Looking to rev up your Cinco de Mayo celebrations but not sure how? We’ve searched to find NYC’s greatest ways to celebrate the holiday—from the usual suspects like the city’s best tacos and margaritas to a fun party and themed movie screenings, here are our favorite things to do on May 5:
Añejo Tribeca (301 Church St.) is throwing a Cinco de Mayo soiree with a live DJ that starts at 6 p.m. and goes until late. Partiers can feast on pork belly tostadas, wild mushroom queso fundido, and a variety of margaritas. The Hell’s Kitchen location (668 10th Ave.) won’t have a live DJ, but you’ll still find the same special dishes.
La Esquina is appropriately opening its Upper East Side outpost on Cinco de Mayo. Pro tip: order the tacos, which are made fresh with organic ingredients. You can make it a quick lunch or linger all night with menu that also offers tortas, quesadillas, and Mexican-inspired drinks. 1402 Second Ave.
The popular guacamole at Dos Caminos, which boasts five outposts around New York, is made-to-order tableside and served with three salsas and warm corn tortilla chips. It’s a perfect prelude to any Mexican feast. Multiple locations
A frosty bottle of Dos Equis beer is great, but step up your drinking game for Cinco de Mayo at Ghost Donkey. You won’t go wrong with favorites like head bartender Nacho Jimenez’s the El Diablo Swizzle or a Paloma, but don’t miss the refreshing Frozen Stealth Margarita. Another reason to stop by? All guests get sent home with a Cinco kit that includes a mini bottle of tequila or mezcal. 4 Bleecker St., 212-254-0350
Hanging out on a Manhattan rooftop is one way to ensure your Cinco plans are off to a good start. Social Drink & Food at YOTEL will serve The Wall, a holiday-themed sip that amps up the usual margarita with Mexican Tajin seasoning. Enjoy it on the 7,000-square-foot terrace as you take in views of the New York skyline. 570 10th Ave., 646-449-7790
Perhaps you’d rather stay in or you need a pre-party plan. Patrón, which is practically synonymous with the margarita (or any other tequila drink you have in mind), has just released a limited-edition 2017 Mexican Heritage Tin with a bottle of Patrón Silver tequila. It’s available at various bars and liquor stores in the city. Multiple locations
Cosme is one of the city’s top fine-dining restaurants with world-renowned Mexican chef Enrique Olvera at the helm. The refined food is served in a fun dining room full of surprises. Impress your Instagram followers and delight your taste buds with an order of the corn husk meringue dessert. 35 E. 21st St., 212-913-9659
Ensure your Cinco de Mayo celebrations last all weekend long with brunch at Nitehawk Cinema, where they will screen Three Amigos and serve a Cinco de Mayo Country Brunchin’ special of chilaquiles on Saturday and Sunday. An all-female mariachi band will provide some pre-show entertainment at the screenings. 136 Metropolitan Ave., Brooklyn, 718-782-8370
A margarita is obligatory for Cinco de Mayo, and if you have to choose just one, make it the Watermelon Goza Margarita at Street Taco. This taqueria’s concoction blends Goza Blanco tequila with refreshing watermelon juice, lime juice, agave, and plenty of limes. Pair it with sustenance like the chicken tinga tacos. 358 Third Ave., 646-791-5413
Chances are you’ll celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a group of friends. At FISHBOWL at the Dream Midtown hotel, you can order the shareable Tequila Fishbowl special ($75) that’s teeming with Milagro Silver tequila, lime juice, agave, and tons of lime wheels. 210 W. 55th St., 646-756-2077