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Where to Dine in New York for Mother's Day

Where to Dine in New York for Mother's Day

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Mother’s Day is a great excuse to take mom to one of your favorite restaurants, or check out that place you’ve been dying to try. Check out some of these New York Mother’s Day specials to make the most of Sunday and show your mother your appreciation for all her hard work!

Enjoy Afternoon Tea at The Palm Court at The Plaza. Known as the heart and soul of The Plaza, The Palm Court’s vast, airy landmark space is bordered by mirrored doors, fleur-de-peche marble columns and is crowned with a domed yellow and green skylight. Afternoon Tea, a famous tradition at The Plaza, blends an innovative menu with a formal tea service to create an experience that is indulgent, exquisite and truly unforgettable. Beginning at 1 p.m., A Very Special Mother’s Day Tea will be offered in The Palm Court for $75/person featuring sandwiches and savories such as seared ahi tuna, smoked salmon grissini, and preserved lemon-crème fraîche & basil. For $95/ person, guests also receive a choice of a glass of Champagne.

Lincoln Ristorante, the Michelin-starred modern Italian restaurant located on the Lincoln Center plaza, features Chef Jonathan Benno’s sophisticated interpretation of dishes from the Veneto region of Italy. Meals here will be light, fresh, and perfect for a relaxing afternoon with mom. The restaurant’s stunning floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the Henry Moore Sculpture Pool add the perfect backdrop. For dessert, mothers are treated to one of pastry chef Richard Capizzi’s four beautiful tortes, each paired with a distinct house made gelato. A four-course prix fixe menu consists of anitpasti, primi, pesce or carne, and dolci. There will be choices for all four courses so that guests have the opportunity to customize their experience. $70/person.

Newly opened Upper West Side Indian restaurant Savoury will serve a special prix fixe brunch on Mother’s Day. The menu will include three courses, with dishes like lasuni gobi (crispy cauliflower tossed in tangy garlic tomato sauces), daal savoury (black lentils simmered overnight on a slow fire, tempered with cumin and ginger), and chicken ginger kebab (white meat chicken marinated with fresh ginger, herbs and spices). Mothers will also receive a complimentary mango lassi. $20/person.

Empire Steak House (237 West 54th Street) will offer a delicious assortment of menu items and a complimentary glass of mimosa or bellini for all mothers. The menu includes appetizers such as fried calamari, baked clams, and Caesar salad. For an entrée, diners have their choice of prime sirloin steak, prime rib eye, filet mignon, lamb chops, chicken parmigiana, pasta primavera, surf & turf, and much more. For dessert, the restaurant offers a choice of tiramisu, carrot cake, cheesecake, or chocolate mousse cake with coffee or tea. $79.95/person.

For New Yorkers who can’t splurge on a new Birkin bag or pair of Louboutin pumps for mom this Mother’s Day, Jacques Torres has sweet alternatives – chocolate purses, heels, hats, and more! Jacques’ hand-crafted Mother’s Day collection includes dark, milk, and colored chocolates that can help celebrate both the fashionista and foodie mom without breaking the bank. All products are available at Jacques Torres Chocolate New York City locations.

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Hudson Valley Mother's Day Outings in Orange County NY

Mother's day is fast approaching and there's always the question of what to do. I've rustled up some unique places throughout Orange County for you to have a wonderful Hudson Valley Mother's Day Outings.

Central Orange County New York Mother's Day Events

Villa Venezia
2257 Goshen Turnpike, Middletown, NY 10941
(845) 692-3300
Mother's Day Brunch
Adults: $39.95+tax
Children: $16.95+tax
11am -3pm

Eastern Orange County Mother's Day Events

Western Orange County Mother's Day Events

Rogowski farm
379 Glenwood Road,
Pine Island, NY 10969
Farm to table Mother's Day Menu
Price varies

Iron forge Inn
38 Iron Forge Rd
Warwick, NY 10990
Mother's Day Brunch and Dinner
A special Mother's Day menu is available. Price varies
Brunch 10am-Noon
Dinner 1:30-6pm

I also find some non-meal offerings in Orange County. These seem like a lot of fun!!

American String Quartet
A special Mother's Day Concert at 3pm
105 Grand St, Newburgh NY
$25 Adults $5 Children

176 Hardenburgh Rd,
Pine Bush, NY 12566
(845) 744-2226
4-9pm on Saturday and Sunday

This post is written by Natassia Velez. An Orange County native, Natassia is a freelance editor, literary reviewer, and classical performer. Politics and performing are passions of hers and it’s evident in her love of arts and culture. Natassia has a penchant for quirky humor, geekery, and finding new things to do in the Hudson Valley. You can read all her posts here, and connect with her on twitter and google+

What to do on Mother’s Day in New York?

