Yummy suggestion for Mom's bday?
I'm taking my mom out for lunch on Friday- she is coming into Grand Central from CT, I'll be meeting here there from Park Slope.
I wanted to take her to Lady M's for tea (she has always wanted to go) but I can only get a later reservation. She also doesn't want half her lunch being desserts :)
She suggested Sarabeths but she has been many times I I would like for us to go somewhere new. I thought maybe Balthazar but she has been there once.
The place doesnt have to be fancy but should be somewhere with a variety on the menu- salads, sandwiches, entrees. We dont need to stay around Grand Central because we'll take the train wherever but I dont want it to be too big of a haul transferring and whatnot.
If you have a favorite place you like, a cute little bistro lunch spot or cafe thats been around forever, I would love to hear about it.
From your description it sounds like she might enjoy somewhere like the Central Park Boathouse for lunch. I'll admit I've neever been but I think I'm going to try it out next week for restuarant week. Their menu has tuna as an entree and the setting should be lovely.
Central Park Boathouse
Central Park East Drive E 72nd St, New York, NY 10021
I think we're going to try Bouchon Bakery in the Time Warner building. I hear its a little tight in there but it has grilled cheese and tomato soup which she loves- plus an array of other salads and such. Then we can walk around the Time Warner building (which I could care less about but she would love) and walk with iced coffees into the park.
10 Columbus Cir, New York, NY 10019
Bouchon does have a sit-down area with waiter service, in addition to the to-go counter at TWC. Nothing fancy, but you do get a view of the park, or the Sony showroom (which is sometimes more interesting).
But yes, Maialino, if you're willing to travel and spend a bit more. Other favorite and *cute* options:
The Wright (at the Guggenheim)
Cafe Sabarsky (at the Neue Galerie)
I'm not sure if their menu will suit your mother's tastes but there's plenty for everyone there. Cafe Sabarsky in UES is a great place for lunch with outdoor seating and views of the Park which is not a whole lot but better than most. There are two different restaurants with the same menu one of the first floor and one on the second. I know you and your mother would enjoy their deserts.
I would probably go to the Boathouse myself for the outstanding view and atmosphere.
Cafe Sabarsky/Cafe Fledermaus @ 1048 5th Avenue, New York, NY 212 - 288 - 0665.
1048 5th Ave, New York, NY 10028