In the United States, this time of year is all about pumpkins and costume parties. But in Mexico on Nov. 1, it’s Day of the Dead, or Dia de los Muertos, celebrating the souls of the departed in alternately joyous and macabre ways.Like any proper holiday, it’s best celebrated with a great meal and a drink or two. Here are three great New York City Mexican restaurants around town with Day of the Dead specials.
Hecho en Dumbo
Danny Mena’s special menu will feature the “scarier” parts of the animal: Tostadas de Molleja (sweetbreads), Tacos de Tuetano con Lengua (bone marrow with tongue), and Moronga con Frijoles (Mexican blood sausage and pork belly with black beans, braised spigarello and seared foie gras). His Pan de Muerto, a traditional sweet bun for the holiday, will be served with Mexican hot chocolate. 354 Bowery, 212-937-4245, hechoendumbo.com
This high-end mini-chain of modern Mexican restaurants celebrates the occasion with fall-themed specials, including a fall guacamole with roasted pears and apples, and sea scallops with a pumpkin seed pipián. To drink, El Diablo Ahumado (the Smoky Devil), with ancho chile-infused Herradura reposado, blood orange and apricot brandy. Multiple locations, rosamexicano.com
Richard Sandoval’s Upper East Side Mexican spot is featuring a number of specials for the holiday: the Medianoche (midnight) cocktail with anejo tequila, sweet vermouth, and hibiscus, as well as the blood orange Margarita del Diablo. On the food side? Several tamales: Tamal de Flor de Calabaza (zucchini flowers with a sweet potato-corn tamal), as well as chicken-chipotle and pulled pork with a serrano-tomatillo sauce. 1191 First Ave., 212-585-1818, richardsandoval.com/mayany