Cinco de Mayo — held each year, as the name suggests, on the fifth of May — commemorates the Mexican army’s victory against the French at the Battle of Puebla. But in the United States, it’s simply an occasion to celebrate Mexican culture and heritage; often, of course, through food and drink. Here are five great restaurants across New York to celebrate Cinco de Mayo.
One day of Cinco de Mayo isn’t enough? Rosa Mexicano is holding “5 Days of Cinco de Mayo” from May 1 through 5, featuring a $45 prix-fixe menu that includes many of their best dishes (including the legendary guacamole). Expect drink specials on all five nights, and on the fifth of May itself, a DJ and a mariachi band. Multiple locations, rosamexicano.com
Rather than have someone else cook you Mexican fare on Cinco de Mayo, why not learn to make your own? At Dos Caminos in the Flatiron, chef Ivy Stark will hold a Cinco de Mayo cooking class on May 3rd, demonstrating recipes and then serving an extensive lunch with cocktails. 373 Park Ave. South, 212-294-1000, doscaminos.com
High-end tacos from April Bloomfield and an open-air bar; what else do you need for Cinco de Mayo? At Salvation Taco, the rooftop bar (one of the city’s best) will open at noon and sell both food and drink, including $65 margarita pitchers; the dining room on the ground floor will feature both food and drink specials, too. 145 E. 39th St., 212-865-5800, salvationtaco.com
Celebrate Cuatro de Mayo with brunch on Sunday, or the holiday itself with a Monday dinner at this highly regarded modern taqueria. Their special brunch menu includes guacamole and salsas served family-style, and mains ranging from braised bacon tacos to chilaquiles verdes, for $45. Dinner includes guacamole, a melted cheese queso fundido, one salad per person and your choice of tacos, with options including chicken and black kale or beer-braised pork tongue with chorizo, for $55. Both include unlimited margaritas, beer and wine. 230 W 4th St., 212-367-0999, empellon.com
Join chef Ryan Skeen this Cinco de Mayo as he mans a black steel drum smoker at this Tribeca restaurant, for specials such as mole cabrito tacos, Mayan prawn gorditas and chorizo gorditas. To drink, get the “Juanarita” with mezcal, lime, absinthe and egg white. 305 Church St., 212-680-0101, losamericanos.com