Cinco de Mayo is around the corner. Contrary to popular belief, it is not Mexican Independence Day (that’s September 16), but a holiday commemorating Mexico’s victory over France at the Battle of Puebla in 1862 during the Franco-Mexican War (1861-1867).
Below is a list of five restaurants in the area where you can celebrate Cinco de Mayo with some great Mexican cuisine. Salud!
Alma, 187 Columbia Street (between Degraw & Sackett Streets), Columbia Waterfront,
Weather permitting, you’ll be able to celebrate Cinco de Mayo on the restaurant’s outdoor rooftop deck, taking in panoramic views of the waterfront and the Manhattan skyline.
Alta Calidad, 552 Vanderbilt Avenue (between Dean Street & Atlantic Avenue), Prospect Heights, 718-622-1111
In honor of Cinco de Mayo, this new neighborhood fave is hosting Queso & Cocktails, featuring $10 creative tequila cocktails. The first cocktail you order will include a choice of one Queso Fundido (molten cheese)—the “Simple” with acacia honey, pumpkin seeds, and chile piquin, or the “Complicado” with artichokes, chorizo, and poblano peppers.
Chavela’s, 736 Franklin Avenue (at Sterling Place), Crown Heights, 718-622-3100
This beloved Crown Heights mainstay delivers delicious food, great cocktails and a fun dining experience. Go during happy hour Monday through Friday (4pm to 7pm) and enjoy $3 tacos, $4 beers, $5 micheladas, $6 sangrias, and $7 margaritas (draft).
Gran Electrica, 5 Front Street (at Old Fulton Street), DUMBO, 718-852-2700
Inspired by Mexican street food, Gran Electrica has been keeping hungry hordes in DUMBO happy since 2012. With an emphasis on authentic Mexican cooking and techniques, the kitchen makes fresh hand-pressed tortillas with heirloom corn as well as house-made crema and spicy chorizo. On Friday, they’ll serve $10 guava margaritas, $4 Tecates, and DJ Marko Militano will spin all weekend.
Haab, 396 6th Avenue, Park Slope, 718-369-0849
Serving authentic Mexican cuisine using traditional techniques and natural ingredients, this festive and colorfully decorated spot offers favorites like Mole Poblano and Tamale Oaxaqueño as well as a huge vegan menu. Toast to Cinco de Mayo with a spicy mango margarita or two.