Here's where to celebrate Cinco de Mayo
Cinco de Mayo: While many aren’t entirely sure what it’s really about, (the celebration of the Battle of Puebla, where the Mexicans were victorious over the French forces in 1862, by the way), the day has become a beloved American tradition of margarita drinking and sombrero wearing.
And because we believe in the sanctity of such a holiday, we’re here with your guide to the city’s best celebrations, to make sure your Cinco de Mayo goes down right. Ole!
1. Hecho en Dumbo, 354 Bowery, 212-937-4245, hechoendumbo.com
Honor the holiday two ways: with an elegant dinner on Saturday by Chef Danny Menais who will pay homage to the French influence on Mexican cuisine, or a Sunday brunch featuring a prix-fixe open bar for $35. so you can enjoy all the tequila your liver can handle.
2. Marble Lane at Dream Downtown, 355 W. 16th St., 212-229-2336
This hot spot is offering a special menu on Sunday, including dishes like lobster and carnitas tacos, ceviches and, of course, specialty Mexican-inspired cocktails to wash it all down.
3. Rosa Mexicano, multiple locations, rosamexicano.com
This spot serves up some of the city’s best guacamole, and they’re taking things up a notch for brunch on Cinco de Mayo at all of their locations. Think live DJ’s, mariachi bands, a mezcal-laden “Bloody Maria” and cinnamon-cascabel chili stuffed French toast.
4. Lavo, 39 E. 58th St., 212-750-5588, lavony.com
Manhattan’s favorite brunch party is going Mexican for Cinco de Mayo! With dancers dressed in celebratory garb and DJs blaring Latin American tracks, you’ll be dancing the day away, while quenching your thirst with tequila.
5. Gran Electrica, 5 Front St., DUMBO. 718-852-2789, granelectra.com
This spot is sure to be one of the best Cinco de Mayo parties in Brooklyn. With a DJ spinning Latin party jams, an outdoor 50-seat garden and a full menu of margarita variations alongside Mexican fare, there will be no better place.
6. NIOS at The Muse Hotel, 130 W. 46th St., 212-485-2999, themusehotel.com
Want to make the whole weekend a Cinco celebration? At NIOS, you’ll enter to the beats of a mariachi band, sip on tequila flights and nosh on Mexican menu additions from Friday- Sunday. Cheers to that.
7. Rayuela, 165 Allen St., 212-253-8840, rayuelanyc.com
Rayuela’s Cinco party is simple and straightforward. $18 will get you a trio of tacos and a holiday-inspired margarita to wash them down.
8. STK Rooftop, 26 Little W. 12th St., 646-624-2444, togrp.com
Day drinking outside is always more fun. Kick back over a killer West Side view with Mexican cocktails, delectable bites and a DJ from 1 p.m. on into the night.
9. Gemma, The Bowery Hotel, 335 Bowery, 212-505-7300, theboweryhotel.com
For a more sophisticated, refined day of tequila imbibing, Gemma is your haven. This cozy Italian eatery is adding a Mexican Mule (tequila plus ginger beer) to the menu to get you in the Mexican spirit without getting (too) out of control.
10. MexiBBQ, 37-11 30th Ave., Astoria, 718-626-0333, mexibbq.com
MexiBBQ has cocktails worthy of the holiday for you to enjoy. The spicy and sweet passion fruit jalapeño margarita will start your day off right, while the smoking cowboy margarita with guava chipotle is uniquely smooth.
11. Toloache, 251 W. 50th St., 212-581-1818, toloachenyc.com
Honoring the Battle of Puebla with a full three-day festival, Toloache will keep you entertained all weekend long. On Friday, a mariachi band will be on hand for dinner, while a prix-fixe $35 brunch on Saturday and Sunday featuring unlimited access to their renowned margaritas for 1-hour will keep spirits high.
12. Delicatessen, 54 Prince St., 212-226-0211, delicatessennyc.com
Despite its usually American cuisine, Delicatessen is putting on a “Cinco Sunday“ all its own. Executive Chef Michael Ferraro has created a special menu that includes charred corn and truffle quesadillas and a sweet churros bucket for dessert, to keep your hunger at bay.