April 28-May 5
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. For those who like their liquor straight, make your own premium tequila or rum flight for $10.
60 Riverside Square Mall, Hackensack
This Riverside Square staple’s fiesta lasts three whole days. Cantina bar perks include $5 mini margaritas in flavors like spicy passion fruit-pineapple and frozen papaya, and $5 bar snacks like crispy chicharrones with lime, mezcal shrimp and mini carnitas tacos. Going with a group? Opt for a margarita pitcher.
Blue Moon Mexican Cafe
Englewood, Woodcliff Lake, Wyckoff
Come here for next-level fiesta boasting Dos XX and Corona Parties and a DJ on Friday, plus another fiesta with live music on Saturday. On Sunday, come for tequila, mariachi music and more.
Chevys Fresh Mex
At the Clifton location, come for a live DJ on May 3 and an outdoor party from May 4-5. There’ll be $5 beers, margs and Long Island iced teas, plus a live band and DJ both days. At the Linden location, go on the 5th for a DJ and the same drink specials. Bonus? On the fifth, any guest who wears a taco costume will score a free order of tacos.
837 3rd Ave., Alpha
8 pm, 908-454-1180
Cinco here is all about the eats. Wear your stretchy pants for three days of free chips and salsa and surprise daily food and drink specials and freebies.
610 Bangs Ave., Asbury Park
Call for time, 732-455-5544
This AP fave is throwing a block party that benefits Food Justice at Trinity, which fights hunger in Asbury Park. Between Bangs Ave. and Emory St., five local chefs and restos will be doling out specialty tacos as a live DJ and local musicians provide the tunes.
Escondido Mexican Cuisine & Tequila Bar
402 W. Main St., Freehold
11:30 am-11 pm, 732-577-0200
This resto is serving $5 apps, $6 beers and $7 house margs. There’ll also be Corona swag, giveaways (win tix to a Yankees or Lakewood BlueClaws game), music, a photo booth and more.
Margaritas Mexican Restaurant
Toms River, Wayne
11 am-12 am
Get your fill of house specialties and giveaway goodies before entering to win a trip to a local beach or a trip to Mexico at the Toms River location. In Wayne, go for $1 margaritas, $3 Coronas and $5 shots of tequila, plus a DJ and the same A1 trip giveaways as Toms River.
On the Border
Mt. Laurel, New Brunswick, Paramus, Princeton, Woodland Park
OTB keeps it simple: $5 Cinco’Ritas, tequila shot specials and music. These blended beauties pair well with the chain’s famous fajitas. Give the new Loco Mango ’Rita a try with Mango Loco Juice Monster and gold tequila before it’s off the menu after 5/5.
Órale Mexican Kitchen
Hoboken and Jersey City
Noon to 9 pm
Think a prix fixe menu with cocktails and a DJ. There’ll be live mariachi music at the Hoboken location from noon to 3 pm. Book a table now. Can’t make it? Go for brunch on Saturday or Sunday from noon to 3 pm to take advantage of $6 happy hour.
214 Main St., New Milford
11 am-2 am, 201-225-2554
The Bergen eatery is throwing a Cinco de Mayo Festival featuring tequilas tacos, mariachis, a DJ and more. This spot is famous for its bulldog margaritas, complete with upside-down Coronitas.