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Where to celebrate Cinco De Mayo in NYC

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Author: Julie Soscia

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Believe it or not, Cinco de Mayo is celebrated more in America than in Mexico! Here in the states, we look forward to Happy Hour that turns into the wee hours over yummy margaritas and ethnic small plates, but in fact there is actually some history behind the date! Many believe that Cinco de Mayo is Mexico’s Independence Day, but in fact, that is NOT true. The date signifies a day the Mexican Army won the battle of Puebla to France in 1862. In an article by NBC, Raul Ramos, Associate Professor of History at the University of Houston mentioned “The Significance of Cinco de Mayo is that it represents Mexican resistance to foreign intervention, it is a moment where Mexico as a young nation rallied to defend itself.” So before we go out and celebrate a holiday, keep the true meaning in mind!

There is definitely no shortage of Mexican restaurants in the neighborhood. Hell’s Kitchen is a great area to be in if you want to capture the real essence of the Mexican culture through cuisine.

Here are a few stops you should consider today:

If you’re looking for a great lunch spot to grab tacos or tapas, head to Gotham West Market! El Comado is a good sit down place for yummy sandwiches or paella. They also have a wonderful oyster happy hour (1/2 dozen oysters and a glass of Cava for $11). Choza Taqueira also located in GWM is our favorite taco spot! You honestly can’t go wrong with any of the options!

Anejo is located just a few blocks up Tenth Avenue from YOTEL on 46th St. If you’re looking for a buzzy spot, beautiful ambiance, nice lighting with great margaritas, guacamole and tacos, you’ll be VERY happy here. The Jalapeno Margarita does not disappoint.

Blockheads in three words – five dollar margaritas! On a nice sunny day, this spot is the place you want to be. The outdoor seating is great and with friendly drink and food prices, you will not want to leave. Did we mention the complimentary chips?!

Cantina Rooftop is the perfect spot if you’re looking for nice views from the west side, not too pricey for a rooftop bar and AMAZING guacamole.

If you’re a fan of decorative skulls, Hell’s Kitchen Restaurant will be right up your alley! The skulls are everywhere from the bar to the lamp shades to the bathroom. You’ll hardly notice them after a few of the large margaritas.

El Centro is a great affordable option in the area. You won’t be charged for the basics (chips + salsa) and the food is on point with STRONG drinks! Watching your figure? They also have a fantastic “skinny margarita” that’s only 75 calories!


Now go and fiesta the night away!

Fresh guacamole at Cantina Rooftop!

Chicken and pork tacos at Choza Taqueira in Gotham West Market.

Half a tuna sandwich with the Ensalada Remolachas at El Comado in Gotham West Market.

Author: Julie Soscia

Julie Soscia contributes to YOTEL New York’s social media + marketing team. She enjoys staying current on the latest social media trends, loves her pet bunny, rosé night caps & exploring Manhattan.

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