LIQUID COURAGE
Happy Margarita Day!
Sotto 13, the Italian hot spot which recently opened in West Village, offers 2 varieties of delicious margaritas. Their signature Watermelon Margarita is made with watermelon-infused pavoneo blanco tequila, fresh watermelon juice and citrus squeeze. Also on the menu is their Mango Margarita, with pavoneo blanco tequila and fresh mango puree. Both can be purchased for $12. The 40/40 Club, Jay Z's upscale restaurant and sports lounge, offers mouth-watering margaritas made with Jose Cuervo tequila and come in passion fruit, peach, strawberry and mango. The bar reopened last year following a $10 million renovation and expansion to include stadium style seating, 5 exclusive lounges and gold plated baseball bats lining the wall. 40/40's margaritas can be purchased for $13. Lantern’s Keep, the intimate cocktail salon located inside the historic Iroquois Hotel in the Theater District is a dimly-lit secret gem that serves perfectly-crafted artisan cocktails. Celebrate National Margarita Day with their Tequila Maid, made with tequila, lime, shaken with mint & cucumber for $15. Hakkasan New York is celebrating this momentous day with their signature Bird's Eye Margarita for $17. The fun cocktail is made with bird's eye chili-infused llegal Joven Mezcal, Pierre Ferrand dry curacao, lime juice, agave nectar, pineapple juice and creole bitters. Enjoy the tasty cocktail in their Ling Ling Lounge or with a meal in the main dining room. Spice Market will be celebrating National Margarita Day by serving its signature Ginger Margarita pitchers at half price, just $24. The boozy concoction was created by Jean-Georges Vongerichten and includes Sauza 'Hornitos' Reposado Tequila, ginger, lime, and ginger salt. You can even make it yourself, with this recipe.
RESTAURANT 101
Mexican Done Well
MARGARITAS
Midtown Kitchen & Bar

Located less than 20 feet from Clark/Lake (Transit for the Blue Line, Brown Line, Green Line, Orange Line, Pink Line, and the Purple Line), on 203 N LaSalle, Midtown is the home to quality bar bites and wondrous drink specials. The cozy, casual and adult venue is perfect for dinners with friends, meet-ups with coworkers and post-theatre gatherings. The staff is attentive and friendly, and food/beverages are delivered with sizzling swiftness.

The list of gourmet cocktails include thirteen types of martinis, three types of margaritas, five signature mixed drinks, and four types of mojitos. The brewery of the month (currently Samuel Adams –Winter Lager) is available for $3 all day, every day.

RESTAURANT 101
Grab the Bull by the Horns at El Parador

El Parador is one of the oldest names on the block...but that's no reason to write it off, it's stuck around for a reason! This joint opened up in 1959 and shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon. Owner Jose "Alex" Alejandro took the reins from his father, who acquired the restaurant in 1990. Blockheads loyals will start singing a different tune once they step into this quaint and cozy Mexican hub. They have all your favorite dishes and some more unique selections, including Jalapenos Rellenos (jalapenos stuffed with anejo cheese or chunky peanut butter) and Mexican Fried Ice Cream. The staff is friendly and the customers are always enjoying themselves and coming back for more. It's best to make a reservation because even in the middle of the week, this place is hopping.

BEST OF
Most Fun Mexican in NY

'Tis the season for margaritas! Mexican food is rarely boring, especially in our great city of New York. Check out our list below of the best places to have fun while getting your fajita fix.

With a name like Señorita Margarita’s Maracas, you know you’re in for a wild night out. This Greenwich Avenue hot spot is a great place for loud music and authentic Mexican fare. The restaurant offers daily specials like Margarita Madness on Mondays, Gringo Bingo on Tuesdays, Karaoke Wednesdays, Free Birthday Celebrations on Thursdays, College Night on Fridays, and All You Can Drink Brunches on Saturdays and Sundays. Maracas is known for being an ideal place to hold all types of celebrations without breaking the bank. See for yourself, the pictures on their website are definitely worth 1000 words.

BAR CRAWLS
Outside the Margarita

Cinco de Mayo may still be a few weeks away, but it's never too early to start preparing for a perfect fiesta. Even if you're planning to "crawl" (we're hoping not literally...") from bar to bar, consider throwing a mini pre-party solely to show off your "bartending" skills. No need to be a pro - these recipes are simple, festive, and practically scream, "Drink me!"

Even for those who swear they never take shots, these are too attractive to resist.

  • 12 limes, ends trimmed, cut crosswise in half
  • 2 1/4 cups fresh orange juice
  • 5 tablespoons grenadine syrup
  • 1 teaspoon (generous) salt
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Premium tequila
IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Beneath the Tequila Chandelier

Grab a couple of coworkers after work and head to Teqa to relax with margaritas by master mixologists beneath a chandelier of tequila bottles. The menu consists of various flavored margaritas and tequila cocktails concocted by John Laymeyer and Naren Young to start you off, then you can follow with modern Mexican appetizers and entreés by regular Food Network cronie, Lisa Schoen. She's also NY Yankees Derek Jeter's personal chef, so you know the food won't disappoint. The taqueria officially opens to the public tonight, but we're sure you'll be in good company - last week's private opening saw Jersey Shore's Snooki canoodling with model Jessica White, Teqa owner Derek Axelrod, and Real Housewives of New York star Kelly Bensimon. Who knows, maybe you'll end up with a tour of the J-Shore house if Snooks gets enough in her. Kidding, sort of.

443 3rd Ave btw. 30th & 31st Sts., (212) 213.3223

NOTABLES
Grab Your Tequila and Limes...It's National Margarita Day!

Just when returning to work after the (hopefully) eventful 3-day weekend (that you probably haven't fully recovered from yet) seems unbearable, National Margarita Day comes to ease your pain. If you can't make a mid-day escape (hey, it's 5 o'clock somewhere right?) you can head straight from the office to unwind with something tall and strong at one of the following spots, reknown for their delicious 'ritas. It won't matter if you're normally not a tequila fan - you won't even taste it.

Along with three varieties each of the well-known bar staples, Cuervo, Sauza, and Patrón, the West Village's Caliente Cab Co. also serves up lesser-known-but-equally-scrumptious tequilas like Mezcal (named for the Mezcal worm in the bottom), the handmade El Tesoro, Cabo Wabo, and others. Their specialty 24-ounce margarita may seem steep (at $14 blended, $16 on the rocks), but they're entirely worth it. The bartenders somehow manage to mix a considerable amount of tequila with a couple splashes of juice to concoct the perfect balance of sweet and sour - and you get to keep the glass as a souvenir.