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10 Alternatives to Mother’s Day Brunch in New York City

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10 Alternatives to Mother’s Day Brunch in New York City

Been awhile since you and your mom have done something together beyond the obligatory brunch, flowers and chocolates thing? It might just be time to re-write that script. Here are 10 alternatives to Mother’s Day brunch in New York City.

1. Attend a Wine Tasting
Rosé All Day offers a guided Mother’s Day-themed tasting. It includes a sommelier-led discussion of the history of rosé, appetizers and six samples from well-known international producers.

The annual Brooklyn Crush, the Wine & Artisanal Food Festival takes place on May 13th, 2017 (the day before Mother’s Day). More than 175 curated wines are on offer, accompanied by artisanal fare from Brooklyn’s top chefs. There are two sessions to choose from: 3:00pm – 6:00pm and 8:00pm – 11:00pm.

2. Stroll the New York Botanical Gardens
The highlight of Mother’s Day at the New York Botanical Gardens is its annual garden party. While the most spectacular spring landscape in NYC will steal the show, the day also features live music, classic lawn games, picnicking, a bird walk, a variety of tours and, yes, brunch if you wish. A fabulous destination for all ages.

10 Alternative to Mother's Day Brunch in New York City
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3. Sail on the East and Hudson Rivers 
Manhattan by Sail offers five different Mother’s Day sailing adventures including the Champagne Brunch and Sail, the Craft Beer Tasting Sail, the Wine Tasting Sail, the Daytime Statue Sail, and the Twilight Sail aboard the Clipper City Tall Ship or Shearwater Classic Schooner.

4. Take a Tour
Grand Central Terminal is a treasure trove of art, architecture, food and history, as well as being one of the world’s biggest train terminals. Daily docent-guided tours last 75 minutes and depart daily at 12:30pm from the Terminal’s main concourse. This leaves plenty of time to taste your way around Grand Central Market’s eclectic vendors.

10 Alternatives to Mother's Day Brunch in New York City
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5. Gallery Hop
Use the NYC Galleries iPhone app to take advantage’s of Chelsea’s dozens of private art galleries. Then, if your feet haven’t failed you, hop on the High Line for free public or private tours that focus on the history, construction or art of this spectacular space (or grab a seat and relax!)

6. Attend a Music Concert
Here are three distinctly different opportunities to catch some rock, gospel and classical music with your mom:

Australian rockers Midnight Oil perform at Webster Hall, New York on Mother’s Day.

Sundays are made for the Sunday Gospel Brunch with the Harlem Gospel Choir at the B.B. King Blues Club in Times Square. According to the website “The homestyle all-you-can-eat Southern buffet is guaranteed to fill the hole in your soul, and the Choir’s joyous performance will have you dancing on the stage.” 

“Ethereal Soprano” Carolyn Sampson performs an evening Mother’s Day concert at Lincoln Centre, offering a gorgeous bouquet of music: “Spend a spring Sunday immersed in Britain’s pristine English roses, the whispering blooms of Strauss, Schuber and Schumann, and the lush French courtyards of Debussy, Poulence and Fauré.”  Doesn’t that sound sweet?

7. Discover a Theater Production
There are a mind-numbing variety of on-and off-Broadway performances to choose from. But here are three highly-recommended shows:

Come From Away @ the Gerald Schoenfeld Theater

Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812 @ the Imperial Theater

Oslo @ Lincoln Centre

8. Take in a Film with a Live Soundtrack
As part of Film Concerts Live! at Lincoln Center, Director Steven Spielberg’s heartwarming masterpiece E.T. The Extraterrestrial will be projected on a huge HD screen and accompanied by a live musical soundtrack performed by the New York Philharmonic Orchestra. This marks the special 35th Anniversary Celebration of the film. (May 13th @1:00pm)

9. Get Out and Walk 
Ever considered walking Broadway from top to bottom? Broadway is 13 miles long and the oldest north–south main thoroughfare in New York City. The walk takes about 7 hours (including breaks) and begins at 225th Street’s Broadway Bridge. It passes through Inwood, Harlem, Hell’s Kitchen, Gramercy, the West Village and other neighborhoods ending at Battery Park. It’s an exceptional opportunity to see less-explored – and fascinating – parts of NYC for moms who love their exploration with a side of running shoes.

10. Discover Beautiful Books and Treasures  
The Morgan Library & Museum is pure eye candy. Formerly the private library of J.P. Morgan, it was designed by architectural superstar Charles McKim. The collection includes manuscripts, rare books and prints and drawings. On Mother’s Day, students from the Mannes College The New School for Music perform a variety of classical offerings from 1:00pm to 3:00pm in Gilbert Court in conjunction with the exhibition Treasures from the Nationalmuseum of Sweden: The Collections of Count Tessin. 

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