Thursday, April 24, 2014

Mex'd Up

It's time to start game-planning Cinco de Mayo

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Cinco de Mayo can go one of several ways.

You can do it up fancy with premium tequila, or you can slum it with cheap booze, booming mariachi music, and a well-deserved hangover. There's no right way to celebrate, so here are options for every style.

The High-End: Empellón Taqueria
The very un-Mexican Alex Stupak has proven he can take a foreign cuisine and do it perhaps better than anyone else. Hit up his Taqueria (pictured) for a post-brunch two-course menu with unlimited margaritas, beer and sparkling wine (at $55 a head), or swing by for a six-course dinner — with scallop ceviche, green chorizo fundido, short rib pastrami tacos — with the same booze deal for $75 per.
Sat-Sun. 230 W. 4th St. (W. 10th St.), West Village (212-367-0999)

The Brunch Spot: Rosa Mexicano
After a long night of tequila-fueled pre-partying, you can't go wrong with Rosa's à la carte fried eggs and carnitas hash or a plate of chili-dusted French toast. It'll also brace your system for more boozing — by which we mean the pitchers of passion fruit-and-ginger margaritas, which are best tucked into starting at noon.
Various locations here

The Take-Home: Salvation Taco
Can't deal with the drunken rabble? Or you just want to throw a taco rager of your own? Salvation is your savior, offering a take-home package (feeds five for $55) with guac and chips, all-beef chili, and a choice of beer-braised short ribs or Moroccan spiced lamb shoulder, both served with fresh tortillas and fixins.
Order by Fri. 145 E. 39th St. (Lexington Ave.), Murray Hill (212-865-5800)

The Chain Gang: Chipotle
Wait, wait, wait — hear us out. The burrito-and-bowl chain has been secretly serving margaritas for years, but now they're shaking them up à la minute with Patrón Silver or Sauza, agave, and fresh juice, not that alien-colored sour mix. It may not become your next happy-hour spot, but it's good to know you can get a decent drink on the go (or, um, your lunch hour) without hitting up a bar.
Various locations here

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