If there's anything New Yorkers love, it's a reason to eat, drink and celebrate. This weekend, we're celebrating the first leg of the Triple Crown with the Kentucky Derby and topping that off with Cinco de Mayo Sunday Funday to keep the party going (...naturally). Here's a roundup of the best fiestas in town:
If an outdoor terrace is where you want to be, with a cocktail in hand, experience 40 varieties of tequilas and mezcals at Tequila Park Taqueria, newly opened at the Hudson Hotel (356 W 58th St.).
Celebrate the Mexican victory over the French (PS. Cinco de Mayo is not Mexican Independence Day) with capes, luchadors, nachos, and a "Choose Your Own Margarita Adventure" Bar at The Tippler (42 W 15th St.).
Thrillist is throwing its first annual Luncha Libre: The Thrillist Taco Knockout at Villain in Brooklyn. Buy tickets and enjoy taco creations from local chefs and unlimited beer, micheladas and margaritas (50 North 3rd St.).
Care to keep it low key? Check out Jean-Georges Vongerichten's ABC Cocina (opens Thursday 5/2) for the renowned chef's take on Mexican and Latin flavors (38 E 19th St.). Check Open Table for reservations.
One of our favorites, Alex Stupak's Empellon Taqueria is doing a special Cinco de Mayo all-you-can-drink special prix-fixe menu for Saturday dinner, Sunday brunch, and Sunday Dinner, featuring some new dishes… and, we mentioned the unlimited beer, margaritas, and sparking wine, right? Churro French toast, braised bacon tacos, fish tempura tacos.. uh, yes, please. Viva la Mexico!