Friday Finds: Cinco de Mayo Meets Derby Day in NYC

May 4, 2012

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With the weekend right around the corner, New York tourists and locals alike are looking forward to the Cinco de Mayo and the Kentucky Derby festivities all around the city. Both events have been known for drawing big crowds, lots of booze and all-around festive celebrations.

It will not be hard to find a party this weekend, but here is a roundup of some of the best picks for Cinco de Mayo and Derby Day celebrations.

Derby Day

“10 Best Spots To Celebrate “Cinco De Derby” This Weekend” via Gothamist includes one of The Purple Passport’s New York spots, Stone Rose Lounge, which will feature Derby food, televised races and Stone Rose’s Derby outfit competitions: “If you forget a Derby hat, fear not, there’ll be a pop-up shop on site.” [Gothamist]

Like the Derby outfit theme? “The Plaza’s Rose Club has them all beat with their “Best Hat” competition: The winner scores special-edition Woodford Reserve Kentucky Derby bourbon.” And if you’re staying at/visiting The Plaza, the Caudalie Vinothérapie SPA at The Plaza would provide much-needed recovery from weekend celebrations. [Grub Street New York]

Cinco de Mayo

Aside from lists Cinco de Mayo pub crawls, CBS New York also includes another restaurant featured in The Purple Passport, Rosa Mexicano. “The food is delicious, but the Cinco de Mayo beverages are out of this world.” [CBS New York]

Restaurant Girl also recommends Rosa Mexicano. “Year round, you’ll find roving guacamole carts and pitcher-sized margaritas, but for Cinco de Mayo, they’re pulling out all the stops, including a mariachi band.” [Restaurant Girl]

No matter which event you decide to celebrate, the parties are sure to start early and drag long into the night. Enjoy the weekend doubleheader festivities, and don’t forget to have your Advil handy Sunday morning.
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