Til the Sun Comes Up — May 1, 2015 at 11:10 am

Celebrating Cinco de Mayo in New York City


Cinco de Mayo gives us the opportunity to slug back tequila and margaritas and nosh on tacos. Not to mention, celebrate Mexican heritage, of course. But if you find yourself scratching your head on where to celebrate the holiday this year, fear not. From traditional to out-of-the-box, we have some of the hottest spots to celebrate in New York City.


Executive chef Angie Mar will be serving up some Mexican-inspired fare at The Beatrice Inn on May 5th. Along with sous chefs Joanna Garcia, Lucero Ramales and Pablo Apoloni, the chef dream team has created a menu inspired by their heritage, with a special Beatrice Inn twist, of course. Some delectable items from the menu will include grilled soft shell crab with spicy coconut and lime, smoked wild boar pasole with lime creme fraiche, confit chicken with mole negro and black plums, and much more.

May fifth at Haru is bringing customers both the food and drinks to make you feel like you’re in Mexico. Starting off the cocktails, the space will be offering their Patron Green Tea Margarita, as well as their seasonal Strawberry Margarita. Tasty bites include Guinea Pepper Ceviche, which includes a blend of octopus, shrimp, bay scallops and citrus ginger marinade, as well as Trio of Fish Tacos, which is comprised of three hard shell tacos filled with tuna, salmon and striped bass seasoned with cherry tomato salsa and yuzu ceviche sauce.

Never one to shy away from fun pop-up dinners, Louro will be celebrating the holiday with the return of their pop-up taquería. Chef David Santos will serve a selection of tacos, tequila and margaritas at the Tacos & Tequila Pop-Up, which will last from 5pm until midnight. The tacos will all be topped with lettuce, pickled onion, cilantro, sour cream, housemade salsa, guacamole and tomatillo sauce, with a choice of fillers including short rib, shrimp, chicken, pork belly and huitlacoche.

The delicious Mira Sushi & Izakaya is serving up a spin on Cinco de Mayo with a Mexican meets Asian cocktail and food special. The Dragon Eye Margarita, made with tequila, yuzu, lemon, lime and muddle dragon fruit, will whet your whistle, while the Beef Bulgogi Tacos, made with kimchi slaw, Korean pear, scallions and toasted sesame in a wonton shell, will satisfy your cravings. As if you need more incentive, these tacos won on the Food Network’s Beet Bobby Flay last year, so you know it’s damn good.

No need to head to the typical Mexican bar or restaurant for Cinco de Mayo. Get tropical at Tommy Bahama Restaurant & Marlin Bar, where you can get some cheap n’ tasty margs for just $5. Plus, their margaritas come in a variety of fun and unique flavors, including their new Cantaloupe Suset and Smokey Ginger Margaritas. Cinco on cinco…can’t beat it!

However, if you do want to head to a Mexican hub, check out Añejo Tribeca or Hell’s Kitchen, where they will be offering some great deals, including their Tequila Flight with Guacamole Sample for $19. It includes a Verde, Pineapple and Traditional guac, as well a raffles and free giveaways, including a make your own margarita bag!

Horchata New York is partnering up with Tequila Corralejo and beginning at 5pm, guests can enjoy a five different menu items for just $5.  If you’re looking for drinks, choose from a tequila shot, frozen margarita, sangria, Tecate and a shot or a classic margarita, and if you’re looking to chow down, choose from tacos, nachos, classic guacamole, corn or flan — all going for $5! If that just ain’t enough booze for you and your buds, you can also score a classic margarita pitcher or bucket of six Coronas for $25.

Not only does the W New York Downtown have amazing views, but for Cinco de Mayo, they will be having amazing drink specials, as well. DJ Center will be spinning great beats all night long while you throw back $5 Coronas and $10 margaritas. There will also be house-made chips and guacamole, and every guest who orders the signature cocktail of the evening, the Desert Heart ($14), will receive mini piñatas with candy or grand prize stays a W Bogota and W Mexico City.
Twisted Talk: Where did you celebrate Cinco de Mayo last year? Which of these spots sounds the best to you? Discuss below!

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