Cue the mariachi band music, put on that sombrero, and grab yourself a handful of tortilla chips — Cinco de Mayo is here.
This Saturday marks the celebration of Cinco de Mayo — translation: fifth of May — a celebration of Mexican culture and heritage, observed in parts of Mexico and the United States.
Often mistaken for Mexican Independence Day, Cinco de Mayo is actually a commemoration of the Battle of Puebla, a hard-won victory by the outnumbered Mexican militia over French forces in 1862, according to History.com.
But here in New Jersey, Cinco de Mayo is a good excuse for some music, dancing and food. Bars and restaurants throughout our area will be joining in the fun, with live bands, food and drink specials, and parties. Read on for a few suggestions for where to celebrate, and feel free to add your own ideas to the Comments section.
, 263 Morris Ave, Springfield, 973-467-0004
, 24 South Street, New Providence, 908-464-4360
Chipotle, 117 E. Broad Street, Westfield, 908-232-2709 (Watch the on May 2.)
Tinga Taqueria, 110 Central Avenue, Westfield, 908-301-0100
, 70 Elm Street, Westfield, 908-301-0050
, 411 North Avenue E, Westfield, 908-232-1207
Senorita's, 1300 Raritan Road, Clark, 732-669-9024 (Read our Patch interview with the new manager of Senorita's on Cinco de Mayo plans, the new all-Mexican menu, and naming their new margarita .)
Molly Maguire's, 1085 Central Avenue, Clark, 732-388-6511
, 108 North Avenue, Garwood, 908-264-8426
, 56 North Avenue, Cranford, 908-709-9449 (Riverside Inn routinely hosts taco nights and provides Mexican specials, so they may be rolling out the margaritas on Saturday night!)
Tito’s Burritos, 356 Springfield Ave., Summit, 908-277-3710
, 3 Morris Ave, Summit, 908-273-3166
, 2258 Morris Ave., Union, 908-349-8411
, 200 South Ave, Fanwood, 908-322-3700
Stage House Restaurant and Wine Bar, 366 Park Ave, Scotch Plains, 908-322-4224
Or check out these spots just north of the border in Essex County:
, 23 Valley St, South Orange, 973-761-1515
, 6 Highland Pl Maplewood, 973-763-5150
10 Main St, West Orange, 973-736-8869
292 Main St, West Orange, 973-324-0656