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Cinco de Mayo in New York City

May 5, 2023 | 3 min Read

The spirit of Cinco de Mayo, which celebrates Mexico’s victory over the French in the Franco-Mexican war, is alive and well North of the border and in New York City. The day is celebrated by Americans with zeal, embracing all things Mexican. In honor of the holiday we have options for great guac, tacos, and margaritas to hit the spot. If you’re looking to go on Cinco de Mayo itself, it’s best to reserve ahead.

Where to go for guacamole: Rosa Mexicano

Nothing is better than crispy salty chips and smooth creamy guacamole and nowhere does it better than Rosa Mexicano. This beautiful and lively Mexican restaurant takes its guac seriously and prepares it table side to the delight of diners. Personalized guacamole is just one reason to come, the rest of the menu is equally delightful.

9 E 18th St

New York


Where to go for authentic Mexican: The Black Ant

Duck inside this low-lit, East Village cantina, for some authentic Mexican food. We’re not talking just tacos and burritos. The Black Ant from restaurateurs Jorge Guzman and Mario Hernandez, takes a deep dive into tribal delicacies like chapulines (grasshoppers) served with Mezcal. Yes, you guessed it, there are even ants on the menu. The ants are ground into a salt to season the house guacamole that comes in three different flavors. comes flavored with chipotle, garbanzos and cilantro. Expect delicious surprises here.

60 Second Ave

New York, NY 10003

Where to go for day-time tacos: Taqueria Al Pastor

The tacos are what’s on the menu at Taqueria Al Pastor. And they’re delicious starting with a homemade tortilla, and piled high with pork, shrimp or fish. The carne asada is legendary and is known for its rich long simmering flavor. The toppings are also heaped on generously, rounded out by the restaurant’s home-made salsa. Other preparations such as quesadillas and burritos are also available. The space itself is inviting and bright, but counter seating is best for lunch or grab and go.

128 Wyckoff Ave

Brooklyn, NY 11237

Where to go for fancy tacos: Cosme

Cosme knows how to serve up delicious Mexican flavors and traditions in a stylish setting with small-plate dining. The restaurant makes good on its promise to blend tradition and celebrate local ingredients from the Hudson Valley. The tacos on the menu here are of one variety, but so good they are worth mentioning. There’s the generous portion of duck carnitas, cooked to seared to perfection served on the restaurant’s house-made single-corn tortillas with onions, radishes and cilantro.

35 E 21st St,

New York, NY 10010

Where to go for a perfect Margarita: Barrio Chino

This neighborhood spot is a favorite and well-worn around its edges, but that’s part of Barrio Chino’s laid back charm. Since 2002, the place has been working hard to elevate tequila’s reputation. A top shelf selection of tequilas and mezcals ameliorates any margarita on the menu, but they can hold their own with the house tequila. Try the Habanero grapefruit margarita or the spicy tamarind mezcal. Afterward, soak up the alcohol with tasty tacos.

253 Broome St

New York, NY 10002

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*Due to Covid-19 our restaurant, cafe and gym will remain closed for a time.

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