July 02, 2015

  • How to Celebrate Cinco de Mayo like a True New Yorker

by NR Grant

Cinco de Mayo is a minor holiday in Mexico, celebrating the Mexican Army's victory over France in the Battle of Puebla. Nowadays, Gothamites take that as a cue to chug margaritas, or sign up for the local pub crawl. 

One dive bar leads to another, and by the end of the night, you somehow end up looking less like Blair Waldorf...

Celebrate Cinco De Mayo in New York

and more like a disheveled heap passed out next to a puke pile.

Celebrate Cinco De Mayo in New York

Extra points if you end up stuffed in a shopping cart!

If this sounds unappealing to you, check out these options for celebrating Cinco de Mayo in style. At least your dignity will remain intact. Mostly.

Step 1: Stop by the Parade on West 109th street and 92th street. Highlights are the mariachi bands, dancers, and performers.

Sidenote: As a New Yorker, I'm constantly hearing complaints about the lack of good Mexican food in NYC, and that California and Texas have the best-- yadda yadda yadda. Enough already. These places will give them a run for their money.

Celebrate Cinco De Mayo in New York

Step 2: For lunch, check out Barrio Chino (253 Broome St New York, NY 10002) for the drinks (margaritas come in traditional flavors as well as jalapeno) enchiladas, and tacos. A small space, it's usually packed due to popularity. Alternatively, check out Toloache for the vegetarian menu. The Grasshopper tacos here were featured on the Travel Channel's Bizarre Foods, for anyone feeling adventurous.

Step 3: Check out the Cinco de Mayo Street fair at Murray Hill. Strut through those long New York City blocks and back, buddy, you've got calories to burn! Drop by a friend's place for a round of drinks and some primping before skipping to the third step. 

Step 4: Saunter over to the La Esquina Corner Deli over on Kenmare Street with your posse. It looks unassuming enough when you first enter. Hopefully, you'll have reserved a table two weeks prior to Cinco de Mayo weekend, cuz then you're in for a treat. If not, you can still order some delicious eats at the counter.

Celebrate Cinco De Mayo in New York

Head to the bouncer standing sentry by the basement door. Whisper the secret password -- if you get it right, he'll lead you down the stairs, into a dimly lit lounge. Cheers! If you've made it this far, you've arrived, my friends. Time for the jalapeno margarita!

Celebrate Cinco De Mayo in New York

Step 5: Finally, if you must go bar hopping, might as well start the tab at Mad Dogs and Beans. They run promotions especially for Cinco de Mayo. Have fun padawans. And remember, friends don't let friends do their sexy strut in public.


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