Mother's Day in Astoria? Yes. Staying in the neighborhood makes your life easier: you'll have less trouble getting a reservation on one of the busiest restaurant days of the year, and you don't have to fret the bill so much as you avoid the unreasonable prix fixe "specials" a lot of Manhattan restaurants will be running on Mother's Day. More importantly, your mama is just going to love the food.
So here are two ways to celebrate -- and feed -- your woman of honor the Astorian way.
Bistro 33 - A Never-Been-Done-Before Brunch
Want to reveal Astoria's best-kept secret to Mom? Take her to the intimate Bistro 33 for a memorable brunch. This simple, yet classy, space offers plenty of outdoor seating on nice days and it's just minutes from Astoria Park
, offering a perfect opportunity for a post-brunch stroll.
The cuisine of Bistro 33 fuses French and Japanese styles. Brunch showcases these two philosophies with some of the most original selections I've seen, such as the sushi brunch (a BLT roll and a spicy tuna roll), truffled eggs and salmon, and miso Scramble with tofu, wakame, miso, and scallions. All brunch options are $14, including coffee and a morning cocktail.
- Bistro 33, 19-33 Ditmars Blvd, Astoria, NY, 718-721-1933
Lounge 47 - Retro Dining in the Heart of LIC
Photo (c) John Roleke
Looking for a nice Mother's Day brunch without the hoopla? Lounge 47, a cozy, 70s-inspired restaurant and lounge offers just that. Located on trendy Vernon Boulevard in Long Island City, you'll find this place to have a chill atmosphere and a splendid outdoor garden. Want something to do after brunch? Try the nearby boutiques, coffee house, PS 1
, and art galleries -- and do make sure you check out the famous Pepsi sign
Brunch is a fun way to mix things up simply because it offers a bit of everything: you'll find huevos rancheros next to granola french toast. Coffee, a morning cocktail, and a side of fresh mini-muffins are included ($13).
- Lounge 47, 47-10 Vernon Blvd, Long Island City, NY, 718-937-2044