Why Neon Desert is Unlike any Other Festival

Neon Desert

There are countless music festivals around the world, but none have as much character and Latino flavor as Neon Desert in El Paso, Texas. Here’s how you know you’re at Neon Desert.

Because It’s Neon, Duh!

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The festival is set up with neon everything — neon arrangements, streamers — you name it. And DJ Flume was the festival’s highlight after accompanying his set with a neon light show.

The Range of Music is WIDE

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From Passion Pit, J. Cole, Cypress Hill, Slightly Stoopid and more. Neon Desert has your taste covered.

Two Words: Silent Disco

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At the silent disco, you’re in control and listen to the DJ of your choosing.

And because it’s in El Paso…

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You know fans are here for good music and good tacos. Because …

The Taco Game is on Another Level

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Where else can you find blue tortillas to go with your tacos al pastor?

READ: 13 Dishes El Pasoans Can’t Get Enough Of

Snacks are also on Point

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With Papas Locas: lime and chile drizzled potato chips …

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… and an elotero!

READ: Types of People You Only Run Into at Neon Desert

You Get Your Coffee Fix in a Cable Car

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Neon Desert is set up next to The Coffee Box – a coffee shop made of two recycled cargo containers. How cool is that?

There’s Another Kind of Show …

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When you’re not jamming out to live music, you can take a mini artwalk and check out the work of local artists.

Musicians Aren’t the Only Performers

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There is other entertainment going on off stage.

Does Your Festival Do This?

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Music artists go all out to put on a stellar show.

Mexican Restaurants in New York that will Blow Your Mind

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Mexican Restaurants in New York that will Blow Your Mind

Mexican Restaurant

Let’s be honest, New York gets hated on constantly about its Mexican food. It may not compete with the Southwest, but there is good Mexican food in Nueva York. You just need to know where to go.

Mesa Coyoacan


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Mesa Coyoacan is named after the Mexico City neighborhood where Chef Ivan Garcia grew up. They’ve got chilaquiles, sopes, chiles en nogada and tacos, which come three per order on delicious handmade tortillas.

372 Graham Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211  (718) 782-8171

The Black Ant

East Village

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The Black Ant is a contemporary Mexican restaurant that takes traditional ingredients and adds a twist. They’ve got fries made out of nopales, guacamole with chunks of mango, and, if you’re craving something crunchy, fried grasshoppers with chile and limón.

60 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003  (212) 598-0300

READ: 13 People and Places Keeping San Francisco’s Latino Roots Alive


East Village, Park Slope, Chelsea

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Fonda offers “cantina style” Nuevo Mexican cuisine. Try some queso fundido with chorizo, a mango margarita or their guacamole, which is made to order.

East Village: 40 Avenue B, New York, NY 10009  (646) 854-8581   Park Slope: 434 7th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215  (718) 369-3144   Chelsea: 189 9th Ave, New York, NY 10011  (917) 525-5252

Dos Toros

East Village

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If it’s a San Francisco, Mission-style burrito you crave, then head to Dos Toros. Founded by two Bay Area transplants, the burritos are the size of your forearm and just as big on flavor.

137 4th Ave, New York, NY 10003  (212) 677-7300

READ: Latino Dishes That’ll Cure Anything


Crown Heights

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Chavela’s offers Mexican comfort food at its best. You up for some crab taquitos or tacos de nopales? Wash ’em down with a cucumber margarita or spicy michelada.

736 Franklin Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238  (718) 622-3100

La Lucha NYC

East Village

Are you a rudo or tecnico? If you like your Mexican street food with a side of Lucha libre kitsch, then this is the place for you!

147 Ave A, New York, NY 10009  (212) 260-0235

La Esquina


If the sight of this tinga platter doesn’t make your mouth water and make you head straight to La Esquina in SoHo, then you are on your own.

114 Kenmare St, New York, NY 10012  (646) 613-7100

Rosa Mexicano


There are three locations of Rosa Mexicano to choose from: East 50s, West 60s and Flatiron. The food is referred to as “upscale,” which pretty much is code for pricey, but if you can spare the lana it may be worth it. Just make sure you’re in the mood for crab, duck or lamb.

Flatiron: 9 E 18th St, New York, NY 10003  (212) 533-3350   Upper West Side: 61 Columbus Ave, New York, NY 10023  (212) 977-7700   Midtown East: 1063 1st Ave, New York, NY 10022

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Hecho en Dumbo


This spot in the Bowery started off as a fin de semana pop-up in Dumbo, hence the name. The scene may be a little too hip, but what keeps people coming back are the delicious antojito-style plates.

354 Bowery, New York, NY 10012  (212) 937-4245



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If you’re ready to spend some cash, Pampano has two different spaces. One sells upscale coastal Mexican cuisine, another space has tapas and cocktails and the third space is a “secret” lunch-only Taqueria.

209 E 49th St, New York, NY 10017  (212) 751-4545  and  805 3rd AveNew York, NY 10022  (212) 751-5257

Puebla Mini Market

Sunset Park

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Enough of the fancy stuff. For tortas you have to check out Puebla Mini Market in Sunset Park. There are over 30 kinds of tortas to choose from and they all start with beautiful bolillos.

3908 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11232  (718) 435-3326

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