Do you want to know what you can do on Mother’s Day in New York? Have a look at the suggestions here below:

A Broadway Musical on Mother’s Day

For those who love musicals, going to a Broadway show in New York on Mother’s Day is an excellent option! Treat your mother to an unforgettable night out at one of the beautiful Broadway theatres. Classic shows such as The Phantom of the Opera, Chicago or Wicked are perfect for this special occasion.

Dinner Cruise

If you want to do something special on Mother’s Day in New York, a dinner cruise is a good idea. Enjoy dinner with views of the Manhattan skyline. For a luxurious dinner on a boat with large windows book the Bateaux Dinner Cruise. You can also opt for another dinner cruise or lunch cruise in New York.

Afternoon Tea

Afternoon tea at Alice’s Tea Cup in New York is a good tip for this day. Enjoy the biscuits, scones and sandwiches in an Alice in Wonderland atmosphere. They serve different kinds of afternoon teas, so whether you’re a small group or an entire family, there’s always one that suits your appetite. It’s very important to reserve in advance though.

Looking for a New York treat ‘on the go’ for your mother? There are many good bakeries in New York that sell delicious cupcakes. If your mother is a real Cake Boss fan, treat her to one of Buddy’s cupcakes at Carlo’s Bakery.

Extra tips for Mother’s Day

You can order a beautiful bouquet of flowers online and have it delivered to your hotel. Although flowers are quite expensive in New York, you’ll have a great surprise for your mother on this Mother’s Day. Visiting Central Park is also a nice option: take a lovely walk on The Mall or book a carriage ride.

If you want to buy your mum a present that she can enjoy right away, consider booking her in for a manicure, massage or facial at one of the beauty salons in New York. Make sure you book an appointment in advance because these salons can be quite busy on Mother’s Day.

Take a look at the calendar for March to see what’s on during Mother’s Day in New York.

In New York, mother and son find a deeper bond traveling on a budget

My young-adult son, Jeff, and I don’t always see eye to eye. I give him good advice he says I am meddling. I plan he wings it. Our mother-son dynamic can be rocky at times. Imagine that.

When my husband dropped out of a November trip to New York City because of a bad back, Jeff surprised me by agreeing to go.

First thought: “Great, a chance to bond!”

Second: “Is this a good idea?”

I flashed back to trips with him as a sullen teenager and his dislike of museums and restaurants. Could we get along? Could we manage to compromise?

The first test was the easiest: We agreed to travel on a budget, not simple in expensive Manhattan.

Research paid off, and I found a great deal at Pod 51, a hip hotel in Midtown East, but we had to use a shared bath down the hall, and our room had bunk beds. A last-minute find at the newly and nicely renovated Milford NYC Hotel (since renamed Row NYC) one block from Times Square saved the day.

We found common ground on the first day: “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart.” A free taping, and all we had to do was freeze waiting in line for tickets, then come back to line up again to get in (free entertainment can be hard work). It was worth the trouble: Stewart was hilarious, as was his guest, Bill Cosby.

Afterward, we headed to Flaming Saddles, a western-themed gay bar in Hell’s Kitchen, for happy hour. A John Wayne movie played in the background, and bartenders danced on the bar.

One good free taping deserves another. The next day, Jeff got last-minute reservations for “The Colbert Report.” It tapes in the evening, so we had time to go to highly touted Zabar’s on the Upper West Side for lunch.

It was not what I expected: Jeff enjoyed his Reuben and knish, and my chicken soup was good, but every bite came with a side of elbow at the jam-packed community-style table in the market’s tiny cafe.

Jeff wanted to explore Central Park. It was cold, and a museum or shopping sounded better, but in the spirit of compromise, I followed his lead. It’s a huge park we got so lost trying to find the Alice in Wonderland sculpture that we might as well have fallen down the rabbit hole.

Just before dusk, we found what I really wanted to see: Strawberry Fields and the Dakota (where John Lennon was shot). With little time left before “Colbert,” we raced into a mall for an overpriced hot chocolate (budget trip, we split it).

