Be the wonderful child you know you are and treat your mom to a memorable Mother’s Day in Manhattan. There may be no better place in the world to mark a special occasion, or to make any occasion special. As usual Manhattan offers a full store of goodies for Mother’s Day celebrants.

A Mother’s Day Brunch is a must and so is Norma’s at Le Parker Meridien (119 West 56th Street), named “Best Breakfast” in New York. Choose from zany waffles, breakfast pizzas and the Zillion Dollar Lobster Frittata.

World Yacht sets sail on Mother’s Day with cruises for the whole family. Choose from a brunch cruise with buffet or a dinner cruise with a four-course meal and dancing. Cruises depart from Pier 81 (West 41st Street and Hudson River) and include a close-up look at the Statue of Liberty. Availability limited.

Visit your favorite Manhattan department stores and help Mom find the perfect pair of shoes. Buy her a bauble at Tiffany’s (37 Wall Street), or browse a few flea markets for bargains. Explore New York. Spend an afternoon strolling through one of its iconic neighborhoods. Do Soho, and stop for a hand massage at Sabon (93 Spring Street). Hit Tribeca and discover historic townhouses, cobblestone streets, and lunch nooks Mom will love. A horse and carriage ride through Central Park never disappoints. Or check out a few art galleries in Chelsea.

If Mom’s a real culture buff, plan a museum-hopping spree. Stop at The Museum of Modern Art to view contemporary art, or visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art for photography, tapestries, and carefully preserved artifacts from all over the world. Mom will recognize notable 20th Century artworks at the Whitney Museum, and the dinosaurs at the Museum of Natural History.

With Manhattan’s many splendid restaurant choices you’d be remiss not to treat Mom to a fine dinner. Many New York restaurants offer special prix fixe menus and deals for Mother’s Day. But if you want to pull out all stops reserve a table at Jean Georges, the brilliant restaurant at Trump International Hotel & Tower (1 Central Park West). Expect the highest quality ingredients and bold dishes for an unforgettable dining experience.

And don’t forget a little sweet. No one deserves it more than Mom. Café Lalo (201 West 83rd Street), not your typical sweet shop, boasts a dazzling array of cakes and pies, brownies, cookies, tarts, fondue, mousse, shakes and smoothies, Italian ice cream, biscotti, traditional pastries and specialty dessert dishes. The exposed brick walls and atmospheric jazz make it nice.

We recommend staying at,

Mandarin Oriental New York is ideally located on Columbus Circle in the Time Warner Center. Central Park is across the street, and Broadway theaters are blocks away. Shopping on Madison and Fifth is only as far as a casual stroll along the park. Mom will enjoy their 5 star Spa at Mandarin, or have an unforgettable dish at Asiate.

From its dazzling lobby replete with enormous chandeliers to its grand staircase and soaring 55-storey tower, The New York Palace is the epitome of Manhattan opulence. The historic Villard Mansion houses the public spaces of the hotel, while the modern glass tower behind it contains the more contemporary guestrooms. Mom will enjoy a royal treatment at their spa, including custom facials and body treatments, or will enjoy modern American cuisine at the 2 Michelin-starred GILT Restaurant & Bar.

The Surrey New York has been redefining Upper East Side elegance. Whimsical touches like marble “rugs” tiled into the floor and snippets of poetry scrawled across cushions enhance the feeling that The Surrey New York is somewhere special. With an enviable address on 76th at Madison, The Surrey New York is a few minutes from Gracie Mansion and famed Museum Mile. Home to celebrated treasure troves like the Guggenheim, the Frick Collection, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, guests will have a plethora of choices when staying at The Surrey New York.

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