May 5th is here and everyone is ready to break out their sombreros and celebrate Cinco de Mayo. If, at any moment, you feel the need to take a meal break from your fiesta, it may be a good idea to know where the best Mexican restaurants are in the city so that you don’t break character to satisfy your hunger.

Tortilleria Nixtamal

104-05 47th Ave, Queens.

The menu items are a little easier to pronounce than the name of the restaurant so even if you aren’t Spanish fluent, stop in for some tacos made from fresh masa.

The Black Ant

60 Second Ave. (between 3rd and 4th Sts.)

If you’re in the mood for authentic Mexican cuisines, I mean Mayan civilization authentic, then The Black Ant has what you need. Why is the name of the restaurant “The Black Ant?” Partially because ants are on the menu! Update your Mayan calendars because today is Cinco de Mayo and the perfect day to dive into some historic Mexican dishes.


35 E 21st St. (between Park Ave. and Broadway)

Cosme specializes in Mexican food but that doesn’t hinder it regularly being ranked one of the 20 best restaurants in the world. For a change-up from the run-of-the-mill Taco Bell cuisine, visit Cosme and let Chef Enrique Olvera cater to your pallet this Cinco de Mayo.

Dos Toros 
295 Park Ave. S. (between 22nd and 23rd Sts.) More Locations

Stuck on the east coast and missing that west coast Mexican cuisine? The Kremer brothers have taken the taste of California Mexican food and brought it to the Big Apple. Dos Toros is certain to satisfy your Mexican cravings today.

For even more mouthwatering monuments to Mexican mealtime, check out TimeOut.

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