New York, NY —
The commemoration of the Battle of Puebla this year could not be more fortuitous: it lands on a Saturday, which needs no further explanation in the world of liquors and good times to be had. Whatever your celebratory craving, make sure it’s wholly Mexican and consists of many strong margaritas and Coronas without breaking the bank.
Perhaps teetering on the debauchery of a college spring break, an NYC Cinco de Mayo pub crawl extravaganza is being hosted by the producers of the largest pub crawls in the country. For $10 you can get an all access pass to each bar (but you still have to buy the booze.) But for anything between $2-5 dollars you can get you cheap Dos Equis, tequila and margaritas. Optional sombreros and pub crawl shirts are available for purchase.
Cinco de Mayo Festival 116th St, May 6th
El Barrio on 116th is hosting a Mexican food fair for those craving a bit of the Southwestern flavor so far away and often missed from NYC. It’s a free event and by supporting local businesses in Spanish Harlem you can feel fantastic about chowing down a ten pound burrito stuffed with crispy shredded pork.
Mex Fest at South Street Seaport, May 5th
Here several famous NYC food trucks show off their culinary adaptations by infusing their menus with a Mexican twist. For only $8 you can get a voucher good for any sort of beer or margarita on site to pair with your favorite street eats like Luke’s Lobster, Kimchi Tacos, the Treats Truck, Gorilla Cheese and Wafels and Dinges.
Flushing Meadows Cinco de Mayo celebration, May 13th
This huge annual event is providing a more flexible date (or extending the revelry) to May 13th, where the Battle of Puebla and Mother’s Day will be commemorated together at Flushing Meadows in Queens. It’s a welcome change of scene outside Manhattan and a truly family-friendly event.
Diana Tsuchida U.F.P Contributor