Eat and Drink Cinco de Mayo in NYC without lime: It's possible By GEORGIA KRAL Updated May 5, 2014 5:02 PM Print Share fbShare Tweet Email There's a lime shortage right now, perhaps you've heard? And as if that wasn't enough of a concern, Cinco de Mayo is just around the corner. The holiday basically hinges on the lime, as margaritas, guacamole and tacos are synonymous with the celebration. So that poses a bit of a conundrum. While limes are still available, albeit at a higher price, some of us don't want to contribute to the crisis. Luckily, there's a way to Cinco sans lime. Check it out. Mujeres Violetas cocktail Photo Credit: The LCL For an elevated Cinco de Mayo, head to The LCL: Bar & Kitchen in the Westin New York Grand Central. There, sip the Mujeres Violetas cocktail, made with Casamigos Reposado tequila, house-made grapefruit cordial and house-made hibiscus tincture. $15. 212 E. 42nd St., thelclnyc.com Tamarind margarita Photo Credit: Hecho en Dumbo The Margarita Tamarindo at Hecho en Dumbo is an option for margarita lovers who don't want to contribute to the lime crisis. (Just don't let the bartender give you a slice for garnish!) It is made with Pueblo Viejo tequila blanco, house-made tamarind juice and a dash of cane sugar and is served with a spicy chile piquin rim. $14. 354 Bowery, 212-937-4245, hechoendumbo.com Taquitos Photo Credit: Taquitoria Head to the LES hotspot taquitoria for some mouthwatering taquitos on Cinco de Mayo. Both the elotequito, left, and the taquito al pastor are made without limes. The elotequito special is made with grilled corn, cotija cheese, cholula mayo, chopped cilantro and pancho's red sauce and the tequila braised taquito al pastor special with salsa verde features a confit with tequila, pineapple, cilantro and jalapeno sauce. 3 for $5 or 5 for $8. 168 Ludlow St., 212-780-0121, taquitoria.com The O.D.B. “Old Dirty Bramble” cocktail Photo Credit: Beauty & Essex The O.D.B. cocktail at Beauty & Essex on the LES is made with Don Julio Reposado tequila, smoked blackberries, honey, ginger juice and lemon. $15. 146 Essex St., beautyandessex.com Flautas Photo Credit: Cafe Frida Lime is not required for all dishes. The flautas at Cafe Frida can be stuffed with shredded chicken or shrimp machaca and are topped with lettuce, salsa verde, guajillo, crema Mexicana and crumbled cotija cheese. $10. 368 Columbus Ave., 212-712-2929 Uniquely flavored tequilas Photo Credit: Maya At Maya on the Upper East Side, get into the holiday spirit by downing tequila flights! And this isn't just any flight -- the tequilas here are infused in-house and aren't standard when it comes to flavor. If you like something a little sweeter, try banana and vanilla. If you like more floral notes, try roses and chamomile. And if you like a kick, jalapeno is for you. $12-17. 1191 First Ave., 212-585-1818, richardsandoval.com/mayany Jalapeno poppers Photo Credit: Dos Caminos Dos Caminos is offering four different specials this Cinco de Mayo that are prepared without limes or lime juice: bacon-wrapped jalapeno poppers with Mexican cheeses for $11, Tecate beer battered soft-shell crab tacos for $18, chamorro en Mole (chile-braised pork) for $25 and pescado tinkin xik (red snapper) for $26. multiple locations, doscaminos.com Death in Oaxaca cocktail Photo Credit: La Bottega If the gods are looking down on us, Cinco de Mayo will be sunny and beautiful and we can celebrate by sitting outside at La Bottega in the Maritime Hotel and drink Death in Oaxaca cocktails. Ingredients: smokey mezcal, sweet aperol, cherry heering and ginger beer. $14. 363 W. 16th St., 212-242-4300. Tequila shot duos Photo Credit: Ariana Tequila shots chased with lime are commonly associated with Cinco de Mayo and Mexican cuisine, but Ariana in SoHo has created house infused-vodka shots themed to Cinco de Mayo. There's a habanero with cherry tomato water shot and a smokey pineapple and coconut water shot, for example. $12. 138-40 W. Houston St., arianasoho.com. The Los Amigos margarita Photo Credit: Amigos Mexican Bar & Restaurant This is another one for those who've got a hankering for a margarita but don't want to contribute to the lime crisis. Head up to Morningside Heights for the signature margarita at Amigos: it's made with orange juice and lemon instead of lime. $11. 2888 Broadway, 212-864-1143, amigosnyc.com Blue corn chicken taco Photo Credit: La Gringa Taqueria La Gringa Taqueria in East Williamsburg has a new menu on the item that's perfect for Cinco de Mayo sans lime: handmade blue corn taos with chicken, vegetarian rice, black beans, plantains and tomatoes. $7.50. 800 Grand St., 718-388-0055, lagringataqueria.net Frito pie Photo Credit: Hill Country Barbecue Head to Hill Country Barbecue in Downtown Brooklyn for something a little different but very yummy and party-friendly: Frito pie. Topped with Executive Chef Elizabeth Karmel's chili, cheddar and red onion, this dish is a nod to nachos. $6. 345 Adams St, 718-885-4608, hillcountrybk.com Yuzu Margarita #1 Photo Credit: Little Town The Asian citrus fruit yuzu is a popular stand-in for limes and other citrus. This one at Little Town is available for a limited time only, through Cinco de Mayo. $8. Multiple locations, littletown.com Yuzu margarita #2 Photo Credit: Blue Ribbon Sushi Izakaya This margarita from Blue Ribbon Sushi Izakaya is made with Siembra azul reposado tequila, yuzu Juice and Blue Ribbon honey syrup. $13. 187 Orchard St., 212-466-0404 By GEORGIA KRAL Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Comments We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.