Edible Schoolyards Benefit, Cinco de Mayo Deals, and Mother’s Day Specials

By Annie Wu, Epoch Times
April 28, 2016 9:48 pm Last Updated: March 8, 2018 5:23 pm

Where to Treat Mom on Mother’s Day 

Epoch Taste has picked out the most exciting places to take mom on her special day:

Spice Market's Lobster Roll. (Courtesy of Spice Market)
Spice Market’s Lobster Roll. (Courtesy of Spice Market)

Spice Market

For an Asian-inspired meal, bring Mom to chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s Spice Market, where the restaurant is serving a prix fixe menu with dishes like Lobster Summer Roll with citrus-dill gelee and sriracha emulsion; Soy-Cured Salmon with cilantro creme fraiche and Asian pear; and Butter Poached Lobster and Miso-Grilled Striploin with bok choy and shiso. $75 per person, plus $43 for wine pairings.

Sunday, May 8
Spice Market
403 W. 13th St.
spicemarketnewyork.com

Marc Forgione

At chef Marc Forgione’s restaurant, treat mom to updated brunch classics. Options include Chili Lobster with Texas toast and scrambled eggs; Eggs Benny with vegetable “home fries,” La Quercia prosciutto, and preserved lemon hollandaise; and Brioche French Toast with banana, candied walnuts, maple syrup, and whipped cream. Moms will get a complimentary mimosa or bloody mary, and the entire table will get a spread of breakfast sausages, home fries, bacon, and everything-bagel biscuits, served family-style. $39 per person; $15 for children under 10.

Sunday, May 8
Marc Forgione
134 Reade St.
marcforgione.com

Ramps, golden-eyed red snapper, and lobster "donabe" rice bowl. (Courtesy of Brushstroke)
Ramps, golden-eyed red snapper, and lobster “donabe” rice bowl. (Courtesy of Brushstroke)

Brushstroke

Chef David Bouley’s Japanese restaurant is serving special kaiseki menus for brunch and dinner on Mother’s Day. Choose between a five-course Sunday brunch, with dishes like Sakizuke (Cape Cod scallop and uni with strawberry lemon foam), Shiizakana (soft shell crab tempura), and Hashiyasume (morel mushroom chawanmushi); or an eight-course dinner that features Hassun (a platter of three dishes including Smoked Salmon Chimaki-Sushi) and a choice of rice bowls with sashimi, grilled eel, or stewed Fuji pork. $95 for brunch, $135 for dinner.

Sunday, May 8
Brunch: 11:30 a.m.–4 p.m. 
Dinner: 4:30 p.m.–10 p.m.
Brushstroke
30 Hudson St. 
davidbouley.com/brushstroke-main

Guacamole de Granada. (Courtesy of Rosa Mexicano)
Guacamole de Granada. (Courtesy of Rosa Mexicano)

Rosa Mexicano

Spice up Mother’s Day with a Mexican feast. Rosa Mexicano has food and drink specials like Tablones, braised bone-in beef short ribs marinated in guajillo and pasilla chilies with smoky mestiza sauce and rajas (sliced peppers); Huachinango, pan-seared red snapper with grilled spring vegetables and tomato gazpacho; and Mango-Mint Margarita with El Jimador blanco tequila, mango, mint, and sal de rosa rim.

Sunday, May 8
Rosa Mexicano 
NYC locations
rosamexicano.com

The Palm Court's martini. (Courtesy of The Palm Court)
The Palm Court’s martini. (Courtesy of The Palm Court)

The Palm Court

At this swanky Midtown restaurant under the guidance of chef Geoffrey Zakarian, moms will be treated to afternoon and evening tea. In the afternoon, tea will include a complimentary glass of champagne with a tier of treats like Chilled Lobster Tartlet with artichoke purée, chips, tomato confit, and basil; Foie Gras Torchon with balsamic pickled cherries, radicchio marmalade, celery leaves, and country toast; and Rose and Lychee Dome with white chocolate mousse, raspberry rose gelée, and coconut cake. The evening tea tier comes with either a glass of Champagne or a classic cocktail, and a gift card for a manicure. $120 for afternoon, $90 for evening. 

Saturday, May 7 & Sunday, May 8
Noon–5 p.m.
5 p.m.–midnight
The Palm Court at The Plaza
Fifth Avenue (Central Park South)
theplazany.com

Spaghetti Pomodoro. (Courtesy of Scarpetta)
Spaghetti Pomodoro. (Courtesy of Scarpetta)

Scarpetta

Upscale Italian restaurant Scarpetta will be serving specials to celebrate mom’s big day: Tuna Crudo with avocado and tonnato; Diver Scallops with peas, morels, and Peruvian potatoes; and Cappellacci with hon shimeji mushroom and preserved truffle.

