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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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@N03/sets/72157626251539228/
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@N03/sets/72157626404002836/
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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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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