Cinco de Mayo In The City!

Cinco De Mayo is a Mexican celebration commemorating La Guerra de Puebla in 1862. Some people mistake this day for the Mexican Independence day, which is actually celebrated on September 16th.  Cinco de Mayo is a minor holiday in Mexico but here in the US, it’s another reason for big, BIG celebrations. This year, Cinco de Mayo falls on a Monday so we’ll be celebrating all weekend (including Monday) and I’ve got your whole weekend planned for you. That only means you’ll need to pick up your hangover helpers before work on Tuesday morning!

Gran Electrica

Located on Front Street in Brooklyn, Gran Electrica is a market-driven Mexican restaurant. All foods are prepared with fresh, seasonal ingredients from local farmers and purveyors such as Flying Fox Fruiter in Brooklyn. Gran Electrica will be opening their 50-seat garden this Saturday, which made the top 10 best restaurants for outdoor dining in NYC, and they will be hosting a live DJ all weekend to start your fiesta off the right way.

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Tequila Park

Tequila Park at the Hudson Hotel has been closed for the winter season and will open its doors on May 4th, just in time for Cinco de Mayo. The party starts on Sunday at 1pm for the second annual Taco Knockout when chefs from La Cenita Steak, Los Perros Locos, and Best Pizza will be competing to create the ultimate taco. On Monday, the party continues at 6pm with live mariachi. The bar will be stocked with over 40 different tequilas and of course, TACOS!  Be sure to RSVP to save your spot at



At Amigos in the Morningside Heights, it’s always happy hour: $5 margaritas all day, everyday. What better way to celebrate Cinco de Mayo than with cheap drinks and good food? Amigos has a super chilled atmosphere and the menu is packed with re-vamped Mexican classics. I also enjoyed the Dia De Los Muertos themed artwork. This Monday, take advantage of the Taco Madness on Mondays with unlimited Tacos and Sangria! I think this is exactly where I’ll be spending my Cinco de Mayo, how about you?

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By: Denise Pina


This post is part of Travel Photo Thursday at Budget Travelers Sandbox and Friday Postcards at Walking On Travels.





11 Responses to “Cinco de Mayo In The City!”

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  2. We had our own little Cinco de Mayo celebration here in the UK with tons of fab recipes shared. Nothing like New York Style though.
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    • Used York City says:

      That sounds like a superb way to celebrate the holiday! I love getting dish ideas from others, while sampling!:-)

  3. Crischo says:

    Sounds to be a good day for visiting some mexican places. I wished I would have a good mexican restaurant nearby.
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    • Used York City says:

      Hmm, judging by your blog post location I would say you probably have quite a few!;-)

  4. budget jan says:

    Amigos it is then. See you there. Seriously I would love to visit NYC again and go on a Mexican spree.
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  5. Scarlett says:

    I wish cinco de Mayo was celebrated in the UK, It looks right up my street x
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    • Used York City says:

      Hehe, you could always start the holiday yourself…all that is needed is a taco and margarita!:-)

  6. You now have me really, really craving Mexican food. Tequila Park and Gran Electrica both seem to have excellent outdoor dining areas. I can see myself relaxing over a meal with friends there. A few years ago, Cinco de Mayo lined up with the Wesak Day (Buddha’s Birthday) public holiday in Malaysia. My friend had a party for us to chow down on Mexican food while watching the Buddhist society procession. It was a very multi-cultural day.
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    • Used York City says:

      That sounds awesome, Michele! I love how all the cultures merged together!:-)