6 Places to Get Your Taco Fix This Cinco de Mayo

Photo courtesy of Lucharito’s

Cinco de Mayo is almost here, and we’re overjoyed to have another reason to eat tacos. (To be honest, though, does anyone ever really need a reason to eat tacos?) For us, pure food bliss is a spicy margarita, chunky guacamole and spicy beef tacos. Anything that can be wrapped in a warm tortilla and topped with cilantro and salsa verde holds a special place in our hearts. Cinco de Mayo is on a Sunday this year, which means we’ll all have plenty of opportunities to get our taco fix any way, anytime, and anywhere.

Here’s where we’ll be celebrating.

Nassau County

Copper and Clay Long Beach

The fine art of taco making is elevated to a sublime level at Copper and Clay. All natural, non-GMO dried corn is first soaked and then boiled with culinary lime before it is ground into massa. Their Nixtamal tortillas are handmade using the massa to ensure the freshest tortillas around. Grass-fed beef, heritage pork and free-range chicken are butchered in house for an authentic taco experience.

Copper and Clay • 6 West Park Avenue, Long Beach • 516.992.0628 

Dirty Taco + Tequila Wantagh

View this post on Instagram

We have a new Dirty Taco fan

A post shared by Dirty Taco + Tequila (@dirtytacoandtequila) on

Going out for tacos with your vegetarian friends doesn’t have to be hard thanks to Dirty Taco + Tequila. Their unique vegetarian taco selection will even appeal to the most devoted of meat eaters. Start your meal off with Mexican Street Corn and the Mexican Street Fries. Follow up with Caramelized Brussel Sprouts and Roasted Cauliflower tacos on corn tortillas. Locals recommend the fresh Peach Margarita for a fun twist on the traditional.

Dirty Taco + Tequila • 3261 Merrick Road, Wantagh • 516.785.5300

Mesita Rockville Centre

Every day should be as special as Taco Tuesday! If you are looking to celebrate Taco Tuesday, it will be hard to find a better place for your celebration than Mesita. Their taco specials will quickly convert you into a repeat customer. Don’t miss the table-side guacamole appetizer. As your server prepares fresh guacamole to order, you will think you’ve died and gone to guacamole heaven!

Mesa • 212 Merrick Road, Rockville Centre • 516.282.9900

Suffolk County 

Lucharitos Taqueria & Tequila Bar – Greenport

If you are lucky to find yourself wandering around the beautiful village of Greenport, stop in at Lucharitos. Must haves include the chicken and spicy chorizo taco with cojito cheese, the coconut shrimp with mango salsa taco and the BBQ pulled pork taco. Lucharitos boasts a rotation of over 50 kinds of tequila. Their specialty margaritas are made daily with freshly pressed and pureed fruit.

Lucharitos Taqueria & Tequila Bar • 119 Main Street, Greenport • 631.477.6666

Swell Taco Babylon

Craving warm summer days? Head down to Swell Taco for some laid back beachy vibes. Great music, friendly service and incredible food are a sure-fire cure for your Vitamin D deficiency. Emily of Swell recommends starting your meal off with the House Swell Margarita or the Strawberry Basil Jalapeño Margarita. Follow up with the marinated pulled pork carnitas, mahi-mahi fish or beer battered shrimp tacos.

Swell Taco Babylon • 135 Deer Park Avenue, Babylon • 631.482.1299 

Verde Kitchen & Cocktails Bay Shore

Grab your family and friends for a special Cinco de Mayo celebration at Verde Kitchen & Cocktails. Can’t decide on brunch, lunch or dinner? Don’t fret, Verde has you covered. This all-day celebration guarantees an outstanding day. Anthony Tartaglia of Verde recommends the Spicy Margarita infused with Serrano’s, habaneros, jalapenos and roasted poblanos, Mexico City Street tacos and the Oaxacan Carne Asada with charred chili’s and green onion, fried sweet plantains, avocado, salsa roja, toasted garlic rice and warm corn tortillas.

Verde Kitchen & Cocktails • 70 East Main Street, Bay Shore • 631.665.6300