Our 10 Best Places to Take Mom

If you really love your mom, you might want to consider skipping the Mother's Day specials this year. They tend to be such gloomy experiences as restaurants transform into brunch factories for the day and serve mediocre set menus. Instead, I suggest you take your mother out in the evening, like a regular person, for some proper eating and drinking.

Here are my 10 current picks for where I'd take my own mom if she were in town (a few spots include extra-fun stuff that my mom loves, like looking at flowers, gambling, and people-watching):

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10. Balthazar: Simple mussels and French fries at Keith McNally's Soho brasserie can be a bit expensive, but there are few better places to slurp oysters while making presumptions about fellow diners' relationships, wardrobes, and food choices, a number 1 pastime with my mom. 80 Spring Street, 212-941-0364

9. Franny's: First a stroll through the Brooklyn Botanic Garden then up to Franny's, a gem on busy Flatbush Avenue. The simple Italian menu is full of rustic delights, but you know what she'd really enjoy? A gorgeous, blistered pizza and a cocktail. 295 Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn, 718-230-0221

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8. Prime Meats: This pretty, airy bistro in Carroll Gardens is an ideal place to spend quality time, bonding over wobbly roasted bone marrow, excellent seasonal salads, exemplary steak-frites, and wines by the glass. It's one of Frank Falcinelli and Frank Castronovo's beloved farm-to-table spots and generally full of local couples and young families. Very my-mom-friendly. 465 Court Street Brooklyn, 718-254-0327

Location Info

Balthazar Restaurant

80 Spring St., New York, NY

Category: Restaurant


348 Flatbush Ave., Brooklyn, NY

Category: Restaurant

Genting Palace

110-00 Rockaway Blvd., New York, NY

Category: Restaurant


50 Clinton St., New York, NY

Category: Restaurant


24 Minetta Lane, New York, NY

Category: Restaurant

Vinegar Hill House

72 Hudson Ave., Brooklyn, NY

Category: Restaurant

Mile End

97 Hoyt St., Brooklyn, NY

Category: Restaurant

Red Rooster Harlem

310 Lenox Ave., New York, NY

Category: Restaurant

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