Mother’s Day is May 12 and Father’s Day is June 16 this year. You will likely need reservations to get into some of the more popular restaurants and events around New York City so it is never too early to start planning. So here are our Mother’s Day and Father’s Day foodie gift ideas in New York City to make these days special!
A Relaxing Brunch
Brunch is a popular Mother’s Day tradition! So whether your mom is looking for pancakes, crab Benedict, steak & eggs or chicken & waffles, New York City has a bunch of great brunch spots. Some of our favorite brunch spots include Les Enfants de Bohème (177 Henry St), Sweet Chick (178 Ludlow St & Other Locations), Maison Premiere (298 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn) and Red Rooster (310 Malcolm X Blvd).
Mother’s Day Brunch at the Queens Botanical Garden
Another fun option for Mother’s Day is a special brunch at the Queens Botanical Garden. All the food comes from local caterers and it will feature hot foods, scones, tea, coffee and more. Afterwards you can explore the beautiful gardens. Similarly you can get reservations at the Hudson Garden Grill at the New York Botanical Garden for Mother’s Day or even organize a picnic at Central Park. All these ideas are great ways to take advantage of great spring weather.
End the Night with Some Amazing Desserts
We recommend ending Mother’s Day with something sweet! You can get some scrumptious cannoli from Ferrara’s Bakery (195 Grand St), some cronuts from Dominique Ansel Bakery (189 Spring St), some cookies from Veniero’s Pastry (342 E 11th St) or even a strawberry cheesecake from Elieen’s Cheesecake (17 Cleveland Pl). Yum!
Lunch at a Steakhouse
You can’t beat a nice juicy steak or maybe even a tasty burger for Father’s Day. Some of our favorite steakhouses for lunch include Ben & Jack’s Steakhouse (219 E 44th St), Smith & Wollensky (797 3rd Ave) and MarkJoseph Steakhouse (261 Water St).
Take Him Out to the Ball Game
Is your dad a sports fan? June is peak baseball season and the New York Mets are playing the St Louis Cardinals from June 13 to June 16. If he prefers the New York Yankees, they start a series of home games starting on June 17. Both Citi Field (home of the Mets) and Yankee Stadium have a lot of delicious food options too! In Citi Field you can get delicious burgers from Shake Shack, barbecue from Blue Smoke and even a filet mignon steak sandwich from Pat LaFrieda’s. At Yankee Stadium, you can get baby back ribs and chicken wings from Mighty Quinn’s and yummy mozzarella sticks from Big Mozz.
A Food Tour with Ahoy New York
Finally a great gift idea for both your mom and dad is a food tour with Ahoy New York! You can explore two foodie neighborhoods with a bunch of yummy tastings (dumplings, mozzarella with prosciutto and a cannoli to name a few) on our Chinatown and Little Italy Food Fest. There is also our Taste of Mulberry Street food tour which explores all the diverse cuisines you can find on Mulberry Street. Tastings on this tour includes a churro, French cheeses, vodka pizza, fresh pasta and much more and this tour even has a option for wine to go with your pasta!