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No need to head south of the border to find a perfect Cinco de Mayo fiesta. NYC will be hosting a slew of parties on May 5th, with plenty of tacos, margaritas, salsa dancing, and even a sombrero and mustache party to boot. Below, find 5 celebrations you won’t want to miss, whether you’re looking to shake it with a mariachi band, throw back a flight of tequila, or a indulge in a swanky celeb scene. Olé!—CHASE ROSEN
This chic Mexican eatery in the heart of Murray Hill has been celebrating Cinco De Mayo all week, but come May 5th, there will be live music and a prix fixe menu. For $100, you’ll get a two hour open bar with signature margaritas, cocktails and punch bowls, or bottle service (if you prefer) along with chips, salsa, guacamole, four different tacos for the table, and of course, Teqa’s famed Tuna on Crack (spicy tuna with fried flour tortillas, avocado, and cucumber aioli) to name a few. At 8 pm, the price goes up to $125 a person. You may even spot a celeb: noted fans include Mario Lopez, Lindsay Lohan and Kelly Bensimon to name a few. Click here to make a res!
Teqa|447 Third Avenue (between 30th and 31st Streets)| 212-213-3223
This Lower East Side hideaway is part tequila bar and part taqueria with a full menu of food (you can get three tacos starting at $12) and drinks. Known for one of the city’s best selections of reposado, blanco and anejo tequilas, this hot spot also offers 2 dozen different mezcals and a full list of unique cocktails. We recommend the Smoky Daisy, a margarita mixed with Grand Mariner and Del Maguey mezcal with fresh lime. If you really want to spice things up, get a mescal flight, which includes three shots for $14. And what better to supplement a drink than lobster taquitos ($14) and homemade churros ($12)? One tequila, two tequila, three tequila, floor!
105 Rivington St (between Ludlow and Essex)| 212-475-3485
Looking for a Cinco de Mayo party that never ends? Head to Coppelia, a lively 24-hour diner with a Latin-American twist. The spot (which is designed to look like a Havana luncheonette) will be serving a Cinco De Mayo sampling menu with dishes including fresh guacamole with plantain, boniato and corn chips ($7.95), veal tacos ($12), quesadillas with Mexican chorizo ($10), corn masa cake with Mexican beef and black beans ($18) and for dessert, a blood orange margarita parfait adorned with tequila foam and chile salt ($7.50). And don’t fret; if you can’t make it for dinner, they’ll deliver!
Coppelia|207 W 14th St between Seventh and Eighth Aves|212-858-5001
With 4 locations sprinkled throughout Manhattan’s most popular areas (think SoHo, Meatpacking, 3rd Ave, and Park) this restaurant/bar will begin celebrating Cinco De Mayo on Friday night. Each location will host live mariachi bands and offer several special takes on Mexican classics, including lobster guacamole ($24) and baja-style rock shrimp tacos ($24). Every locale will also have a DJ spinning all night, but if you head to the MPD you can also pop into a mustache and sombrero themed party at the spot’s sister lounge, Bar 675 where the fiesta starts on Saturday at 6pm.
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A spin off of Hecho en Dumbo, this Mexican cantina located on Bowery will be hosting quite the Cinco De Mayo party with a live performance featuring Mexico’s own Juan Cirerol. Out of a long list of cocktails, tequilas and mezcals, we recommend the Mezcal & Gin Esmerelda with muddled cucumber, basil and sporting infused serrano tequila and grapefruit juice ($14) or Margarita Tamarindo made with homemade tamarind juice, cane sugar and spicy Chile Piquin rim ($12). To accompany cocktails, this urban oasis also has a bar menu full of delicious snacks like a Hot Dog Callejero ($4) and a variety of brioche torta sliders with pulled pork, grilled steak short rib or pork belly ($8). Viva Nueva York!
Salón Hecho| 356 Bowery|212-937-4245