Stephen Colbert is nothing like his egotistical TV persona: He was earnest while answering pre-show questions. Asked why he went into show business, he replied, “I don’t know how to do anything else.” Colbert’s interview with his guest, musical artist M.I.A., was purposely awkward her performance was electrifying.

The next day was a mix of hotel drama and serendipity. Serendipity first: During a morning walk, a young woman asked if we wanted to see “Late Show With David Letterman.”

A quick conference ensued. Me: “There’s too many other things to do.” Jeff: “It’s hard to get ‘Letterman’ tickets, and these just fell in our lap.” Guess who gave in?

That afternoon, we were coached in the art of the belly laugh and told to roar at everything Dave said. Jonah Hill and Chiwetel Ejiofor were the guests, and it was fun.

The hotel drama ended the fun. To take in more of the city, and because the Milford rates went up dramatically on our fourth day, I booked us into the Hampton Inn Manhattan-Seaport. It was not quite as advertised.

The area, in Lower Manhattan, was still recovering from Superstorm Sandy and had a rough vibe. The hotel was next to Brooklyn Bridge traffic and — a bonus — our room had a broken door lock, overlooked a construction site and smelled like urine.

When I started freaking, Jeff got us out of our room reservation, whipped out his smartphone and found us a deal at … the Milford Hotel. My hero! We beat it back uptown for a late-night dinner of cheeseburgers and strong Manhattans at 5 Napkin Burger.

We had lunch at Katz’s Delicatessen on the Lower East Side the next day: pastrami, corned beef and knishes. It was crowded, so we shared a table with two policemen. Jeff asked what the “I’ll have what she’s having” sign (from “When Harry Met Sally”) meant.

I whispered for him to either look it up on his phone or I’d tell him after the cops left — awkward.

The “promise” part of this new concept of compromise was taking hold: Jeff cheerfully agreed to go shopping with me. It was slim pickings on the side streets near Katz’s, so we went to Canal Street in Chinatown.

We passed a young guy whispering, “Rolexes, designer handbags.” Much to my dismay, Jeff followed him into an alley and started bargaining for a fake Rolex watch for himself and a poorly made Louis Vuitton knockoff for his girlfriend while I gritted my teeth and paced. I finally was able to talk him out of the purchase. Sometimes nagging pays off!

The day ended on a much more serious note, with a trip to the 9/11 Memorial to pay our respects to the fallen. This was Jeff’s idea (my son is full of surprises).

Our last day was a whirlwind, starting with a pepperoni pie at John’s Pizzeria. After lunch, we skated around Rockefeller Center.

Well, not literally but it was fun to watch the ice skaters and window shop. Later, I caught up with Jeff at the Nintendo store, where he was happily reliving his childhood. It’s set up like a museum for gamers, with displays about the history of Nintendo, including his first beloved Game Boy system and the irrepressible Pokemon.

He could have stayed there all night but didn’t squawk when I pulled him to the half-price ticket booth in Times Square, where we scored great seats for “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark.” It was the perfect choice, equal parts circus and rock ‘n’ roll the aerial stunts, we agreed, were worth the price of admission.

Notice that? We agreed. And we both agreed that this trip turned out pretty well — and that we had more in common than we thought.

And when I joked about the two of us going to Europe, he replied, “Sure, let’s do it.”

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Gotham Bar and Grill, Greenwich Village

Sometimes Mom wants something a little more classic, and Gotham Bar and Grill is the ideal pick. It has been around for 30 years, ancient by NYC standards, but the dining room is busy and the food is still legit. The decor, the food, and the service is a bit old school, which moms always appreciate.

For Mother’s Day brunch, they have a 3-course menu for $75/pp, with a mixture of brunch items and regular menu items. Gotham Bar and Grill is the place to eat rack of lamb, terrines, and a perfect roast chicken. There are no foams, gels, or culinary flair. Classic cooking done right. Your mom will appreciate it.

DOWNTOWN Featured On Good Day New York For Mother’s Day

There are many ways to show your mother how much you love her. But you can’t top doing it on TV where thousands of people can witness it.

That’s exactly what Rosanna Scotto and Greg Kelly of Good Day New York (Fox 5) did last week when both hosts shared their pride for their mothers Marion and Veronica, in a pre-Mothers Day special celebration in front of a live studio and broadcast audience.

Of course, there were presents for all the moms in the audience and we want to say a big THANK YOU to FOX 5 and the team of Good Day New York for including DOWNTOWN’s spring issue with a story featuring Greg Kelly in its Mother’s Day Gift Bag!

