It’s practically impossible to chip away at the lifetime debt we owe our moms—making Mother’s Day just another one of the 365 days she deserves our unadulterated thanks. Still, if you’re going to make reparations this coming Sunday (May 14th), they might as well involve unlimited mimosas at one of Brooklyn’s best brunch spots.
Yellow Magnolia Café
Membership is required for entrance to Rob Newton’s Brooklyn Botanic Garden-situated boite, but why not turn the tables and treat mom to a trip through the Tropical Pavilion, Bonsai Museum and fields full of flowering cherry blossoms—followed by plates of strawberry-ricotta crostini, candy cane beet salad and chicken with ramp dumplings—along the idyllic Lily Pool Terrace?
990 Washington Ave., (718) 307-7136, Prospect Heights
Honor the most astonishing woman in your life at Fort Greene’s entirely female-run Otway (Latin for triumphant in battle)—which will rock an early afternoon menu of honey buns, leek quiche, tete de cochon and Cornish hen, pop magnums of rosè, and equip its rolling bread cart with cheeses, desserts and a celebratory cake.
930 Fulton St., (917) 909-1889, Fort Greene
This Bed-Stuy charmer facilitates the brunch and bouquet bit by selling flower arrangements directly outside their intimate, Mediterranean-styled eatery (not to mention Spanish tortillas with button mushrooms, poached eggs with butter bean and bottarga, and olive oil cake with whipped yogurt within).
506 Franklin Ave., (718) 636-6228, Bed-Stuy
Located at the former site of Williamsburg’s seminal restaurant, Dressler (and headed by its Michelin star-winning chef), Meadowsweet is wooing moms with a complimentary cocktail paired with a $45, two-course brunch of duck confit and poached eggs, asparagus and fontina omelet or pappardelle with winter truffle, followed by chocolate hazelnut crunch cake, vanilla panna cotta, or donuts with cinnamon sugar and caramel.
149 Broadway, (718) 384-0673, Williamsburg
Moms will receive a 20% discount off their meal of tebirkes (poppy seed pastries), gravad laks (house-cured salmon, havarti and rye) and pandekager—crepes with homemade jam—at Smith Street’s folksy Danish beer garden.
138 Smith St, (917) 909-0850, Cobble Hill
While the Talde team’s been on a bit of a tear opening (mostly) Manhattan-based establishments, their Park Slope flagship is still a festive occasion reliable—offering half-priced bottles of rose for Mother’s Day, along with a dim sum brunch comprised of Malaysian shrimp and grits, char sui pulled pork pancakes, and eggs benedict bao stuffed with lobster and Canadian bacon.
367 7th Ave., (347) 916-0031, Park Slope