Long Island Cinco de Mayo Celebrations Not to Miss

Cinco de Mayo falls on a Saturday this year, which means Long Islanders can enjoy margaritas and Mexican food without the guilt at work the next day. Restaurants across the Island will run specials to help celebrate. These five know how to bring the authentic Mexican heat.

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Bahama Breeze Island Grill, Lake Grove

Long Islanders never need an excuse to go out with friends, but tequila is a pretty good one. Bahama Breeze, located by the Smith Haven Mall, is offering $5 classic margaritas in honor of Cinco de Mayo. The special is not just running on Cinco de Mayo, but the whole week (April 29 through May 5!). Pulse Picks: Classic margarita and Key West nachos covered with lightly spiced ground beef, melted cheese, pickled jalapeños, guacamole, sour cream and salsa. Phone: 631-366-6212 | Address: 612 Burr Ln Click to go

The Springs Tavern, East Hampton

Dance, drink and eat into the early hours of the holiday. From 11pm on May 4 to 2am on May 5, the Cinco de Mayo fiesta will feature a DJ, $5 margaritas, $5 tequila shots, $4 modelo bottles and delicious food. Pulse Picks: Texas chili bowl with beef, poblano chilies, beans and crispy tortilla ribbon served with homemade cornbread. Phone: 631-527-7800 | Address: 15 Fort Pond Blvd Click to go

Del Fuego, St. James, Babylon, Patchogue

Get the party started at Del Fuego. Between it being Sangria Saturday ($5 off pitchers of sangria), tacos, cerveza, tequila and margaritas, patrons don’t have to look far for authentic tastes. Pulse Picks: Mashed Margarita and the taco trio (your choice of tortilla for the mesquite chicken taco, pulled pork taco and shrimp taco). Click for locations and to go

Maria’s Mexican & Latin Cuisine, Nesconset

Maria’s is having a celebration no one will want to pass up. Think mariachi music, an authentic Mexican menu, drink specials and even prizes! Enjoy the holiday in the cozy atmosphere with intimate tables and warm lighting. Pulse Picks: Golden Margarita and the tacos al carbon (authentic Mexican grilled soft tacos topped with pico de gallo served with rice and beans and your choice of chicken, beef or pork). Phone: 631-979-7724 | Address: 211 Smithtown Blvd Click to go

Besito, Huntington, Roslyn, West Islip

Known for its stellar entrees like enchiladas and tender beef short ribs, the Cinco de Mayo specials at Besito are the cherry on top. There will be a complimentary tequila tasting featuring Patron from 2pm to 5pm on May 5 as well as a gift card giveaway. Pulse Picks: bistec con chicharron (pan seared New York strip steak, salsa verde, queso asado guacamole and chicharron). Click for locations and to go