!
No matter what you and your mom decide to do, there are plenty of great ways to spend Mother’s Day in New York City!