Consider this your reminder: Mother’s Day is this Sunday, May 14. The annual celebration of all things moms and mother figures can sneak up on you after the Easter/Passover hustle. But forget at your peril.
The way to many mothers’ hearts is through their stomachs. Maybe it’s the Carrie Bradshaw effect — Sex and the City definitely elevated brunch. But so have Hamptons restaurants. Brunch is a pastime, with lobster benedicts and freshly baked pastries. On May 14, many of time-honored Hamptons spots (and some new ones, too) are offering Mother’s Day brunches (and linners and dinners) sure to leave mom’s heart (and stomach) full.
Navy Beach, 16 Navy Road, Montauk, 631-668-6868
Sign of the times: This popular spot situated on 200 feet of private beach along Fort Pond re-opened on April 29 and is toasting to mom with complimentary wine, offered with a TBD three-course prix fixe menu ($55). But an a la carte menu with new offerings like a cucumber salad and Buddha Bowl is also available. Brunch runs from noon to 8 p.m., so feel free to let Mom sleep in and call it “linner.”
Highway Restaurant, 290 Montauk Hwy., East Hampton, 631-527-5372
The airy-meets-easy-elegant New American restaurant with large windows, crisp walls and white tablecloths is holding a Mother’s Day brunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. For carb lovers, there’s lighter avocado toast or, for no-holds-bar on bread and sugar, sweet-and-savory French toast. Wood-oven pizza provides something for the lunch punch, and a mimosa bar allows everyone to raise several glasses to mom.
Sundays on the Bay, 369 Dune Road, Hampton Bays, 631-728-2611
Now that boats are starting to bob in the water again, nab a reservation for this waterside-view favorite in Hampton Bays. It’s a tight, tidy menu for Mother’s Day, but one with indulgent favorites, like Hollandaise-draped crab cake Benedict, gooey cheese-laden croque madame with Mornay sauce, and brown sugar-kissed French Toast done up Bananas Foster-style. Can’t get a rez? Try their big sister spot, Oakland’s, also offering a stellar brunch menu with mom in mind.
Calissa Hamptons, 1020 Montauk Hwy., Water Mill, 631-500-9292 631-500-9292
A prixe fixe brunch includes an appetizer, entrée and dessert. Consider a spring-centric beet salad with fresh mint and kale, an upgraded avocado toast with lobster and poached eggs and a sturdy Belgian waffle with berries, maple syrup and Greek yogurt that tastes like a dessert. But save room for actual dessert — baked Alaska and baklava with honey are on it.
Gurney’s Resort, 290 Old Montauk Hwy., Montauk, 631-668-2345
Toast to mom with unbeatable Atlantic Ocean vistas. Tillie’s at Gurney’s Resort is hosting a decadent brunch with homemade breads and granola. Vegan mothers will appreciate the tofu scramble with arugula and roasted peppers or the quinoa and plum salad (baby kale, black plums, dried apricots and cucumber). Local flavor comes courtesy of Sagaponack Farms potato hash with sweet peppers and North Fork sea-salt-crusted prime rib.
Jean-Georges Restaurant at Topping Rose House, 1 Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Turnpike, Bridgehampton, 631-808-2000
Helmed by lauded chef Jean-Georges, just telling Mom you want to take her to this upscale restaurant says, “I appreciate you.” The restaurant is hosting a brunch (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.) and dinner (5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.) with all the elevated fixings, from sweet pea soup to buttermilk pancakes and Maine lobsters all the way to a chocolate cake served as warm as a hug from Mom.
Elaia Estiatoria, 95 School Street, Bridgehampton, 631-613-6469
Walking into this restaurant is like meeting a long-lost big, fat Greek family. The laidback, friendly staff makes the place feel welcoming from the jump. Elaia Estiatoria is having Mother’s Day brunch seating beginning at 11:30 a.m. and a dinner from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Small plates with traditional Greek favorites like fried zucchini chips, the classic Greek lemon and chicken soup avgolemono, and streidia, the classic Greek serving for bivalves with Montauk pearl oysters.
Nick & Toni’s, 136 N. Main St., East Hampton, 631-324-3550
The covered patio is open at Nick & Toni’s, so if Mother Nature cooperates for Mother’s Day, consider treating Mom to brunch or dinner al fresco. The Hamptons mainstay loved by celebrities and locals alike has Mother’s Day brunch and dinner menus, including special ones for the tiny people who made you moms and grandmoms. Pastries like chocolate hazelnut muffins, artisan cheese plates and steak and eggs are among the brunch options for adults. Even picky-eating kids will spring for mac ‘n cheese and French toast. Pastas and spring lamb make for hearty dinner choices for grown-ups.
Ram’s Head Inn, 108 S. Ram Island Dr., Shelter Island, 631-749-0811
Hop on the South Ferry and leave your troubles on the mainland. Built in 1929, this classic waterfront inn with cedar shingles, stately white pillars and a sweeping back patio for dining overlooking serene Coecles Harbor offers elegant ambiance and a seafaring brunch menu. Lobster salad wraps with cucumber mignonette, savory shrimp and grits and truffle parm fries elevate the typical brunch fare.
The Bell and Anchor, 3253 Noyac Road, Sag Harbor, 631-725-3400
Bell and Anchor is back for the season, and Mother’s Day is an excellent reason to head on in, especially with dishes like coconut milk, lemon grass and Thai chili-steamed mussels, duck hash with a poached egg and frisée salad and classic house-smoked salmon and a bagel served with capers, slivered red onion and cream cheese. Treat mom to an espresso martini as the final coda, or maybe the milk pail apple bread pudding with salted caramel sauce. Or both! Brunch runs from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m..
Canoe Place Inn, 239 E. Montauk Hwy., Hampton Bays, 631-763-6300
On Mother’s Day Good Ground Tavern at Canoe Place Inn is offering a three-course brunch for $75 from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., with the last seating at 2:45 p.m.. Chef Ülfet Ralph’s garden-inspired dishes are spring-tastic, with options like asparagus salad with a poached egg, country ham, local lettuce and a truffle-Dijon dressing, baked crap dip with fresh thyme and warm pita for dipping, CPI Clams Casino with smoked bacon and Parmesan (natch!) and an irresistible buttermilk fried chicken sandwich with black truffle aioli and pickled green tomatoes. Make your reservations here.