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Where to Celebrate Cinco de Mayo in NJ

These restos are serving up live entertainment, killer margs and authentic Mexican fare.


Photo courtesy of Margaritas Mexican Restaurants Facebook page

May 1-5

Bahama Breeze
Cherry Hill, Paramus, Princeton, Toms River, Wayne, Woodbridge
This island-inspired grille is serving $5 classic margaritas. While the deal is delicious, be sure to splurge on the gorgeous hibiscus marg, too.

Tio Juan’s Margaritas
Toms River, Wayne
Food specials fill 5 Days of Cinco, from foot-long tacos to Juan’s wings to enchiladas. On the
5th, get your fill of $4 beers and $5 shots of Hornitos, plus enter to win tix to local events and a grand prize trip for two to the Riviera Maya in Mexico. Best part about Tios? Every weekday but Tuesday is Margarita Prime Time. You can get house margs for $5, beer specials and $6 apps from 3-6 pm.

May 3-6

Jalapeñ os Mexican Bar and Grill
201-366-9118, Glen Rock
All day

See live entertainment on Thursday, belt out your fave tracks at Friday night karaoke, catch a DJ on Saturday and bring the kids Sunday so they can eat free (1-9 pm). Did we mention the outdoor cash bar on 5/5, $5 margs all weekend, beer specials, $4 fruit-infused tequila shots and giveaways?

Topgolf Edison
1013 US Rte. 1, Edison

Practice your swing while wetting your whistle with $5 house margaritas and Mexican beer. Then try your luck at winning prizes at this hotspot.

May 4-6

Fresh Tortillas
837 3rd Ave., Alpha
11 am-9 pm, 908-454-1180

Cinco here is all about the eats. Wear your stretchy pants, you’ll need them with this lineup: $3 tacos, $8 burritos, $2.50 empanadas.

Rosa Mexicano
60 Riverside Square Mall, Hackensack
Brunch 11:30-3, lunch/dinner all day

This Riverside Square staple’s fiesta lasts three whole days. Cantina bar perks include three feet of tacos and bocadillos and jala-piña margs. Indulge in a special 5/5 menu featuring pollo a la Coca-Cola, scallop ceviche and chuletas de cerdo with Mexican potato salad, elote and black bean sauce. Head there between 11:30 am and 3 pm for exclusive brunch (churros French toast, anyone?)

May 5

Barrio Costero
610 Bangs Ave., Asbury Park
11 am-3 pm, 732-455-5544

Break for lunch with a DJ, epic apps, cocktails and a wide range of tacos. Start off with barrio nachos, butter poached lobster ceviche or jalapeño and chayote escabeche with saffron avocado aioli. Pair your $3-5 beer or $6 margs and sangria with shrimp and chorizo, pork belly or lime chicken tacos.

Blue Moon Mexican Cafe
Englewood, Woodcliff Lake, Wyckoff

Kick off the afternoon with a cold Dos Equis, boogie to a mariachi band and sample Patron tequila at a nighttime promo party. Drink options include the Skinny Margarita, made with agave nectar and fresh lime juice, and The Wolf, made with OJ and jalapeños.

Chevys Fresh Mex
Clifton, Linden
3 pm-midnight

Both NJ locales will be throwing tented outdoor parties that boast $5 beers, margs, sangria and tacos, plus live music with a DJ and more. Other highlights include house-made guacamole, fajitas and more.

The Dog and Cask Craft Pub and Restaurant
55 Rte. 17 S., Rochelle Park
11:30 am-midnight, 201-845-5101

This craft pub and restaurant is serving up the essentials: $2 tacos and $3 margaritas. Splurge on a tequila flight, sample homemade mezcal infusions and more. Wear your sombrero for a free $10 gift card for your next visit.

El Molcajete
271 Old Croton Rd., Flemington
11 am-9 pm, 908-237-1553

Take in the mariachi stylings of William Reyes (6:30 pm) while scanning a menu with authentic dishes like bistec encebollado (steak sauteed in onion), and signature items like the Chuleta Molcajete, a pork chop with sauteed onions, nopales or squash. Bonus? This spot’s a BYOB.

The Empanada Shop
251 B. Valley Blvd., Wood-Ridge
5 pm, 201-559-2165

This new spot specializes in both classic and modern empanadas. Enter a raffle to win items like a bottle of tequila and shot glasses, bounce to a DJ, sip a special margarita smoothie and witness the reveal of a new empanada flavor.

Escondido Mexican Cuisine & Tequila Bar
402 W. Main St., Freehold
5-10 pm, 732-577-0200

You name it, they’ve got it. Dance along to live mariachi music, take in a magic show, sip cocktails to a DJ and more. Try your luck in giveaways, games and contests. If you can’t make it on the 5th, go any Thursday for $3 house margaritas.

On the Border
Mt. Laurel, New Brunswick, Paramus, Princeton, West Windsor, Woodland Park
All day

OTB keeps it simple: $5 Cinco’Ritas for Cinco de Mayo. These blended beauties pair well with a meal or a whole slew of apps for your squad.

Órale Mexican Kitchen
341 Grove St., Jersey City
Noon to midnight, 201-333-0001

Think: Mariachi music from noon to 3 pm, a DJ until midnight and a huge tequila selection (from silver to anejo to reposado), plus a variety of mezcal. Can’t make it? Make a ressie for Seis de Mayo Brunch, or head here on Thirsty Thursday for a happy hour that lasts all night long.

Pancho’s Burritos
214 Main St., New Milford
11 am-2 am, 201-225-2554

Visit this eatery for perfectly mixed margaritas (rocks or blended), live music and an authentic Mexican menu. This spot is famous for its bulldog margaritas, complete with upside-down Coronitas.

May 5-6

Truckerton Food Truck & Brew Fest: Cinco de Mayo
Tuckerton Seaport
120 W. Main St., Tuckerton
11 am-5 pm, tuckertonseaport.org

This is one fiesta foodies won’t want to miss. Taste your way through more than 12 trucks near the water at Tuckerton Seaport.


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