Sunday, May 8
Scarpetta
355 W. 14th St.
scarpettarestaurants.com

(Courtesy of Red Rooster)
(Courtesy of Red Rooster)

Red Rooster

Chef Marcus Samuelsson’s hit Harlem restaurant is serving a three-course prix fixe menu featuring dishes inspired by Harlem’s food culture, including Fried Green Tomatoes with watermelon and lobster roll; Spring Jerk Lamb with lentils and green pea sauce; and Smoked Salmon with crispy rice. $59 per person.

Sunday, May 8
Red Rooster
310 Malcolm X Blvd.
redroosterharlem.com

(M Piazza)
(M Piazza)

Benoit

Alain Ducasse’s French bistro is hosting a prix fixe brunch where guests can choose their own appetizer, entree, and dessert for $55. Dishes include a savory Buckwheat Crepe filled with French ham and bechamel. In the private dining room, children will get to learn how to make and decorate their own madeleines, giving parents time to dine on their own.

Sunday, May 8
Benoit
60 W. 55th St.
benoitny.com

Pulpo con Palomitas: popcorn-crusted baby octopus with spicy squid ink aioli. (Courtesy of Salinas)
Pulpo con Palomitas: popcorn-crusted baby octopus with spicy squid ink aioli. (Courtesy of Salinas)

Salinas

The contemporary Spanish restaurant will serve a Mother’s Day dinner centered around paella, the dish that is typically served on Sundays with the family. The prix fixe menu includes a tapita (amuse-bouche) with a choice of three tapas, and either Arroz Seco (bomba rice in saffron broth with free-range chicken and seafood) or Arroz Negro (bomba rice in squid ink broth with seafood). The meal ends with a dessert of flourless chocolate-pistachio tartine served with almond and honey gelato. $65 per person.

Sunday, May 8
5 p.m.–10 p.m. 
Salinas
136 Ninth Ave.
salinasnyc.com

Khe-Yo

At this Laotian-inspired restaurant, chef Phet Schwader will serve an all-day Mother’s Day menu inspired by his mother’s home cooking. His Memories Menu includes Bell & Evans Chicken Wings with sriracha hoisin and Thai basil, Soy Ginger Braised Berkshire Osso Bucco with quail eggs, jasmine rice, and chayote (gourd-like vegetable) in broth, and Mama’s Lad Nah, Berkshire pork, chicken, and wild prawns wok-seared with gai-lan and gravy over rice noodles.

Sunday, May 8
Khe-Yo
157 Duane St. 
kheyo.com

Lavraki (sea bass) with greens, diver scallops, and octopus at Loi Estiatorio. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)
Lavraki (sea bass) with greens, diver scallops, and octopus at Loi Estiatorio. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

Loi Estiatorio

Chef Maria Loi has prepared hearty Greek dishes for the holiday. Special dishes include Turlu (vegetable stew) with eggplant, potato, onion, green pepper, and tomato; Arnaki Sto Fourno (baby lamb) with lemon, potato, mustard, and Greek oregano; and Kotopoulo Sti Souvla (chicken) with olive oil, lemon, garlic, seasonal vegetables, and Greek yogurt.

Sunday, May 8
Loi Estiatorio
132 W. 58th St.
loiestiatorio.com

A selection of Sassicaia wines. (Benjamin Chasteen/Epoch Times)
A selection of Sassicaia wines. (Benjamin Chasteen/Epoch Times)

Caravaggio Dinner With Sassicaia Wines

Upscale Italian restaurant Caravaggio will be serving a special four-course dinner featuring Sassicaia wines from owner Giuseppe Bruno’s private collection. The Italian red wines with be paired with dishes including Tartar di Manzo with truffle-mustard and quail egg, Pappardelle with oxtail ragout, and Poached Pear with caramel grappa sauce. $300 per person.

Wednesday, May 4
7 p.m. 
Caravaggio
23 E. 74th St.
caravaggioristorante.com

Cinco de Mayo Specials

(Courtesy of Maya)
(Courtesy of Maya)

Maya

Celebrate the Mexican holiday with happy hour all evening (from 3 p.m.). Maya is also serving $8 margaritas and $10 chips and guacamole all day.

