Cinco De Mayo!
Are you celebrating Cinco de Mayo this year? Whether it’s a girls night in with margaritas a casa, your local taco joint or a full on Mexican fiesta complete with Mariachi, we have you covered!
Coming off of my trip to Tulum, Mexico, I still have all the feels for this beautiful culture and I’m especially excited to celebrate this year! Here are some of our top picks for your Cinco de mayo celebrations in Westchester County, Manhattan, or better yet (and probably what I’ll be doing this year) a night at home- no designated driver needed!
The weather calls for rain in New York on Friday so I’m totally okay with staying in and making some homemade margs and guacamole with my Mariachi spotify playlist! Here’s an easy make-at-home margarita recipe. Not in the mood to make your own margs? Skinnygirl Margarita is a delicious, low-calorie substitute that comes in multiple flavors like white peach, spicy lime, grapefruit, and original (my personal favorite).
Here’s my homemade guacamole recipe for 2:
- 2 ripe avocados 2-3 limes (I love lime so I go for 3!)
- 1 ripe tomato
- ½ cup chopped red onion
- ½ cup chopped cilantro
- Sea salt to taste
- Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mash it up
- Prepare in advance so that you can chill it in the refrigerator for an hour or so before eating
If you you prefer to go out, but are looking for something low-key in NYC, check out Al Pastor in the East Village. Come here for fresh tacos at good prices. Try this joint’s namesake: The tacos Al Pastor. The pork is made on a spinning griller that you can see from the window. One glimpse of this savory spinning piece of meat could lure anyone in from the street. Other options include short rib and cheeseburger tacos. For vegetarian options, try something different like the Nopales (Cactus) tacos. Fun cocktails include a long list of Agave tequilas, the “¿Porque No?” margarita made with fresh Pineapple, Cilantro, and Serrano Chile or a Peach Michelada. This place is on the smaller side and it’s sure to be packed on Cinco de Mayo, so try to get there early and enjoy a cocktail at the bar while you wait for your table.
Do you reside in lower Westchester? Whether you’re looking for live music, solid tacos or just good ol’ Cinco de Mayo vibes, here’s a short list of a few places that will provide options for everyone.
- Blue Moon Mexican Cafe in Bronxville. This is a neighborhood joint with decent food, but better drinks. Best of all, they have live music. Check out their specialty drink menu.
- Rancho Grande in Yonkers. A fun atmosphere, food, and live music. Parking is not an issue as they’re located in the Highridge shopping center right off of Central Avenue.
- Burrito Poblano in Tuckahoe. Very low-key, but pretty authentic and delicious. There’s a good selection of local and Mexican beer options here, but if you’re looking for margaritas, skip this one as they don’t serve hard liquor. Order the hard shredded chicken tacos (with extra avocado of course!)
Enjoy your Cinco De Mayo!
Xoxo, The Daily Croissant