Long Island may be far from the Mexican border, but Cinco de Mayo celebrations are well within reach. The holiday commemorates the Mexican victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. In America, Cinco de Mayo has taken on a festive vibe. From tequila tastings to taco nights, these Long Island celebrations hope to entice.
Besito (Multiple locations): In addition to its regular menu and giveaways all day on May 5, Besito Mexican restaurants in Huntington (402 New York Ave.) and Roslyn (1516 Old Northern Blvd.) will offer such specials as Queso Fundido con Langosta, a lobster-enhanced version of its signature cheese dip appetizer and a pan-roasted fillet of halibut served with grilled queso asado, roasted potato gratin, avocado and salsa verde. From noon to 4 p.m. guests can enjoy a complimentary Patron Tequila tasting. Before and during the event, guests can enter a $500 gift card giveaway. More info: besitomexican.com/cincodemayo
Havana Central (630 Old Country Rd., Garden City): The rhythm is going to get you at the Roosevelt Field Mall restaurant’s pre-Cinco de Mayo celebration on Wednesday, May 4 from 8 p.m. to midnight. Westbury-based dance troupe Rhythmology gives a complimentary salsa lesson from 8-9 p.m. There’ll also be drink specials all night. More info: 516-739-7900, havanacentral.com
Bahama Breeze (612 Smith Haven Mall, Lake Grove): Mexico meets the Caribbean at this Smith Haven Mall spot May 2 through May 5, when the restaurant offers $5 margaritas made with your choice of more than 10 tequilas. More info: 631-366-6212, bahamabreeze.com
Mesita (212 Merrick Rd., Rockville Centre): Mesita celebrates Cinco de Mayo from 11 a.m. to midnight on May 5 with $5 margaritas and live music from Conjunto Sabori Latin band. More info: 516-282-9900, mesitarvc.com
Del Fuego (Multiple locations): Del Fuego hopes you designate one of its three locations as a place to party. The restaurant, which has locations in Babylon (117 Deer Park Ave.), Patchogue (25 W. Main St.) and St. James (429 N. Country Rd), headlines “Cinco de Mayo Thursday” from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. on May 5. The Tex-Mex restaurants’ signature loaded nachos will be available at a discount, as will tacos, beer, tequila and margaritas. More info: delfuegorestaurant.com
Caracara Mexican Grill
Caracara Mexican Grill (354 Main St., Farmingdale): Caracara Mexican Grill is hosting a Cinco de Mayo Week, from May 3-7 with daily food and drink specials.
Off Key Tikki
Off Key Tiki (31 Baker Pl., Patchogue): How does Off Key Tikki plan to keep the party caliente? With drink specials, live music, a DJ -- and no cover charge from 4 p.m.to 4 a.m. on May 5. More info: 631-475-1723, offkeytikki.com
The Library Cafe
The Library Cafe (274 Main St., Farmingdale): Along with drinks, its Mexican-influenced Cinco de Mayo menu includes tortilla- and avocado-infused appetizers, burritos, enchiladas, tacos, carne asada and a “Mexican Mayhem burger.” For dessert, the restaurant has come up with a chocolate banana empanada. More info: 516-752-7678