TONIGHT: Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with New York’s Best Tacos

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It’s Cinco de Mayo, mis amigos! Regardless of your heritage, this vibrant holiday is everyone’s chance to celebrate the Mexican army’s victory over the French in 1862 by kicking back with some cerveza or tasty margaritas and chowing down on some savory Mexican fare… because what goes better with tequila than a tasty taco stuffed with all your favorite trimmings? We’ve compiled our list of the city’s best tacos, so grab some friends, your sombrero, your appetite, and let the fiesta begin!

1 Centrico

This Tribeca hot spot has been celebrated for their fresh interpretation of regional Mexican cuisine, under the culinary direction of the son of legendary chef Zarela Martinez, cookbook author, and Food Network star Chef Aarón Sanchez. Taco-wise, it hardly gets more delicious than Sanchez’s take on them. The grilled beef tacos are accompanied by a charred tomatillo salsa, the seared mahi mahi tacos are topped with a refreshing mango-cucumber salsa, and their savory pork belly tacos are topped with achiote recado and cactus-pickled red onion salsa.

211 West Broadway

New York, NY


2 Rosa Mexicano at Union Square

Acclaimed by Zagat as being “the gold standard in upscale modern Mexican cuisine,” Rosa Mexicano offers up some truly delicious dishes, like their famous Guacamole en Mocajete, which is freshly made tableside, and their raved-about chicken, steak, or roasted vegetable tacos, served in a sizzling cast-iron skillet with red bean-chorizo chili, corn esquites, chile de árbol salsa, and their delicious, freshly-made warm corn tortillas. And today, as part of their Cinco de Mayo celebration, they are offering an extended dinner menu to include other regional specialties such as the Chiles Rellenos de Borrego - two ancho chiles filled with slow-cooked tender lamb shoulder and cabbage, served over a traditional green pumpkin seed pipian sauce.

9 East 18th Street (bet. 5th Ave and Broadway)

New York, NY


(Additional NYC locations; check website for details.)

3 La Esquina

This celebrity and foodie taco temple has drawn a lot of attention for its no nonsense, purely delicious Mexican fare. Three distinct spaces in one location – brasserie, café, and taqueria –La Esquina will have you hooked. Must-tries are their succulent tacos, served on 4” soft corn tortillas. Choosing which ones will be hard, so it might just be best to give in and try them all. It is a holiday, after all. Start with a citrus-rubbed rotisserie chicken taco, to crispy pork tacos with tasty salsa macha. Feeling frisky? Try the Lengua Taco – veal tongu a la plancha with an avocado crema and black beans. Beverage-wise, La Esquina knows it’s sometimes a hassle to decide between an ice-cold beer or a cocktail, so they’ve devised the Michelada – a classic Mexican beer cocktail with housemade chipotle puree and fresh lime, served on the rocks with a salted rim.

114 Kenmare

New York, NY


4 Dos Caminos

Each year, the wildly popular Dos Caminos goes through 500,000 avocados for 1,000 orders of guacamole, an expansive list of 150 different tequilas, and dozens of delicious types of tacos. This fun restaurant makes every day feel like Cinco de Mayo, so how do they top themselves on this special day? Besides stocking their liquor supply in anticipation, they have amped up their menu to include tasty specials in addition to their already crave-worthy tacos, which can be filled with your choice of protein or veggie, and served on warm, handmade corn tortillas with Mexican rice, refried beans, and a trio of tasty salsas. Need something to wash it all down with? Try one of their seasonal margaritas or venture out of your usual with the Maple-Rita, made with Espolon Reposado, Illegal Mezcal, maple syrup, and smoke salt.

373 Park Avenue South

New York, NY


(Three additional NYC locations; check website for details.)

5 Diablo Royale

Because Cinco de Mayo only comes once a year, why not make a weekend out of it? Diablo Royale is, with drink specials and all-you-can-eat taco specials from today until May 8. Try their savory appetizer medley and get your taco on with their Diablo Tacos menu – homemade tortillas stuffed to the brim with a bevy of succulent meats and fillings, including ancho-dusted tuna, slow-roasted pork shoulder, spicy grilled chorizo, masa-breaded oysters, and much more. All come served with rice and your choice of black or refried beans. Top it off with a delicious margarita or choose a chilly Mexican brew from their list of beers.

189 West 10th Street

New York, NY


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