It’s Cinco de Mayo — one of the biggest days of the year along East 116th Street and across East Harlem, which since the 1990s has become home to one of the largest clusters of Mexican small businesses citywide.

 

Take a stroll for dinner, since most restaurants are gearing up with specials on everything from cemitas to huarachesaguas frescas to mangonadas. Your walking guide:

 

116TH STREET:
La Marqueta — Park Avenue & 116th Street, hosting D.J.s and beer by Baja Brewing Co., and food by El KallejonQuesadillas Dõna Maty & CakeBurgers
La Chula — 137 East 116th (Lex)
Quesadillas Dõna Maty III — 158 East 116th (Lex/Third)
El Mango Loko — 218 East 116th (Third/Second)
Hot Jalapeño — 219 East 116th (Third/Second)
Quesadillas Dõna Maty I — 228 East 116th (Third/Second)
Taco Mix — 234 East 116th (Third/Second)
Changarrito del Barrio / Mexico Travel — 238 East 116th (Third/Second)
San Agustin Bakery — 249 East 116th (Third/Second)
Las Delicias Mexicanas — 2109 Third (115th/116th)
La Avenida — 2247 First (115th/116th)

 

 

FURTHER NORTH:
Bistro Casa Azul— 343 Pleasant (118th/119th)
Guajillo Mexican Kitchen — 2277 First (117th)
El Kallejon —  209 East 117th (Third/Second)

 

FURTHER SOUTH:
Sidewalk Tacos — 2163 Second (111th/112th)
Made In Mexico — 2161 Second (111th/112th)
El Paso Restaurante — 123 East 110th (Park/Lex)
Quesadillas Dõna Maty II — 225 East 110th (Third/Second)
Las Panteras Negras — 2130 Second (109th/110th)
Cascalote Latin Bistro — 2126 Second (109th/110th)
Cafe Ollin — 339 East 108th (Second/First)
El Aguila — 1634 Lexington (103rd)
El Tepeyac Taqueria — 1621 Lexington (102nd/103rd)
Burritos y Mas — 1571 Lexington (100th/101st)
El Paso Taqueria — 64 97th Street (Madison/Park).

 


Images of Quesadillas Dõna Maty’s first, second and third locations thanks to local photographer Evi Abeler.

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