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The 5 Best Margarita Spots in New York City

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|by Mikey Miller |


In honor of Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo, the Fifth of May, is nearly upon us, and what better way to celebrate the Mexican victory at the Battle of Puebla than by indulging in one of the finest alcoholic drinks with Mexican heritage: the margarita? Most commonly, margaritas are made of just tequila, orange liqueur and lime juice, and are often served with salt on the glass. However, in recent years, many variations of margaritas have become popular, and different flavored and frozen margaritas can be found in and around Manhattan. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite spots in New York to grab the Mexican cocktail.

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Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with some of the city’s finest margaritas (Photo: iStock)

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with some of the city’s finest margaritas (Photo: iStock)

Dos Caminos
This New York staple has four locations across Manhattan: in the Meatpacking District at 14th Street, in SoHo, in Times Square and at the corner of 26th Street and Park Avenue. Voted the home of the #1 margarita in New York City, Dos Caminos sells eleven different types of margaritas and frozen margaritas, with flavors ranging from grilled grapefruit to blackberry ginger to prickly pear cactus. And if you’re feeling especially festive, Dos Caminos is holding a Cuatro de Mayo pregame on the fourth and huge fiestas (with DJs at every location) on the fifth.

Tacuba Cantina Mexicana
Tacuba boasts two locations, one in Astoria, Queens, and one in Hell’s Kitchen, on the corner of 53rd Street and 9th Avenue. Tacuba, under the ownership of Chef Julian Medina (who has a cascade of Mexican restaurants across the city), features a special chef’s margarita, which is comprised of Chef Medina’s handcrafted Herradura double barrel reposado, Agavero, orange juice and lime, as well as over forty different tequilas. And for Cinco, the locations will also feature live DJs on Saturday and Sunday from 5 p.m. to midnight.

Viva Verde
Viva Verde, located on 55th Street between 8th Avenue and Broadway, is notable for its margarita rooftop market, a calm haven in the hustle and bustle that is Midtown Manhattan. With ten different margaritas on the menu, Viva Verde is currently in the midst of its Cinco de Mayo Festival (which began on May 1 and goes until the fifth). The festival features live music, dancers, DJs, food and drinks specials, giveaways, access to the rooftop bar (which is generally only reserved for large parties and private events), brunch and more.

Sombrero Mexican Restaurant
Located in the heart of Midtown at 48th Street and 8th Avenue, Sombrero is a great place to go if you want a more low-key Cinco de Mayo experience. Sombrero has a three-course prix fixe dinner for $29 for those looking to indulge in some serious Cinco de Mayo cuisine for a steal. Additionally, Sombrero is known for its incredible happy hour special: $5 per margarita.

Añejo
This top-notch Mexican restaurant with two locations (one in Midtown West at 47th Street and 10th Avenue, and the other in Tribeca at the corner of Church Street and Walker Street) is really gearing up for Cinco de Mayo with a special Cinco de Mayo special for two people. You and a friend, significant other, parent, relative, etc. can get a two-hour reservation with Añejo’s signature taco platter, a margarita pitcher and a bucket of ten Coronas for just $85 each.

For more of the best of New York this season, check out our list of 6 Spots to Savor New York-Style Pizza in Manhattan.

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