The Four Best Non-Brunch Events for Mother’s Day Weekend in NYC


Want to celebrate Mother’s Day in a new way? Instead of taking her out to brunch like everyone else, consider one of these four events.

Tequila Park at Hudson Hotel, 356 West 58th Street, Friday through Sunday

Officially open for the summer season, the outdoor patio at this Hell’s Kitchen hotel is dishing out tacos, tequila, and a Mexican Coca-Cola cocktails starting at 4 p.m. daily. The menu includes off the wall items like sriracha cheesesteak tacos with quinoa chips and kimchi shrimp nachos, with plenty of tacos and guacamole available, too. The outdoor patio is also planning to have musical performances on some nights.

Community Eats, Industry City, 148 39th Street, Brooklyn, Saturday, 10 a.m.

If you have mom to thank for your Celiac disease, take her out to a one-day gluten-free food fair. This event brings chefs, bartenders, and purveyors together to showcase the best of what they can do without gluten, so expect to leave stuffed. Chef tutorials, music, and kids activities are part of the festivities; tickets are $20.

Hearty Picnic Pop-Up Cafe, 37 East 1st Street, Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m.

This one-week pop up by features dishes made in smaller portions so that you can donate the remainder of what you’d have spent on your plate to the hungry. (In this case, they’ve done the math for you — and a portion of the proceeds from each dish benefits the organization’s many hunger-fighting partners.) The menu comes from The Taste chefs Jeff Kawakami and Lee Knoeppel and includes cauliflower lettuce wraps and a curry chicken salad sandwich. Wash it down with beer and wine and then finish up with a baked sweet or a treat from Alchemy Creamery — it’s for a good cause, after all.

Spotlight on Artisanal Products: Baci & Perugina Chocolates, Eataly, 200 Fifth Avenue, Saturday, 2 p.m.

You could pick up a box of Baci for Mama, or you could take her to this class so she can learn to create her own. Students will learn how to make the infamous chocolate candy as well as a crostata and flourless chocolate cake, with a history lesson on Perugina thrown in for good measure. The class will be taught by Viola Buitoni, a descendant of the company’s founding family and a noted chocoholic. Tickets are $70 and include several Baci-inspired desserts and a glass of Prosecco.