Things to Do for Mother’s Day Near Carnegie Hall

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Mother’s Day is coming up next month! The moms in our lives work so hard and give so much, so it’s important to take a day to make them feel special. Whether you’re celebrating your own mother, a step-mother, the mother of your children, or a friend who is a mom, here are some ideas of wonderful things to do with her.

Brooklyn Diner USA

Since Mother’s Day always falls on a Sunday, it’s traditional for many people to take their mom out for brunch. This is always a winning idea, and near Carnegie Hall, there’s no better place for brunch than Brooklyn Diner USA at 57th Street. This classic NYC spot combines the old-school, neighborhood feel of the diners your mom remembers from her childhood, with the upscale restaurant experience you want for a special day like Mother’s Day. In fact, their slogan sums it up perfectly: “The Finer Diner”. You’re sure to find just about anything you could want for brunch here, too. They have diner classics like eggs benedict, cinnamon raisin French toast, and milkshakes, plus more modern and creative dishes like avocado toast with feta and huevos rancheros.

Central Park

May is the beginning of picnic season! The weather is warming up, trees and flowers are blooming, and outdoor celebrations are a safe option during COVID-19. A great place to take your mom for a picnic locally is Central Park, which you can access near Carnegie Hall at the Columbus Circle entrance. Depending on how far north you want to wander, Cherry Hill near Bethesda Terrace has a lovely view for a picnic. When you’re done, stroll around and do some people watching! Or, if you want to add an extra special experience, take your mom on a horse and carriage ride through the park. You can usually catch carriages near Columbus Circle.

The Museum of Modern Art

If you and your mom want to get some culture in, you should head to the MoMA. Wandering around this New York landmark that aims to “celebrate creativity, openness, tolerance, and generosity” is a great way to spend the day, and you and mom can discuss the artwork that you see. They’ve reopened with a few COVID-19 regulations in place, including that you must book timed-entry tickets in advance. When you’re done, be sure to check out the gift shop, they have all sorts of fun goodies in there. Maybe you’ll find something perfect for your mother so that she can end her outing with a gift to take home!


If your mom is more of the traditional type, you might want to treat her to a classy night out. Consider Mifune. This high-end restaurant has earned The MICHELIN Plate: Good Cooking for its exquisite contemporary Japanese food prepared by two powerhouse chefs. Make sure you’re prepared to splurge here, but don’t worry, it will be worth it! And it will be a night your mom never forgets.

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