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Treat mother dearest to a gourmet brunch or dinner at a favorite restaurant or bring the celebration home with takeout specials.
By Sabrina Sucato and Raphael Beretta
Mother’s Day looks much more promising this year, Hudson Valley. Many families will be able to reunite for a meal this May. How are you commemorating the occasion? Will you surprise her with a shipment of her favorite local wine? Or maybe send her a card via snail mail? (Don’t forget the gift: Have you picked up the perfect present from a local maker?)
For the mom who appreciates the rich restaurant scene in the Hudson Valley, there’s no better gift than a delectable meal out or a takeout meal in from one of her favorite eateries. Across the region, culinary hotspots are making Mother’s Day extra-special with curated packages and socially distant events designed to remind mom that she deserves a little something to make her day. However you choose to dine, these are the eateries to look out for.
If The ’76 House’s mouthwatering menu is any indication, Mother’s Day is going to be an unforgettable affair. The Mother’s Day Champagne Brunch Buffet has two seatings: one at 10:30 a.m., the other at 12 p.m. Expect chef specials at the buffet-style feast, and enjoy bonuses like a basket of warm muffins and scones and, of course, unlimited champagne and mimosas. If you elect to make a dinner reservation instead ($67/person), enjoy main course offerings like crab-stuffed lemon sole, cognac demi-glace pork schnitzel, or the Hudson Valley classic venison medallions. Either way, mom will be pleased with delicious food and live music.
All day, $60/person
Apropos hits Mother’s Day out of the park with a spread that ranges from Hudson Valley greens and ricotta toast with hazelnuts to roasted sea bass with grilled broccoli rabe. For dessert, the dreamy moscato panna cotta is the only way to go. Make your reservation as soon as possible, for this local hotspot books up fast.
Lunch and dinner, a la carte
Blu Pointe hosts an extra-special Mother’s Day meal with a view. Its special offerings are a la carte, granting moms a plethora of delicious options from which to choose. Mussels posillipo is a to-die-for starter from the sea. Prosciutto-wrapped monkfish and the “strip and shore” special offer a combination of fresh seafood and land-locked fare, each coming with their own suggested wine pairing. Freshen things up for dessert with a grapefruit tart.
Lunch and dinner, a la carte
Is there a better Mother’s Day treat than a Dutch baby? Brasserie 292 crafts delectable specials for a very special day of the year. Fried oysters, foie gras parfaits, and grilled Portuguese octopus round out some of the inventive starters. Maine lobster rolls and croque madames make for amazing bunch mains.
All day, a la carte
The Pelham eatery offers standard brunch fare with decidedly oceanic twists. (Eggs benedict with Maine lobster, anyone?) Hungry moms can go big at brunch with a crab cake BLT, grilled Atlantic salmon, and much more. Desserts and cocktails are on the lineup, too, so throw in a few mimosas when you place your order.
Lunch and dinner, $60/person
Jack’s goes big with a Mother’s Day weekend menu that features unique specials like Cornish hen Bourguignonne with cacio e pepe pasta, and elk striploin with a bacon-brussels sprouts ragout, chestnuts, and potato pave. More familiar choices like surf and turf, Manhattan clam chowder, and a classic Caesar salad also delight diners.
Lunch and dinner, a la carte
Look to Nicole’s for dreamy Mother’s Day fare this year. Hazelnut chicken and waffles will please Nutella fans, early bird poutine is perfect for moms who love savory snacks, and the tofu scramble squash bowl presents a delicious option for vegans. Every mom should indulge in at least one of the masterfully crafted cocktails. Pear Cosmos, Paper Planes, and even boozy chai lattes will get the party started this year.
Brunch, a la carte; lunch and dinner, $55/person
This Mother’s Day, Chef Constantine Kalandranis and his team put out classic brunch options like poached egg spanakopita and honey French toast. The four-course dinner features dishes like seared diver scallops with crushed potato and sumac, branzino with potato and bitter greens, and more. And for dessert? Penny Lick Ice Cream cinnamon gelato is the perfect accoutrements for the warm chocolate and halva cake.
Mother’s Day is a customizable affair thanks to Café Monocle’s two-, four- and six-person menus. Mom might want to break out the pearls as she indulges on beignets, maple cinnamon Greek yogurt parfaits, and angel food French toast. Add a bottle of champagne and orange juice to whip up mimosas at home.
Is mom all about brunch? Call in an order to The Century House by May 1 for a four-person family meal available for pickup on Saturday and Sunday. Mouths will water over the complete brunch, which delivers corned beef hash and European-style waffles, along with a dozen eggs. Top it off with a mimosa pack for the perfect Sunday at home.
Brunch, a la carte
The Saugerties mainstay makes Mother’s Day easier with a to-go menu that’s designed for two. Orders are hot and ready at scheduled pickup times. This means that cozy lobster bisque, veggie quiche, a smoked salmon platter, and more are only a call away. P.S. Don’t skip out on the dessert: whole pies (lemon meringue, strawberry rhubarb, and peach-brown-sugar-cinnamon crumble). If mom wants to sit down to a meal with a gorgeous Hudson Valley view, Diamond Mills also hosts dine-in brunch from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Mother’s Day.
Take advantage of La Panetière’s Mother’s Day menu to-go. One of the most elegant takeout specials one can find, the lineup includes fresh asparagus soup, three-cheese ravioli, tenderloin of veal with morel mushrooms, and a sampler of house desserts. Pickup and local delivery are available from 12-7:30 p.m. on Sunday. Dine-in seatings are also offered this year.
The White Plains location serves its to-go menu for Mother’s Day, so call ahead during the weekend to order a four-course fondue night for mom. With options like spinach artichoke, vegan polpettes, and Atlantic salmon on the menu, there’s something for everyone during quarantine. P.S. Dessert may just be the best part. Flaming turtle fondue, anyone?
Saturday Dinner, $78/two
Designed for two, Milano’s takeout spread comes ready to heat with instructions. Orders must be placed by May 6 for pickup on May 8 from 2-8 p.m. The rack of lamb, short rib, and filet mignon will certainly please any meat-loving households. For after dinner, the vanilla bean cheesecake looks particularly light, airy, and delicious. Mimosas and vodka Bloody Mary add-ons are on the lineup for brunch, too.
Breakfast, brunch, and dinner; $136/four
Create an all-day fine-dining experience, starting with breakfast in bed and ending with a family dinner. For Mother’s Day, Shadows created a three-meal package that feeds four. The berry crepes sound delicious to start off the day, and who could decline filet mignon for supper? For the to-go package, order online by 5 p.m. May 6 to pick up on May 8.