Thursday, May 5
Maya
1191 First Ave.
richardsandoval.com/mayany

(Courtesy of Fonda)
(Courtesy of Fonda)

Fonda

Fonda is ready for Cinco de Mayo with live music, a special menu, and a new cocktail: the Su Casa, with Milagro Bianco, Montelobos mescal, lime juice, pineapple, and cinnamon syrup.

Thursday, May 5
Fonda
NYC locations
fondarestaurant.com

(Courtesy of Black Ant)
(Courtesy of Black Ant)

The Black Ant

Chef Mario Hernandez has prepared holiday specials, including Taco de Pato with duck carnitas, figs, morita salsa, and scallions; Molote with crispy turnover, quesillo, mushrooms, salsa verde, and cotija; and Aguachile with shrimp, snapper, avocado, cilantro, jalapeño, and cucumber jus.

Thursday, May 5
The Black Ant
60 Second Ave.
theblackantnyc.com

Chef Bill Yosses works with middle-school students on a dessert experiment. (Covestro LLC/Roy Engelbrecht)
Chef Bill Yosses works with middle-school students on a dessert experiment. (Covestro LLC/Roy Engelbrecht)

Benefit Dinner for Kitchen Garden Laboratory

Bill Yosses, former White House executive pastry chef, has created a nonprofit called Kitchen Garden Laboratory, which seeks to alleviate the country’s obesity and diabetes epidemic by teaching children to develop healthy eating habits and lifestyles, using a comprehensive STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education program. The organization’s first fundraising dinner, themed “Nature’s Pharmacy,” will be prepared by chef David Bouley at his restaurant Bouley Botanical. $197 per person.

Monday, May 2
6:30 p.m.
Bouley Botanical
281 Church St.
ept.ms/KitchenGardenLab

Attendees at a previous Vendy's Street Meet event. (Courtesy of The Street Vendor Project)
Attendees at a previous Vendy’s Street Meet event. (Courtesy of The Street Vendor Project)

The Great Street Meet

The Street Vendor Project, which advocates for people who operate street food businesses, is hosting its annual community gala to raise money for the organization. The party will feature plenty of street food, an open bar, and live music. $60 to $250 per person.

Tuesday, May 3
6:30 p.m.–10 p.m.
Judson Memorial Church
55 Washington Square South 
streetvendor.org

Five Boro Craft Beer Fest

Sample over 100 different craft beers from New York and out of state brewers. Food will be provided by John Brown Serious Barbecue, Astoria Bier and Cheese, and BeeHive Oven, among others. $85 per person.

Friday, May 6
6:30 p.m.
The Well
272 Meserole St., Brooklyn
fiveborocraftbeerfest.com

The Clipper City sails in New York City waters. (Courtesy of Manhattan By Sail)
The Clipper City sails in New York City waters. (Courtesy of Manhattan By Sail)

America’s Cup Viewing Party

View the New York leg of the America’s Cup sailing competition, while aboard a ship. On the Clipper City, a 158-foot schooner, you can enjoy specialty cocktails at the open bar and a barbecue buffet including filet mignon sliders, Southern fried chicken, sweet Italian sausages, and more. Six sailing teams will be competeing over the course of two days. $300 per person.

Saturday, May 7 & Sunday, May 8
11:30 a.m.–4 p.m.
Battery Park, Slip 2
manhattanbysail.com

Chef Jonathan Benno's Torrone Semifreddo with candied almonds, dark chocolate, and
Chef Jonathan Benno’s Torrone Semifreddo with candied almonds, dark chocolate, and “panna montata.” (Daniel Krieger)

Edible Schoolyard Benefit

Edible Schoolyard, the nonprofit dedicated to teaching children to grow and cook healthy food, is hosting its annual benefit gala. At the event, top chefs including April Bloomfield (The Spotted Pig), David Chang (Momofuku), Jessica Koslow (Sqirl), Joseph “JJ” Johnson (The Cecil), Ignacio Mattos (Estela), and more, will each design and prepare an intimate, four-course dinner for individual tables of guests.

Celebrity committee and board members will also be in attendance, including actor Jake Gyllenhaal, television personality Martha Stewart, and fashion consultant Julie Gilhart. Questlove of The Roots will provide the music. $1,500 to $5,000 per person.

Tuesday, May 17
6 p.m.
Skylight at Moynihan Station
360 W. 33rd St.
edibleschoolyardnyc.org/events/spring-benefit-2016