May is full of reasons to brunch, from Mother’s Day on May 8th to college graduations taking place all throughout the month.
We’ve compiled a list of NYC’s best special occasion brunches where you can treat your mom or favorite recent college grad to a celebratory meal.
If you don’t have the luxury of brunching with your mom in person this year, send her a beautiful bouquet of flowers from UrbanStems to get your holiday started. With several Mother’s Day bouquets to choose from starting at just $40, you can’t go wrong with this gorgeous gift.
Measure Lounge, located in Langham Place Hotel, offers a quiet and sophisticated brunch perfect for an afternoon with the family. The space is beautiful with floor-to-ceiling windows and plush seating, and the food is equally as impressive. Start your meal off with a flavored mimosa (the celery mimosa is a must!) or one of Measure Lounge’s hand-bottled cocktails before indulging in the decadent dishes on offer. We suggest the Croque Madame, smoked salmon Eggs Benedict and the cinnamon brioche French toast with strawberry mascarpone. Read our review of Measure Lounge’s brunch here. Measure Lounge serves brunch on Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and on Sundays from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. 400 5th Avenue.
Lower East Side
Take a trip to Paris without actually leaving NYC by brunching at traditional French bistro La Gamelle. The restaurant’s brunch menu features Parisian classics like a Croque Madame, escargot, and frites, and on Mother’s Day, La Gamelle guests can also enjoy live jazz music during their meal. All the furniture and fixtures at La Gamelle are imported from France, so brunch at this Lower East Side spot is a truly Parisian experience. La Gamelle serves brunch on Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. 241 Bowery St.
Untitled at The Whitney
For a chic, upscale brunch with something for the whole family, head to Untitled at The Whitney. Social Bitch Ann Louise took her parents to this Meatpacking District hot spot over Easter weekend and described the experience an absolute dream. The contemporary American menu is packed with mouth-watering options for everyone like seasonal doughnuts, fried oysters, lettuce wraps — Ann Louise and her mom’s favorite dish — and sticky toffee cake for dessert. Read our review of brunch at this restaurant here. Untitled serves brunch on Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. 99 Gansevoort St.
For a more intimate brunch experience, check out Prune in the East Village. The small cafe is girly and adorable, and the food will leave you and the whole family satisfied. Did we mention Prune serves 11 different types of Bloody Mary? That’s reason enough to visit this quaint spot if you’re a fan of the classic brunch beverage. Read our review of Prune’s brunch here. Prune serves brunch on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. 54 E. 1st St.
Exposed brick walls, floor-to-ceiling windows, and charming decor make Market Table a warm and homey place to brunch. NYC editor Emily took her family to brunch at Market Table and gave the meal an A+. Focusing on farm-fresh fare that changes seasonally, Market Table serves memorable dishes that are perfect for a special occasion brunch. Belgian waffles are served with a seasonal berry sauce, almond butter, and vanilla cream, while the pancakes are coconut quinoa flavored and served with strawberries, pistachios, and New York maple syrup. Read our review of Market Table’s brunch here. Market Table serves brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. 54 Carmine St.
Upper West Side
Burke & Wills
Treat mom or the special recent grad in your life to an authentic Australian meal in a charming and unique space. Indulge in classic brunch dishes like the avocado smash or Eggs Benedict, or try something less traditional like the kangaroo pie or pie floater. For drinks, the signature cocktails are a must, and you can also make your own Bloody Marys at the Bloody Mary bar. On Mother’s Day, Burke & Wills will be giving all moms a take-home gift of a homemade lamington with a recipe card so they can bake the traditional Australian sponge cake and share it with their family. Read our review of Burke & Wills’ brunch here. Brunch is served Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 226 W. 79th St.
For a fun Italian meal, head to Charlie Bird in Soho, which will feature plenty of seafood options, as well as other fishless dishes like poached egg with polenta and duck skin, quinoa pancakes, and beef carpaccio. And with the patio officially open for the season, now is an ideal time to check out Charlie Bird. The restaurant is also in a great location if you and your family want to do some shopping after your meal. Charlie Bird serves brunch on Saturday and Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. 5 King St.
Treat mom or the recent grad you’re celebrating to a Michelin-starred restaurant that’s memorable for all the right reasons. Public, located in an old bakery, is a unique space that’s great for a special occasion meal. The menu features a slew of unique dishes like kimchi waffles and Turkish eggs, as well as some classic brunch options with a twist, such as the spiced avocado toast with Maryland blue crab, pickled chilies, and cilantro and the tea-smoked salmon — a tasty spin on the traditional salmon Benedict. Read our review of Public’s brunch here. Public serves brunch on Saturday and Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. 210 Elizabeth St.