Get ready to celebrate Mexican culture this Cinco de Mayo! NYC has many south-of-the-border spots that offer authentic Mexican food, drinks and vibes. In fact, there’s so many, you’d have to spend most of May on a dedicated Mexican binge to hit them all — so we are here to help you out.
Here are some of Ricky & Micky’s picks for the best food, drink and events for Cinco de Mayo in NYC!
As the name suggests, these are the No. 1 tacos in town. Cheap and authentic, with a prime location in the Chelsea Market, making a stop by this place will have you feeling very good about Cinco De Mayo this year. Time Out says the Adobada ones can’t be beat, but we’re certain whichever flavor you choose to spice up the holiday with won’t let you down.
On the actual corner of Kenmare and Centre in Soho, you will find “The Corner Deli,” also known as La Esquina. Don’t let the appearance and word-play fool you -- inside you will find authentic Mexican food dressed in 50’s diner digs. If this isn’t the Cinco de Mayo vibe you were looking for, no worries. La Esquina has a downstairs (yes, a secret one) that, though dark and hidden, is warm with a Mexican glow of candles and decorations, and serves flavorful Carne Asada tacos and margs to boot.
Most garages on the sides of NYC streets don’t house delicious tacos or old VW vans that double as kitchens -- but this one does. Tacombi brought its vintage VW taco-van all the way from Playa Del Carmen and parked it inside this wide-open, breezy garage space off Houston Street. If you’re looking to enjoy the taste of Yucatan cuisine with the added beachside-dining atmosphere, this spot will get you as close to the border as a taco place in NYC can.
One trip to La Loba this Cinco de Mayo will have you in la-la-love. Not only does this place have the feel of a beach-side-bungalow in the midst of the city, it’s got one of the best margaritas you’ll have this summer. La Loba’s Spicy Raspberry Margherita gives your average celebration of all good-things-Mexican a sweet and spicy twist that will have you headed for the border, if not back to La Loba twice in one weekend.
If you wanna take the festivities all the way (after lots of tacos and margs), head to the 7th annual Cinco De Mayo Parade held by the Tepeyac Asociación de New York. Dedicated to educating immigrants and their families, this association marches an amazing Cinco de Mayo parade down 110th Street to show just how beautiful their culture really is. If you aren’t already a lover of the music, color, and liveliness of Mexican heritage, this parade will definitely make you one.
Celebrate your Cinco de Mayo responsibly and make sure to leave the party sombrero home. Here are a few of our favorite looks that are perfect for your Cinco de Mayo style.