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Five Awesome Cinco de Mayo Celebrations Around New York City

May 2, 2011 at 4:55 PM | by | ()

Okay wow. It's the 2nd of May already. Have you made your Cinco de Mayo plans yet? Thursday is going to be crazy, as in crazy fun and crazy tasty and crazy awesome, so long as you know where to go to properly celebrate. Obviously some of the US' big cities will have a range of public parties happening, so here's a few to consider if you're in or around...

New York City

· 116th Street in East Harlem will be the sort of street party atmosphere many people look for on Cinco de Mayo. Harlem's Mexican population is booming, and it's called "Spanish Harlem" or El Barrio, for a reason. There's really no one place to pinpoint up here since crowds, a parade and general revelry will surely drive you in all directions. If you want to get caught up in the day, wander into an unknown taqueria for dinner and be poured tequila without having asked for it, this is where to go.

Massive Pub Crawl for anyone who's into pub crawls. It seems like all the little bars have a theme and drink specials, and click the link to view all of them (or just go on your own to a few).

· South Street Seaport's Water Taxi Beach may not be the most authentic place to celebrate Cinco de Mayo, but it has sand and an awesome view and, for Cinco, it's also got $2 quesadillas and burritos, $3 Dos Equis drafts and margaritas. And that view? It's of the Brooklyn and Manhattan bridges, since this "beach" is on the East River, just beyond the tourist trap of South Street Seaport.

· JBF LTD pop-up samples Mexican cuisine if you're feeling fancy-schmancy. From the hands of the best chefs around, the James Beard Foundation's Chelsea Market pop-up restaurant will welcome the public to tastings of Mexican classics with a twist, like gazpacho shooters. Stop by during the day to avoid the crowds, but heavens yes it's better in the afternoon when you grab a few free bites and then maybe head to our next featured place...

· Rocking Horse Cafe in Chelsea has a solid menu up for the entire weekend, including three unique cocktails—excuse us, cocteles—and a long list of small plates. We'd recommend the Pinchos de Pescado (lemon–cumin swordfish skewers, avocado pico, jalapeño purée) with a Oaxacan Oasis cocktail {Sombra mezcal, pomegranate, triple sec, orange, lime).

[Photo: Esparta]

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