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Cinco de Mayo 2016: NYC specials, events, parties, margaritas and more

Cinco de Mayo is almost here, and the spring day is a time to celebrate.

Here are our picks for how to spend May 5.

Manila Social Club's Patrón Platinum Donut

Chef Bjorn DelaCruz has created this uber-luxe doughnut
Photo Credit: Tim Williams

Chef Bjorn DelaCruz has created this uber-luxe doughnut for Cinco de Mayo after his previous Internet-breaking success with the gold doughnut. It's topped with edible sheets of platinum and silver and goes for a whopping $150. The limited-edition treat is inspired by the Patrón margarita of the year called Rosa Picante. It's a rose petal-flavored doughnut filled with cream and spicy ginger and jalapeno margarita jelly and topped with sweet tequila frosting. Oh, and silver and platinum. Orders are being taken at: manilasocialclub.com/donuts

La Esquina music and food

This local favorite will feature all their usual
Photo Credit: La Esquina

This local favorite will feature all their usual classics, including elotes (pictured), and there will be music fit for a party at both locations. In Williamsburg, dance the night away with a DJ while in SoHo, or bust out your best moves to the sounds coming from a live Mariachi band. 114 Kenmare St. and 225 Wythe Ave., Williamsburg, esquinanyc.com

Nobu's sushi tacos

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a side of
Photo Credit: Henry Hargreaves

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a side of class at Nobu. "Cinco de Nobu" features special sushi tacos paired with margaritas all night on May 5 in the Nobu 57 lounge. For $55, get five Nobu-style tacos and a special margarita. Choose from passionfruit, strawberry basil or prickly pear. 40 W. 57th St., noburestaurants.com

Horchata's '5 at 5' party

The second annual party is back at this
Photo Credit: Horchata

The second annual party is back at this West Village hotspot. Starting at 5 p.m. on May 5, get five menu items or five drink items for just $5, including: one taco, mini chicken quesadillas or an ear of corn and one tequila shot, frozen strawberry margarita or Tecate. 470 Sixth Ave., horchatanewyork.com

Boulton & Watt's pepper drink holders

Festive is the word at Boulton & Watt
Photo Credit: Boulton & Watt

Festive is the word at Boulton & Watt on Cinco de Mayo. Guzzle tequila and mezcal drinks like "For Whom the Bell Tolls," pictured, made with mezcal, lime, Cointreau, agave and red bell pepper juice served in a bell pepper. 5 Ave. A, boultonandwattnyc.com

Dos Caminos' Cinco de Mayo specials

Get into the Cinco spirit at Dos Caminos
Photo Credit: Dos Caminos

Get into the Cinco spirit at Dos Caminos with food specials such as Alaskan King Crab guacamole (pictured) and soft shell crab cemitas. Multiple locations, doscaminos.com

Anejo Tribeca's all-day / all-night party

This popular Tribeca spot will host its annual
Photo Credit: Anejo Tribeca

This popular Tribeca spot will host its annual all-day and all-night party for Cinco de Mayo this year with tequila and mezcal specials and chef Ricky Camacho's fried guacamole (pictured), among other menu items like tacos and ceviches. There will also be a DJ. 310 Church St., anejotribeca.com

Blockheads specials, including free chips and salsa

All nine Blockheads locations in NYC will be
Photo Credit: Blockheads

All nine Blockheads locations in NYC will be hosting Cinco de Mayo parties -- and this is a popular spot. Last year, 6,000 margaritas were sold across all the locations, the company reported. That's a lot of tequila! Specials include: $5 frozen and $8 shaken margaritas, and free chips and salsa with every order. Multiple locations, blockheads.com

Haven Rooftop Cinco de Mayo party

This Times Square rooftop bar located atop the
Photo Credit: Haven Rooftop

This Times Square rooftop bar located atop the Sanctuary Hotel is hosting a Cinco de Mayo party with specials including: $5 tequila shots, Mexican beers, micheladas and frozen margaritas. 132 W. 47th St., havenrooftop.com

Professor Thom's free nachos

Going all out this year, Professor Thom's will
Photo Credit: Professor Thom's via Instagram

Going all out this year, Professor Thom's will have games on the patio (bobbing for lemons!), drink specials and free nachos. There will also be a raffle, and if you wear a sombrero, you get a ticket for free. 219 Second Ave., professorthoms.com

The Lively’s 'Salsa Cinco' celebration

Head to the Lively this Cinco de Mayo
Photo Credit: The Lively

Head to the Lively this Cinco de Mayo for drink specials, live music and Mexican street food. Until 9 p.m., El Camino margaritas are just $7. Get four food tickets for $17 or $5 each. Tastings are of classic items like guacamole, snapper ceviche and tacos. 26 Ninth Ave., thelivelyspot.com

Combina Cinco de Mayo special

Combina is a collaboration between Chef Einat Admony
Photo Credit: Combina

Combina is a collaboration between Chef Einat Admony (Bar Bolonat, Balaboosta) and her executive chef at Bar Bolonat, Molly Breidenthal. The restaurant specializes in Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisine, but for Cinco de Mayo they will be serving a special triple tostada featuring sabich (a traditional Israeli sandwich of fried eggplant and hard-boiled eggs), octopus and pulled chicken. 330 W. Broadway, combinanyc.com

Sprinkles x Casamigos margarita cupcake

This mash-up made in heaven brings together two
Photo Credit: Casamigos Tequila

This mash-up made in heaven brings together two of our favorite things: tequila and cupcakes. Casamigos (George Clooney's brand) is mixed into the key lime-flavored cake batter that makes up the cupcakes and then each is topped with key lime frosting. Can't make it to a Sprinkles on May 5? No worries, they are available May 1-22. Find a location: sprinkles.com

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