Where to take your mum this year to show your thanks for ... well, carrying your heavy baby self around and raising you? Braiding your hair? Taking you to soccer practice? Forgiving you when you gave up on the saxophone, the trombone, the piano AND the flute? Whatever it may be, we love our mothers. Show her a lovely day starting with breakfast at Peels, where you present her with flowers, jewelry and chocolates; strolling down Broadway browsing a host of kitchen, food and makeup shops; and then either afternoon tea or a trip to the beautiful Botanic Gardens.
More of a museum of contemporary furniture than a shopping destination for most New Yorkers, ABC boasts endless rooms of luxe sofas, beds, chandeliers and lamps. Visit the Conran Shop downstairs for sales.
The best local store for dish deals and steals, Fishs Eddy delights cooks with New York themes, vintage, restaurant castoffs, silverware sales, and pretty cakestands.
This is as luxe and grand dame as it gets in Manhattan department stores, but head to the 5th floor to unwind, where you can browse younger brands like Alexander Wang and Phillip Lim and shoes by Margiela. Housewares on 7 often has sales on beautiful crystal tumblers and prettily-scented candles.
This mecca of accessories and makeup is a perfect quick lunch stop. Bendel carries rare perfumes like the seductive Histoires des Parfums, top-shelf makeup, signature striped bags, Eugenia Kim hats, and sparkly cocktail rings and necklaces.
Didn't you know? This boutique plays host to stars like Sarah Jessica Parker and Andre Leon Talley on Fashion's Night Out, with great seasonal sales. Their comfy seats and charming back yard make for a relaxing splurge.
It may be a zone ripe for cliches, but head upstairs at this New York legend to see more than meets the eye, where lovely Tiffany silver awaits few crowds.
Not just a gorgeous garden in summer, BBG becomes more of a cultural than botanic destination every year. From vintage parties to members' picnics, plant shopping days to the annual cherry blossom celebration, this is not to be missed. A romantic date!
Cheese is king at this large, brassy bistro, where it's not too much to have gougeres, a cheese plate AND fondue. A perfect spot for a fun Sunday brunch or loud, lively dinner. The cheese cave is the place to reserve for a special dinner, and don't forget about their ubercheese picnic baskets to go. A retail shop on the side of the restaurant allows you to supplement what's in the picnic baskets or pick out a perfect gift. The servers are professionals, and the sommelier will patiently pick out a bottle or glasses from the excellent wine list with each member of your party.
This avant-garde artistic florist features geometric glassware, unconventional flowers, and fun window displays. I love going in to browse -- who wouldn't be pulled in by flowers that wind around Sonic Youth album covers? Be ready to pay, but for weddings, this place can make your dreams come wildly true.
The Plaza is famous, and rightly so. The historic New York landmark features gorgeous interior design, a plethora of food and luxury shopping, and a lovely afternoon tea at The Palm Court restaurant featuring a choice of pastries, scones, sandwiches and chocolate fondue.
Go early to get a seat in the pristine white upstairs room at this delicious comfort brunch spot, and order biscuits and gravy, buttermilk donuts, shrimp and grits, or a fried chicken or meatloaf sandwich. While waiting or for a coffee after, head to Think across the street.
Product maven? Welcome to product heaven. Bliss' supersoft magnolia moisture mousse, anti-cellulite lotions and post-waxing and shaving AHA anti-ingrown cotton pads are renowned. Waxes are professional and as painless as possible, massages are strong for the tough Manhattanite, and wraps, facials and scrubs are so very relaxing.
Beecher's, which handmakes its own cheese, is also a purveyor of Mast Brothers chocolate and McClure's pickle chips. Try a delicious cheesy sandwich from the deli upstairs or head downstairs for a strong cocktail and a plate of mac and cheese.