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Where to Celebrate National Mojito Day in NYC

Where to Celebrate National Mojito Day in NYC

If you’re anything like us, you live and die by the mojito. While that may be a slight exaggeration, over at Music & Mojitos we have tried pretty much every type of mojito you can imagine. From the cool classics to the inventively chic, the quick (and cheap) standbys and mojitos that are literally on fire, you could say that we are experts in the New York City mojito market.

What kind of mojito-centric entertainment site would we be if we didn’t share the knowledge that we’ve painstakingly gathered over the last year for you, our dear readers, on this National Mojito Day? I shudder to think.

Music & Mojitos has been working on pulling together the following list by trying out dozens of different mojitos all around NYC. We’ve tried a few that we’ve liked, a few we haven’t, and some that blew us away. We’ve only included the best-of-the-best on our list—we guarantee you’ll find a mojito to suit your fancy. Whether you’re looking to dress it up, dress it down, or escape from tourists, below is our list of the absolute best bars to celebrate National Mojito Day in NYC.

Cafe Habana (Nolita)

Photo Credit:  Lauren Johnson

Photo Credit: Lauren Johnson

Cafe Habana is the top dog when it comes to having some of the best mojitos (and Cuban food) on this side of the Atlantic. Located in a trendy section of Nolita on Prince Street, Cafe Habana’s mojitos are simple and classic - no frills, exactly the way we like it on a hot summer day. Served on the rocks and with just the right amount of mint, Cafe Habana’s mojitos are certain to be the perfect refreshment on a hot and balmy summer day. What we love the most about Cafe Habana is the chilled out, laid back atmosphere. Sidle up to the bar and grab a stool - you’ll feel like you’ve just stepped back in time to a retro yet trendy diner with all the island feels. Though we have yet to try it ourselves, we hear their food is pretty bangin’ too - every dish that came out from the kitchen had our mouths watering. We’ll certainly be back to grab some summer mojitos and a hot and toasty Cuban sandwich.

LOCATION:

17 Prince Street, New York NY 10012
Phone: (212) 625-2001 

Amor Cubano (East Harlem)

Photo Credit:  Lauren Johnson

Photo Credit: Lauren Johnson

Amor Cubano is the ultimate music and mojitos experience. With live music Thursday through Sunday and $6 mojito specials on Thursdays from 4-11pm, Amor Cubano will be your new go-to spot for mojitos on the East side. We could not more highly recommend their champagne mojito - it was truly a life-changing mojito and one of our favorites of the many we’ve tried over the last several months.

LOCATION:

2018 Third Ave, New York - NY 10029 (3rd Ave @ 111th St, 1 block from 6 Train at Lexington & 110th)
Phone: (212) 996-1220 

The Breslin (NoMad)

The Breslin, located inside the Ace Hotel in NoMad, is one of our favorite places for a mojito. While they’re not technically known as Cuban outpost/mojito bar, the bartender on staff the night we went certainly knew how to make a damn good one. Loaded with crushed ice and topped with colorful (and mouth puckering) aromatic bitters, this mojito takes the cake as the best mojito near Madison Square Park.

LOCATION:

16 West 29th Street, New York NY 10001
Phone: (212) 679-1939

Blend on the Water (LIC)

Photo Credit:  Lauren Johnson

Photo Credit: Lauren Johnson

We raved about the Fiery Dragonberry Mojito in our review of Blend on the Water in Long Island City, so it stands to reason that Blend on the Water makes our list for one of the best mojitos in New York City. If you want to really rev up your celebrations of National Mojito Day in New York City, we highly recommend a a trip to Long Island City. Hope on the ferry or take the 7 train to Vernon Avenue, where you can enjoy a beautiful waterfront stroll around Gantry Plaza State Park (with AMAZING views of Manhattan!) before popping in to Blend on the Water. While the Fiery Dragonberry Mojito still stands as one of our favorite cocktails ever, their other mojito flavor like pineapple and coconut were equally delicious and decadently garnished with raw sugar cane.

LOCATION:

4540 Center Blvd. Long Island City NY 11101
Phone: (718) 606-9851

Havana Central (Times Square)

As local New Yorkers we don’t often find ourselves in Times Square (voluntarily, at least). But with great bars like Castell Rooftop Lounge and Havana Central, we may be making that trek to midtown a little more often. Havana Central is a large and spacious Cuban-themed bar with a super-reasonably-priced Happy Hour on weekdays from 4-7pm, where you can enjoy $6 classic mojitos! We love that Havana Central has ample bar seating and serves their cocktails with a side of complimentary popcorn - it’s a win-win for us!

LOCATION:

151 West 46th Street (Between 6th & 7th Ave) NY, NY 10036
Phone: (212) 398-7440

Klong (East Village)

Photo Credit:  Lauren Johnson

Photo Credit: Lauren Johnson

Klong is a well-known (if slightly hard to find) Thai restaurant in the heart of the East Village. Located on St. Mark’s Place, Klong is always packed - so come prepared to wait for a coveted seat. Why is Klong so busy? We suspect it’s because of their outrageously cheap (yet still deliciously strong) Happy Hour Special: $3 mojitos and margaritas from 12-10pm on weekdays and 12-8pm on weekends. For $2 more, you can choose from one of their delicious flavored mojitos, with unique options like Lychee and Blueberry. You truly can’t find a cheaper way to celebrate National Mojito Day 2019.

LOCATION:

7 Saint Marks Place, New York NY 10003
Phone: (212)-505-9955

Room Service (Hell’s Kitchen)

We couldn’t leave our West side friends hanging when it comes to cheap (yet delicious) happy hour mojitos to celebrate National Mojito Day. Room Service has long been a favorite of Music & Mojitos, not only because of their $5 happy hour mojito specials but because of their delicious food and chic decor. Room Service is an affordable Midtown food option, with dishes coming in as low as $11.50 for a full-size portion of noodles, fried rice, or curry. We think Room Service is a great place to feel classy (and still stick to your budget). Bring your date here for dinner and drinks to celebrate National Mojito Day 2019!

LOCATION:

690 9th Avenue (between 47th and 48th)
Phone: (212) 582-0997/0999

Photo Credit:  Lauren Johnson

Photo Credit: Lauren Johnson

We know our list will keep growing (particularly as we expand our search to include more of the outer boroughs), so we’d love to hear from you! Where are some of your favorite mojito spots? Do you have any suggestions or recommendations for places we should check out? Have been to (or plan on going to) any of the spots on our list? Let us know in the comments! Either way, we hope you have a Happy National Mojito Day 2019!

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