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Five spots to celebrate Cinco de Mayo in NYC

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Christina Izzo

Cinco de Mayo is just around the corner, and that means the time has come for New Yorkers to once again hit the streets and celebrate all the things we love about our South of the Border neighbor. Though not actually commemorating Mexican independence (that’s September 16th), the festivities have continued to grow within the states, marking the 5th of May as a full-blown holiday all across the country. In anticipation of the fiesta, we’ve put together five spots to go and get your taco-and-tequila fix.  

RECOMMENDED: See the full guide to Cinco de Mayo in NYC

Dos Caminos
Culminating what will amount to five days of festivities, guess can come come in today for $5 frozen margaritas or on 5/5 for $5 Sauza tequila shots and a live all-female mariachi band.

Bodega Negra 
Another two-day affair, specials kick off on “Loco Monday” at 11pm with dishes like pork-belly carnitas, washed down with over 90 varieties of tequila and mezcal. On the fifth, there will be live music, “Day of the Dead” dancers and 10% off for people who Instagram their meal and tag @BodegaNegraNYC with the hashtag #BodegaNegra.

Rosa Mexicana
Head to any of their three locations today or tomorrow for a three course $35 prix-fixe menu and pitcher cocktails like their signature frozen pomegranate margaritas, frozen lime margaritas, or white and red sangria.

Bringing back their pop-up taqueria for the second straight year, specials at this West Village establishment include short rib, shrimp, chicken, or pork belly tacos for $2.50 each, pitches of margs for $28, and a host of Mexican style beers and tequilas.

El Vez
See the nine-woman Mariachi Flor de Toloache as it serenades diners live at this bustling Financial District spot. Even better: The restaurant offers food-and-drink specials all day long.  

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