Cinco de Mayo 2012

Where to eat, drink and party to celebrate the holiday.

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Cinco de Mayo at Pachanga Patterson

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Toast the battle of Puebla—and this taqueria’s reopened backyard—with icy quaffs including frozen margaritas ($5) and habanero-infused tequilas ($2). Soak up the sun and booze with braised beef and branzino tacos ($10), followed by raspados (shaved ice) and paletas (ice pops) from the outdoor Pachanga Icebox stand. The frozen desserts will be handed out gratis from 6 to 7pm; at all other times, you'll have to pony up $3–$4 for flavors such as grapefruit with ginger and honey,or avocado with jalapeño and lime. Palm the bartender an extra $3 to mix a shot of tequila or rum into your shaved ice.

  1. Pachanga Patterson 33-17 31st Ave, between 33rd and 34th Sts, 11106
  2. Sat May 5 - Sun May 6
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Mex Fest on the Seaport

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Head to the South Street Seaport for this waterfront fiesta. Trade drink vouchers ($8 each) for Dos Equis beer, Avión tequila or Skinnygirl margaritas. To eat, fork out some cash for grub from more than 15 food trucks—Luke’s Lobster, Eddie’s Pizza and Souvlaki GR will be among those doling out their regular fare, along with tributes to Mexican cuisine. South of the Border–themed entertainment includes mariachi music, salsa lessons and a jalapeño-eating contest.

  1. South Street Seaport, Pier 16 Fulton St, at South St
  2. Sat May 10
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Cinco de Mayo at Toloache

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Gather a crew for these family-style feasts at Julian Medina’s Toloache eateries, where the festivities will be marked by live mariachi tunes. The party starts early at the midtown location; on Fri 4 and Sat 5, $50 gets you a platterand three entrées for the table. Choose from four platters (options include a trio of house-made guacamoles) and five entrées, such as seafood paella, roasted chicken and whole sea bass. Also starting on Fri 4, Toloache 82 elevates its menu with appetizer platters of pork tacos and chicken flautas ($13). Keep the party going with margaritas featuring El Jimador tequila blanco, Cointreau, Rémy Martin V, tarragon, spring peas and lime ($13).

  1. Toloache 251 W 50th St, between Broadway and Eighth Ave
  2. Until Sun May 6
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Cinco de Mayo at Yerba Buena

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Julian Medina’s Pan-Latin eateries, Yerba Buena and Yerba Buena Perry, are busting out menu additions such as roasted-pork tacos ($13) and seafood-stuffed poblanos served with black bean puree and chili de arbol salsa ($23). If the tequila is more important to your celebrations than la comida, these twin downtown eateries will accommodate with special tipples. At the West Village spot, try the Centauro del Norte ($13) cocktail made with homemade grenadine, mole bitters, lime juice and a worm salt rim; at the Avenue A location, sip spicy jalapeño-infused tequilas or a margarita riff with reposado ($13).

  1. Yerba Buena Perry 1 Perry St, at Greenwich Ave
  2. Sat May 5 - Sun May 6
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Cinco de Mayo at Empellón

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Pastry chef turned Mexican-food whiz Alex Stupak offers five-course prix-fixe menus at both of his Empellón locations. At Cocina, the tasting includes plenty of shared plates, such as guacamole with pistachios, melted tetilla cheese with lobster, and Oaxacan baby back ribs. At Taqueria, meanwhile, guests can dig into antojitos, shared queso fundidos and a choice of six different tacos, including beer-braised tongue with potatoes and arbol chile salsa. Gratis beer (draft Pacifico and cans of Modelo Especial), sparkling wine (Anna de Codorníu Brut) and margaritas are included in the price, which starts at $75 for early diners (5–7pm) and goes up to $85 (7:15–9:15pm) and $105 (9:30–11:30pm) for later seatings.

  1. Empellón Taqueria 230 W 4th St, at 10th St, 10014
  2. Sat May 10
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