Things to Do for Mother’s Day Near Times Square

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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 Times Square, there’s no better place for brunch than Brooklyn Diner USA at 43rd 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.

Bryant 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 is Bryant Park, situated a couple of blocks from Times Square. There’s a lovely green space in the middle as well as picnic tables and chairs all around the border of the park. If you don’t feel like packing a lunch, there are plenty of places around the park where you can pick up some delicious snacks for you and your mom. And if your mom is a fan of board games, you can borrow them from the Fifth Avenue Terrace in front of the New York Public Library.

Paint & Sip Studio New York

If you want a unique way to celebrate with your mom, you should try getting out of your comfort one a bit. Paint & Sip Studio is here to help you “uncork your creativity” with a private painting party. Your instructor will come to you to guide everyone at your event through painting a masterpiece of your choosing from their gallery. They’ll bring the paint, canvases, brushes, and aprons, too! You just pick up some beverages and snacks and get ready to have some fun with your mom and her friends.


If your mom is more of the traditional type, you might want to treat her to a night out at a renowned restaurant. Consider Tonchin, which has earned Michelin’s Bib Gourmand designation, which means “good quality, good value cooking.” Michelin recommends their crisp-seared gyoza, a starter that’s a delicious way to begin your Mother’s Day event. Then, dig into their specialty: piping hot tonkotsu ramen!

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