Where to Celebrate Cinco de Mayo in NYC

What a busy weekend! We already told you about the Best Kentucky Derby Parties in NYC and now, here are our picks for the Best Places to Celebrate Cinco De Mayo in NYC. So grab your sombrero and head to these parties for the best margaritas in town.

Where to Celebrate Cinco de Mayo

Empellón Taqueria

The West Village outpost of Chef Alex Stupak‘s Mexican favorite will be hosting a special Cinco de Mayo brunch on both Sunday, May 4 and Monday, May 5 – including unlimited margaritas, beer and wine. On Sunday, the brunch will be two courses in three seatings, with reservations available by filling out the form here. And on Monday, in addition to their normal à la carte menu, the taqueria will also offer a three-course menu at $55 per person. 230 West 4th Street; 212.367.0999; www.empellon.com/taqueria

The Smith

In celebration of Cinco de Mayo, The Smith will be offering a holiday special called the Charred Pineapple-Habenaero Margarita, created by beverage director Jeff Leanheart. Made with grilled pineapple-infused tequila, lime and pineapple juices, Combier orange and a soaked pineapple garnish, this cocktail will be sure to get the party started. Multiple locations; www.thesmithnyc.com

Hudson Bond

Hudson Bond NYC

To celebrate Cinco de Mayo, Hudson Bond is offering $4 Mayan Mules and Margaritas – Original, Strawberry or Watermelon – all night. Don’t worry – they will also have food, including Tacos in 2’s, Buffalo Chicken and Grilled Snapper. Order one of these dishes and get a complimentary Margarita on the rocks! 215 West 40th Street; 212.719.1200; www.thehudsonbond.com

Gran Electrica

Looking for a true Mexican fiesta? Then check out the Cinco de Mayo party at DUMBO’s Gran Electrica, where they will be opening the 50-seat garden this weekend and serving delicious cocktails like the Margarita de Remolacha made with fresh beet juice. 5 Front Street; 718.852.2700; www.granelectrica.com

Bounce Sporting Club

Don Julio Blanco

On Sunday, May 4th, Bounce will be holding their third annual Mustache Party Cinco De Mayo event, complete with complimentary mustaches and giveaways. Celebrate the independence of Mexico with $5 Coronas, El Presidente and Margaritas and bottles of Don Julio Blanco for $250. 55 West 21st Street; 212.675.8007; www.bounceny.com

Salvation Taco

Head to April Bloomfield and Ken Friedman’s Salvation Taco on Monday, May 5 for a delicious Cinco de Mayo celebration, including food and drink specials like frozen margaritas and chiles rellenos tamales. Bonus: the restaurant’s rooftop will open at noon. 145 East 39th Street; 212.865.5800; www.salvationtaco.com

Beauty & Essex

Head to Lower East Side hotspot Beauty & Essex for  a chic Cindo de Mayo. The party will feature cocktails including the Old Dirty Bramble, with Don Julio Reposado tequila, smoked blackberries, honey, ginger juice and lime and modern twist on Mexican specialities like Chile Relleno Empanadas and Lobster Tacos. 146 Essex Street; 212.614.0146; www.beautyandessex.com

W Hotel Downtown


Order a drink at the W Hotel Downtown‘s Cinco de Mayo party and win a trip to Mexico City. No, seriously. On Monday, May 5th, the hotel will be serving a speciality cocktail called the Vendado – Spanish for blindfolded and made with mezcal, lime juice, kiwi, peppermint and raspberries – along with a mini piñata all night long, and one lucky guest will find a two night stay certificate at the W Mexico City inside theirs. 123 Washington Street; 646.826.8600; www.wnewyorkdowntown.com


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