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NYC's Top Restaurants Treat Mom Like a Queen for Mother's Day

Mother’s Day 2007 is May 13. On Mom’s special day, treat her to an unforgettable meal at New York’s most unforgettable restaurant, the Russian Tea Room (150 W. 57th St. at 7 Ave.). Executive Chefs Charles Grund Jr. and Jeremy Flowers have put together an exquisite three-course menu of Russian favorites, including: Golden Beet Borscht; smoked salmon; fluke ceviche; braised rabbit perogi; wild mushroom blinchik, pain perdu (brioche, caramelized bananas, toasted almonds, orange rhum syrup); caviar omelette; champagne poached John Dory; scallop and coddled egg (Russian fingerlings, tarragon white wine reduction, black caviar); seared duck breast; and lamb shaslik. Desserts include “Oh! St. Petersburg” (valrhona “manjari,” chocolate dome, cherry cremeux); Fraisier cake (strawberries, almond genoise, vanilla whipped cream); and vanilla bean crème brulee. Reservations for Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 13, are available 11am-7:30pm. The special three-course menu is $95/person, or $130/person with champagne service. For more information or to reserve your table, call 212-581-7100.

Give Mom an elegant afternoon or evening filled with gourmet dining, sophisticated live music, and a never-ending view of Manhattan aboard Spirit Cruises, New York's only all-glass dinner cruise vessel. Choose between the 2:30-4:30pm Lunch Cruise, which includes a rose for your mom and an open soda & juice bar, or the 7:30-10:30pm Starlight Dinner, which includes gourmet plated dinner selections and a three-piece jazz combo. Cruises depart from Chelsea Piers, 23rd St. & the Hudson River. Call 866-399-8439 for more info.

New York’s preeminent Italian restaurant, San Domenico NY (240 Central Park So. btw. Seventh Ave.-Broadway), will be hosting “La Festa Della Mamma” this Mother’s Day, with a special $85 tasting menu featuring Italian spring specialties including lamb-filled agnolotti pasta, a roasted Guinea hen served with asparagus and ending with a lavish chocolate extravaganza dessert. The special five-course menu is designed by award-winning Chef Odette Fada. San Domenico NY will offer its entire a la carte dinner menu in addition to this special Mother’s Day tasting menu from 1pm to 9pm. Call 212-265-5959 for reservations and more information.

Madison Bistrot (238 Madison Ave. btw. 37-38 Sts.) specializes in innovative cuisine & classic French dishes such as cassoulet & bouillabaisse. From 4:30-10pm, they offer their special Mother’s Day menu, featuring a number of items. First courses include: arugula salad with dried tomato, shaved parmesan and old balsamic; crepe, melted Camembert and scallion combination; tilapia terrine with salmon roe and coral dressing; or traditional baked escargot in fine garlic and parsley butter. Entrees include seafood risotto with fava-beans coulis; sauteed monkfish medallions and clams Bourride; braised short ribs Bourguignon in pinot noir reduction; and hanger steak with black pepper sauce, sautéed spinach & croquettes. Desserts include: iced nougat with nuts and Grand Marnier; vanilla & chocolate profiteroles, topped with chocolate sauce; apple tart tatin served with vanilla ice cream; and ginger creme brulee. Mother’s Day meals are $35, tax and gratuity not included. For reservations or additional information, phone 212-447-1919.

Colors Restaurant (417 Lafayette St. btw Astor Pl.-E. 4th St.) announces its "Just Like Mom's" Recipe Contest for Mother's Day. Send in your favorite family recipe to to be considered as the featured menu item on the Colors Mother's Day Brunch Menu. The winner will receive a free brunch for 4 on Mother's Day. Each entry will be awarded a free brunch for Mom on Mother's Day. One entry per person, one free brunch per reservation. Entries may be submitted until May 9. The winner will be notified on May 11. Reservations are being taken for Mother's Day Brunch held on Sunday, May 13. For more information, call 212-777-8443.

One of New York's best-loved Italian restaurants, Patsy's (236 W. 56th St. btw. Broadway-8 Ave.), still family owned and operated for over 60 years, celebrates Mother's Day by offering delicious and elegant specials from their menu of home-style Neapolitan Italian food. As an added bonus, every Mother who dines at Patsy's on Mother's Day will receive a jar of Patsy's incredible homemade tomato based sauce, direct from their renowned kitchen. Patsy's will feature the following Mother's Day menu: clams arreganata; spedino alla romana (layers of bread and mozzarella, fried and served with an anchovy butter sauce); mozzarella in carozza (fried mozzarella served with a marinara sauce); cheese ravioli Stuffed with three cheeses and served with a tomato sauce; rigatoni sorrentino (baked with tomato sauce, mozzarella, ricotta and Parmigiano-Reggiano); fettuccine Alfredo; veal piccata; chicken Contadina (sautéed with garlic, mushrooms, red peppers and potatoes); and stuffed calamari (stuffed with shrimp, calamari, crab, and lobster in a tomato and garlic sauce. For further information, call 212-247-3491.

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