Cinco de Mayo is a holiday that commemorates the Mexican army’s victory against the French at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. Many Mexican-Americans view this as a time to celebrate their Mexican heritage. The holiday had its start in California but now has spread nationwide. In New York City, there are various activities for those wishing to commemorate Cinco de Mayo. Read on below for some of the best bars in which to celebrate Cinco de Mayo in New York City.
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675 Hudson St.
New York, NY 10014
Dos Cominos can be found both in Soho and on Park and Third avenues respectively, but its Meatpacking location is ideal for Cinco de Mayo festivities with its outdoor café and bar. There are margaritas and over a hundred different types of tequila on offer. Dos Cominos also has amazing food choices, we highly recommend trying the Dos Enchiladas.
105 1st Ave.
New York, NY 10003
Empellón Cocina has some of the best Mexican food around. What’s great about this restaurant is that guests are greeted with a bottle of tequila once they get to their table. The after dinner menu has some wonderful choices for a Cinco de Mayo celebration, including “The Second Line” and “The Barista.” If you want to know what’s in these savory drinks you’ll have to stop by Empellón Cocina and find out.
Maya Modern Mexican Cuisine & Tequila Bar
1191 1st Ave.
New York, NY 10065
The chefs at Maya Modern Mexican Cuisine & Tequila Baraim create Mexican cuisine that has a mix of both the old and the new. The bar is based of off Tequilerias in Mexico that stress an emphasis on small plates and good drinks. You could partake in its Bottomless Brunch held Saturday and Sunday or head to the bar and lounge this Cinco de Mayo. Either way you’ll be greeted with freshly made tortillas and fabulous guacamole.
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251 W. 50th St.
New York, NY 10019
If you’d like to celebrate Cinco de Mayo at home, you’re in luck with Tolache as they offer an option to order your meal through their website. Any of the locations, whether it be Midtown, Downtown, or the Upper East Side are all great places to spend Cinco de Mayo too. The atmosphere and service is warm and friendly and there is a full bar at each location.
5 Front St.
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Gran Electricia is located in DUMBO and is owned by Tamer Hamawi, Elise Rosenberg and Emelie Kihstrom. The restaurant serves authentic Mexican food, specifically Mexican street fare. The menu has delicious offerings such as tacos and quesadillas. Gran Electricia also has many drinks available, especially for tequila fans.
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