5 Ways to Celebrate Cinco de Mayo in NYC
New York City certainly doesn’t need an excuse to party. As a a city, we love our drinking-themed holidays and pride ourselves on our ability to hold it down with the best of them…while still showing up bright and early the next morning for our 12-hour workdays.
If you need an excuse to let loose and party it up, Cinco de Mayo is the perfect occasion. For New Yorkers, anything from “It’s August 4th, yay!” to “You survived another day of existential dread and a crushing workload people call a ‘hustle’” are both perfectly adequate. If you can make an excuse for it, celebrate it.
If you plan on joining the rest of the gringos celebrating a rather obscure Mexican holiday, we’ve got cinco ways to celebrate Cinco de Mayo in New York City.
Enjoy the Best Mexican Food in New York City at El Mero Mero
We are hesitant to say “the best” in a world that is oversaturated with people and places claiming to be “the best” at anything and everything, but we truly can’t say enough positive things about El Mero Mero in Astoria. El Mero Mero serves up some of the tastiest Mexican food in NYC, with its housemade tortilla chips, deliciously fresh pico de gallo and guacamole, the crispiest taquitos dorados, and the most amazing chilaquiles verdes this side of California. As a former SoCal resident, trust me when I say that El Mero Mero has staved off many a dark night bemoaning the lack of authentic Mexican food on the East Coast.
35-57 38th Street, Astoria, NY 11101 | (718) 392-2444
Cinco de Mayo Silent Disco Cruise with Hornblower Cruises & Events
As you may have read about in our review of the Classic Harbor Line’s St. Patrick’s Day Brunch Cruise, Music and Mojitos loves a good cruise around NYC - especially if it includes drinks and dancing. For Cinco de Mayo, Hornblower Cruises is partnering with Quiet Events Headphone Party for a booze cruise on the water, with drinks, dancing, silent headphones, and three different DJs spinning Latin Music, Best of the 80s-90s-2000s, and R&B and hip-hop. You’ll even get some free neon gear to brighten up your night. Sign us up!
Pier 40 at Hudson River Park
Chill out at the Brooklyn Cider House
Well into the thick of Spring and sauntering smoothly into Summer, Music & Mojitos is all about those bars to help with that seasonal transition. We also love a good outdoor space as much as the next New Yorker, which is why we love that Brooklyn Cider House has finally opened their deck at their Bushwick location. For Cinco de Mayo, you can expect apple cider margaritas, their usual $2 tacos, and chips and guac. We think that’s reason enough to brave the L-Train partial shutdown and venture into Brooklyn.
1100 Flushing Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11237 | (347) 295-0308
Brunch at La Contenta in the Lower East Side
The ideal Cinco de Mayo weekend looks something like this: party on Saturday, sleep in on Sunday, wash, rinse, and repeat over brunch - preferably at La Contenta in the Lower East Side. We love that you can choose from a variety of standard brunch dishes for only $15 each, including Huevos Rancheros, Mexican Omelette, Torta Cubana, and several different types of tacos and enchiladas. We also think their cocktails - coming in at $9 a pop - offer a unique and innovative twist to traditional Cinco de Mayo drinks, such as a Bloody Mary made with tequila, and the infamous “Pisco Punch” (pineapple-infused pisco, lime, grapefruit cordial, and bitters). Bottoms up!
102 Norfolk Street, New York, NY 10002 | (212) 432.4180
Stay in and Make Your Own Margaritas
The older we get, the more and more a night in sounds appealing. If that sounds lame to you, then you must clearly still be in your early twenties. It’s all good though, because whether or not you make this margarita recipe for yourself while binge watching Game of Thrones, or you invite some friends over to celebrate Cinco de Drinko, we can guarantee they will be delicious. Adapt the recipe to make enough for your friends and family, or use this margarita recipe to make a pitcher. We recommend using a top shelf tequila to avoid the dreaded two-day hangover (hey, late twenties here).