Cinco de Mayo fiestas
Get your party on Thursday when Cinco de Mayo bashes take over the city.
Mario Lopez will host an all-day party with a menu of margarita specials at Murray Hill’s Teqa. The party kicks off at noon with tunes spun by DJ Sky Nellor. “Real Housewife” — and amNewYork contributor — Kelly Killoren Bensimon also is expected to drop by.
Teqa: 447 Third Ave., 212-213-3223
Cinco de Mayo Pub Crawl
This three-day crawl starts on Cinco de Mayo, then resumes on Saturday and Sunday. Drink-wise, bars along the route will offer $2 drafts, $3 margaritas and two-for-one specials. A single-day pass will run you $20 and an all-access pass $30.
Pubcrawls.com for tickets and route info.
A Night of Tasting
For 30 bucks, get a three-course, family-style meal at LES fave Mercadito. Each table chooses one type of guacamole, three botana or ceviche options, and three types of tacos. Tequila punch can be had for $12 a pop.
Mercadito: 179 Ave. B, 212-529-6490
Chef Richard Sandoval’s modern Mexican restaurant Maya is offering a three-course prix-fixe menu ($50), a selection of more than 150 tequilas, and live music courtesy of a mariachi band from 6-10 p.m.
Maya: 1191 First Ave., 212-585-1818
Party at the Plaza (Food Hall)
Todd English is combining forces with Patron and Sel Magique salt to hand out complimentary shots and margaritas to anyone who visits the Plaza Food Hall by Todd English between 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. Food specials are also available.
The Plaza Food Hall by Todd English: 1 W. 59th St., 212-986-9260
Open-Air Market Party
Mexican restaurant Ofrenda is bringing the tradition of tianguis, or open-air markets, to life with an all day, all night party starting at noon. Held inside and outside, Ofrenda is setting up an array of stands that offer guacamole, ice pops, tamales, agues frescas and cotton candy. Live music, dancing and Mexican wrestling will also be on hand. Drink and food specials available.
Ofrenda: 113 Seventh Ave. S., 212-924-2305
Banda de los Muertos Concert
Head to Littlefield for a Cinco de Mayo-appropriate concert. Doors open at 8 p.m. as Banda de los Muertos — which takes inspiration from traditional Sinaloense brass bands — hits the stage. At 10:30 p.m., Chicha Libre follows with Peruvian-inspired Latin rhythm. Tickets are $10.
Littlefield: 622 Degraw St., Gowanus, 718-855-3388
Claiming to have the strongest margarita around, Southwestern spot Johnny Utah’s should offer a pretty rowdy Cinco de Mayo bash, complete with mechanical bull-riding (giddy up!), a $200 Best Sombrero contest, $5 margaritas and two-for-one quesadillas.
Johnny Utah’s: 25 W. 51st St., 212-265-8824