We all know that Cinco de Mayo is just an arbitrary holiday gringos picked to allow them to throw on their Party-City-bought sombreros and appropriate Mexican culture without too many consequences. But after all the debaucherous drinking and eating we can at least rest assured that Montezuma’s Revenge will be afflicting a fair share of sombreBros…..just kidding. Sort of.
Anyway, we can’t hate too much because we still love tequila and if there’s a day where margaritas are $2 and we can eat as many tacos as we want, count us in. Even if there is a crazy cartel-related lime shortage. 🙁
Since Cinco falls on a Monday this year, that means three days of sloppy decision-making. If you’re looking for a history lesson on what Cinco de Mayo is really about, we recommend this one. But if you DGAF and just want to party, check out our picks — click your city below to see what’s happening this weekend!
We love to eat any time of year, but Cinco de Mayo is the time when restaurants and bars come up with special treats and deals for us. Here’s what some of our favorites have on deck:
5 Front St. Dumbo, Brooklyn, NY 718.852.2700 This no frills spot gives people what they want; light and simple street food dishes and a pretty view of the Brooklyn Bridge. Grab a Batanga (that’s tequila, Mexican coke and hot sauce), and enjoy a weekend-long party with DJs spinning Latin tracks and margaritas flowing. Celebration takes place Saturday May 3rd & Sunday May 4th 11am-11pm // Monday May 5th 5:30pm-11pm. EMPELLON TAQUERIA AND COCINA
Empellon Taqueria will be celebrating Cinco with Seis…courses, that is. Treat yourself to a range of mariscos, queso fundidos, unconventional tacos (with toppings like shortrib pastrami) and unlimited Margaritas, Beer and Sparkling Wine.CAFE EL PRESIDENTE 30 W. 24th St. between 5th & 6th Ave, New York, NY 10010 Cafe El Presidente just opened to the public this week, but based on the preview we got of the Tacombi-helmed venue, this Mexican emporium will be a great place to down tacos, spiked horchata, and the best totopos we’ve had in NYC.
LA ESQUINA 225 Wythe Avenue, Brooklyn & 114 Kenmare Street, NYC NYC: [email protected] BKLYN: [email protected] 646.613.7100
La Esquina may not serve up the most authentic eats you can get in the city, but they make a strong margarita. Three should be enough to have you reenacting the battle of Puebla like a fool.
354 Bowery, New York, NY 10012 (212) 937-4245 This Remezcla favorite will be serving margarita specials from 12-7pm on Monday, alongside Hojaldras de Mole Poblano (rabbit mole sandwiches).
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