You may have plans after work to celebrate Cinco de Mayo, but why not add a little Mexican independence to your lunch to start things a little early? by Yvo Sin.

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Rosa Mexicano


Locations in NY and NJ; check website

Rosa Mexicano is known for its aesthetically pleasing spaces with grand ceilings, but more importantly, the guacamole made tableside in a molcajete, a traditional stone tool likened to a mortar and pestle and used for grinding things. Have it made to just your specifications – ask for it spicy or mild, just the way you want it. For Cinco de Mayo, each location is offering a special menu with items just for the occasion: try the shrimp quesadillas at the Hackensack location, or Mexican Club Torta at one of the Manhattan locations. No matter what you order, though, the guacamole is a must.

Mi Nidito


852 8th Avenue
New York, NY 10019
(212) 265-0022

Tasty Mexican in Hell’s Kitchen? Absolutely, and it can be found at Mi Nidito. With a wide variety of vegetarian dishes, it’s easy to convince even those who don’t eat meat to visit and enjoy lunch specials for around $10 like burritos, quesadillas, rellenos, and even chimichangas – each of which can be vegetarian if you so desire. If the vegetarian isn’t you, try the King Crab enchilada: wrapped in a corn tortilla, topped with enchilada sauce and melted cheese, served with rice and refried beans… what more could you want?

Dos Caminos


Multiple locations; check website

Another great Mexican place with multiple locations, Dos Caminos doesn’t mess around: there are three different types of guacamole from which to choose. Pick traditional, mango-papaya-habanero, or jumbo lump crab chipotle. Trouble deciding? Get all three! And if you want to feel a little healthy, you can add on veggies to dip in the guacamole instead of (or in addition to) eating chips. For Cinco de Mayo, Dos Caminos has a special menu that includes such treats as jicama-melon salad, which includes pomegranate, watercress and ancho chile vinaigrette, but save some room for the churros con crema de cafe de olla. Coffee cream filled churros served with a warm chocolate dipping sauce? Um, yes please!

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Yvo Sin is the founder and head writer of The Feisty Foodie.

  1. Hungry says:

    I just went to Mi Nidito. The food was awesome and the drinks potent. Good times.

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