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Gateway's Guide to Mother's Day 2021

May 5, 2021

Mother’s Day is this upcoming Sunday, May 9th, and if you’re still not sure yet of the best way to spoil mom this year… let us help! There are lots of Mother’s Day events happening around NYC and plenty of ways to make moms--and aunties, sisters, grandmas, and anyone filling that special mom role in your life--feel special. Read ahead for Gateway’s guide to the best ways to celebrate Mother’s Day 2021 in NYC. 

Mother’s Day Brunch  

All moms appreciate a little extra attention on Mother’s Day, and what better way to start the day off than a perfect brunch at one of the excellent restaurants near Gateway! Neighborhood favorite Merchant’s River House is serving up a Mother’s Day brunch on Saturday and Sunday starting at noon, with tasty menu additions like smoked salmon toast and lobster eggs benedict to look forward to. Or make a reservation at nearby Liberty Bistro for their special Mother’s Day prix fixe menu that includes an appetizer, entree, and dessert for $42 per person. Yum!

Explore Governors Island 

The local NYC treasure that is Governors Island is only 800 yards from Lower Manhattan, but transports visitors to a totally different world! The perfect Mother’s Day escape, there’s lots to do on the island, from historic walking tours and art exhibitions to the park’s interactive virtual volcano observatory. The Governors Island ferry departs from the nearby Battery Maritime Building, and is only $3 for adults and free for children under 12 and seniors 65+.

Check out KUSAMA: Cosmic Nature

Skip the traditional Mother’s Day flowers this year, and bring mom to the garden instead! The latest exhibit at The New York Botanical Garden, entitled KUSAMA: Cosmic Nature, is now open and offers a great way to see art outdoors. Take mom to see the stunning work of contemporary Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama, whose spectacular installations interact with and transform the surrounding landscape. To learn more and to reserve tickets, click here.


Take a Mother’s Day Cruise

Looking to splurge on mom a little? This Mother’s Day Dinner Cruise, hosted by Event Cruises NYC, offers an extra special way to pamper mom this year! Enjoy a delicious four-course dinner while taking in incredible views of the Manhattan skyline. To find more details on this unforgettable evening, and to book tickets, visit here.


Keep it Simple

This past year has been long and challenging, and the most important thing is showing our moms how much we love them! There are plenty of ways to keep things simple and still show just how much we care, whether it’s classic breakfast-in-bed or treating mom to an at-home mani/pedi spa day. If celebrating remotely, planning a virtual paint night together or taking an online flower arranging class are both excellent ways to enjoy Mother’s Day. Whatever you decide, the quality time with mom is what it’s all about!


We want to see you how you’re celebrating the moms and mother figures in your life! Be sure to tag and share your special day with us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. From all of us at Gateway, we wish you a very Happy Mother’s Day!