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Whether traditional or more unique-we've found several ways to treat your mother to something special this year

By Allison Volpe


Mondel Chocolates, 2913 Broadway, 212-864-2111,

Mondel Chocolates is a hidden New York staple, open since 1943. It used to be frequented by the likes of Katherine Hepburn, who favored their dark chocolate. They have dozens of varieties of handmade truffles, all of the classic candy store selections you could desire, and their highly praised butter crunch. Call in to place your order, or stop in the store and they will help you create a box of chocolates with a thoughtful variety that your mother will be sure to devour.


Posies, 366 Amsterdam Avenue, 212-721-2260,

Posies isn't your typical flower shop. Their florists put the utmost effort into the artful design of bouquets and arrangements. They have a huge selection, including seasonal flowers and an assortment of stems of unique color, shape and size. If you want a specialized bouquet, they are more than willing to work with you to create something unique. Provide a description of your mother's floral interests, and they are sure to create something dazzling.

Spa Day

Féline Day Spa, 235 West 75th St., 212-496-7415,

Féline Day Spa is offering wonderful Mother's Day specials so you can enjoy a day of pampering with the most important woman in your life. The first special includes an organic sea salt body scrub, a Swedish massage, an express facial, and a manicure for $189. The second special includes an organic grapefruit sea salt body scrub, a renewal facial, and a manicure for $169. Féline also offers a number of other treatments including body wraps, hair, makeup, and electrolysis. Gift cards are also available for purchase, and can be shipped overnight.

Chocolate, Desserts, and Wine Tour

May 12th,, 3 p.m., $56.50.

Instead of filling up on brunch and not being able to move for the rest of the day, why not take your mom on a walking tour? Show her your neighborhood and everything delicious it has to offer. This is the perfect bonding opportunity for you to discover new shops and restaurants together. You will taste delectable treats such as hazelnut gelato, freshly baked cookies, bon bons, and a selection of wines from around the world. You very well may find a new place to become "your place" to go to together when you're both craving a sweet bite.


Gabriela's, 688 Columbus Avenue, 212-961-9600,

Just because you want to uphold the tradition of Mother's Day brunch, doesn't mean you can't spice things up. Gabriela's has been creating authentic and fresh Mexican cuisine for over 20 years; the menu was created by her family from Mexico. They use only the finest raw ingredients, and locally grown and organic products. They have a brunch prix-fixe for $13.95, which includes fruit salad, fresh Mexican corn bread, and a choice of a Mimosa, sangria, a margarita or a Bloody Mary. Your entrée choices include caramelized banana pancakes, a Mexican omelet, and huevos rancheros. Hopefully the sun is shining because Gabriela's features a beautiful outdoor seating area.



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