DOWNTOWN’s Publisher, Grace A. Capobianco, dedicates the Spring 2014 issue to her mom, Chris Capobianco, and to all the moms who give us the confidence to overcome anything.


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Mother’s Fight Against Junk Food Puts a School on Edge

MeMe Roth, a publicist and an Upper West Side mother of two, is getting really, really mad — “and I do not mean angry,” she clarified. “I mean mad, like crazy.” Ms. Roth is being driven mad by Public School 9, where her children are in second and fourth grades, and it seems that P.S. 9, in turn, is being driven mad by Ms. Roth.

Ms. Roth, who runs a group called National Action Against Obesity, has no problem with the school lunches provided at the highly regarded elementary school on Columbus Avenue and 84th Street. What sets her off is the junk food served on special occasions: the cupcakes that come out for every birthday, the doughnuts her children were once given in gym, the sugary “Fun-Dip” packets that some parent provided the whole class on Valentine’s Day.

“I thought I was sending my kid to P.S. 9, not Chuck E. Cheese,” Ms. Roth, a trim, impassioned 40-year-old from Atlanta, said in an interview. “Is there or is there not an obesity and diabetes epidemic in this country?”

When offered any food at school other than the school lunch, Ms. Roth’s children — who shall go nameless since it seems they have enough on, or off, their plates — are instructed to deposit the item into a piece of Tupperware their mother calls a “junk food collector.”

This solution seemed to be working pretty well until Ms. Roth’s daughter dutifully tried to stick a juice pop — a special class treat from her teacher on a hot day — into her plastic container. The teacher told Ms. Roth’s daughter to eat it or lose it, and according to the child pointed out that she had seen the young girl eating the corn chips served with school lunch — did that not count as junk food?

This prompted one of Ms. Roth’s infamous heated e-mail messages to the school. Which, in turn, prompted administrators to pull her daughter out of class to discuss the juice pop incident, which only further infuriated Ms. Roth, who said her daughter felt as if she’d been ambushed.

What followed was the kind of meeting in which bureaucracy masquerades as farce, or maybe it’s the other way around. Ms. Roth and her husband, Ben, say they were told by Helene Moffatt, a school safety official, that if they considered the regular dissemination of junk food a threat to their children’s health and safety — and indeed, they do — they should request a health and safety transfer, something that generally follows threats of violence. That transfer request, they were told, would also require filing a complaint with the police.

“What would that conversation even sound like?” asked Mr. Roth, who works in marketing. “ ‘We know you guys are dealing with stabbings and shootings, but stop everything: We have a cupcake situation’ ?”

Both parents left feeling they were being pushed out of P.S. 9, which they perceive as exhausted by Ms. Roth’s intense lobbying for, among other things, permission slips for any food not on the official lunch menu. It would not be the first time: The Roths previously lived in Millburn, N.J., where, after Ms. Roth waged war on the bagels and Pringles meal served to kids at lunch, received e-mail from one member of the P.T.A. that said, “Please, consider moving.” That was in 2006, and P.S. 9 has been hearing about its transgressions against healthy eating pretty much ever since.

“The community is very concerned,” the principal, Diane Brady, wrote in an e-mail message. At the meeting with Ms. Moffatt, Ms. Brady said that Ms. Roth “was hostile” and “threw candy onto the table and cursed.” It was not the first time, she added, that Ms. Roth had “displayed this hostile behavior.”

Ms. Roth’s message is hardly outlandish: There is an obesity epidemic, and there are probably better ways to celebrate a child’s birth than sending a passel of kids into sugar shock in the middle of math class.

Her extreme methods have earned her attention before: The police were called to a Y.M.C.A. in 2007 when she absconded with the sprinkles and syrups on a table where members were being served ice cream. That was Ms. Roth who called Santa Claus fat on television that Christmas, and she has a continuing campaign against the humble Girl Scout cookies, on the premise that no community activity should promote unhealthy eating.

“She has some valid points, but the way she delivers them is abrasive,” said Jim Stanek, a fellow P.S. 9 parent, who responded angrily to an e-mail message Ms. Roth sent to around 75 parents saying that the physical education teacher who served her children doughnuts probably “couldn’t pass a standardized phys ed. test.”

It is too bad that Ms. Roth’s suggestions come in e-mail messages strung with too many capital letters and undiplomatic, if accurate, scare tactics (on the threat of diabetes—“we’re talking amputations, blindness, endless finger pricking, endless disabilities”). It would probably benefit New York’s students, and no doubt Ms. Roth’s family, if she tried to catch a few flies with honey. Make that agave nectar.

