By 10 p.m., there were long lines in front of the West Village’s most notorious margarita mills. [click on any image to enlarge]
Although not much celebrated in Mexico, Cinco de Mayo is a holiday that commemorates an 1862 victory of Mexico over France at the Battle of Puebla. In New York City, the recently hyped holiday commemorates the importation of inexpensive tequila to the United States. And expensive tequila, too, come to think of it. With one of the city’s greatest concentration of Mexican resetaurants, the West Village is the site of severe thronging on the holiday. Restaurateurs rejoice; residents try to get some sleep by putting their pillows over their heads. Here are some West Village Cinco de Mayo scenes.
Ceviche specialist Mercadito on Grove attracts a throng to its outdoor tables, littered with empty glasses.
Even places that have no Mexican food on the menu try to reap the benefits of Cinco de Mayo through wheedling.
All mariachi outfits are pressed into service.
Ofrenda provides its patrons with a little sidewalk music.
By the end of the evening, it’s all a blur.
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For the city’s best south-of-the-border food, check out Our 10 Best Mexican Restaurants in NYC.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on May 5, 2012