It may seem like the biggest Mother’s Day cliché (next to corner deli flowers) but we’ve yet to meet an NYC mom who would be bummed about being treated to brunch on May 14th. But, in a city that’s teeming with brunch spots, it may feel impossible to pick just the right one. Not to worry. We did the taste-testing for you and, behold, our list of more than a dozen places the mom in your life will absolutely love. Bonus: We’ve paired each with a nearby spa: The ultimate Mother’s Day double feature!

For a Photogenic Brunch: Catch

Downtowners have been flocking to Catch as much for the tasty seafood served in a chic upstairs space in Meatpacking as for the eminently Instagrammable meals. Take, for example, the cinnamon roll pancakes, which are basically a gigantic cinnamon roll dripping in caramel. Or there’s the anytime waffle tower which will leave the entire family in a sugar coma. The restaurant also serves an $85 prix fixe brunch for two, which includes a complimentary bottle of champagne, so that’s a nifty option, too. Reservations required.

Chill: 
For a spa treatment, check out the acupuncture/massage combo at Exhale Spa at the Gansevoort Hotel Meatpacking (30 minutes/$105; 60 minutes/$155), for a mix of well-being and relaxation.

21 Ninth Ave.
212-392-5978
Online: catchrestaurants.com

Where you be eating (and relaxing) this Mother’s Day? Tell us in the comments below!

— Lambeth Hochwald