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By Shirley Roberts

Chapulines/@tacubaastoria via Instagram
Chapulines/@tacubaastoria via Instagram

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 Cantina

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!

Taco / @Frescoscantina via Instagram

Taco / @Frescoscantina via Instagram

 

12-14 31st Ave.

347.808.7338

4.5 stars

 

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.

Image El Mero Mero/Google

Image El Mero Mero/Google

 

35-57 38th St.

718.392.2444

4.5 stars

 

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.

Margarita/ Instagram @vivavivanyc

Margarita/ Instagram @vivavivanyc

34-10 30th Ave.

718.255.6766

4.5 stars

 

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!

Guacamole /@laflorviejataqueria via Instagram

Guacamole /@laflorviejataqueria via Instagram

32-03 31st Ave.

347.448.6120

4.5 stars

 

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.

Image De Mole via Google

Image De Mole via Google

42-20 30th Ave.

718.777.1655

demoleastoria.com

4 stars

 

Los Portales

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.

Image Los Portales via Google

Image Los Portales via Google

25-08 Broadway Ave.

718.204.6736

4 stars

 

Chano’s Cantina

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.

Drinks/@chanos_cantina via Instagram

Drinks/@chanos_cantina via Instagram

 

35-55 31st St.

917.832.7261

4 stars

 

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.”

 

Elote / @lascatrinasnyc Instagram

Elote / @lascatrinasnyc Instagram

32-02 Broadway Ave.

917.745.0969

4 stars

 

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.

Tacos/@thetwistedmexicangrill via Instagram

Tacos/@thetwistedmexicangrill via Instagram

18-33 Astoria Blvd.

718.278.1110

4 stars

 

Tacuba Cantina Mexicana

Chapulines/@tacubaastoria via Instagram

Chapulines/@tacubaastoria via Instagram

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.

718.786.2727

4 stars

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