Viva Mexico! Food & Drink Spots For This Festive Independence Day
Each year, at 11:00 pm on September 15th, the joyous shouts of El Grito de Dolores - “¡Viva México!” and “¡Viva la independencia!” are heard all over Mexico, signaling its independence (celebrated on September 16th) from the Spanish.
During Mexican Independence Day, the entire country is a patriotic party filled with festive foods such as pozole (a typical Mexican soup made with corn, pork and many other tasty ingredients) and celebratory drinks such as Tequila shots, Mezcal and sometimes even Pulque – an alcoholic beverage made from the fermented sap of the maguey (agave) plant.
In the spirit of celebrating this holiday in truest and most culturally-accurate form, we’ve opted for the delicious aged Reposado Tequila. While in the U.S. we tend to prep our margaritas with Tequila Blanco, today we’re going for the gold, and it’s worth every penny. Our personal fave, Blue Nectar Tequila, is a hand-crafted, super-premium Tequila focused on agave-forward flavor profiles and made from the highest quality ingredients. Since in Mexico one does not down shots the way we do in America, this fine Tequila is for toasting and sipping only... so cheers!
As for the food, well we’ve got a few ideas for you. Since – uncoincidentally – today also happens to be National Guacamole Day, we’ve rounded up three of our favorite guac spots in the city for you to enjoy with friends while sipping on our recommended golden Tequila.
Playa Betty’s – 320 Amsterdam Avenue
Made by the amazing Cali-born, Texas-raised, Mexican-American Chef Adriana Maldonado, it’s no surprise this spot’s guacamole made it to our top three list. Prepped with inventive ingredients like chopped red onions, jalapeños, pomegranate seeds, green peppers and toasted pumpkin seeds, this fun and delicious guac is paired with freshly-fried tortilla chips. Slightly sweet, somewhat spicy and definitely crunchy, this guac is an absolute must-have for your Mexican Independence Day fiesta.
Pampano – 209 East 49th Street
Placido Domingo's coastal-Mexican retreat in Midtown East is without doubt a tropical haven for food lovers everywhere, and on this guac-themed day? A whole new level. Created by Chef Lucero Martinez per Placido’s request, Pampano’s guacamole includes tomatoes, onions, cilantro, serrano peppers and some secret spices you’ll have to taste for yourself. Tonight, try out this spicy yet refreshing mix! And while you’re there, sip on the fruity deliciousness of the restaurant’s Maracuya Margarita. It’ll take your breath away.
Dos Caminos – 475 W Broadway
Every New Yorker knows that Dos Caminos guac is like no guac ever made. Chunky, flavorful and hot hot hot (to your taste), this traditional guacamole is served with a trio of salsas and warm corn tortilla chips, AKA totopos. Their spicy margs and fish tacos are bomb too, so don’t miss out!