Cinco de Mayo Celebrations + DIY Cocktails

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When we think of ‘Cinco de Mayo”, we think of celebrating Mexican heritage in a grand way. Fill your Thursday with music, dancing, eating, and imbibing in tequila, mezcal, margaritas and more. Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with flair at these 12 places serving south-of-the-border specials or create your own fiesta with our picks for DIY recipes: 

NOBU: It’s all about "Cinco de Nobu", celebrate with a special taco and margarita pairing. For $55 enjoy 5 chef’s choice Nobu-style tacos and one of three “Nobu Cinco Speciale” Margaritas: the Mia, Strawberry Basil, or Prickly Pear. This very special “Cinco de Nobu” menu will be offered all night on May 5 in the Nobu 57 Lounge, as well as at Nobu New York and select locations nationwide. View venue details...

AÑEJO TRIBECA: Party it up downtown! Añejo Tribeca is throwing their annual all day and night party from 11:30am until late. Guests can enjoy signature eats from Executive Chef Ricky Camacho and cocktails from bartender William Aporih inspired by the vibrant culture of Mexico. Continue the party at the subterranean lounge, Abajo, and enjoy dance tunes from a DJ as well as a fun photo booth for guests to commemorate the occasion. View venue details...

HOWL AT THE MOON: Head over to NYC concert bar Howl at the Moon in Midtown West for a Cinco de Mayo blow out. Enjoy drinks specials including 86 ounce Blue Cuervo Margaritas for $25, Cuervo shots and margaritas for $7, and $5 Dos Equis. Feast on the complimentary nacho bar buffet in between requesting your favorite songs all night from Howl’s house band. Doors open at 5pm. For table reservations CLICK HERE or call 212-399-4695...

HUDSON TERRACE: What better way to mark Cinco de Mayo than enjoying panoramic waterfront views at Hudson Terrace?! Celebrate the season opening party on May 5th with drink specials from 5pm- 8pm including: $5 Bud Light Limes and Modelos, 2 For 1 Don Julio Margaritas and 2 For 1 Specialty Cocktails. Get on the dance floor and twirl to music by DJ Dubbz and enjoy signature Mexican dishes, giveaways, party favors and let’s not forget piñatas. Doors open at 5pm. Free admission all night. CLICK HERE for details...

MAYA: At the modern Mexican Kitchen & Tequileria, Chef Richard Sandoval blends the earthy flavors of his native Mexico to honor Cinco de Mayo. Join the festivities on May 5th with all-day food & drink specials including $8 Traditional Margaritas & $10 Chips & Traditional Guacamole. Additionally they'll be honoring their happy hour specials from 3pm - close. View venue details...

FONDA: Celebrated Chef/Owner Roberto Santibañez of Fonda proudly presents Cinco de Mayo festivities at all three locations: Park Slope, Chelsea, and East Village. Doors open at 3PM. Enjoy food specials including Cinco Chiles Enchiladas and Taco Soup. Wash it down with drink specials, including the Su Casa featuring Milagro Tequila & Montelobos Mezcal for $9 all night. Head there early and take advantage of the Happy Hour from 3pm-6pm. Each location will have an hour of fun and festive Live Music:

  • Park Slope 7pm - 8pm: Mariachi Guadalajara
  • East Village 9pm - 10pm: Mariachi Nuevo Sol
  • Chelsea 9pm - 10pm: Mariachi Cuerdas de Mexico

ZENGO: Chef-owner Richard Sandoval's Midtown spot houses one of the largest collection of agave-based spirits. On Thursday, enjoy all-day food and drink specials, including $8 Traditional Margaritas and $10 Chips & Traditional Guacamole. View venue details...

TEMERARIO: Put on your sombreros and head to this new Chelsea hotspot. Here, Chef/Partner Mario Hernandez will offer Mexican Street Food Specials & Live Music from 5pm - late. View venue details...

THE BLACK ANT: On Thursday Chef/Partner Mario Hernandez of will introduce special menu additions of contemporary Mexican cuisine along with food and drink specials and live music from 5pm - late. View venue details...

THE VINE: Head over to this Chelsea spot at the Eventi hotel and take part in the Cinco de Mayo festivities with tacos, margaritas and entertainment from DJ Kasey Berry, who will be spinning from 6pm-10pm. Enjoy Crispy Black Bass Tacos (with smashed avocado and charred tomato salsa) and a special Frozen Margarita (with tequila, aperol, watermelon and fennel agave syrup) – all created just for the occasion! View venue details...

SEXY TACO/DIRTY CASH: Want to be part of the Longest Cinco de Mayo Happy Hour in Harlem? Look no further than Sexy Taco/Dirty Cash where happy hour will last from 3pm-8pm. Enjoy $5 Margaritas & Pacificos; $6 Frozen Margaritas, Wine & Sangria; and $9 Specialty Cocktails like the Confessions Of A Thug. View venue details...

BRANCH OFC.: Los Veganos Hermanos is popping up at Branch Ofc. this Thursday with their killer nachos and tacos from 7pm-10pm. To add to the fun, you can order PINT SIZED MARGARITAS in three ways for just $7. View event details...


Created by Eddie Fuentes
1 1/2 oz Tequila Don Julio Reposado
1/3 oz Buñuelo Syrup*
2 dashes Angostura Bitters
1 dash Chocolate Mole Bitters
Orange and Lemon Twist for Garnish
Preparation: Combine ingredients into an Old Fashioned glass with ice and stir. Garnish with orange and lemon twist.

*Buñelo Syrup:
4 cups Sugar
2 cups Water
1/4 teaspoon Lemon Juice
2 Cinnamon Sticks
1 Vanilla Stick
2 Star Anise

1. Bring cracked cinnamon and vanilla sticks and star anise to a boil in 2 cups of water on high heat. Let boil for 10 minutes,
2. Add sugar and stir until dissolved.
3. Lower heat and let simmer for 1 minute.
4. Strain into a large container. Add lemon juice and let cool.

2 parts Ancho Reyes Chile Liqueur
2 parts grapefruit juice
1 part lime juice
2 parts Jarritos de Toronja (grapefruit flavor)
Preparation: Build into a highball over ice, garnish with a salt rim and grapefruit slice.

1 part Montelobos Mezcal
1 Part Ancho Reyes Chile Liqueur
¾ part lime juice
½ part simple syrup
Preparation: Shake, garnish with hibiscus salt rim & an orange slice.

(Photos from left: Abuela's Old Fashioned; Tacos & Margarita at Nobu; Cocktail at Añejo Tribeca)

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