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Mother's Day NYC: Where to brunch, dine and indulge

Mother's Day is this Sunday.

You could buy mom jewelry or perfume but why not express the gratitude you feel with eggs Benedict and pancakes the day of? (Because, let's be real: if you buy her that set of earrings she may or may not like, she'll probably tuck them away in a box where they'll never see the light of day again.)

Make reservations before it's too late, and you can treat her to an extravagant brunch in the city.

We've rounded up some of our favorite spots offering holiday specials below:

Brasserie 8 1/2

It'll be hard not to stuff yourself at
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It'll be hard not to stuff yourself at this upscale French brasserie in midtown. Chef Franck Deletrain is putting out an indulgent brunch spread on Mother's Day, presenting limitless Belgian waffles, crepes, smoked salmon, baked mac 'n' cheese, carved slices of prime rib and a dessert bar of cakes, tarts and cookies. The price is $59 per person, and for an extra $15, you can tack on endless mimosas or Bellinis. (9 W. 57th St., Manhattan, brasserie812.com)

Nobu Downtown

The iconic hot spot is hosting a special

The iconic hot spot is hosting a special Mother's Day brunch in its luxe bar and lounge. For $65 per person, your crew gets limitless access to a brunch bar stocked with sashimi, salads, cold-pressed juices and gelato sundaes, and one entree. Those include a Japanese-style chicken and waffles dish, steak donburi and mushroom soba noodles. (195 Broadway, Manhattan, noburestaurants.com)

Sugarcane

Mother's Day seasonal brunch specials at the waterfront
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Mother's Day seasonal brunch specials at the waterfront raw bar and grill include: house-made yogurt with quinoa, granola, compressed strawberries and avocado sorbet ($9, pictured); oven-roasted shakshuka with toasted cumin, baked egg, feta and warm brioche ($15); and house-cured salmon with charred heritage carrot, pickled mustard seed, crisped bagel and green harissa crème fraiche ($16). Live jazz from the local brass band the Hudson Horns will provide a soundtrack for your festive meal. (55 Water St., Brooklyn, sugarcanerawbargrill.com)

Kingsley

Zagat's top newcomer restaurant for 2017 is offering
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Zagat's top newcomer restaurant for 2017 is offering a four-course brunch prix-fixe menu for Mother's Day ($75). For your first course at chef Roxanne Spruance's East Village spot, you'll want to get the buttermilk biscuits with house-cured maple bacon. For the second, we advise ordering the house-cured wild king salmon gravlax with red onion, dill, and capers, and for the third, the eggs Benedict with lobster on brioche (pictured). Finish off your feast with strawberry rhubarb shortcake or lemon cake with creme fraiche sherbet and blueberries. (190 Ave. B, Manhattan, kingsleynyc.com)

Zuma

This Mother's Day experience isn't for the shallow
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This Mother's Day experience isn't for the shallow of pocket, but if mom loves sushi and Bellinis, you couldn't find a better place to make Sunday reservations than Zuma. The high-end izakaya near Bryant Park is tacking on unlimited Bellinis to its omakase menu, which costs $115 per person. (261 Madison Ave., Manhattan, zumarestaurant.com)

Scarpetta

Scarpetta's popular tomato and basil spaghetti ($24) graces
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Scarpetta's popular tomato and basil spaghetti ($24) graces the brunch menu alongside more classic breakfast foods, like almond French toast with orange preserves ($17) and an omelet with goat cheese, oyster mushrooms and spinach ($16). (88 Madison Ave., Manhattan, scarpettarestaurants.com)

Vaucluse

Yes, the special prix-fixe Mother's Day brunch menu
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Yes, the special prix-fixe Mother's Day brunch menu at Michael White's stylish Upper East Side restaurant isn't cheap, at $75 per person, but it does include a basket of buttery viennoiserie pastries baked on the premises. For your three courses, you get a choice of hors d'oeuvres like oysters on the half shell, creamy asparagus soup and beef tartare; entrees like brioche French toast with mixed berries, vanilla chantilly cream and maple syrup, or the restaurant's signature White Label burger with fries; and a dessert such as a lemon curd-filled eclair or pistachio mousse with rhubarb sorbet. (100 E. 63rd St., Manhattan, vauclusenyc.com)

Miss Ada

Take mom out for an Israeli feast this

Take mom out for an Israeli feast this year at Miss Ada in Fort Greene. The restaurant's a la carte menu lists savory pastries of all kinds, with fillings like hard-boiled eggs and mushrooms. To drink, you can expect the week's house-made kombucha flavor and five different variations on the Bloody Mary. (185 DeKalb Ave., Brooklyn, missadanyc.com)

Irvington

Four specials join the brunch menu at this
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Four specials join the brunch menu at this farm-to-table restaurant inside the W New York Union Square hotel, including a cheesy crab frittata with market greens, buttermilk and waffles topped with strawberries, crème fraîche ice cream and vanilla syrup ($15). Want the chance to play bartender? Order the "Build Your Own Bubbles" special ($75), which lands a bottle of prosecco and three kinds of juices for mixing at your table. (201 Park Ave. South, Manhattan, irvingtonnyc.com)

