It’s Time to Fiesta!
By Shirley Roberts
The Best Places to Celebrate Mexican Heritage on Cinco de Mayo
Cinco de Mayo is almost here and it’s time to plan your feast. What better way to share your enthusiasm and love for Mexican tradition than indulging in their spicy and flavorful cuisine?
Cinco de Mayo is a recognition of Mexico’s victory over the French in 1862, at the famous battleground of Puebla. This historical event has turned into an enormous celebration over the years, honoring this significant accomplishment and the Mexican heritage in the United States. So, let’s go get some margaritas and tacos, shall we?
Fresco’s has an amazing Taco Tuesday special, which is the ideal excuse to try their Chicken Parm tacos, topped with a delicious marinara sauce and gooey cheese: an Italian twist that works wonders. Or, opt for the lighter fish tacos which are equally delicious. Do you really need any more reasons to visit? I think not!
12-14 31st Ave.
El Mero Mero
This place knows how to make a mean Pina Colada! In addition, their Elotes de Feria (steamed corn topped with chili powder, mayonnaise and Cotija cheese) is the perfect appetizer to enjoy while waiting for your tasty enchiladas to arrive. To (literally) top it all off: all dishes are adorned with a flower on top! A meal for the eyes and the stomach.
35-57 38th St.
Viva Viva Taqueria
This will quickly turn into a favorite after trying their divine Tres Leche Cake. Make it a full meal and have their signature Jicama Citrus Salad with it. Now wait: have you tried their freshly made Churros yet? They’re served outside daily from 3pm-8pm. Wash it all down with a margarita; they’re known for the best in all of Queens! With so many choices, that only means you’ll have to come back for more.
34-10 30th Ave.
La Flor Vieja Taqueria
As one of our more recent additions to the neighborhood, La Flor Vieja keeps a low profile, but we doubt for much longer. Their prices are the best in town, without compromising the high-quality food, generous portions and an outstanding brunch menu. Go before the word gets out!
32-03 31st Ave.
De Mole Astoria
Attention, meat lovers! Their Carne Asada dish combines steak with a hearty side of rice and beans and a magnificent drizzle of chipotle sauce. Did I mention the melted cheese? If any of this has your taste buds tingling, consider giving this local business a well-deserved visit. Besides, you’re getting the best homemade mole sauce here in all of Queens! It’s in the name.
42-20 30th Ave.
You can’t question the quality of this little shack because it’s delicious every single time. They have next to no online presence, which makes them unique and in need of more (and deserved) attention, so drop by and grab a burrito bowl and soup to go.
25-08 Broadway Ave.
Chano’s thinks outside the box by serving pasta dishes with a Mexican touch to it. I’m talking about you, creamy Cantina Shrimp Pasta! You go for the food, but you stay for the drinks. They are true connoisseurs when it comes to their alcoholic offerings which are as delicious as they are beautifully presented.
35-55 31st St.
Las Catrinas Mexican Bar & Eatery
This place looks the part and makes sure you’re having a great time, whether you’re seated indoors or outdoors. It gives you those summer vibes with their refreshing drinks and shareable platters, or “Platos Fuertos.”
32-02 Broadway Ave.
Twisted Mexican Grill
This is the only Halal-Mexican place in the area and it’s terrific! Their steak bowls are everything your heart desires. With its casual setting, this place has the know-how on Mexican cuisine while making you feel comfortable during your meal.
18-33 Astoria Blvd.
Tacuba Cantina Mexicana
You’ve got to try the guacamole at Tacuba which they put their own twist on and you can opt to pair with their Chapulines, more commonly known as grasshoppers! You heard that right. Grasshoppers with your meal, how about that? It’s certainly for the more adventurous diners out there, but well worth a try and tastier than you’d expect! Are you up for the challenge?
35-01 36th St.