If you absolutely must take Mom out for brunch on Sunday, at least choose a place serving a whole-roasted, barbecued hog alongside endless mimosas. Until then, treat her to a free happy hour, a taco-fueled fiesta and a culinary tour of Chinatown's food secrets.
Friday, May 11
Head to Eataly in Flatiron for a signed copy of Lidia Bastianich's latest memoir, My American Dream. The Emmy and James Beard Award winner will also be sharing her experience of coming to America as a refugee and launching her first food business.
Kick off happy hour at Sky Room, Midtown's rooftop lounge, with a sampling of vodka cocktails. Did we mention they're free?
Saturday, May 12
The Brooklyn Expo Center is hosting the largest fiesta in the city for you to nosh on tacos, empanadas and more from local vendors. Plus, there will be unlimited drinks to wash it all down in addition to other festivities like bobbing for churros.
Start Mother's Day off a day early and treat her to an entire afternoon of French feasting. Start off with pastries and sparkling wine before diving into a hands-on baking class and capping off the day with a three-course meal, complete with wine pairings.
Your charcuterie tray will never be the same after you sample all the artisan olive oils, cheeses, wines and ciders from Brooklyn's best purveyors.
This storied neighborhood can be a maze to navigate, but thankfully, the Museum of Chinese in America's tour teaches you all about the area's diverse culture and cuisines.
Sunday, May 13
Invite Mom—and the whole family—to this buffet at Arrogant Swine in Williamsburg. Aside from whole-roasted pig, owner Tyson Ho will be serving brunch classics like chicken and waffles and French toast. And is it really a brunch without bottomless mimosas? Cheers to you, Mom.
Broaden your little one's palate with the cooking lessons throughout this two-day festival. You'll both learn to make healthy recipes like chocolate avocado pudding parfaits and vegetable tacos with lime crema, meaning your tot will never say no to veggies again.
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