20 NYC Spots To Order From On Caviar For Mother’s Day
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Have you suddenly found yourself searching for a last-minute Mother’s Day gift? Are you too far away to take your mom to brunch? Don’t worry, you live in the greatest food city in the world (yes, you can quote us), and a lot of great restaurants are offering pickup and delivery options for Mother’s Day. Whether you’re looking for the perfect bagel and lox spread, or pasta and a bottle of rosé for a nice night in, follow this guide to give your mom a memorable holiday.
We love Sadelle’s, but we don’t love the idea of waiting over an hour for a tower of hot bagels. But a takeout order from Sadelle’s for Mother’s Day? That sounds like bagel bliss. If you want to be a hero this Sunday, order your mom a fresh bagel with some smoked salmon and eggs for breakfast. It’ll be the best decision you make all year.
Jing Fong serves all of its classic dim sum dishes for takeout and delivery from its UWS location on 78th and Amsterdam. We especially like the siu mai, fried taro, and bacon-wrapped shrimp during their weekend dim sum, but you can also get some pan-fried noodles and sesame chicken to make your mom’s day even better.
Cote offers four different cuts of wagyu. While that’s worth keeping in mind if your mom’s wagyu taste varies from day to day, you can’t go wrong with any of this Flatiron spot’s various steaks. But if you’re having trouble deciding, just order her the steak feast that includes four premium cuts, along with two stews and a bunch of sides.
To quote Kendrick Lamar Duckworth, I Sodi is that Grey Poupon, that Evian, that TED Talk. We’re aware that none of those things are actually Italian, it’s still one of the best special occasion Italian restaurants in the city. This tiny spot on Christopher Street is the apex of Italian dining in the West Village, and your mother will understand why as soon as she takes a bite of the twenty-layer lasagna.
Krupa Grocery is the kind of all-day neighborhood spot you wish you had on your corner. The South Slope restaurant offers dishes like lemon ricotta pancakes for breakfast and a giant pot of mussels topped with lamb pancetta for lunch. And if your mom likes rosé, order her a bottle from their very long wine list.
Loring Place is reliable, especially when you’re ordering food for someone with dietary restrictions. This vegetarian-friendly spot in the West Village serves grilled vegetables like broccoli, butternut squash, and brussels sprouts and puts them on pizzas, in pasta, or sometimes alone on a plate. If your mom is trying to be healthy right now, you can order her essentially anything from Loring Place with confidence.
Whether you want to send your mom a charcuterie board to end all charcuterie boards, an excellent sandwich for lunch, or a plate of cacio e pepe she’ll brag about to all of her friends, this Noho spot has you covered. Throw in a large-format Negroni, just in case she’s out of wine to pair with dinner.
Russ & Daughters Cafe
We’d eat Russ & Daughters smoked fish for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Now that we got that out of the way, it’s important that you know they’re offering delivery every day from their cafe on Orchard Street. If you’re looking for Jewish deli staples to send your mom on Sunday, you can’t do much better than Russ & Daughters.
Maybe your mom is somewhere on the spectrum of raw vegan and five-days-a-week vegetarian. Keep Hearth in mind. This Italian spot in the East Village has a menu that reads like a list of things someone who cares about both your health and your happiness is offering to cook for you. There are green vegetables, a few desserts, and pasta options like whole-grain macaroni with whipped ricotta and pork ragu.
Faun is an upscale neighborhood restaurant in Prospect Heights, and you can usually come here and eat things like pork neck with apricot and broccolini. On Mother’s Day, they’ll be serving dishes like duck leg confit and pappardelle with lamb ragu for dinner. This place serves entrees for around $30, and it’s perfect for moms who get bored of eating the same chicken dinner every night.
Mother’s Day and brunch are a love story as old as some of the Hallmark-invented holidays themselves. If you’re in the Central Queens area, fulfill your mom’s destiny and get a big spread of bagels from this long-standing Forest Hills deli. Their bagels have the quintessential chewiness of a New York bagel, plus you can get a dozen for $15 as well as cream cheese and sliced nova by the pound.
It’s a known fact that tacos don’t always travel well - even the best ones made from heirloom corn tortillas. But this Oaxacan restaurant in Greenpoint has adapted its to-go menu so that you can order taco kits that arrive with the tortillas and salsas on the side to prevent soggage. They also have bottles of rosé and cocktail kits to add some extra pizazz.
If you think your mom would be perfectly content with nothing but sweets for Mother’s Day, number one we’d like to hang out with her. Number two: order from Breads on the UWS or near Union Square. This Israeli bakery makes, without a doubt, the best chocolate babka in America. OK, at least in New York City. It’s braided with a swirl of Nutella and dark chocolate and tastes as delicious as you’re currently imagining it to be in your head.
The second Mekelburg’s location in Williamsburg is similar to the Clinton Hill original - an upscale grocery store in the front with a bar in the back serving high-quality sandwiches and small plates, as well as a bunch of craft beers on tap. They have a bunch of sandwiches, but you’re probably not ordering a sandwich for your mom on Mother’s Day unless it’s made of coupons to her favorite spa.” Instead, go with the slightly charred three-cheese mac and cheese and a salt-baked potato with black cod and a lot of caviar.
New York is full of Italian restaurants, but few have provided us more comfort than this restaurant in Park Slope with regional specialties from the northern part of the country. We’ve never been disappointed with any of the pasta - whether that’s the tortelli filled with ricotta or the homemade black ink spaghetti with spicy octopus confit. Order one of your mom’s favorites and a bottle of wine.
Her Name Is Han specializes in homestyle Korean dishes like excellent budae hot pot, pork and cabbage dumplings, kimchi jjim, and rice cakes. This place is not only one of the best restaurants in Koreatown - it’s one of our favorite restaurants in the city. We’d recommend ordering one of their special set meals for two that come with a small plate of your choosing, Korean BBQ, and a large hot pot dish (as well as rice and banchan).
This impressive Cobble Hill Spanish tapas spot recently created a collaborative takeout and delivery menu that features some dishes from their other small plates restaurant next door, Saint Julivert Fisherie. Which makes ordering their fish-forward tapas dishes for your mom officially the fastest way to experience both restaurants. La Vara is also selling a decent selection of pantry items so you can include an extra present in the form of orange blossom honey or dry-cured Iberico ham.
If your mom is especially into wine (or you think she would be, but doesn’t care enough to dedicate time to trying anything new), order a bottle and some small snacking plates from Lalou. In addition to wine starting at $22 per bottle, Lalou is offering their juicy au poivre burger with comte as well as charred leeks and salads for delivery and takeout.
Lafayette is one of the city’s ultimate nice-family-gathering brunch spots. And even if you’re not celebrating in person at a restaurant this year, your mom can still enjoy their bistro classics like steak frites, frisee salad, and French onion soup.
Sylvia’s opened in the 1960s, and it’s been Harlem’s most iconic Southern soul food institution ever since. The restaurant takes up the entire block between 126th and 127th on Malcolm X Blvd., and has its own product line of BBQ sauces. From some of the best catfish and fried chicken in the city to Sylvia’s sweet BBQ ribs and mac and cheese, it’s hard to go wrong ordering takeout or delivery from this spot.