Our Picks for CINCO DE MAYO in New York City
It's that time of year again, when Cinco de Mayo invites New Yorkers to find a spot where they can enjoy food, drink, and fun. We've rounded up some bars and eateries uptown, downtown, and all around the town where you can enjoy the fiesta spirit of May 5th. It's a lucky thing for revelers that the 2017 celebration falls on a Friday, so enjoy yourself and visit a few of these great places.
TAVO (West Village) This year, look beyond tequila shots and celebrate Cinco de Mayo for not one, but two days at West Village restaurant Tavo. Head to Tavo on May 5th and May 6th where Mexican native and Head Bartender Diego Livera has created a special menu of six fun cocktails for this occasion, each for only $12. For the spicy lover, try the Luchador (tequila, maple, chili). Looking for a different take on the classic Paloma - then the First, But Not Least (tequila, Homemade grapefruit soda) is for you. Feeling Adventurous? Pick the Selva Negra (mezcal, fernet branca, mole). Visit: www.tavonyc.com.
Dos Caminos (Multiple Locations in NYC) This year, take your Cinco de Mayo celebration to the next level at Dos Caminos. Head to any one of their five locations in New York City for delicious food, margaritas and specials. Dos Caminos will be offering a refreshing take on the classic margarita for Cinco de Mayo with the Calle Fresca Margarita. Along with their happy hour specials such as $6 food options, $5 Coronas and a $10 Tequila Tasting Flight, they will also offer options like a Tequila Punch Bowl (serves 4), Alaskan King Crab Guacamole, Shrimp Tacos and Bacon-Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers. Visit: http://www.doscaminos.com/.
Ethyl's Alcohol and Food (Upper East Side) Ethyl's, the home of the Fi-Dolla Burger, will be celebrating Cinco de Mayo with food and drink specials with Mexican influences until 4 a.m. The Cinco' Dolla Burger will be a green chili cheeseburger with the signature all-beef patty, layered with Roasted Poblanos, PepperJack Cheese and a Spicy "GoGo Sauce" (made with Pickled Jalapenos & Smoked Paprika). Ethyl's will also be debuting the Watermelon Felon cocktail, made with muddled watermelon, Espolón blanco tequila, lime juice, triple sec and agave. Specialty off-the-menu tacos for $3 will be available all night. Happy hour will be available from 4 - 7p.m. featuring combo specials like $8 for two tacos with a beer and $10 for two tacos with a Watermelon Felon. To enhance the festive vibe, there will be live entertainment by Go-Go dancers. Visit: http://www.ethylsnyc.com/.
Al Horno Lean Mexican Kitchen (Multiple Locations in Manhattan) This casual and fast-growing food chain is dedicated to serving delicious Mexican food with a healthy twist. Leading up to May 5th, they are offering Burritos during lunchtime for $4.44. And on Cinco de Mayo, celebrate with free guacamole and chips for any party of two or more with orders over $20. Visit: http://www.alhornokitchen.com/.
Camacho's (Union Square) This new hotspot is an authentic Mexican taqueria and tequila bar named after Executive Chef Fernando Camacho. The menu features traditional Mexican street fare and more along with delicious cocktails and Mexican beers served by the bottle and on tap. The vibrant setting is ideal for a celebration on Cinco de Mayo or anytime. Visit: https://www.camachosnyc.com/.
Grand Hyatt, New York (Midtown) Located in the heart of the city, the property is offering a special drink menu curated by the resident sommelier, Nick Prieto, featuring signature margaritas, a Mescal Old Fashion cocktail and alcohol-free options including a mock margarita and limeade for those under legal limits. Visit: https://newyork.grand.hyatt.com/en/hotel/home.html.
Kings of Kobe (Hell's Kitchen) A neighborhood favorite, Kings of Kobe has an inventive burger offering for Cinco de Mayo. Their The El Rey Burger incorporates some Mexican street food staples. The brioche bun gets a wagyu beef patty, house made sweet corn esquites (smoky, fresh corn-off-the-cob dressed with creamy, cheesy, lime-scented, chili-flecked sauce), queso fresco, chorizo and jalapeno. Smoky, tangy, slightly sweet and definitely spicy, it will be available on Saturday, May 5th for $12.50.
Cantina Rooftop (Hell's Kitchen) For a traditional Cinco de Mayo experience on a spectacular midtown rooftop, check out Cantina Rooftop for Executive Chef Gonazlo Colon's Modern Mexican cuisine. The rooftop restaurant and lounge offer a selection of ceviches, guacamoles and tacos, in addition to signature house specials including Camarones Al Ajillio (Garlic Shrimp, Tequila Flame, Lime Juice, Chile De Arbol, Mexican Rice) and Rooftop Molcajete (Grilled Sirloin Cecina, Adobo Chicken, Chorizo, Enchilado Queso Fresco, Grilled Cactus, Charred Jalapeno, Comal Tortillas). For cocktails, enjoy house specialties like the Sangre de Nopal (Tequila Blanco, Prickly Pear, St. Germain Elderflower, Citrus & Agave Nectar) and the Pero Woah! (Bacardi Superior Rum, Passion Fruit, Coconut & Pineapple), as well as Mexican classics like Margaritas, Palomas and Mojitos. Visit: http://cantinarooftop.com/.
Treadwell Park (Upper East Side) Head to Treadwell Park on the Upper East Side where you can party hard with their unbeatable Cinco De Mayo Special. The massive beer hall is offering up the perfect festive Mexican-inspired deal to celebrate Cinco De Mayo in style: Pair two house-smoked pulled pork tacos with a 21st Amendment El Sully Lager and a shot of tequila for just $20. Treadwell Park will also be serving their full menu with options including Smoked Pork Nachos (smoked in-house, pepper jack, ancho chili salsa, guacamole), Guacamole (jalapeño, cilantro, tomato, tortilla chips) and Smoked Crispy Wings (smoked in-house, horseradish cream, Texas Pete)- all perfect for sharing. Treadwell Park is equipped with a selection of 20 rotating craft draught beers, ciders and more than 40 bottled options, in addition to their Reserve List of specialty and rare beers. Visit: http://treadwellpark.com/.
Haven Rooftop (Times Square) The popular rooftop bar located at Sanctuary Hotel is hosting an exciting fiesta for Cinco de Mayo full of drinks, dancing and great deals. Gather your amigos and take advantage of $5 tequila shots and $5 Mexican beer along with food specials on tacos, nachos, ceviche, quesadillas, and chips & guac. The night gets even better with a live DJ and specials happening from 4pm-11pm. So get your drink on...responsibly! Visit: www.havenrooftop.com.
Photo Credit: Courtesy of Dos Caminos