Cinco de Mayo came and went, but that’s no reason to stop the fiesta. Find an excuse to try out these upscale Mexican spots, whether it be a margarita Monday or a taco Tuesday.
With three convenient NYC locations, there’s no excuse to pass up contemporary Mexican cuisine at chef and co-founder Josefina Howard’s restaurant. Come by for the festive atmosphere, a delicious pomegranate margarita and of course the fresh guacamole, prepared tableside in a traditional lava-rock mortar. DETAILS 61 Columbus Ave., 212.977.7700, 1063 1st Ave., 212.753.7407, 9 E 18th St., 212.533.3350, rosamexicano.com
For traditional Mexican dishes with a modern twist, try any of Chef Richard Sandoval’s signature dishes such as carne asada, which is achiote marinated skirt steak, black bean purée, chile pulla suace, cactus-haricot vert salad and bacon-wrapped jalapeño. Don’t forgot about their Tequileria with over 200 agave-based spirits and happy hour Tuesday through Saturday from 5 to 8pm. DETAILS 1191 First Ave., 212.585.1818, richardsandoval.com
There’s a lot to be “fonda” at this award-winning restaurant from Chef Roberto Santibanez, who has two decades of experience with cuisine from his native country of Mexico. Whether you choose to dine in Brooklyn or Manhattan, be sure to ask for tacos de pescado, Mexico City-style breaded fish tacos, cabbage, red onions, cilantro, avocado salsa verde and smoky pasilla sauce. DETAILS 40 Ave. B, 212.677.4096, 434 7th Ave., 718.369.3144, fondarestaurant.com
Empellon Taqueria opened two years ago with a mission to treat guests to the best-tasting tacos served in an exciting environment. Experimenting with curious taco combinations, Chef Alex Stupak’s menu offers lobster tacos with field corn and epazote and seven types of salsa to dip your chips in. DETAILS 230 W. 4th St., 212.367.0999, empellon.com
In this West Village gem, sit in the outdoor café, the streetside atrium with luxurious front windows or in the back dining room equipped with candlelit fireplaces and a serene glow. Remember to take advantage of their tequila bar that boasts over 150 varieties. DETAILS 140 7th Ave., 212.989.210, agaveny.com