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Cinco de Mayo in NYC: Food and drink deals, specials

Got tequila, tacos and tasty margaritas on the mind? Cinco de Mayo is almost here.

Mark the celebration of the victory of Mexican troops over the French in the Battle of Puebla by taking advantage of delicious deals on Mexican eats and drinks and special dishes throughout the city.

Enjoy these specials around May 5.

Taco Dumbo

Margaritas at this Southern California taco stand are
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Margaritas at this Southern California taco stand are usually $13, but they'll be $5 at all three Taco Dumbo locations on Friday and Saturday. Choices of juice include pineapple-turmeric, cucumber-mint and watermelon-lime. Rims aren't confined to just plain salt; your options also include hibiscus, cilantro and basil. (Multiple locations, two in Manhattan, one in Brooklyn, tacodumbo.com)

Dos Caminos

All five locations of the Mexican restaurant chain
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All five locations of the Mexican restaurant chain are celebrating Cinco de Mayo for three days straight this weekend, with food and drink specials, live entertainment and giveaways. Those specials include a margarita flavored with elderflower liqueur, buckets of Corona beer and a "fiesta platter" featuring jalapeño poppers, taquitos, empanadas and more. (Multiple locations, doscaminos.com)

YO! Sushi

Everyone loves a mashup dish, right? The Flatiron
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Everyone loves a mashup dish, right? The Flatiron sushi spot, YO! Sushi, where all your food comes delivered via conveyor belt, is showcasing three nori tacos on May 5. All dressed up with sriracha mayo and yuzu salsa, they include: a salmon option, with tobiko; a tuna variety with scallions and shichimi, a blend of Japanese spices; and an avocado "taco" with radish, crispy shallots and watercress. (23 W. 23rd St., Manhattan, yosushiusa.com)

Gringo's Taco Arcade

Kick off your Cinco de Mayo with a
Photo Credit: Gringo's Taco Arcade

Kick off your Cinco de Mayo with a special brunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and keep the party going later with a "tequila vs. everyone happy hour" from 5 to 7 p.m. For those two hours, you can score $20 bottomless margaritas, get your face painted and even get a Mexican-inspired flash tattoo (if you're brave/crazy enough). Food specials for the day include a Samoa Girl Scout churro doughnut, street corn in the shades of a Mexican flag and waffle-cone tacos with fried chicken. (8 Navy Pier Court, Staten Island, gringostaco.com)

Denino's

Denino's, the Greenwich Village outpost of Staten Island
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Denino's, the Greenwich Village outpost of Staten Island pizza, is getting in the Cinco de Mayo action with a special taco pizza for the occasion. Priced at $30, the thin-crusted pie comes topped with chopped meat, a blend of mozzarella and cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato and sour cream. It's a far cry from the signature 1951, which comes with just tomato sauce and mozzarella, but hey, YOLO. (93 MacDougal St., Manhattan, deninosgreenwichvillage.com)

Tijuana Picnic

Get your Cinco de Mayo party on long
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Get your Cinco de Mayo party on long before the actual holiday at this fun taco spot and tequila bar on the Lower East Side. Tijuana Picnic is featuring a special menu of new margaritas, priced at $14 each, for the week leading up to May 5. Our favorites: the Mexican Moon Party, a tequila drink flavored with Thai leaves and lime juice; El Diablo, a lime and ginger syrup-infused tequila number garnished with crystallized ginger root; and the Division Bell, its gorgeous pink shade the result of maraschino cherry liqueur. (151 Essex St., Manhattan, tijuana-picnic.com)

Bar Alaska

The specialties at this Lower East Side bar
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The specialties at this Lower East Side bar are Russian vodka and Russo-American mixed drinks like the Cold, Cold Heart and the Molotov cocktail, but that doesn't mean it can't fete a Mexican victory. The watering hole is offering a Modelo draft-and-tequila shot combo for $10, and $10 Alaska King crab tacos on Cinco de Mayo. (174 Rivington St., Manhattan, baralaskanyc.com)

Seamore's on Ice

The latest outpost of Michael Chernow's seafood-centric chain,
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The latest outpost of Michael Chernow's seafood-centric chain, a fast-casual location with a full raw bar and a long list of specialty cocktails, is teaming up with the rest of its Gotham West Market neighbors to host a Cinco de Mayo fiesta. On Friday, from 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., and on Saturday, from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Seamore's on Ice will be offering ceviche tostadas and Tecate beers for only $2. (600 11th Ave., Manhattan, seamores.com)

Arlo SoHo

The brand new rooftop bar at the Arlo
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The brand new rooftop bar at the Arlo SoHo hotel is hosting an all-day fiesta kicking off at noon on May 5. Food specials will include complimentary chips and salsa, guac with chips for $10, three-taco plates for $10 and corn on the cob with butter, mayo, cheese and chili seasoning for $8. Let a bartender mix you up a Mexican cocktail or build your own margarita at a pop-up margarita bar. (231 Hudson St., Manhattan, arlohotels.com)

Haven Rooftop

The rooftop bar is stretching its Cinco de
Photo Credit: Haven Rooftop

The rooftop bar is stretching its Cinco de Mayo celebrations over the course of two days, starting at 4 p.m. on Cuarto de Mayo. There will be tequila shots, flavored margaritas, Mexican beers and food specials, like guacamole and chips and tacos, pictured. On May 5, a guest DJ will spin some tunes to heat up the dance floor. (132 W. 47th St., Manhattan, havenrooftop.com)

North River Lobster Co.

