Arriba! Cinco Picks For A Flavorful Cinco de Mayo

In case anyone asks, Cinco de Mayo is a day in which Mexico (and Mexican-Americans) celebrate their heritage and the triumph of the Mexican army over the French. But for the average New Yorker, Cinco de Mayo is the day we also celebrate rich Mexican heritage—by consuming delicious food, icy margaritas, and the greatest of all self-contained edible items: the taco (you can eat the shell it came in! How cool is that?). To pass up an excuse to dine on delish guacamole or drink your first mojito of the season is so un-New York it is almost criminal, so to help you kick off the celebracion in style, here are cinqo fiestas (and one ticket giveaway) that'll get you in a festive mood.
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Ofrenda Street Fair:
So, maybe you don't like your May days soaked in tequila and salsa--in that case, head over to the Chef Mota's traditional Ofrenda Mexican Street Fair. The outdoor celebration features an open air market, plenty of food and wandering luchadores. Oh, and if you do feel up for a marg or two, try the smoky jalapeño.
Ofrenda, 113 Seventh Avenue (between Christopher and W 10th streets), 212-924-2305.
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There is a reason that hipsters flock to Enids in droves: the cheap liquor and laid-back atmosphere is just right for that ambiguous space where Williamsburg turns into Greenpoint. With tunes from DFA's Justin Chearno and $1 off all tequila, this'll certainly make your seis de Mayo a bit more headache-y.

Enids, 560 Manhattan Avenue (At Driggs Avenue), Brooklyn. 718-349-3859.
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MEXICO Showroom
MEXICO Showroom, one of our favorite NYC showrooms who is responsible for brands like Surface to Air and Christophe Lemaire, aptly hosts a killer Cinco de Mayo shindig. Hip-hop legends EPMD and Jeru Da Damaja take the decks, and expect AVION tequila to flow. RSVP to

Mexico Showroom, 22D Howard Street (Between Broadway Avenue and Crosby Street), 646-861-1041.
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APL Opening
Pronounced "apple", this new Lower East Side lounge is ripe with all the things we like in our Cinqo de Mayo: primary colors, ceviche and naughtily named drinks (the Dirty Sanchez, mayhaps?). But the doors don't officially open until May 12th officially, but a sneak peak can be had by RSVPing to

APL, 146 Orchard Street (between Stanton and Rivington streets), 212-777-8600.
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Midnight Magic/Arthur Baker
Though it isn't salsa or a rhumba, you can certainly get down to the brassy ensemble Midnight Magic at this Public Assembly party. The Brooklyn hotspot teams up the disco-infused group with DFA DJ Matthew Thornley and electronic great Arthur Baker. Expect to go loco for these groove-makers.

Public Assembly, 70 North 6th Street (between Kent and Wythe streets), Brooklyn. 718-384-4586. $10. ‎

Feel like getting down this Cinco de Mayo? Like Midnight Magic on Facebook and one random winner will be picked to win two tickets—for you and your lucky whomever —to their show tomorrow.
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