Fun things to do on Mother’s Day in NYC
We pay tribute to mothers everywhere on this special day. Luckily, there’s an array of things to do on Mother’s Day in NYC, or on any day of the year. If you’re a procrastinator or a last-minute planner, perhaps one of the suggestions below will give you a starting point. After all, the second Sunday in May will be here before you know it! No matter what, get out in the city with mom and make her day memorable.
See the New York City Ballet.
An all Balanchine program sounds about perfect for the ballet aficionado, doesn’t it? As a huge fan of NYCB since I was a youngster, I never get tired of watching classics like Symphony in C. See some of the world’s most accomplished dancers perform in the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center. This year’s program is dedicated to choreographer Jerome Robbins.
Fluffy omelets, heavenly pancakes, and a host of other decadent brunch items paired with a mimosa or bellini will surely make Mom’s day unforgettable. Uptowners should check out the Upper West’s elegantly decorated Machiavelli, or the Upper East’s lively Cafe D’Alsace.
Downtown brunch hotspots are plentiful, but Morandi promises a delicious Italian meal and serves both breakfast and lunch options in a rustic space. If mom is into people watching, head for sidewalk seating at charming Tartine. You’ll most likely have a wait, but you can stroll around the picturesque West Village neighborhood while you work up an appetite. Don’t forget to save room for dessert – Tartine keeps a selection of tantalizing tarts and other sweets that are totally worth the splurge.
Walk through Theodore Roosevelt Park at the Museum of Natural History.
Springtime in New York is glorious everywhere, including Theodore Roosevelt Park. Gaze at pups romping in Bull Moose Dog Run, or park yourself on a bench and take in the gorgeous landscape while you observe buzzing Columbus Avenue from your seat.
Have dinner at Nougatine.
Even when I have dinner in restaurants, I love eating at the bar. My favorite that I’ve been to thus far is Jean George’s Nougatine. Unlike some bars, it’s super comfy because the chairs aren’t too close. The overall ambiance, stellar service, and, of course, Jean George’s innovative cuisine complete the experience.
Have a picnic lunch in Washington Square Park.
A slight Bohemian vibe still exists in the Village’s park, and you’ll discover artists, musicians, and passersby all soaking up the sun and culture. Sit by the fountain and enjoy lunch al fresco with mom – you’ll find a plethora of grab-and-go foodstuffs in Greenwich Village cafes or head to Citarella and assemble your own picnic basket with fine cheeses, breads, and other delectable gourmet eats.
Stroll through “The Mall” in Central Park and snap photos.
The Mall is one of the most famous areas of the park, and no one can deny the beauty of its wide open spaces and bustling energy. I also find it to be one of the most photographic sections of Central Park, so be sure to bring a camera or pull out your smartphone and grab a few selfies with mom.
Check out the Whitney Museum.
This modern art museum, formerly located on the Upper East Side, has made the switch to downtown near the High Line. If the weather cooperates, you can multitask and get your art and nature on in the same afternoon. The entrance fee is $25 for adults, $18 for seniors/students, and free for 18 and under. The museum is open from 10:30 until 6 p.m. on Sundays.
Watch the sunset along the Hudson River.
Snatch a spot on the lawn in Riverside Park, or a seat at the 79th Street Boat Basin if you can. Sip a glass of Sauvignon Blanc with mom as you watch the sunset – sounds like another fantastic photo op to me.
How do you plan to celebrate Mother’s Day in NYC?