Hop aboard this floating lobster shack for a
Photo Credit: North River Lobster Co.

Hop aboard this floating lobster shack for a cruise along the Hudson River, fish tacos and drink specials like $5 house margaritas and beer, and $25 margarita pitchers and beer buckets. (Pictured is the blood orange margarita.) If you're more of the landlubber type, stick to the all-day $1 tequila shots at the bar on the pier where the boat docks. (Pier 81, W. 41st St. and 12th Ave., Manhattan, northriverlobsterco.com)

Atwood Sports Bar & Lounge

The party will be raging into the early
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The party will be raging into the early morning hours at this midtown sports bar, which will feature a live DJ and drink specials from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. on "Derby de Mayo." Atwood will debut a churro pretzel with chocolate dip for $8, alongside drink specials that include $10 frozen margaritas, a Patron rose margarita for $10 and the Jalisco Julip for $8. Watch the Kentucky Derby at the "official Boston fan club of NYC" and enjoy standards like guacamole and chips ($6) and a three-taco special for $8. (986 Second Ave., Manhattan, atwoodny.com)

El Vez

Get your festivities started early with brunch at
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Get your festivities started early with brunch at this Battery Park City Mexican restaurant, where specials include breakfast tacos on corn tortillas and eggs Benedict dressed up with black beans, avocado and Mexican root beer leaf-infused hollandaise sauce. If you're arriving later in the day, we recommend ordering the grilled belly nachos special slathered in queso mixto and plenty of spicy toppings. To imbibe, there are frozen margaritas,pictured, and Tecate with tequila shots. Setting the mood will be live music by Mariachi Nuevo Mexico from 1 to 9 p.m. (259 Vesey St., Manhattan, elveznyc.com)

Dos Caminos

The Mexican quesadilla and guac chain isn't confining
Photo Credit: Dos Caminos

The Mexican quesadilla and guac chain isn't confining Cinco de Mayo celebrations to just May 5, when brunch specials will be served throughout the day. The festivities kick off May 4 with live performances and a giveaway. Recover on May 6 with a bottomless brunch long past the usual 4 p.m. cutoff. For $18 extra, you get two hours' worth of frozen margaritas, Bloody Marys, mimosas, screwdrivers or sparkling wine with your entree, like chilaquiles, pictured, or a version of French toast made with rum and cajeta caramel roasted bananas. (Multiple locations, doscaminos.com)

Hard Rock Café

If you don't avoid Times Square like the
Photo Credit: Hard Rock Café

If you don't avoid Times Square like the plague, Hard Rock Café New York is offering a limited-time special on its new margarita for Cinco de Mayo. From May 1 through 6, all you need to do to get a Rockin' Fresh Rita is share the secret word "Rockin'" with your waiter or bartender. The cocktail is prepared with silver tequila, fresh lime juice, agave nectar and topped off with a slightly spicy salt rim. (501 Broadway, Manhattan, hardrock.com)

Tipsy Scoop

The boozy ice cream parlor in Murray Hill
Photo Credit: @sydelleats via Instagram

The boozy ice cream parlor in Murray Hill has created a massive margarita sundae, which comes with six hearty scoops of mango sorbet infused with Patrón Silver tequila. It's served in an oversized margarita glass rimmed with sugar. Orange and lime candy wedges, a chili pepper lollipop made of chocolate and a shot glass of strawberry white sangria sorbet complete the dessert's over-the-top look. Tipsy Scoop's special $29 sundae will be available from May 1 through 10. (217 E 26th St., Manhattan, tipsyscoop.com)

Threes Brewing

When the Kentucky Derby falls on the same
Photo Credit: Threes Brewing

When the Kentucky Derby falls on the same day as Cinco de Mayo, you may as well celebrate them at the same time. That's the approach Threes Brewery in Gowanus is taking with its "Cinco de Derby" Party. From noon to 8 p.m., there will be mash-up Mexican-Kentucky cocktails from the bar (think mezcal mint juleps and mint margaritas), and tacos and cemita sandwiches from the Meat Hook butcher in Williamsburg. A DJ will spin eclectic Latin beats from 2 to 6 p.m., when the horse race broadcast begins. (333 Douglass St., Brooklyn, threesbrewing.com)

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