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NYC Cinco de Mayo Brunch Guide

Here at Bitches Who Brunch we certainly appreciate a tradition and we certainly appreciate a celebration. So it would seem that Cinco de Mayo is a very fitting one to get behind, especially as this year it falls on the weekend.

Looking for somewhere to spend your Cinco de Mayo fiesta? We’ve got you covered.

Toro Loco

This place boasts a Mezcal brunch every Saturday and Sunday as well as live saxophone performances and a drag show. So while all that’s going on you can dig into dishes like a breakfast burrito, nachos, the California taco bowl, an omelet or churros for something sweet. Then you can sip punny “Cartel Cocktails” like the Pablo Escobar or El Chapo. They also offer red wine, white wine, beer, and more cocktails.

Toro Loco, 15 Stone Street, New York, NY 10004, (917) 262-0444


Offering a well-stocked menu of authentic Mexican food, this East Village spot serves up pork, braised chicken and vegetable tacos, as well as lots of dishes with eggs like their huevos ranchero or torta de huevo y choriz. If it’s a nice day you can also sit outside on their sidewalk dining and people watch in between sangria sips.

Rosie’s, 29 East 2nd Street, New York, NY 10003, (212) 335-0114


This May they’re putting a spin on Cinco de Mayo with their very own Cinco de Maya with drink specials and a special fiesta brunch. Items like a Maya Benedict, tacos, chicken tamal, Mexican style donuts, and Mexican French toast. For drinks, they’ve got four different mimosas as well as margaritas, of course.

P.S. Maya also does a bottomless brunch but a little differently, it also includes bottomless small plates! So if you’re looking to eat a lot and drink a lot we’ve found your place.

Read our brunch review, here.

Maya, 1191 First Avenue, New York, NY 10065, (212) 585-1818

Viva Verde

For Cinco de Mayo this place is throwing their very own Cinco de Mayo festival. Offering live music, dancers, DJs, and special giveaways! They have a colorful rooftop and also offer brunch with items like avocado smash, salads, Mexican poutine, duck hash, bacon & egg tacos, and crêpes. They offer beer and eight, yes eight, different margarita flavors.

Viva Verde, 248 West 55th Street New York, NY 10019, (646) 657-0565

The Black Ant

Bottomless brunch alert! When you purchase a Platos Fuertes, which roughly translates to large/entree meal, you can get bottomless margaritas, mimosas or their Bloody Maria. The Platos Fuertes include items like a quesadilla, avocado, toast french toast and lots of egg dishes including an omelet.

The Black Ant, 60 Second Avenue, New York, NY 10003, (212) 598-0300

Gran Electrica

We’ve mentioned Gran Eletrica before in our Patio Brunch Guide but with this place offering quality and authentic Mexican menu amongst a lovely setting we thought why not bring them up again. If you’re looking for a meal with a bit of everything the Huevos Rancheros looks good – egg sunny side up, black beans, avocado, salsa, and tortillas. For something sweet they also offer churros and chocolate pudding. Wash it all down with a Bloody Mary or a freshly squeezed grapefruit juice.

Gran Electrica, 5 Front Street, Brooklyn, NY, (718) 852-2700

Brooklyn Cider House

Boasting Bushwick’s largest outdoor space (read: bring all your friends) and a pretty cool brunch menu with items like Spanish omelets, rice bowls, Cider House Nachos as well as their Hangover Helper that’s got chorizo, peppers, eggs, and potatoes. This Cinco de Mayo they’re also offering $2 tacos, guacamole and their special creation, cider-ritas.

Brooklyn Cider House, 1100 Flushing Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11237, (347) 295-0308

Tacuba (multiple locations)

How do you do pancakes Mexican style you ask. Easy. You top them with berry pico de gallo of course! That’s just one of the Mexican meets brunch items on offer. You can also order the “Benedictinos”, a play on the classic eggs benedict but with chile hollandaise sauce. Now for drinks, they offer six different types of margaritas as well as a Bloody Mary and the trusty old mimosa but this one has a hint of mango!

Tacuba, Astoria and Hell’s Kitchen locations.

Alex Gillies

NYC Associate Food Editor

A self-proclaimed "Southern Hemisphere Belle" originally from Melbourne, Australia who traded in flip flops for snow boots. She can often be found wandering the streets of New York listening to a podcast or tackling the city one diner, biscuit café, and Bloody Mary at a time.

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