It's almost time to break out the tacos, tequila and margaritas (in case that's not a regular weekly activity) to celebrate the Mexican army's victory over the French at the Battle of Puebla in 1862! As Ween once sang, Cinco de Mayo's on Tuesday, and there's a plethora of options out there to get your tequila-fueled celebrations started with a bang.
EL VEZ: Head to this Battery Park City eatery to catch New York's first and only all-female mariachi band while you down your mezcal and enchiladas. Flor de Toloache started out as a genre-pushing trio in 2008, and their ranks have since grown to 10 members, hailing from the likes of Mexico, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and a host of others. They'll be performing between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m., and there's food and drink specials all day from 11 a.m.
259 Vesey Street, Manhattan // 212-233-2500
LOURO: The West Village restaurant's pop-up taqueria returns for a second year running. Chef David Santos will be serving up $2.50 tacos from 5 p.m. to midnight, with fillings including short rib, shrimp, chicken, pork belly, and huitlacoche. Tequila shots and margaritas will be available to wash those tacos down, and if you've got a Cinco crew together and/or are ridiculously hungry, you can get 10 tacos and a pitcher of margaritas for $45.
142 West 10th Street, Manhattan // 212-206-0606
BODEGA NEGRA: The West 16th Street restaurant launches their celebrations with "Loco Monday" on the 4th—there's over 90 tequilas and mezcals on offer, pork belly carnitas tacos, Bodega Margaritas and more. There'll be dancers and entertainment on both nights, and diners can score 10% off their bill on May 5 by 'gramming and tagging their meal with #BodegaNegra.
355 West 16th Street, Manhattan // 212-229-2336
Shrimp tacos from Oxido
OXIDO: Cinco de Mayo brings with it a one-day-only menu shake-up at this purveyor of modern Mexican fare on West 23rd Street. There's a special shrimp taco on offer for $5—treat your tastebuds to a Red Chile seafood fiesta, with black beans, guacamole, and red chile crema served in a crispy corn tortilla. If shrimp's not your style, the regular customizable burritos, bowls and tacos are all available to line your stomach.
18 West 23rd St, Manhattan // 212-256-1072
DOS CAMINOS: If you're looking to get a little more hands-on with your food, the Park Avenue iteration of this restaurant is the place to be. Executive Chef Ivy Stark will be hosting a hands-on cooking class. For $75, you'll get a whole festive feast, with Tacos al Pastor (spit-roasted pork, pineapple and citrus), Grilled Mexican Street Corn, and Prickly Pear Tres Leches Cake. All four locations have got drink deals from Monday to Friday, with other specials kicking off on May 1—pick up some Chalupas Poblanas for $10 (corn masa boats with chorizo) or Crepas de Chocolate for $9 (chocolate crepes with chiapas coffee ice cream and raspberry saltier).
373 Park Avenue South, Manhattan // 212-294-1000; 475 West Broadway, Manhattan // 212-277-4300; 825 Third Avenue, Manhattan // 212-336-5400; 675 Hudson Street, Manhattan // 212-699-2400
MEXICUE To celebrate the opening of their new Nomad location, this Mexican-Barbecue chainlet offers some boozy happy hour specials available for the entire week. Swing by for cinnamon and chili-inufsed fireball tequila ($2), smoky margaritas made with mezcal, chile and mole bitters ($4) and super fiery jalapeno and habanero margaritas ($4). They've also got some new menu items debuting this week, including green chili mac & cheese with cotija and cheddar plus a burnt ends Sloppy Joe sandwich served on brioche.
225th Fifth Avenue // 646-922-7289; 1440 Broadway // 212-302-0385; 345 7th Avenue // 345 7th Ave
Candy tacos at Stieber's.
STIEBER'S SWEET SHOPPE: If regular tacos just ain't doing it for your sweet tooth, wander over to this candy store in Greenwich Village for Lee Manne's candy tacos. Enveloped in a rice krispies treat taco shell, fruit leather lettuce, and marshmallow fluff sour cream, you can even pair these sugary wonders with an appetizer of sorts—rice krispie tortilla chips and frosting guacamole.
195 Bleecker St, Manhattan // 646-439-7903
ROSA MEXICANO: The party kicks off early at all three outposts—First Avenue, by Lincoln Center, and Union Square—from Friday May 1. You can get your hands on a $35 prix-fixe fiesta menu, specialty margaritas, and select pitcher cocktails. Grab some friends and share the Guacamole en Molcajete or Nachos de Tres Quesos, choose from one of the entrees on offer, and finish your Cinco eats right with cinnamon sugar Churros en Bolsa with dipping sauces.
1063 First Avenue, Manhattan // 212-753-7407
61 Columbus Ave, Manhattan // 212-977-7700
9 East 18th Street, Manhattan // 212-533-3350
ACHILLES HEEL: Andrew Tarlow's Greenpoint bar will be hosting a Cinco de Mayo party into the night on Tuesday. Beef tacos and mezcal cocktails are on offer, with tunes brought to you by DJ Josh Wiles. The fiesta kicks off at the corner tavern at 6 p.m., with free entry all night.
180 West Street, Brooklyn // 347-987-3666