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Cinco de Mayo --- WHERE????

I posted this on NY STATE as well ---

Where are peeps going tomorrow night to have fun? I really would love a great fresh suggestion.

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  1. A "Mexican" restaurant is the last place you'll find me on May 5th. I'll be home, making margaritas that aren't sickly sweet, like you find at just about every restaurant, and food that is a step up from the "jack" covered dishes at these restaurants.

    That said, I'd love to hear some recs on some good, authentic Mexican restaurants for some other night. Places that don't kill their tequila with Rose's or sour mix.

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    1. re: tommy

      A place with authentic Mexican fare and a well-stocked, well-executed bar would truly be a find.

      1. re: MGZ

        Rosa Mexicano in Hackensack comes close.

        1. re: tommy

          i was just looking at their site! I have heard of Hacienda in Paterson, Zapata (which I think we were unimpressed with), on the border ..... maybe we will try Rosa Mexicano - or else maybe we'll stay local at Ole Ole in Suffern. I would also rather do a celebration at home - but no locals to invite - maybe we'll bring the tequila to tommy's?!

          1. re: smilingal

            Just make sure it's 100% agave!

              1. re: Tapas52

                Indeed his restaurants are pretty damned good. A nice addition to NJ.

    2. Two good bets...Red Cadillac in Union, and for superlative latin food and quality drinkypoos, Patria in Rahway.

        1. Cinco de Mayo, like St. Patrick's Day is an ethnic holiday appropriated by Americans while met with indifference within the home countries (although Cinco De Mayo is somewhat more of a big deal in Puebla, Mexico, where the majority of Mexican immigrants in NJ are from). Oh well, Yanks always looking for an excuse to party!

          Normally I would never consider going to a Mexican joint on Cinco, but I have been jonesing for some Mexican food as of late. Solution? Takeout from North of the Border! Should be interesting to see if the lack of tables and bar will cut down on the crowds...

          1. I have yet to find really good authentic Mexican in Central Jersey. The old Tortuga's in Trenton is a decent substitute, as well as a few places in Lambertville. But none of them are either really good, or really authentic.

            Ended up at Palate in Newtown, PA last night for another lovely dinner. -mJ

            1. ended up at Hacienda Don Manuel - good - great salsa! - service wasn't but expected for the night.