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How to Spend the Perfect Mother’s Day Weekend at Rockefeller Center

By Paulina CajigalMay 2 2024
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While we should celebrate our moms and motherly figures all year round, Mother’s Day is the time to make every moment count. To help remind moms just how much they’re loved, Rockefeller Center is swooping in with a list of meaningful ways to make them feel appreciated on their special day.

From heartwarming meals to everlasting jewelry and matching outfits, our 12-acre campus has everything you need to treat your mom to an unforgettable Mother’s Day in New York City. Here’s how we’d recommend laying out your schedule over the big weekend.

11:30 am: Pick up a card at McNally Jackson

Find it at 1 Rockefeller Plaza on 48th Street

Set the tone for the day’s festivities with a thoughtfully chosen card from McNally Jackson; in between its endless rows of books is a rainbow of cards guaranteed to put a smile on your mom’s face. If she’s a bookworm, why not pick up a novel or two? McNally Jackson caters to every type of reader, even ones with niche interests, like early New York history or narratives about life across the five boroughs.

As a thank you for all the meals she’s made…

12 pm: Have brunch at Le Rock

Head two blocks over to 45 Rockefeller Plaza, between 50th Street and 51st Street

Every mom loves quality time, especially when paired with a quality meal. Treat yours to the best of both worlds with brunch at Le Rock, hailed by The New York Times as one of the 100 best restaurants in the city. The French brasserie’s La Fête des Mères menu includes a Viennoiserie pastry basket, a selection of appetizers, and the restaurant’s trademark fare, like the French Toast Supreme and Escargots. And you’ll definitely want to save room for dessert; the prix-fixe menu’s final course is a sweet Mignardise Tower with assorted confections and petit fours. The meal costs $110 per person, excluding tax and gratuity. Reservations can be made here.

To make sure your mom has enough energy for the rest of the day…

1:30 pm: Grab some coffee at % Arabica

Walk a block down to 30 Rockefeller Plaza, toward 6th Avenue

We tend to slow down after a big meal, but your mom’s special day is just getting started. For a quick caffeine boost, drop into % Arabica, a Kyoto-based brand that sources beans from the world’s top coffee-growing regions. With seasonal offerings from Colombia, Ethiopia, and Indonesia, your mom can experience global flavors without ever leaving Midtown.

To remember the day forever…

1:45 pm: Get zapped at Catbird

Head down 49th Street, toward 5th Avenue

Some presents have a longer shelf life than others, and Catbird’s famous 14K Forever Bracelets are gifts that keep on giving. After a string of popular on-campus pop-ups, the jewelry brand laid down roots at Rockefeller Center, ready to “zap” permanent bracelets on all its visitors. Appointments take 10 minutes each and can be booked here. You can even give your mom a preview of what Catbird has to offer with its Mother’s Day deals. Between May 3 to 5, online orders will include a complimentary Mother’s Day card and tags, and in-store purchases over $150 come with a 10ML bottle of Lancôme’s La Vie Est Belle Eau De Parfum.

To make some new memories…

Take a short walk across campus to Top of the Rock’s 50th Street entrance

Raise the bar this Mother’s Day with The Beam, a new experience that takes visitors 12 feet above Top of the Rock’s 69th-floor Observation Deck. Recreating the famous 1932 photo “Lunch Atop a Skyscraper,” The Beam shows you New York City as you’ve never seen it before, with views of Central Park and then some. On your way back down to ground level, swing by The Weather Room, a café and bar on Top of the Rock’s 67th floor. Every $12 purchase of any beverage and pastry comes with a fresh flower stem.

For the full New York City shopping experience…

3:45 pm: Stop by Hill House Home

You don’t have to travel far; Hill House Home is only a few doors down from Top of the Rock

There’s something for everyone at Rockefeller Center, and Hill House Home follows that philosophy to a tee. The digital-first lifestyle brand started with bedding, but its timeless collections now include bath, baby, accessories, and apparel, including the Nap Dress® — a frock so iconic, it’s trademarked. You might find yourselves gravitating toward the same printed dress, and that’s by design; the brand’s Grown Up & Me collection features matching dresses for moms and their kids, whether big or small. Plus, Hill House Home's storefront feels like it was pulled off a movie set, so your mom can reenact the shopping montage of her dreams.

To raise a glass to the day…

4:30 pm: Unwind at Smith & Mills

Head to the Rink Level of 30 Rockefeller Plaza, just steps away from Hill House Home

At its new Rockefeller Center outpost, Smith & Mills takes everything regulars love about its original Tribeca location and transforms it into a speakeasy-like hideaway. The restaurant’s shadowy, intimate ambiance makes it the best place to reminisce about the day’s highlights, perhaps over a classic martini or a crisp Brut Rosé.

For a few more moments of quality time…

5:15 pm: Have a meal at Lodi

Find Lodi between 48th and 49th Streets, across the street from The Rink

Inspired by Italian aperitivo culture, Lodi will take you and your mom on a trip across the pond. Its Mother’s Day menu, exclusively available on May 12, has a lineup of Lodi’s quintessential Italian dishes and new à la carte items, like the Ramp & Nettle Risotto and Rhubarb Pistachio Frangipane Tart. Another New York Times favorite, Lodi’s cocktail list features fruit-forward spritzes and a special Rockefeller Martini — perfect for one last toast to mom. Reservations can be made here.

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