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I'm drawing a blank for Mother's Day (Sunday, May 8, lunch/brunch).

We will be 6 fairly adventurous diners. In the past we've enjoyed Bar Boulud, Marea, DB Bistro Moderne, Oceana, Molyvos, and Union Square Cafe.

I'm thinking of Lincoln, the Modern Bar Room, or Maialino, which I like a lot, but I'm open to other ideas, including maybe an early dinner instead of brunch.

Anywhere in Manhattan, price not an issue (though not Per Se for this occasion). Thanks!

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Per Se
10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019

Molyvos
871 7th Avenue, New York, NY 10019

Oceana
120 W 49th St, New York, NY 10020

Bar Boulud
1900 Broadway, New York, NY 10023

Maialino
2 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10010

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  1. No surprise to anyone, but I'm going to Bouley. Went last year, and my mother loved it. She even received an autographed menu from Chef Bouley. This year, Bouley is doing a separate lunch and dinner menu.

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    Bouley
    163 Duane St, New York, NY 10013

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    1. re: ellenost

      My mother loves Bouley, but were were just there recently for a birthday celebration. I'll take a look at their Mother's Day menu though. Thanks for the tip!

      1. re: ellenost

        Ellen, do you know how much the lunch will cost?

        1. re: coasts

          The 5 course lunch is $95 per person.

      2. You couldn't get me into a restaurant on Mother's Day. That said....

        Cafe Boulud is high on my list of favorites. Chef Gavin Kaysen is cooking some of the best food in the city right now, and his new spring menu is fabulous. We had a sensational dinner there a few weeks ago and another absolutely thrilling dinner two days ago. Service is cordial and polished, and the ambiance is lovely. You can check to see if they are offering their regular menu or a special one for Mother's Day.

        Cafe Boulud photos here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/11863391...

        and here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/11863391...

        Another excellent option is Ai Fiori. We were just there for the second time, and the food both times was superb.

        Ai Fiori photos here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/11863391...

        and here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/11863391...

        http://thewizardofroz.wordpress.com

        1. We plan to try Marc Forgione, either brunch or Sunday Supper.

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          Marc Forgione
          134 Reade Street, New York, NY 10013

          1. I just received an email from EMP indicating that the restaurant will be open for lunch and dinner on Mother's Day with a four course menu. The email did not provide any details though. I guess I'll check their website over the next several days.

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            Eleven Madison Park
            11 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10010

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            1. re: H Manning

              You're better off calling to get the details. They were open last year on Mother's Day but iirc, there was never anything about it on the website.

              http://thewizardofroz.wordpress.com

            2. Tocqueville's three course prix fixe for Mother's Day is $64 for lunch and $75 for dinner.

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              Tocqueville
              1 East 15th Street, New York, NY 10003

              1. For Mother's Day we ended up at Lincoln which has a new $28 brunch prix fixe for two courses.

                We tried several new dishes, including a wonderful fava bean soup with ricotta dumplings. the pappardelle with veal, and the halibut with mussels and saffron. The kitchen sent us complimentary sides of roasted mushrooms and eggplant parm which everyone loved.

                The desserts were new and included stracciatella, spumoni, and torrone gelati, and prickly pear and fennel sorbets - definitely unusual and quite delicious.

                We sat in the front room with high ceilings facing Avery Fisher Hall. Lots of sunshine streaming through the glass walls. Service was great - a bit more relaxed than usual, with a more congenial tone. Definitely one of the nicest brunch venues in the city.

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                Lincoln
                142 W 65th St, New York, NY 10023