This Is Where to Celebrate National Margarita Day in NYC

Thursdat, February 22nd is National Margarita Day, and New York City certainly knows how to celebrate. Mexican restaurants have been on an upsurge in recent years and some even boast their own tequila bars, meaning the quality of NYC’s margaritas is soaring. Whether you prefer rocks, a salted rim, a traditional, or today’s mod flavors, New York will do you right. Check out our picks for the best margaritas in New York City and specials to mark National Margarita Day. 

Pink Taco

Pink Taco is known for its rock ‘n’ roll vibe-dining in the heart of Times Square. Their Mexican-inspired fare is daringly imaginative, with specialties that include tacos with attitude and perfectly shaken margaritas. Celebrate Margarita Week in style at Pink Taco from February 22nd through February 28th. The "Something Pink" (above) dazzles with El Jimador, prickly pear purée, fresh lime juice, and agave nectar, while "Cock Fight" blends Partida Blanco, tangerines, cucumber, and fresh lime. "Ranch Water" offers a refreshing escape with its mix of Herradura Blanco, Topo Chico, and fresh lime. Fans of the frozen margarita will love the "Frozen Strawberry." 7 Times Sq., 212-315-8226, 

Havana Central

Havana Central Bulldog Margarita

Havana Central hosts a Latin party every day of the year. Offering live Latin music five days a week, this hip, vibrant locale also serves great margaritas. Enjoy the Don Julio Margarita or the 51 oz. Bulldog Margarita—a festive, color-splashed Don Julio Margarita for two with an upside-down Corona. 151 W. 46th St., 212-398-7441,

Bar Hugo

el tapatio bar hugo

The rooftop bar atop SoHo's swanky Hotel Hugo is offering its riff on the classic margarita. This Saturday between 5 and 10pm, its El Tapatío is on the menu for $10. It's a refreshing mix of Código Blanco, Combier d’Orange, cucumber, jalapeno, cilantro, and lime.  525 Greenwich St., 212-608-4848,


Let the flavor of key lime pie whisk you away to a tropical state of mind. Noho’s ATLA offers its Carlota’s Margarita, which is crafted with Casa Dragones blanco tequila, Cocchi Americano, Dolin Blanc, and lime curd. Beverage director Yana Volfson is the visionary behind the exotic libation. 372 Lafayette St., 347-662-3522,


temerario bar

True to its name (it's Spanish for brash), Temerario brings a bold, fearless interpretation of NY’s best Mexican food to Chelsea. The vast selection of tequilas and mezcals make this a perfect spot to celebrate National Margarita Day. You can choose among nearly 50 tequilas alone, representing blanco, reposado, añejo, and tequilas supremos. In addition to the classic margarita, don't miss the smoky jalapeno version. 198 Eighth Ave., 212-645-2100,

Vida Verde

Vida Verde

Vida Verde brings the tastes, colors, sounds, and scents of Mexico to Midtown West. NYC cocktail culture meets flavorful, shareable bites with contemporary twists here.  Explore the extensive margarita menu, which includes flavors such as tamarind, apricot thyme, mango habanero, and beyond. 248 W. 55th St., 646-657-0565,

Black Ant

The East Village’s sleek Black Ant serves up a Smoky Jalapeno Margarita, which mingles the flavors of Pueblo Viejo silver infused tequila with Cointreau, spritzes of lime and orange, some agave, and a dash of salt. Yum. 60 Second Ave., 212-598-0300, 



Cosme’s contemporary Mexican-inspired cuisine is complemented by an extensive drink list, which boasts a range of artisanal spirits. Those who yearn for the fresh flavor of a margarita will enjoy Cosme’s blend of Cimarrón Blanco, Combier, and lime. It's made by Yana Volfson, the beverage director. 35 E. 21st St., 212-913-9659,

El Centro

A range of fruity margaritas is on the menu at colorful Hell's Kitchen Mexican hotspot El Centro. Flavors include coconut, mango, strawberry, raspberry, guava, pomegranate, tamarind, passionfruit, and even ginger. 824 Ninth Ave., 646-763-6585,

Broken Shaker at Freehand Hotel

tres agaves broken shaker

Tropical hideout Broken Shaker NYC will be adding affordable margaritas to its Miami-inspired mix. On National Margarita Day, catch sweeping city views and elevated margaritas at a discount: guests get $5 off each Tres Agaves Margarita purchased from 4pm until 2am. 23 Lexington Ave., 212-475-1920,


Contemporary establishment Fonda lures foodies and cocktail enthusiasts to two locations—one in the East Village and the other in Chelsea. Its margarita menu offers a few unexpected fusions such as the Rosalita—a signature frozen hibiscus margarita crafted with silver tequila, hibiscus, orange liqueur, lime juice, and a hibiscus garnished rim. 40 Ave. B, 212-677-4096,

Dos Caminos

dos caminos margaritas

All February long, Mexican hot spot Dos Caminos is running a margarita special—although it's off the menu. You'll have to ask for their newest concoction, the Pina Maria, which is a diabolical blend of Bandero Blanco Tequila, pineapple juice, agave, and lime. It's topped with a rosemary salt rim. All four Dos Caminos locations in NYC (Meatpacking, SoHo, Times Square, and Park Avenue) are also offering house favorite margaritas that include the Jalapeno, Grilled Grapefruit, Blackberry Ginger, and premium option The Millionaire, which brings together Don Julio 1942, Grand Marnier 100, and fresh lime juice. Times Square, 1567 Broadway, 212-918-1330,, and other locations


Choose from Javelina’s “Frozen” or “Rocks” margarita menu: classic, strawberry, and avocado & cilantro are just a few of the enticing frozen options, while the traditional, jalapeno, prickly pear, and green pepper hail from the rocks side. Either way, drink up! 119 E. 18th St., 212-539-0202, 


Lamano Margarita

Helmed by Chef Jose Fuentes, intimate Spanish tapas and wine bar Lamano offers a jalapeno-infused blanco tequila made with Fino sherry, citrusy lime juice, and some sweetness from agave syrup. Whether you prefer uptown or downtown, there’s bound to be a Lamano within proximity. Hell’s Kitchen is the latest locale to debut, alongside the Chelsea and West Village haunts. 688 Tenth Ave.. 646-559-0989,

About the Author

Regina Molaro is a freelancer writer whose work spans from luxury to fashion, art, lifestyle, and beauty. Her work has appeared in Modern Luxury Hawai‘i, as well as Bespoke Magazine and In Season—the in-house magazines at the St. Regis and Mandarin Oriental New York.

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