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May 02, 2016

Where to Celebrate Cinco de Mayo 2016 in Astoria and LIC

Ready to get your margarita on? Here are spots in Astoria and LIC, Queens, where you can celebrate the 19th century victory of Mexico over France.

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header-cinco-de-mayo-2016-astoria-queensCelebrate the outcome of a Mexican-French conflict in the 19th century on May 5! Yes, we know this isn’t commemorating Mexican Independence (that’s September 16), but Cinco de Mayo has become a day of celebration in the US regardless. Here are local spots having specials—enjoy!


Pre gaming for ‪Cinco De Mayo‬, we’ve got May The Fourth Be May-Garita Day featuring ‪Dulce Vida Tequila. Pitchers and taco specials, too.

Wednesday, May 4, starting at 4pm
Alewife | 5-14 51st Avenue, Long Island City


Astoria Bookshop

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with Lesley Téllez

Lesley Téllez will be bringing some delicious Mexican food to the Bookshop and discussing the inspiration behind her smash-hit cookbook, EAT MEXICO. EAT MEXICO is more than a love letter to Mexican cooking, Téllez peppers in tips and tricks to master the basics of folding tamales to the proper way to make your own corn tortillas. Téllez not only brings Mexican cooking into your kitchen, but she also started Mexico’s first culinary tourism business, Eat Mexico, that offers culinary walking tours focusing on street vendors, markets and the local food history.

So stop by to learn about and sample some classic Mexican cooking!

Thursday, May 5, 5-6pm
The Astoria Bookshop | 31-29 31st Street, Astoria

Learn more, here.


Bohemian Beer Garden

Drink specials as well as taco and burrito specials at the local Czech beer garden. Only in Astoria!

Thursday, May 5, doors open at 5pm
Bohemian Beer Garden | 29-19 24th Avenue, Astoria



Celebrate Cinco de Mayo this Thursday in Astoria at MexiBBQ with a special menu from Mexico native, Chef Julieta Ballesteros to celebrate the holiday! Plus, they will offer 1/2 off of 20 different artisanal beers from their tap line of 48 pours. DIshes include Guacamole topped with Short Rib Cracklings ($16); Probaditas ($8) with Ajonjolí, Frijoles and Pepita de Calabaza dips served with crispy pitas for dipping; Costilla Gordita ($7) with beef short ribs slow braised in beer, penca de maguey and chipotle salsa; Flautas de Papa ($8) with Mexican papas bravas, spinach, avocado mousse, chipotle aioli and black bean dip. Chef Julieta will serve her signature Churros ($7) with Nutella dipping sauce and Flan Napolitano ($7) with cajeta and whipped cream for a sweet end to the 5th of May.

Thursday, May 5, all night
MexiBBQ | 37-11 30th Avenue, Astoria



It’s never too early to start thinking about Cinco! Come celebrate it at Queens’ premier tequila bar serving over 140 different types of tequila!

Thursday, May 5, all night
Mojave | 22-36 31st Street, Astoria


Pachanga Patterson

We are doing happy hour all night! Cinco de Mayo $6 margaritas $4 beers.

Thursday, May 5, all night
Pachanga Patterson | 33-17 31st Avenue, Astoria


Photo credit: Pachanga Patterson

Strand Smokehouse

Shirt and hat giveaways, live music, tequila and more!!!

Thursday, May 5, 6pm
Strand Smokehouse | 25-27 Broadway, Astoria

Learn more, here.


The Thirsty Koala

Join us for ‪Cinco de Mayo‬ on Thursday—we’re extending ‪Happy Hour‬, celebrating with food and drink specials.

Thursday, May 5, 4-11pm
The Thirsty Koala | 35-12 Ditmars Blvd, Astoria


Two Lizards

Cinco de Mayo is right around the corner! We have a VERY VERY VERY special celebration in store. It is our day to shine as an authentic Mexican restaurant located in the heart of Astoria, Queens on Ditmars Blvd. Two Lizards is new to the neighborhood, and we’d like to cordially invite all of our neighbors! We have been working on our menu and cocktails since our doors opened, and are aiming to please the masses. We look forward to seeing you again May 5th.

Thursday, May 5, all evening
Two Lizards | 35-02 Ditmars Blvd, Astoria


Photo credit: Two Lizards

About Meg Cotner

Meg Cotner was trained as a harpsichordist and now works as a freelance writer and editor. She is the author of "Food Lovers' Guide to Queens," and is a skilled and avid home cook, baker, and preserver.

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We went to Mojave for lunch. It was TERRIBLE! So overpriced for really bland food. I ate 3 bites of my salad before I couldn’t take the blandness anymore. Tasted like lettuce with some mild orange juice sprinkled on it. It was not worth the money at all. And their service was awful too.


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