National Mexican holiday Cinco de Mayo, according to Encyclopedia Brittanica, marks the anniversary of the Battle of Puebla, a 1862 victory over the French forces of Napoleon III. However, according to restaurateurs and barkeeps, it is an occasion to eat treats and party hard and long. It's a great night to use public transportation, cab or appoint a reliable deisgnated driver. Here are some hot spots where you can celebrate nearby:
While of Pleasantville and in Briarcliff Manor are still conjuring up their menus and activities for the holiday, they hope to have solidified plans by the weekend. Stop by or give them a call: Don Juan 914-495-3640; Gudalajara 914-944-4380.
What's more festive than Corona and mariachis? Pleasantville's will have mole poblano, hot enchiladas, burritos, tacos and mariachi on the menu on Thursday. There will be a live mariachi band from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
There is a Cinco de Mayo meet up for singles at (171 Main St. White Plains). Specials from 7—10 p.m. include: Corona, Dos Equis and Tequila shots for $3 each; frozen margaritas for $5. Two-for-one appetizers. Karaoke begins at 8 p.m.
Cinco de Mayo Night at (333 North Bedford Rd., Mount Kisco) is the perfect venue for guest interested in enjoying an evening of Mexican-themed entertainment while supporting a good cause. Hosted by the Hillside Food Outreach, “Let’s Drive Away Hunger” will begin at 6 p.m. at Grand Prix New York. The prix-fixe celebration ($100 per adult, $50 per child) will include a full Mexican buffet, margaritas, Mexican beer, unlimited go kart driving, billiards and a bouncy castle.
(166 Mamaroneck Ave., White Plains) has 15 plasma screen TVs and six in-booth personal plasma TVs, providing a social Cinco de Mayo environment. There are tequila shot and margarita specials from 8 until 10 p.m. sponsored by Cazadores Tequila. The Cazadores girls will give away T-shirts and other branded gear.
Free Blue Moon t-shirts will go to the first 200 guests of the day at (7-27 Pondfield Rd., Bronxville). There will be music by mariachi bands from 5:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m.. The Sauza Shot Girls provide a bounty of giveaways from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m.
Hacienda la Paloma (443 Lexington Ave., Mt. Kisco) Cinco de Mayo festivities are scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. and continue all night. Live music, special dinner menu and specialty margaritas will be offered at discounted prices.