Cinco de Mayo commemorates Mexico’s victory against France in the 1862 Battle of Puebla.
Throughout history, Cinco de Mayo’s importance has dwindled in Mexico but substantially grown in the US, as a way for Mexican-Americans to celebrate their cultural heritage and show off their pride.
Though the day has since been commercialized, it’s important to acknowledge and understand the origin of the celebration.
Here are 10 ways to spend Cinco de Mayo in NYC:
1. Enjoy a tequila tasting at The Greens
Pier 17’s mini lawns have partnered with Patrón Tequila to create their brand new experience called the Patrón Patio. Though the outdoor lounge will be open all season long, there are some extra special happenings going on this Cinco de Mayo. Guests will be able to listen to live DJs, partake in tequila tasting + food pairings, and even work off all their drinks by spinning their own margarita on the Patrón blender bike! Find out more on their website.
2. Help feed those facing food insecurity when you order from any Tacombi location
Tacombi will be graciously donating 100% of their proceeds made on 5/5 to the Tacombi Foundation, an organization working to benefit Mexican communities through education and food accessibility. The initiative will be running across all Tacombi locations, app orders and online purchases. Last year, nearly $200,000 was raised, funding 80,000 meals in total. This year, the company hopes to fund 120,000 meals. Help them reach their goal and learn more at their website.
3. Find Cointreau’s Margarita Mobile for a complimentary margarita
Uber and Cointreau are deploying a Margarita Mobile in Domino Park to kick-off summertime in the city! Find it this Cinco de Mayo and enjoy complimentary margaritas, delicious snacks, and exciting festivities. Not to mention the adorable car makes for a very colorful photo-op! Find it parked at 15 River St. in Brooklyn on 5/5 from 2pm -7pm.
4. Eat $1 tacos at The Ready Rooftop
Take advantage of one of the best happy hour deals in the city with $5 margaritas and $1 tacos at The Ready Rooftop. This backyard-themed bar is the perfect spot to have a fiesta with its vibrant atmosphere and gorgeous views of Manhattan. Happy hour is available from 4pm – 6pm.
Be entertained by live DJs spinning hot tracks at Watermark’s very own Cinco de Mayo celebration. While you’re working up a sweat, be sure to cool off with their locally famous margaritas and admire the waterfront views. Reserve your spot here.
6. Try a birria burger at Smashed
Smashed, at 177 Orchard Street, is celebrating Cinco de Mayo with a limted-edition Birria Burger. Indulge in a 100% beef patty topped with Oaxaca cheese, shredded stewed beef, cilantro, diced onions, pickled onions, and Taco Taco jalapeño sauce that is accompanied by mouthwatering consommé. Only available through 5/5.
7. Head to the surf shack at Tacos Güey for tacos and margs
Tacos Güey is bringing the beach to NYC by turning their outdoor cafe into the ultimate surf shack this Cinco de Mayo. Get two tacos and a margarita or two tacos and a beer + shot for just $25. Standing areas both indoor and outdoor will be accommodated on a first come, first served basis. Find out more on their website.
8. Try one of four tequila-infused flavors from Tipsy Scoop
JAJA Tequila has partnered with NYC’s favorite boozy ice cream shop, Tipsy Scoop, to make four limited-edition Cinco de Mayo-inspired flavors. Choose from two sorbets and two ice creams including: Margarita Sorbet, Watermelon Basil Margarita Sorbet, Coconut Margarita Ice Cream, and Churro Dulce De Leche Ice Cream. Pints can be purchased online or in person.
Be among the first of the season to cruise on NYC’s only floating Mexican restaurant! La Barca Cantina is kicking off their season on the Hudson this Cinco de Mayo offering Mexican-inspired street food and of course, lots of tequila. Trips take off multiple times throughout the day. See more here.
Reserve VIP seating at NYC’s exclusive 48 Lounge and knock down some delicious Mexican-inspired cocktails at the open bar. The event will offer live music and entertainment to enjoy as well. Book your tickets here.