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5 Places to Celebrate Cinco de Mayo on the North Fork

Restaurants and pubs feature specials for the day focusing on Mexican heritage and pride.

Cinco de Mayo happy hours are starting up or are about to start up Saturday afternoon on the North Fork and Shelter Island. Here are a few places to offer specials in honor of the Mexican holiday:

Mixologist Kim has been hard at work behind the bar. Ask her for a Fuzzy Worm, a Nazi Taco or a Salty Chihuahua, or one of the bar's rare tequilas. 

This eclectic bar on Route 25 offers $3 margaritas and tequila specials, half-priced nachos and quesadillas, happy hour from 4 to 7 p.m. and the Kentucky Derby on TV. Live music from local band Loose Ends begins at 8 p.m.

This longstanding winery will feature Latin music for dancing and white and red sangria to quench the thirst all afternoon. Dancing demonstrations and lessons will also be available.

Popular Santana Tribute band Abraxas will rock the tasting room at this Sound Avenue winery Saturday afternoon.

If you happen to be across the pond on the island this everning, check out a free tasting at this authentic Mexican restaurant in Shelter Island Heights. Lots of salsa, guacamole and chips, steak, chicken tamales, tacos, pico de gallo, empanadas and more will be available. The party starts at 5 p.m. and ends at 8 p.m. Stars is located at 17 Grand Avenue. Call 631-749-5345 for more information.

Diana Gordon May 06, 2012 at 11:10 AM
Readers should know that another fine choice for Cinco de Mayo is the old Meson Ole on Third Street in Greenport. Now that a Mexican family is running it (the previous folks were Colombian) the food is authentic and delicious. It was hopping last night. My seafood enchiladas were very tasty--stuffed with shrimp and chuncks of a bone fish--and the nachos were among the best I've had.

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