The 28 Best Spots for an Outdoor Mother's Day Brunch in NYC
Your mom is vaccinated and so are you—hurrah! Per the CDC, you can now gather both indoors and out with one another without wearing a mask. (You’ll still need to keep one on in indoor public settings and when gathering indoors with unvaccinated people from more than one other household, however). Celebrate this exciting update and support local restaurants with our roundup of the best outdoor brunch spots for Mother’s Day in NYC that are guaranteed to make her weekend a whole lot brighter (and yummier).
1. Tavern 29
Enjoy bottomless brunch in one of Tavern 29’s private, heated bubbles in their rooftop garden. Known for their craft beer selection, festive mixed drinks and seasonal menu, this spot is located just off of Park Avenue South, making transit a breeze. Other dining options include limited indoor seating on all three floors of the newly renovated townhouse-turned-restaurant, delivery and takeout.
47 E 29th St.; tavern29.com
2. Milk & Roses
This upscale bistro in Northern Greenpoint offers classic American cuisine with a southern Italian twist, meaning it delivers on ambiance and the perfect brunch pasta (seriously, try the butter and sage ravioli). What more could you want? Dining options include garden seating, limited indoor dining and takeout.
1110 Manhattan Ave.; Brooklyn, milkandrosesbk.com
This West Village Italian staple offers fresh pastas, salads and an unlimited boozy brunch—plus, an all-night happy hour on Sundays with the purchase of an entree or a pasta. Enjoy your antipasti, focaccia, olive oil cake, seasonal dishes and more alongside the iconic Greenwich views. Seating options include outdoor dining on their heated patio, reservation-mandatory indoor seating, takeout and delivery.
18 Greenwich Ave.; rosemarysnyc.com
4. Lido Harlem Restaurant
Kick off your weekend the right way: with bottomless mimosas, homemade jam and crispy baked French toast. Or check out this Harlem spot’s new pan-Asian tapas restaurant, BIXI, that’s located just a few doors down and also offers an excellent outdoor brunch (the waffles with tempura bananas and scrambled eggs with shrimp are two popular picks). Lido dining options include limited indoor seating, outdoor patio dining, takeout or delivery.
2168 Frederick Douglass Blvd.; lidoharlem.com
5. Sunday in Brooklyn
You’ll likely need to come by early to put your name on the waitlist for weekend brunch at this Williamsburg favorite. Just up the street from Domino Park, Sunday in Brooklyn’s fanfare bounces between American staples to Asian-inspired dishes to their world-renowned Sunday Pancakes: malted pancakes with hazelnut maple praline and brown butter. Currently offering heated outdoor booths, delivery and takeout.
348 Wythe Ave., Brooklyn; sundayinbrooklyn.com
6. Verde on Smith
Located in the heart of Downtown Brooklyn, Verde on Smith offers bottomless brunch from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every. Single. Day. That means you don’t have to wait until the weekend to get your Bellini on as you try their spins on classic brunch staples. Now offering limited indoor dining, heated, covered outdoor dining on their patio and in their backyard, delivery and takeout.
216 Smith St., Brooklyn; verdeonsmith.com
7. The Shady Lady
The Shady Shed is heated and ready for outdoor diners. Enjoy oysters, Thai-glazed wings, French onion flatbread, pork belly croquettes, lobster tacos and more at this not-so-traditional Astoria brunch spot. Currently offering limited indoor seating, heated outdoor tent seating, delivery and takeout.
34-19 30th Ave., Queens; theshadylady30thave.com
This Israeli cafe boasts a heated outside patio which feels “just like Tel Aviv.” Indulge in the schnitzel, lamb ragu and shawarma brunch dishes as well as veggie-friendly options like the falafel burger, the Yemenite pancake, shakshuka, and more. Currently offering heated patio seating, limited indoor dining, delivery and takeout.
544 Union Ave., Brooklyn; reunionyc.com
9. TRU Astoria
For only $20, you can get unlimited mimosas, sangrias, Bellinis, or Bloody Marys at the self-proclaimed first bottomless brunch in Queens. Top it off with their Brunch Burger, and you won’t regret it. Dining options include outdoor patio seating, limited indoor seating, takeout and delivery.
35-19 Ditmars Blvd., Queens; truastoria.com
10. The Miles Coffee Bar
This Bronx cafe has an adorable backyard for coffee-lovers and avocado toast connoisseurs alike. For something light, stop by for an early bite and a caffeine fix. (We’re fans of the granola parfait and pumpkin bread.) Currently offering back patio seating, takeout and delivery.
4039 E Tremont Ave., The Bronx; themilescoffeebar.com
11. Stone Park Cafe
This Park Slope cafe was started by two childhood friends and Brooklyn locals back in 2004—and they’ve been dishing up tasty eats ever since. Brats, short ribs, and fish cakes, oh my! Dining options include limited indoor dining, outdoor dining on the front sidewalk, takeout and delivery.
324 Fifth Ave., Brooklyn; stoneparkcafe.com
12. Project Brunch
With locations in Staten Island and Manalapan, New Jersey, you just know that a place that considers brunch a project is going to be good. These breakfast pros offer brunch every day of the week, including mac and cheese with grilled cheese croutons, red velvet stuffed waffles and specialty shakes. Options include limited indoor seating, outdoor patio seating, takeout and delivery.
4553 Arthur Kill Rd., Staten Island; projectbrunch.com
13. Mom’s Kitchen & Bar
Get comfy at Mom’s with comfort food classics (like shrimp and grits and chicken and waffles) on their heated outdoor patio. If you’re looking for bright drinks, big plates and super Instagrammable adult shakes, look no further. Oh, and did we mention that their brunch is all-day? Seating options include outdoor dining, limited indoor seating, takeout and delivery.
