05.05.2016 | posted 1 year, 9 months ago
Places To Take Mom This Sunday
Sunday is the day we say thank you to the Mom’s in our lives. The day we celebrate those that have taken care of us since day one. Although there are countless ways to show our appreciation for their undying love and support, we think one of the best ways to do so is with a food spread.
We’ve put together a list of downtown favorites and newcomers to the brunch scene that will be sure to delight all those at the table.
1. The Odeon | 145 West Broadway | 212.233.0507
The Art Deco neon sign alone has been a beacon for Manhattan nighthawks since the early 1980’s: Warhol, Basquiat, DeNiro and Belushi were avid Odeon-goers, to name a few. And lest we forget that Keith McNally (of Balthazar and Pastis) was an original owner, one of the firsts to bring the French brasserie concept to New York. Today, intrepid artists and lovers of the cinematic still flock. Like posers in an Edward Hopper painting, suits chow down on trout and steak frites, ladies who lunch nibble on friseé and baby beet salads. The three-martini lunch stays alive and well here; everyone enjoys the ambience and serious service. We’re particularly fond of the croque monsieur and French onion soup; proving that everything about Odeon seems to scream: there’s nothing like an original.
2. Sadelle’s | 463 W Broadway | 212-254-3000.
There are several ways to describe Sadelle’s- bagel bakery, neo-appetizing store, and bistro from baker Melissa Weller and the Major Food Group. There will be a lot more than bagels, of course, including some beautiful-looking babka, but the power move would be to start your day off with an everything bagel and lox. The life of a bagel is short. So move quickly when you hear Melissa Weller and her crew shouting two of the sweetest words in the English language, “hot bagels!”.
3. Claudette | 24 5th Avenue, New York NY | 212-868-2424
The folks at Claudette (who are also behind Rosemary’s and Bobo) deserve applause for having given fresh life to a frequently shuttered address; transforming it into a light filled, airy space with French country accents. The cocktail list is fruit-forward and refreshing, and the menu, which leans heavily towards garden fresh vegetables (mom would be proud) and seasonal fish, is a delight as well. Dishes manage to be full meals while still feeling light, so make sure to leave room for dessert. Claudette serves a full lunch as well, which may be the best option in the winter months, as it’s the type of place that just feels right when the sun is shining.
4. Bobo | 181 West 10th Street | (212) 488-2626
Tucked away in two floors of a historic West Village townhouse, Bobo exudes charm. There are three distinct dining areas with very different atmospheres: an exposed brick ground floor dominated by a large bar, the more formal dining room taking up the parlor floor, and the outdoor garden area perfect for summer evenings. From the same team behind equally beloved Rosemary’s and Claudette, the menu is fresh and vaguely French, would could also be said of the parlors décor. Feeling more like an elegant “bobo” (bourgeoise/bohemian) dinner party than a traditional restaurant in the best way possible, it’s a perfect upscale alternative to share with mom.
5. The Roxy Hotel | 2 Avenue of The Americas | 212.519.6600
With newly renovated public spaces, The Roxy Hotel is imbued with a sense of place in the TriBeCa neighborhood. The instant classic delivers an authentic Downtown New York experience for guests and locals alike. The hotel features an expansive “Living Room” that serves up an enticing brunch buffet that will not send you home hungry. It’s hard to leave when the offering is this good – couple it with live music and a free cinema screening starting at 4:30pm, your Mother’s Day schedule is set.