Cinco de Mayo. You barely understand what it's even celebrating, but understand this -- come May 5th, we're throwing Luncha Libre: The Thrillist Taco Knockout, for which we procured infinity free beers and a warehouse in Brooklyn, and invited some of our favorite eateries to make truly once-in-a-lifetime taco creations. Then you get to judge them and crown a winner, who actually gets a lucha libre championship belt
Keep reading to see some of the tacos that'll be served, plus a few other essentials. Then buy your tickets right here
The party is at Villain. If you've never been to a converted warehouse in Brooklyn, now is the time..
... because it's going to house 10 stands (GA tickets get you five tastings, VIP gets you all 10) that will deliciously push the outer boundaries of taco-making with entries like this El Perro Meximus from Los Perros Locos: a deep-fried tortilla stuffed with a hot dog (of course), grilled corn kernels, crushed Fritos, and crumbled chorizo
Another contender: this bad boy from the not-even-open-yet Tequila Park in the Hudson Hotel. Their chef is leveraging his Central American roots and "so much love" to create this taco/gordita/pupusa mindbender that rocks two tortillas stocked with roasted mushrooms and ground merguez, which're topped with beans, shredded lamb belly, and "most importantly", a mint, jalapeno, serrano, and tomatillo salsa
NY Sushi Ko, another to-come joint on the LES, will let you preview their work with a taco created solely from Japanese flavors including a crispy wonton shell, uni, myoga, cukes, and smashed wasabi peas on top.