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Where to Celebrate Cinco de Mayo in Westchester County

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Raise a cerveza, enjoy some mariachi, dig into some delectable dishes, and celebrate Mexican heritage in Westchester County with these Cinco de Mayo plans.

Additional reporting by Mackenzie Tatananni

For the holiday that commemorates the Mexican army’s victory over France in 1862, we thought we’d suggest a couple of spots in Westchester where you can mount your own triumph.

bartaco

1 Willet Ave, Port Chester; 914.937.8226

From May 5 to June 14, bartaco is teaming up with the hot sauce experts at Austin-based Yellowbird Foods to offer their first-ever #bartacosecret taco, featuring Yellowbird Blue Agave Sriracha. Lemongrass-marinated coconut shrimp is served atop a green papaya salad and finished with a garlicky-sweet drizzle; these flavors pair perfectly with bartaco’s acclaimed margaritas.

Cantina Lobos

217 Wolfs Ln, Pelham; 914.380.8644

During its annual fiesta, this modern restaurant and bar in Pelham will be celebrating with drink and food specials, as well as traditional Mexican music performed by an in-house Mariachi band.

 

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La Casa Bronxville

7 Pondfield Rd, Bronxville; 914.222.9016

The lovely La Casa is hosting a special event from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Indulge in a tasting menu featuring “Greatest Hits” like crab tostadas, carne asada, shrimp and octopus tacos, camarones, and more. Then head to the open bar to sip on wine, beer, and new spring cocktails. Expect elevated, photo-worthy traditional fare, plus some surprise items, this night only. Advance booking is required; space is limited.

Related: La Casa Bronxville Spices up Mexican Cuisine in Westchester

La Chinita Poblana

61 Main St, Irvington; 914.231.9398

This fixture along Irvington’s Main Street offers food and drink specials in honor of Cinco de Mayo; there may even be an appearance from a live mariachi band. The cozy, candlelit atmosphere is the perfect backdrop for a fine dining experience. Finish off the night with an order of churros, coated in cinnamon sugar and served with vanilla and chocolate dipping sauces.

 

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Mariachi Mexico

405 Main St, Armonk; 914.273.6805

Forget the mariachi band: You’ll hear sweet music in the air at Armonk’s Mariachi Mexico with $8 frozen margaritas, imported beers, and a special chef’s menu.

Sonora

179 Rectory St, Port Chester; 914.933.0200

Tequila lovers, look no further than Sonora in Port Chester for your 5/5 festivities. Boasting the largest selection of tequila in the county, including a variety of 141, Sonora makes visitors feel like kids in a “candy” store. In addition, this county mainstay will be offering $8 margs and live music.

 

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The Greekish

273 Halstead Ave, Harrison; 914.732.3333

This Greek restaurant in Harrison specializes in Greek cuisine, but that won’t stop it from joining in on the Cinco de Mayo festivities with tacos and cucumber margarita specials.

Vega Mexican Cuisine

189 E Hartsdale Ave, Hartsdale; 914.723.0100

The food at Vega is a flavorful nod to Mexico, from the classics (tacos, burritos, and enchiladas) to the bold (adobo-marinated “shrimp diabla” with jalapeño onion sauce). This contemporary Mexican joint will offer various drink specials to ring in the festivities, including discounted margaritas and sangrias. Reservations are highly encouraged.

 

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AT-HOME FIESTAS:

Susan Lawrence Gourmet Foods

26 N Greeley Ave, Chappaqua; 914.238.8833

Prefer staying home this year? Let Susan Lawrence do the work for you! The Taste of Mexico dinner includes roasted chicken, black beans, and cheese enchiladas; grilled shrimp with mole sauce; a smattering of traditional sides (flame-grilled corn off the cob, anyone?); chips, guac, salsa fresca, and a creamy cheesecake topped with caramel dulce de leche. While you’re at it, add on a quart of margarita mix for a real party; all that’s needed is tequila.

The Taco Project

Multiple County Locations

Forget making reservations — this local favorite offers year-round catering perfect for a backyard fiesta. For $11.95 per person, receive a choice of three proteins, all toppings, soft corn tortillas, and rice and beans; up the price to $15.50/person and receive everything plus guac and chips, house salsa, and delectable smoked corn field green salad. (Minimum order size is 10 people.)

 

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