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
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.
Jalapeñ os Mexican Bar and Grill
201-366-9118, Glen Rock
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?
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.
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.
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?)
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
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.
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
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.
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.
Truckerton Food Truck & Brew Fest: Cinco de Mayo
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.