On top of the Sanctuary Hotel in Times Square, Haven Rooftop (132 W. 47th St.) will have seven hours (4-11 p.m.) of $5 tequila shots, Mexican beer, micheladas and frozen margaritas. A menu of Mexican bar bites, including ceviche, will be served. Reservations can be made on OpenTable, or at 212-466-9000.
If you speak Spanish, you know The Daisy is named for the margarita — which means you also know this new Upper East Side gastropub will do Cinco right. Through Saturday, get $5 braised short rib tostadas and house margaritas that are anything but the usual: Tromba Blanco tequila, St. Germaine, black pepper, egg white and lime marmalade. Chips with salsa and/or guac are also free and unlimited at the bar from 5-9 p.m.
On any of the four floors (including a roof deck) of Latitude Bar & Grill (783 Eighth Ave.) you’ll find $5 Coronas, Jose Cuervo shots, classic and frozen margaritas on Cinco.
Tex Mex food was hot for a long minute last year, butEl Original(735 10th Ave., Hell’s Kitchen)has the advantage of having been started by actual Texans. On Cinco, there will be $5 margaritas and a frozen Mexican Martini ($12), as well as food specials ($5-$15) from new chef Miguel Franco like Frito pie, Discoteca fries (get it?) with hatch chile-spiked queso and chili, and $5 tacos from a sidewalk cart. The next day, come back for the 7lb Hangover Breakfast Taco — the “hangover remedy” is made with a dozen eggs, a pound each of potatoes and refried beans — and that’s just for starters. It’s free if you can finish it — no guarantees you’ll feel any better though.
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Reserve a table at Tex-Mex newcomerAvenida Cantina(25 Ave. B, East Village), which just opened in January, to get two and a half hours of bottomless Mexican beers and house margs along with an appetizer and entree for $40. A mariachi band will keep things lively; head downstairs to their tequila speakeasy The Mockingbird for mezcal mules and jalapeno-basil martinis.
Horchata(470 Ave of the Americas) is bringing back its 5 at 5 deal for a second year of wallet-friendly Cinco fun. Beginning at 5 p.m., tacos, mini chicken quesadillas, guacamole, corn and flan are all $5; same for shots of Milagro Silver tequila, frozen strawberry or classic margaritas and Tecate.
Twenty of the 48 beer taps atMexiBBQ(37-11 30th Ave., Astoria) are half off all night long. The chef, Mexico native Julieta Ballesteros, will be turning out specials like guacamole topped with short rib cracklings ($16) and flautas ($8) with Mexican papas bravas, spinach, avocado mousse, chipotle aioli and black bean dip.
Pod 39 hotel’s downstairs restaurantSalvation Taco(145 E. 39th St., Midtown East) is hauling its grub up to the 17th floor rooftop to serve carnitas and chicken tinga tacos paired with draft Negra Modelo for $10, or homemade chicharron for $5. Dinner and drinks (there are plenty more at the patio bar, like a frozen hibiscus ginger marg for $10) are accompanied by music from Mariachi Tapatio de Alvaro Paulino and views of the Midtown skyline.
The west side’s Mexican-inspiredCantina Rooftop(605 W. 48th St.) will have music, dancing and specials from 3-8 p.m., $5 well drinks and beers, $8 shots and margaritas, and $10 specialty cocktails. The restaurant will be closed for Cinco (#priorities) but small plates of empanadas, ceviche, guac and tostaditos will be available for $10. Unlike most other Cinco parties, this is a walk-in only affair.
Cinco de Mayo is just the beginning of the fun atAgave(140 Seventh Ave. S., West Village), where the specials like free bottomless chips and salsa at the bar, $5 house margs and chicken quesadillas continue for two more nights (5-9 p.m).
And now for something cool:Trademark Taste + Grind, the new Midtown West spot (38 W. 36th St.) that’s cafe in front, bar and restaurant in back, will serve a color-changing margarita just for Cinco ($12). Created by bartender Josh Mazza, it starts out as deep purple, changing into a light pink with the final ingredient.