Where to Celebrate Cinco de Mayo

image: cantina rooftop

image: cantina rooftop

Not that you needed the excuse to eat a taco and drink a margarita but this week is offering two: Taco Tuesday followed by Cinco de Mayo on Thursday. The holiday pays homage to the Battle of Puebla when on May 5, 1862, the Mexican Army defeated French forces in the tiny town. Now, that you have some of the history down, celebrate at one of these restaurants.

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Del Fuego Tex Mex Kitchen & Tequila Bar, Babylon, Patchogue, St James
With three locations serving up taqueria style food on the Island, there’s almost no excuse not to hit up Del Fuego Tex Mex Kitchen & Tequila Bar on Cinco de Mayo. Look for specials on tacos, beer, tequila and margaritas. Pulse picks: Blackberry margarita and the pulled pork tacos served on either a soft flour, soft corn tortilla or hard corn shell with corn salsa, red cabbage slaw and mango BBQ sauce. Go.

Verde Kitchen & Cocktails, Bay Shore

For a romantic Cinco De Mayo there’s no place better than this Bay Shore favorite. Sit in the rustic greenhouse dining room where peppers, herbs and other edibles line the walls. Pulse Picks: Oaxacan style carne asada and Michelada Tradicional. Go.

Besito Mexican, Huntington, Roslyn

Make haste to Besito Mexican for Cinco de Mayo. Look for food and drink specials beginning at lunch and continuing all day. Chef Scott Wojcik recommends the enchiladas (shredded chicken baked in mole poblano, queso fresco cilantro and onion). Pulse staff loves the spicy El Pepino margarita and the tableside guacamole.

Cantina Rooftop, Manhattan

When in Midtown…escape to Mexico at Cantina Rooftop. The rooftop bar is only steps away from the Hudson River, but with a retractable rooftop, a 20-seat bar and lounge and an 80-person outdoor dining area you’ll feel like you’re somewhere else. Look for $5 tequila/Mezcal cocktails, margaritas and special tasting menu in the lounge.  Pulse Pick: Tuna Tacos Go.

La Brisa, Montauk

On the East End, La Brisa is a must stop for tacos. Chef Jason DeBriere is overseeing the kitchen as it sends out his version of casual Mexican taqueria food. Think homemade tortillas filled with local bounty from the Atlantic Ocean. Pulse Picks: Local Fluke Ceviche, Mezcal Mule. Go.