#SCBDExclusive: The Best Restaurants to Take Mom to this Mother’s Day!


Mother’s Day is this Sunday, May 11th. Rather than being cooped up inside on a beautiful spring day, bring mom out to get some fresh air and to get a break from the kitchen for once! The following restaurants are our top picks for Mother’s Day brunch and dinner specials:


Cielo Restaurant

Classic Italian-American “peasant” fare with a handsome outdoor patio featuring an active waterfall, loads of plantings and seating for 60. All in full view of Chef/Owner Anthony Pucciarello’s 300-yard long herb + vegetable garden, which he tends all summer. On Tuesday-Thursday in season, guests may enjoy Chef Pucciarello’s “Grillin’ -n- Chillin'” special: a delicious tomato salad straight from the garden plus a 16 oz. steak for just $22.95. For their special Mother’s Day menu, check out their website or call them at 973-808-1414. 


HAVEN Restaurant Mother’s Day Brunch 

Enjoy Mother’s Day Brunch at HAVEN Restaurant! Their brunch buffet is on Sunday, May 11 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM featuring a gourmet brunch/lunch buffet, carving station, raw bar, and dessert station. $40.00 per person or $50.00 per person includes two Mimosas, two Bellinis or two Bloody Marys. HAVEN’s Waterfront Patio is now open for its first season! Located just 20 feet from the Hudson River with iconic NYC views, the handsome outdoor space seats 72 and features a bright red awning, boxwood border and, as the weather gets warmer, colorful flower baskets. For the full menu, check out their website or call (201) 943-1900.


Red Knot Restaurant

Mother’s Day Prix Fixe Menu at Red Knot Restaurant 3 course Prix Fixe menu, $48 plus tax & 20% gratuity. Kids are $15. Seatings from 11 am to 3 pm.This Contemporary American gastropub is helmed by longtime Union County resident Executive Chef Ralph Romano. Just off X138 on the GSP…but it feels like a million miles away. Located in the Clubhouse at Galloping Hill, Red Knot’s stunning outdoor stone-and-wood patio overlooks Galloping Hill Golf Course’s 300+ pristine acres (and it’s open to the public!). Chef Romano’s savory cuisine emphasizes Garden State farm produce, Jersey Shore day boat catch, specialty meats (including a dynamite Red Knot Burger), cheeses and beer. With a Caja China for serious pig roasts, Sunday brunch buffet and a full slate of events and classes, Red Knot is an egalitarian foodie paradise in the heart of Union County. For reservations or more information, call (908) 686-1556.


                                Lavender Panna Cotta Baby Greens and Flowers

Spuntino Wine Bar & Italian Tapas

Spuntino Wine Bar and Italian Tapas, Northern New Jersey’s place for Italian small plates, hand tossed pizzas and Italian wine, invites moms to stop and taste the flowers on Mother’s Day at its location in Clifton Commons on Sunday, May 11. Accepting reservations all day from 11:00AM – 12:00PM, Executive Chef Josh Bernstein invites guests to enjoy a special selection of tasty and tempting edible flowers, with bright flavors and colors of spring in featured drinks, salads and desserts – all offered in Spuntino’s open, sophisticated and relaxed environment.In ancient times, edible flower seeds were transported like fine spices, savored by the most honored of guests, elders and noble-people for culinary and mystical purposes. These flavorful flowers were enjoyed most often fresh in salads, beverages or as garnishes to provide taste, aroma and color. Some flowers are even thought to provide mystical powers of love, luck and prosperity. Spuntino’s full menu will also be available for diners presenting a taste of Italy with a modern twist.

Pictured above:

Lavender Panna Cotta – A fragrant blend of lavender, cream and sugar into a silky smooth dessert. Served with a strawberry coulis.

Baby Greens and Flowers – Salad of mixed baby greens and edible flowers with a yogurt-poppyseed dressing.




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