CINCO DE MAYO
Mercadito Midtown (3252 NE First Avenue Miami, FL 33137)
Perhaps Miami’s best gourmet Mexican restaurant, Mercadito will be putting on its own Cinco de Mayo celebration with $40 sharing menus that include creative guacamoles (pineapple or mango, anyone) and tacos, as well as as a drink special called the ponche zaragoza: tequila reposado, orange, grapefruit, guajillo, Grand Marnier, and Yucateca. For more information, visit www.mercaditorestaurants.com/midtown
Rosa Mexicano (Several Locations)
Enjoy a special Cinco de Mayo menu that will include such specialties as Budin de Pollo, hamachi tacos, and fish cooked in the Pibil fashion (rubbed with achiote and cooked in banana leaves). Don’t miss the guacamole prepared tableside, as well as their unparalleled selection of tequilas! Both the Brickell and South Beach locations will feature live music and giveaways. Visit www.rosamexicano.com for more information
While not advertising any special Cinco de Mayo celebrations, be sure to check out Paquito’s in Aventura for their tequila bar and kitschy atmosphere, Talavera in Coral Gables for its beautifully-prepared authentic Mexican cuisine, and Taqueria El Mexicano for its great inexpensive tacos and cheap margaritas.
Broward & Palm Beach
Rocco’s Tacos (several locations)
Known for their tasty interpretations of Tex-Mex favorites, Rocco’s Tacos will be hosting crazy Cinco de Mayo parties at all of their locations that will include drink specials, live music, DJs, a mariachi band, free tequila pourings, and moustache contest. The winner at each location will receive $250, and the best moustache from all locations will win $250 along with $500 in Rocco’s Tacos gift certificates. Visit www.roccostacos.com for more information
Tijuana Flats (several locations)
If you’re planning on hosting a Cinco de Mayo fiesta at home, but don’t have the time to cook everything yourself, Tijuana Flats could very well be your “salvador”. Catering orders placed on May 4th and 5th that total $100 or more get a free $20 gift card. The fast food Tex-Mex restaurant known best for its assortment of proprietary hot sauces will also be offering dine-in beer specials. For more information, visit www.tijuanaflats.com
Dos Caminos (1140 Seabreeze Boulevard Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316)
Located in Fort Lauderdale Beach, Broward’s destination for upscale Mexican dining is offering $8 Milagro margarita specials and $45 margarita pitchers this Friday and Saturday. Knowing Dos Caminos, the libations will be far from ordinary! Visit www.doscaminos.com for details.
Broward County has no shortage of kitschy Tex-Mex restaurants with their own Cinco de Mayo Celebrations. Be sure to check out La Bamba, Cielito Lindo, and Tequila Sunrise for celebrations and specials this Saturday
Save The Beer Benefit
When: Monday April, 30th 7:30-9:30pm
Where: 79 North 11th Street, Brooklyn NY
You're probably aware that hydrofracking poses extreme public health risks, environmental threats and grave economic consequences. But did you know it's also a BUZZKILL? Literally. That's why Manhattan Young Democrats & Environmental Advocates of NY are teaming up with the Brooklyn Brewery and concerned imbibers for "Save Our Beer," a spring social at the Brooklyn Brewery to highlight the potential threat fracking poses to our pristine water supply --and therefore, our local beer supply.
So join us at Brooklyn Brewery on Monday for a pint or two in support of the cause. The beer you save could be your own. $5 donation at the door.
Murray Hill taqueria, Teqa, is the perfect place to indulge all your Cinco de Mayo fantasies this year. The famed Mexican eatery will be dishing out week long specials, as well as bottomless tacos ($30) and drink specials each day.
Come May 5th, there will be live music, a two hour open bar, and a prix fixe menu, which will include the infamous Tuna on Crack, a selection of tacos, quesadillas, chips & salsa, guac, rice and beans, grilled corn, and not to forget dessert. There will be seatings at 1pm, 3pm and 5pm for $100 and an 8pm seating for $125. But don't forget to prep yourself for this Mexican extravaganza! See the full schedule for Cinco de Mayo specials all week long below!
