There's no shortage of fiestas this Cinco de Mayo, so pull out the maracas and get going.
Dos Caminos has a "Fiesta de la Calle" menu from May 2 through May 5th, a celebration of street festival food. They're offering tacos de chamorro (braised pork shank), baja tacos de pescado (fried fish tacos) and, perros calientes, bacon-wrapped kobe hot dogs stuffed with pickled jalapeños and chihuahua cheese. And because street food just isn't street food unless there's something on a stick, they've got a variation of a mango on a stick, brown butter mango swirl with ancho macadamia brittle. Available at all locations.
Mercadito has a special $40 tasting menu (with an optional $25 margarita pairing). You'll get a guacamole tasting course and your choice of a ceviche tasting or a botana tasting (appetizers/snacks) as your second course. The main event is their signature tacos, followed by a dessert tasting featuring coconut flan and churros. Available at both locations on May 5th.
Flatbush Farm's Sunday barbecue is going Mexican a live Mariachi band, Los Cocinaros. To go along with the soundtrack, Chef Stephen Browning will be grilling up carne asada skewers, posole chicken tacos, beef tongue tacos, and hutlacoche tamales.
There's more mariachi to be found at Toloache, where they've got a special menu lined up including the Margarita Batalla de Puebla, concocted from Hornitos conmemorativo tequila, fresh lime, Chambord, and jalapeño. Other specials include tacos de langosta (spicy lobster tacos), the Huachinango Toloache (a whole boneless red snapper) and cabrito (brick oven roasted baby goat), because nothing says fiesta like some baby goat.
Over at Rayuela, Executive Chef Máximo Tejada has created three special appetizers and three entrees using authentic Mexican ingredients, but putting his own "freestyle Latino" spin on each dish. His creations include Cordoniz Relleno (pan-roasted quail stuffed with wild mushroom rice and huitlacoche sauce) and Carne con Camarones Enchipotlados (grilled skirt steak topped with shrimp in a chipotle sauce and served with green rice). He's also is offering a special guacamole tasting that includes guacamole with lobster, guacamole with shrimp, guacamole with crabmeat, or a guacamole with all three seafoods combined. The cocktails at Rayuela are not to be missed, and their exotic margaritas including pomegranate acai, lemongrass ginger, and carrot infused with ginger, are no exception. For reservations, call (212) 253-8840 or email.
The team at Islero will be doing their best to get you drunk on Cinco de Mayo with $5 Margaritas, tequila-infused ceviche, and tequila tastings. Corralejo Tequila will also be on hand with giveaways.
And The Hudson River Cafe is having a 5 for $5 fiesta -- a fiver can get you Chef Ricardo Cardona's tacos, flautas, or quesadillas, or one of Master Mixologist Alex Ott's special cocktails, including the Hudson Green (ginger, mint, lemongrass, sake and vodka), the Cuban Sombrero (mint, mango, Patron silver), and the Hudson Chihiahua (Patron gold, orange, cinnamon).