Like every other holiday, Mother’s Day is another “excuse” to grab a great meal. Nothing says “I Love You, Mom” like picking up the tab. Here are our picks for Mother’s Day noshing. We’ll see y’all there!
I’m In The Kitchen Sandwich Board: May 11th, 2012
Norma’s- For the Fancier Mom
Norma’s at Le Parker Meridien has always been a mom favorite: beautiful decor and ambiance, kid friendly, and play on words menu items, mom’s generally can’t get enough. But be warned that the $1000 price tag on super sized lobster frittata with 10 oz of caviar is no joke, and neither is the 1 oz caviar version for $100. Aside from those items, everything else on Executive Chef Emile Castillo’s menu is definitely worth it.
IITK Picks: Potato Pancakes (they’re James Beard Award Winners), Artychoked Benedict, Nutella Packed Jacks and Egg White Frittata of Shrimp.
Norma’s: 119 W 56th (at 6th Avenue); 212.245.5000
Friend of a Farmer- For the Southern Mother
Your Mom has come up from down south, let’s just say Nashville, and she wants to be reminded of her southern roots, take her to this delicious restaurant thats modeled after a cozy, country cafe. Carrie and Terry modeled this kitschy restaurant after Terry’s farming town in upstate NY.
IITK Picks: 4 cheese grits, Weston’s Wonderful Blueberry Buttermilk Pancakes, The Working Farmer
Friend of a Farmer: 77 Irving Pl; 212.477.2188
Kutsher’s- For the normally “bagel ‘n schmear” kind of Mom
From Zach Kutsher himself: “At dinner service, all moms will receive a complimentary glass of prosecco and some onion rolls to stuff in their purse for later. The side of guilt is free.” [VV] That, their crispy artichokes a la judea, are reason enough to dine on Chef Mark Spagenthal’s dishes at Kutshers; and it’s quickly becoming every “Jewish Mom 2.0″ (you know the ones who dress in designer duds, always have their hair done, but can still pile on the gilt like Katz’s corned beef on rye) tagline “Let’s just go to Kutsher’s.”
IITK Picks: Chopped Duck & Chicken Liver, Crispy Artichokes, Pastrami on Rye and “The Whole Megillah”
Kutsher’s Tribeca- 186 Franklin St; 212.431.0606
Sarabeths- For the traditional Mom
Can’t talk about moms and brunch without mentioning Sarabeths. Truly a New York staple, founder Sarabeth Levine and Executive Chef Stephen Meyers make the best scones, biscuits and preserves in town. They also have a lesser-known but nonetheless delicious dinner menu that will make Mom feel loved, and stuffed. While all of their locations are beautiful we think the Tribeca location may be our favorite.
IITK Picks: Chicken Pot Pie, Tempura Fried Trout, Hot Porridge served “Three Bears Style” and Goldie Lox.
Sarabeth- 424 5th Ave (flagship); 212.827.5068
Prune- For the Mom who can’t resist a good bloody
Get there early otherwise you’ll find yourself waiting for over an hour, and we all know how much Mom’s hate waiting. On the other hand, it may bring back “fond” memories from your childhood. Chef Gabrielle Hamilton is one of our favorite chefs in the city, and we love even more every time we visit. If your Mom’s a bloody-maniac, she will be singing your praises after she tries a few of the 10 offered varieties at Prune. Oh yeah, the food’s incredible too.
IITK Picks: Dutch Style Pancake, Ratatouille Sandwich, and Whole Grilled Branzino. And every bloody mary offered.
Prune- 54 East 1st St; 212.677.6221