Cinco de Mayo is a holiday celebrated to remember a very important day in Mexican History when the Mexican Army defeated the French at the Battle of Puebla in 1862. Despite popular belief, Cinco de Mayo is not Mexico's Independence Day. On that day, Napoleon sent 6500 men to go up against 4000 Mexican men in a brutal battle. Mexico actually already declared their independence on September 16, 1810.
The city of Puebla celebrates Cinco de Mayo by throwing huge parties which includes dancing, bright decorations, and fabulous Mexican food. Women dress in colorful attire and men wear western traditional clothing. There are many parades, great music being played by Mariachi bands and tons of people celebrating by eating delicious food while spending time with their loved ones. Cinco de Mayo is most celebrated in Puebla and many other Mexican towns, even places in this country rejoice and remember the epic battle.
Find a sombrero and get ready to start off Saturday’s Cinco De Mayo fiesta early! All week long the city celebrates Cinco De Mayo with taco nights, drink deals and bar crawls featuring tequila, Coronas, and margaritas. Starting on Wednesday we’ve found three great events, as well as four restaurants, that will keep the tequila flowing and have you saying, “si” all weekend long.
Wednesday May 2nd at 7 p.m.
Group Guacamole Lesson & Cinco De Mayo Party (21+): SideBAR (120 East 15th Street)
Last Thursday, I had the chance to visit the Murray Hill hotspot TEQA for their Cinco de Mayo celebration. The upscale Mexican restaurant/tequileria stands out in what is usually a post-college frat boy bar scene. Hosting the celebratory event was Mario Lopez, along with his girlfriend Courtney Mazza (I guess Jesse Spano was home studying, still trying to top Zach's unheralded 1502 on the SATs).
Later on in the night, Real Housewives of New York star Kelly Bensimon celebrated her birthday with friends, including fellow housewife and newest cast addition Cindy Barshop. Kelly was graciously greeted with her favorite treat, three huge glass displays filled with jelly beans. TEQA also presented the reality TV star with a special birthday cake made by Brooklyn staple "Made in Heaven Cakes."
Attention South Florida: there’s another reason to celebrate Cinco de Mayo today! Cinco Cantina & Tequila Bar is opening its doors today, just in time for our beloved Cinco de Mayo festivities! Featuring a beautiful bar and an expansive menu, created and executed by Chef John Belleme and his talented kitchen staff, the restaurant, located in the upscale Village of Merrick Park’s beautiful plaza, is slated to open to the public on our favorite Mexican holiday. Seating 366 throughout a spacious dining room, bar, outdoor patio and two private rooms, Cinco is perfect for all the foodies and scene-makers that flock to the designer boutiques that fill the Spanish-style al fresco shopping center. Bringing the spirit of Cinco de Mayo to Miami 365 days a year, Cinco will feature a rustic and festive ambiance with colorful and traditional Mexican design elements.
As we all know Cinco de Mayo is this Thursday and one of South Florida's beloved Mexican restaurant and Tequila Bar, Rocco's Tacos is throwing three huge Cinco de Mayo block party celebrations at each of their locations. Each party will have Cinco de Mayo drink specials along with several surprises including live entertainment, Mariachi bands, DJs, prize giveaways and free tequila pourings. Free tequila? Sign me up please! For the ultimate Cinco de Mayo fans that don't want to miss any of the action, hit all three locations with Rocco himself on the Rocco’s Tacos & Tequila Bar Taco and Tequila Express, a party bus visiting all three restaurants in Fort Lauderdale, Boca Raton and West Palm Beach locations.
You won't find bonbon flavors like Chevere, featuring goat cheese, Pear Williams and crushed black pepper buttercream or Cinco de Mayo, with sharp lemon tequila ganache, anywhere else. Chuao Chocolatier specializes in crafting creative flavor profiles with the best chocolate available, using the same methods of growing and harvesting cacao in Venezuela as farmers did in the 16th century. There is an art to tasting this rare chocolate, so let it melt in your mouth and indulge slowly to really appreciate each flavor dancing across your tongue.
Celebrate the anniversary of Mexico's defeat of the French the best way you know how: drunkenly!
Even though this day is barely celebrated South of the border, here in the States we can't resist any reason to drink (examples: the "Roxanne" drinking game, VegasChatter's Ed Hardy drinking game, any drinking game ever, etc). So skip your afternoon ciesta today and head over to one of these fiestas locas that will hopefully help put the "hump" in your hump day.