Ristorante Morini

The upscale Italian restaurant on the Upper East
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The upscale Italian restaurant on the Upper East Side is offering a few special dishes as a Mother's Day complement to its usual brunch menu. We recommend the bomboloni (pictured, $13), Italian vanilla sugar doughnuts that are proving harder and harder to find in New York. And, if you can convince the table to share it, get the $13 pastry basket filled with blueberry muffins, sweet buns, cinnamon coffee cakes and rosemary scones. (1167 Madison Ave., Manhattan, ristorantemorini.com)

Baar Baar

Looking for something a little more exotic than
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Looking for something a little more exotic than eggs Benedict and pancakes? Take mom to this modern Indian gastropub on Sunday, and she gets her green mango sorbet Bellini for free. Other brunch highlights for the day include a Bombay masala frittata with tomato, onion, chili and cilantro, and fried duck eggs with tandoori mushrooms served on toasted brioche (pictured). There to serenade you through the morning will be the Nepalese jazz trio the Pawan Benjamin band. (13 E. First St., Manhattan, baarbaarnyc.com)

Beaubourg

Take in a view of the Hudson River
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Take in a view of the Hudson River over brunch at this bistro inside the French market, Le District. The prix fixe menu, for $42 a person, starts off with a basket of freshly baked pastries. Everyone gets their choice of a steak Benedict, avocado toast, spinach scramble or salade Niçoise for their main course, and for dessert, it's a tossup between a Nutella and strawberry crepe or strawberry shortcake. A complimentary mimosa, Bellini or Bloody Mary comes with the meal. All moms leave with a very chichi gift: a small bottle of Hermés perfume. (225 Liberty St., Manhattan, ledistrict.com)

STK Midtown

Fast on Saturday night, so you can eat
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Fast on Saturday night, so you can eat your fill at this midtown steakhouse's special brunch buffet. From 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on May 13, you can eat and drink your fill of brioche French toast, made-to-order omelets with New York strip steak (pictured) and Bloody Marys for $65 for person. Moms will be treated like the queens they are, greeted with fresh flowers and a complimentary mimosa when they enter. (1114 Sixth Ave., Manhattan, togrp.com)

Hole in the Wall

Bring your mom to this Financial District café
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Bring your mom to this Financial District café for brunch on Mother's Day, and she gets to drink for free. Savory options on the menu include chili scrambled eggs served on toast with avocado and bacon ($15) and pulled pork eggs Benedict with beet relish ($17). For those who like their first meal of the day sweet, there are acai bowls and housemade granola (both $10). (15 Cliff St., Manhattan, holeinthewallnyc.com)

Kay's Boutique Café

This Bangkok café, which landed in New York
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This Bangkok café, which landed in New York with its upscale version of French toast sticks in March, is adding a floral flavor to its rotation for the holiday: pink rose (pictured). Stop by the SoHo shop for a taste and an espresso drink. (We won't blame you if shy away from rose petals, and go for the chocolate-infused option instead.) (240 Mulberry St., Manhattan, kaysboutiques.com)

Evelina

The Fort Greene restaurant, specializing in Mediterranean flavors,
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The Fort Greene restaurant, specializing in Mediterranean flavors, is rolling out a special a la carte menu for Mother's Day divided into sweets, eggs and plates. Those with a taste for something sweet will have their eye on the ricotta, lemon and vanilla pancakes with plum jam, yogurt and maple syrup ($12) and egg lovers may be tempted by the prosciutto di Parma eggs Benedict with burrata, tomato, hollandaise sauce and truffle on brioche ($15). Anyone ready for lunch fare can choose from options like a tagliatelle with ramp pesto and shrimp ($25) and a dry-aged beef cheeseburger with blue cheese and hand-cut fries ($16). (211 Dekalb Ave., Brooklyn, evelinabk.com)

Clinton Hall

If your family loves board games, this is
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If your family loves board games, this is the perfect spot to celebrate mom. The burger and craft beer hall chain's midtown east location, where you can play Connect 4 or Jenga before or after your meal, is serving a Mother's Day brunch with its signature calorie bombs, like the fondue cheeseburger and the doughnut grilled cheese (pictured). Also on the menu, for the slightly more adventurous set: spicy duck chorizo hash with a sunny-side egg and tater tots ($13) and a hanger steak and "egg in a basket" bun sandwich with mesclun greens and fries ($15). (Yeah, we're having trouble picturing that in our minds, too.) Brunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (230 E. 51st St., Manhattan, clintonhallny.com)

Davio's Manhattan

The Northern Italian steakhouse is toasting moms all
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The Northern Italian steakhouse is toasting moms all day long on May 13, but it's kicking off celebrations with a one-morning-only revival of its a la carte brunch menu. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., order dishes like a decadent Maine lobster omelet with sunchokes, onions, Fresno peppers and brunch potatoes ($25) and eggs Benedict with beef tenderloin served on a popover (pictured) with potatoes on the side ($20). (447 Lexington Ave., Manhattan, davios.com)

Wallsé

The Michelin-starred Austrian restaurant is serving a three-course,
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The Michelin-starred Austrian restaurant is serving a three-course, prix fixe Mother's Day lunch featuring starters like white asparagus with fingerling potatoes and sauce Béarnaise and entrées such as braised and roasted lamb with young garlic, eggplant and peppers. For dessert, you'll want to save room for Wallsé's signature Salzburger nockerl with huckleberries (pictured), the Austria version of a sweet soufflé featuring peaks of meringue sitting on a bed of jelly. ($85 per person, 344 W. 11th St., Manhattan, wallse.com)

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