Where to Celebrate Mexican Independence Day in New York and Las Vegas

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The Mija Chronicles

Chiles en Nogada is a traditional Mexican dish that includes poblano peppers stuffed with picadillo, meat, aromatics, fruits, spices and a cream sauce made from walnuts and pomegranate seeds.

Get ready to kick back with some tequila and Mexican food! Starting on September 12th until the 16th, restaurants across the country will be celebrating Mexican Independence Day. The holiday, known as El Grito, symbolizes the culture and history recognizing Mexico’s independence from Spain. To remember those who fought in the war, cities such as New York and Las Vegas are hosting events specializing in Mexican food and drinks.

Here’s what to expect from these two cities.

New York: Rosa Mexicano will feature a special menu for the holiday that includes a traditional dish. Chiles en Nogada ($17) are “poblano peppers filled with picadillo, a mixture of shredded meat, aromatics, fruits and spices, topped with a walnut- based cream sauce and pomegranate seeds.” Dos Caminos will feature traditional food and drinks and also offer a unique cooking class. Executive chef Ivy Stark from Dos Caminos will sign copies of his book and lead the class in making Mexico City- style dishes and cocktails.

Las Vegas: Border Grill will host “tequila-paired dinners” for “authentic Oaxacan and Michoacan flavors of Mexico.” Chef Minor will create cocktails using French oak barrels to highlight the special aromas and flavors of the tequilas. At Tacos & Tequila, Chef Saul Ortiz will have specials such as street tacos using “lengua (tongue), buche (tripe), and chapulin (grasshoppers).” He will also create a cocktail menu using Cazadores tequila and Dos Equis. And to top off the celebration, Enrique Iglesias will be performing at The Cosmopolitan. The after party will also be held there and will feature Mexican Chinese cuisine by chef  Jose Andres.

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All events are limited and require an admission fee. They can be found at the restaurant’s or venue’s home page.