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NYC's 5 Best Bars For Latin Cocktails

New York Authentic Mexican Restaurant Week kicked off Sunday, meaning a number of Mexican restaurants in the city are opening their doors and offering discounts (see the full list here). Here are the best haunts to make a toast to Latin American culture. By Selena Ricks-Good.
Margarita Francesca
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Rosa Mexicano

9 E. 19th St.
New York, NY
(212) 533-3350

National restaurant chain Rosa Mexicano has partnered with Gran Marnier to offer a special cocktail, the Margarita Francesca, through October 15 for Hispanic Heritage Month. The drink reverses the proportions of a traditional margarita, using 1.5 oz. Grand Marnier, 1 oz. Alma Tequila, 1 oz. lime juice, 1/2 oz. orange juice and 1/2 oz. simple syrup.

Hecho En Dumbo
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Hecho En Dumbo

354 Bowery
New York, NY
(212) 937-4245

Tucked away on the ever-changing Bowery, Hecho En Dumbo (formerly of Brooklyn) serves an upscale take on Mexican street food with sophisticated cocktails to match. Try the Esmeralda (muddled cucumber and basil with Farmer's Botanical Gin, Ilegal Joven Mezcal and lime juice) or the Flor Morada (Organic Crop Vodka, hibiscus flower tea, Combier orange liqueur and lime juice).

La Palapa
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La Palapa Cocina Mexicana

77 St. Mark's Place
New York, NY
(212) 777-2537

La Palapa is already known for weekly cocktail specials such as Sangria Sundays--$10 for pitchers of White Hibiscus Sangria and Red Citrus Sangria all day and night. From Monday, Sept. 26 through Friday, Sept. 30, the restaurant will offer nightly tequila and mezcal tastings featuring a different brand each night. In the meantime, try house cocktails such as  the Tamarind Cosmo (Absolut Mandarin, tamarind and fresh lime) or the Pink Cadillac Low Rider Margarita (Cuervo Gold Tequila, Grand Marnier, lime juice and pomegranate juice in a chile and salt-rimmed glass).

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Crema Restaurante

111 W. 17th St.
New York, NY
(212) 691-4477

Margaritas, mojitos and micheladas are given a culinary twist at this stylish restaurant by chef/owner Julieta Ballesteros fusing Mexican cuisine with French presentation. Try the Guava Chipotle Margarita, Basil Ginger Beer Mojito or the Pineapple Michelada for a refreshing start to your night.

Oficina Latina

Oficina Latina

24 Prince St.
New York, NY
(646) 381-2555

See Also: NYC's Top Tapas

This vintage chic hotspot in Nolita offers a creative tapas menu that will take you on a culinary tour of the Pan American Highway. Pair the small dishes such as arepas and spicy meatballs with inventive cocktails such as Cilantro Avocado Margaritas, Orange Ginger Margaritas, Blackberry Caipirinhas and other seasonal concoctions.

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Selena Ricks-Good writes about drinks and produces events as The Dizzy Fizz.

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