Every year, thousands of mother-child couples sit through blah brunches all over the city, and no one's really having a good time.
But that's no way to treat Mom — try these options (that don't even require your attendance) instead.
Take-Out Brunch from Northern Spy Food Co.
Avoid the sickly sweet prix fixe brunch scene altogether and get Mom take-out brunch from the seasonal gurus at Northern Spy Food Co. Pick up kale salad, quiche (filled with bacon, potato, and cheddar, or mushroom and goat cheese), plus a six-pack of special Mother's Day cupcakes topped with butter cream flowers. Awww.
511 E. 12th St. (Ave. A), East Village. Order by Fri 6p here.
24-Carat Gold Facial at Equinox
Contrary to everything your instincts and Hallmark commercials tell you, Mom wants at least a fleeting moment to herself to reflect on Mother's Day. So leave her in peace and let her relax with a gilded spa treatment. It's hydrating, anti-aging (though you don't need to tell her that,) and will make her feel like a gold-drenched queen.
$165 at Equinox Spa, various locations here
Rosé Day at Astor Center
Join Mom or, better yet, send her off with a couple of her pals to Astor's class on rosé, just in time for spring. They'll try at least a dozen premium varieties of the pink stuff, along with picnic-style snacks. And if she's not lightly buzzed enough, she can pick up a case on sale just for Mother's Day.
Sun 2-4p. Astor Center, 399 Lafayette St. (E. 4th St.), Nolita. $29 here.