Today calls for tequila, being that it’s a) a Monday and b) Cinco De Mayo. We’ve rounded up the best margaritas you can find in Manhattan. Create your own festive bar crawl through NYC to try them all. Let us know where your favorite fiesta cocktails are in the comments!
1) Not your average strawberry marg. The Red and Black at Back Forty is the perfect blend of sweet and savory. Locally-sourced greenmarket strawberries are generously muddled with black pepper infused simple syrup, Sauza tequila and a black pepper, salt and sugar rim to tie everything together.
Back Forty, 190 Avenue B at 12th St., 212.388.1992.
2) Not-too-cool cucumber. Beneath the famed SoHo restaurant, La Esquina, is a subterranean bar channeling the lively vibes of Barcelona. Your tastebuds will also be transported to a far-away summer destination with their signature margarita, the Pepino Diablo. Mixed with Gran Centenario Jalapeño-infused Tequila, cucumber puree, fresh lime, agave and a Tajin Rim, this flavorful concoction is the closest thing to a beach resort this side of Houston Street.
La Esquina, 114 Kenmare Street at Lafayette, 646.613.1333.
3) The classic. Enter the Salvation Taco Margarita found at April Bloomfield’s taco outpost Salvation Taco. This standard recipe is for those with a discerning palette and mixed for tequila lovers. Crafted with Pueblo Viejo Blanco, Combier, fresh limes and Guajilla Chili Salt, the recipe packs enough punch for a sassy kick but can easily be enjoyed for two or three rounds. Bonus: ask the bartender for a parrot glass for an instant ice breaker.
Salvation Taco, 145 East 39th Street between 3rd and Lexington Avenues, 212.865.5800.
3) Juicing with a twist. This Garden Variety Margarita found at The Wayland is anything but. Packed with ginger and kale, your tequila go-to gets a major vitamin upgrade. Sip on your Blue Agave Blanco Tequila with a little less guilt tonight.
The Wayland, 700 East 9th St. at Avenue C, 212.777.7022.
4) This drink requires steak. Meatpacking’s latin steak house La Cenita serves up adult frozen beverages you’ll want to sip on all night. From their watermelon frozen margarita to the Bailando con el Diablo you’ll be in fine party form before your Tomahawk Ribeye gets to the table.
La Cenita, 409 West 14th St. at 9th Avenue, 646.289.3930.
5) Sippable snacks. This mango-cilantro-habanero iteration of the margarita is found at El Toro Blanco. The only thing missing from this recipe is some avocado but luckily for you that can be found on the menu in multiple places. We recommend the classic guacamole.
El Toro Blanco, 257 Avenue of the Americas between West Houston and Bleecker Streets, 212.645.0193.
6) Not Coca-Cola Lite. Cafe El Presidente is the latest Flatiron venture from the folks behind Tacombi. We already know their tacos are the real deal, so let’s skip right to beverages. This Smoked Coke is mixed with Coke Classico, the Coca-Cola straight from Mexico made with cane sugar, mezcal and bitters.
Cafe El Presidente, 30 West 24th Street between 5th and 6th Avenues, 646.429.8284.
7) One tequila, two tequila, three tequila…if you’ve made it this far congratulate yourself with a flight of Passion and Love Shots from Oficina Latina. This Nolita outpost lines up shots of tequila with lines of sugar, coffee and cinnamon to dip citrus slices in for an intense post-shot rush.
Oficina Latina, 24 Prince Street between Elizabeth and Mott Streets, 646.381.2555.