33-01 31st Ave., Queens; momsastoria.com
14. Jones Wood Foundry
Between the heated, covered front terrace and the heated back garden, you can’t go wrong at this Upper East Side gastropub. The bubbly atmosphere and British brunch bites (say that 10 times fast!) will almost make you forget about this whole pandemic—wait, maybe that’s the extensive beverage menu. Sit inside, out front, out back, or choose takeout or delivery.
401 E 76th St.; joneswoodfoundry.com
This charming Williamsburg bar and grill is open for indoor dining, as well as their heated back garden and front patio. With different nightly specials featuring fresh fish, seasonal veggies and other tasty classics, what’s not to love? Also available for takeout and delivery.
105 N 6th St., Brooklyn; sweetwaterny.com
This Bed-Stuy staple brings together the best of the community: chicken, waffles and soul. Marietta Cade, also known as Peaches, was born and raised in the South—and her cuisine proves it. Seating options include heated glass sidewalk cabins, takeout and delivery.
393 Lewis Ave., Brooklyn; (718) 942-4162
17. Hudson Clearwater
Located just blocks from the Hudson River, treat yourself to one of Hudson Clearwater’s fresh cold-pressed juices, locally sourced omelets or upstate New York grass-fed beef or veggie burgers. Yep, it’s one of those spots. Currently offering limited indoor dining, outdoor dining in their back garden, takeout and delivery.
447 Hudson St.; hudsonclearwater.com
18. iNINE Bistro
This rustic spot has the best salmon burger in the Bronx—or at least that’s what their Instagram claims. Embark on their boozy brunch offerings on the weekends, complete with chicken and waffles and a heated garden setting. Also available for takeout or delivery.
53 Bruckner Blvd., The Bronx; ininebistro.com
19. Oliver’s Astoria
If it’s a delicious, juicy meat dish, Oliver’s probably has it. This Queens favorite offers American fanfare, with a $6 mimosa to get the fun started. Dining options include heated outdoor patio seating, limited indoor dining, takeout and delivery.
37-19 Broadway (at 38th Street), Queens; oliversastoria.com
Tucked into a side street just off Bedford Ave., this charming French bistro offers upscale versions of your classic brunch favorites: French toast, croque madame, mimosas, Bellinis and more. Dining options include the sidewalk patio, a heated rooftop terrace bar, an indoor garden dining room, delivery or takeout.
135 N 5th St., Brooklyn; juliettewilliamsburg.com
21. Sant Ambroeus West Village
For a splurge (a mimosa will set you back $16), visit the cozy West Village location of this Italian eatery. Known for their signature Bloody Marys, gelato, homemade cakes and cookies, this is the spot for some self-care brunch. Dining options include limited indoor dining, heated outdoor dining, takeout and delivery.
259 West 4th St., santambroeus.com
22. The Stone House at Clove Lakes
Staten Island locals likely know this fine dining establishment seated just on the edge of Clove Lakes but we think it’s worth a trip even for outside-the-borough dwellers. Escape for a little bit of greenery and upscale brunch classics on their lakeside patio or cobblestone terrace. Limited indoor dining, takeout and delivery also available.
1150 Clove Rd., Staten Island; thestonehousesi.com
23. Cafe Mogador
This quaint Moroccan-inspired eatery offers breakfast and an award-winning brunch at both locations in Williamsburg and East Village. We’re fans of the Malawack (flakey Yemenite flatbread, organic egg, spicy grated tomato & labne) and sabich (Iraqi breakfast with roasted eggplant, tahini, organic eggs, spicy grated tomato & amba), but you also can’t go wrong with a family-style mezze or hummus platter. Currently offering limited indoor seating, front patio seating, takeout and delivery.
133 Wythe Ave., Brooklyn; cafemogador.com
24. Annadale Terrace
Enjoy a family-owned-and-operated feel at this classic Mediterranean fusion joint. For Greek, Italian and other eclectic European flavors, grab brunch in one of their several outdoor dining seating options, including their heated gazebo, their rooftop or terrace, as well as limited indoor dining, takeout or delivery.
801 Annadale Rd., Staten Island; annadaleterrace.com
25. Archie’s Tap & Table
City Island is known for its extravagant seafood—and Archie’s fits the bill. For a seaside salmon wrap, a shrimp-avocado omelet or freshly squeezed orange juice, look no further. Dining options include their front patio or backyard, limited indoor dining, takeout or delivery.
536 City Island Ave., The Bronx; archiestap.com
26. The Standard Grill
The grill at the world-famous venue and hotel, The Standard, has become a popular brunch spot in recent years. For fresh, local ingredients—plus arguably the city’s best people-watching of the High Line—grab a seat on their open sidewalk and take it all in. Options include outdoor dining, limited indoor dining, and takeout.
The Standard, High Line, 848 Washington St.; thestandardgrill.com
For a Spanish-inspired brunch in Alphabet City, Poco’s a go-to. If you can’t make their legendary boozy brunch on the weekend, they now offer bottomless dinner, as well as trivia, comedy and craft nights. Dining options include outside in their heated sidewalk patio tent, limited indoor dining, delivery and takeout.
33 Avenue B.; poconyc.com
28. Alfie’s Kitchen & Craft Beer Bar
For a rustic Hell’s Kitchen brunch filled with local beers and old-fashioned eats, Alfie’s is just a few blocks south of Central Park. Come for the heated outdoor patio, stay for the bottomless grapefruit mimosas. Dining options include outside on their heated patio, limited indoor dining, takeout and delivery.
800 9th Ave.; alfiesnyc.com
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