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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 throughout the city.

Enjoy these specials around May 5.

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)

El Vez

Get your festivities started early with brunch at
Photo Credit: Ramsay de Give

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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