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Cinco de Mayo in NYC guide

Gotham has killer tacos, mind-blowing mescals and towers of margaritas to help you celebrate Cinco de Mayo NYC-style

CAFE EL PRESIDENTE tacos
Photograph: Paul WagtouiczTacos at Cafe El Presidente

Want to know where to go for Cinco de Mayo? NYC has plenty of South of the Border options for celebrating the May 5 holiday honoring Mexican culture. Start your festivities by hitting the city’s best cocktail bars serving unreal margaritas. After, soak up the damage at New York’s array of outstanding Mexican restaurants. If you only have time for a quick bite, we’ll fill you in on where to get a fast but delicious taco from food trucks in NYC. It's also bound to be warm enough for outdoor bars in NYC by May, so use the date as an excuse to kick of a summer full of sipping frozen cocktails outside in the sunshine.

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Celebrate Cinco de Mayo in NYC

The best Mexican restaurants in NYC
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The best Mexican restaurants in NYC

From tacos to Tex-Mex, we've got your South of the Border cravings covered

The best margaritas in NYC
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The best margaritas in NYC

Frozen, fruity or on the rocks—no matter how you stir them, these are the best margaritas in Gotham

The best cheap tacos NYC has to offer
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The best cheap tacos NYC has to offer

Let’s be honest, there’s no time like taco time

The best burritos in NYC
Restaurants

The best burritos in NYC

For late-night cravings or lunch-break munchies

The 26 best tacos in NYC
Restaurants

The 26 best tacos in NYC

Los Angelenos may snub their noses at any Mexican-food scene that’s not their own, but the best tacos in NYC are here to prove them wrong. 

The best spots for guacamole in NYC
Restaurants

The best spots for guacamole in NYC

Avocados’ superfood status and year-round availability keeps them in high-demand by Gothamites

The best nachos in NYC
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The best nachos in NYC

When it comes to the ultimate drinking food, there’s really only one choice: nachos

The best micheladas in NYC
Bars

The best micheladas in NYC

A Cinco de Mayo staple, Mexico’s unsung beer cocktail is enjoying a resurgence in NYC bars and restaurants

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Get a massive three-liter tower of margaritas at an NYC restaurant
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Get a massive three-liter tower of margaritas at an NYC restaurant

The best Cinco de Mayo specials in NYC
Restaurants

The best Cinco de Mayo specials in NYC

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Five spots to celebrate Cinco de Mayo in NYC

Five spots to celebrate Cinco de Mayo in NYC

Top 10 tunes for Cinco de Mayo
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Top 10 tunes for Cinco de Mayo

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