Fax: (212) 496-7340

Good Enough to Eat was founded by Carrie Levin in 1981. Carrie studied in Aix-en-Povence and London before moving to NYC to apprentice under Seppi Renngli, the head chef at The Four Seasons. She then partnered with Ann Nickinson to open Good Enough to Eat in its original location on Amsterdam Avenue, with the goal of serving “good, old-fashioned American food”, using fresh ingredients and home-style cooking.

The eatery became a huge success, noted first for its all-day, bountiful breakfasts where everything was made from scratch. It became even more well known when it began offering homemade soups, huge sandwiches, and classic turkey and meatloaf dinners, establishing Carrie as one of the first chefs in NYC to create and celebrate “traditional” American cuisine.

In 1981, no one was talking about Farm to Table but that is what Carrie and Ann were doing. While cooking traditional food, they were also in the vanguard of sustainability and led the way for many restauranteurs that followed.

Today, we continue to honor that tradition. All our breads, cakes, cookies, and pies are made on-site, we offer wild caught Pacific shrimp, grass fed beef, humanely raised, antibiotic free chicken, eggs from pasture raised chickens that are delivered fresh from Sullivan County Farm, and locally roasted organic coffee from Kobrick’s. Our organic,Tree Brand Grade A maple syrup is delivered weekly from Doerfler Farm in Vermont and our cooking oil is recycled.

Plan a Mother's Day weekend getaway in New York City

See Philadelphia-based artist Alex Da Corte's "As Long as the Sun Lasts" display at The Met, listen to live music at City Winery, and more things to do this Mother's Day in New York City. Credit: AFP via Getty Images/TIMOTHY A. CLARY

Plan something special for Mother's Day this year in New York City with a day trip or a weekend getaway. From cocktails and live entertainment at City Winery to a pampered stay at a luxury hotel, here are some fun things to do this holiday to show Mom how much you appreciate her.

"As Long as the Sun Lasts" at the Met

Sitting atop the Met Fifth Avenue in its Cantor Roof Garden is a blue-hued version of the beloved Sesame Street character Big Bird. An installation by artist Alex Da Corte, the 26-foot-tall display features the blue bird sitting in a crescent moon with a ladder in hand. The piece is slated to remain in place until Oct. 31. $25, children age 11 and younger free timed tickets are available via the website.

INFO 1000 Fifth Ave., Manhattan 212-535-7710,

Rooftop meal with Eataly

The rooftop dining space Serra by Birreria in Manhattan is decorated with vegetation and features a menu of Italian food that changes seasonally and is created from local and artisan sources. Credit: Eataly

Located 14 floors above the Flatiron District, Eataly’s rooftop dining space is a lush experience, a greenhouse-inspired restaurant where small leaves and delicate flowers hang overhead. Officially dubbed "Serra by Birreria," the menu of Italian fare changes seasonally but sticks to ingredients sourced from local farms and artisanal makers.

INFO 200 5th Ave., Manhattan 212-937-8910, Reservations can be made via

The ‘Friends’ Experience

This representation of the apartment belonging to the characters "Rachel Greene" and "Monica Geller" is among the things to see when visiting "The 'Friends' Experience," an interactive installation located in Manhattan that's dedicated to the popular 90s sitcom. Credit: Sarah Haile

Explore an interactive installation based on the popular '90s show. Check out Monica and Rachel’s apartment and Central Perk — serving coffee, pastries and baked goods. Visitors can also get a look at original costumes and props from the program, and then stop by a gift shop. Timed $52.50 tickets are available in advance via the website.

INFO 130 E. 23rd St., Manhattan

Luna Park Coney Island

The "Brooklyn Flyer" is one of the many rides available to try again as Luna Park in Coney Island, Brooklyn reopens in 2021. Credit: Luna Park in Coney Island

Now that city amusement parks have been given the green light to reopen, Brooklyn’s iconic fun zone is back in business. Among the things to ride include the nearly century-old Cyclone, the roller coaster, the Astro Tower high-drop, the Brooklyn Flyer, the Coney Clipper swinging ship and the Atlantic Aviator flying experience several games, shops and concessions are also up and running.

INFO 1000 Surf Ave., Brooklyn 718-373-5862,

‘A Tour of Tuscany’ cooking class at Taste Buds Kitchen NYC

Taste Buds Kitchen NYC offers cooking classes for people of all ages. Among its scheduled sessions is "A Tour of Tuscany" course, slated for Saturday, May 8, 2021. Credit: Taste Buds Kitchen

Guests are welcome to bring their own wine and join in as this fun-filled day of cooking covers the creation of dishes like potato gnocchi, Tuscan kale salad with tomato confit and chocolate-dipped biscotti. Tickets start as a $180 table for two purchase in advance from the Taste Buds site.

INFO 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday, May 8. 109 West 27th St., Manhattan 212-242-2248,

High Tea at Alice’s Tea Cup

Enjoy a cup of tea with Mom at Alice's Tea Cup at 102 W 73rd Street. Credit: Corey Sipkin

These Manhattan tea houses provide guests with brewed tea and a selection of breakfast-style foods, salads, sandwiches plus cocktails and wine to choose from. Reservations can be made for either the Upper West Side (AKA "Chapter I") or Upper East Side (AKA "Chapter II") locations.

INFO 102 W. 73rd St. 212-799-3006 and 156 E. 64th St. 212-486-9200,

Brunch at Marea

This serving of tiramisu is among the items available as part of the 2-2021 Mother's Day brunch menu being offered at Marea restaurant in Manhattan. Credit: Matt Taylor

This Michelin-starred restaurant is offering a Mother’s Day brunch loaded with upscale Italian options. Dishes include options like grilled octopus or Nova Scotia lobster antipasti, followed by a selection among ingredient-loaded plates of gnocchetti, mezzaluna, or ravioli doppi pasta, grilled sirloin steak, wild striped bass, seared sea scallop, among others. For dessert, guests can enjoy dark chocolate mousse, Princess cake, tiramisu or Easter rice pie. The menu is $105 per person oysters and caviar are available for extra prices.

INFO 240 Central Park S., Manhattan 212-582-5100,

Mother’s Day brunch cruise

The Classic Harbor Line private yacht charter and public cruise company will be serving a brunch like this during a Mother's Day trip around Manhattan island. Credit: Rachel Lawrence

The Classic Harbor Line Private Yacht Charter and public cruise company is offering a Mother’s Day sightseeing journey that will sail around Manhattan island, passing under 20 bridges along the way while offering a look at many of the city’s major landmarks. Just under around three hours in duration, the meal served aboard the vessel is a three-course prix fixe that includes free mimosas for the mother-of-honor. Order tickets in advance online. Tickets are $142 each for parties of 2-3, $124 each for groups of four or more children ages 3-14 are $72 each.

INFO leaves at 10:15 a.m. from Pier 62 at Hudson River Park: 61 Chelsea Piers, Manhattan 212-627-1825,

Pampering at AIRE Ancient Baths

The interior of AIRE Ancient Baths in Manhattan. Credit: Aire Ancient Baths NY

Find bliss among six thermal bath choices, such as a saltwater pool, a jet pool and sessions that vary in temperature. Located inside a restored 19th-century textile factory, sessions can run between 90 minutes and three hours, and massages can also be included.

INFO 88 Franklin St., Manhattan, 646-503-1910,

Dinner and live music at City Winery

Musician G Love, pictured here at the Great South Bay Music Festival in Patchogue on July 15, 2017, will be playing City Winery in Manhattan four times during Mother's Day Weekend 2021. Credit: Bruce Gilbert

G. Love is a Grammy-nominated musician whose bluesy alt hip-hop sound has been drawing fun-loving crowds to his live shows since the '90s. He’ll be appearing with musician Chuck Treece at City Winery four times over Mother’s Day weekend, on May 8-9 with shows at 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. tickets are $55-$65.

INFO 88 Franklin St., Manhattan, 646-751-6033,

See the Cherry Blossoms at Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Prunus 'Kanzan' (flowering cherry cultivar) bloom along the Cherry Esplanade at Brooklyn Botanic Garden, a sight seen annually come the spring. Credit: Steven Severinghaus | Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Take in the sight of the beautiful cherry blossoms at the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens this Mother's Day. The spot will be extending its hours and adding some relaxed live music and performances while the cherry trees flower. Look for a trio of sound-based art pieces to arrive for the spring: "Terminal Moraine" Ben Rubin and Brian House, the "Meander" meditative sound walk by Gelsey Bell and Joseph White and "loved.," a COVID remembrance sound installation (until May 9). Advance tickets are required for entry $18, age 11 and younger are free.

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