Rosa Mexicano - First Avenue
Rosa Mexicano - First Avenue

Rosa Mexicano - First Avenue

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.rosamexicano.com/
  • Phone: 2127537407x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch (Saturday and Sunday only) : 12 pm - 4 pm
    Dinner Nightly:
    Monday 5:00 PM - 10:30 PM
    Tuesday - Friday 5:00 PM - 11:30 PM
    Saturday 4:00 PM - 11:30 PM
    Sunday 4:00 PM - 10:30 PM

  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Mexican, Contemporary Mexican
  • Executive Chef: Ignacio Cotzomi
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: We offer a full range of catering options: buffet stations, prix fixe menus, family style menus, passed hors d'ouvres, etc. We also offer off-premise catering for groups of all sizes. For Large Party Reservations, please contact Amira Gertz at 212.397.0666 x40 or email at sball@rosamexicano.com
  • Private Party Facilities: We can accommodate up to 12 in our dining room for a la carte or family style dinners. We can also accommodate up to 150 for daytime events or evening buyout events. Partial room buyouts are also available. Please contact Amira Gertz at 212.397.0666 ext. 29 or email at agertz@rosamexicano.com.
  • Private Party Contact: Amira Gertz 2123970666x29
  • Entertainment: On special occasions, we frequently have guest musicians and/or mariachis present to heighten the festive atmosphere. Please contact the restaurant directly with questions.
  • Special Events: HAPPY HOUR AT CANTINA BAR | DAILY, 5-7 pm
    Half-price select cocktails and appetizers will make you very happy for much more than an hour.

    FESTIVAL DE HELADOS | JULY 31-AUG 24
    Desserts inspired by classic savory dishes such as guacamole, tamales and empanadas, and paired with handmade ice creams and sorbets infused with Mexican flavors ranging from prickly pear to chili-spiced chocolate.



Getting there

  • Cross Street: 58th Street
  • Public Transit: 4,5,6, N,R, W to 59th Street/ Lexington, M15 to 57th + 1st
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: There are many public garages in the area.
A word from Rosa Mexicano - First Avenue
Our flagship location opened its doors on First Avenue in 1984. From the moment you arrive, old world charm permeates your dining experience through authentic Mexican colors and rustic folk art. Traditional amate gods greet you at the front entrance and brightly colored papel picado hangs from the ceiling. Corn tortillas are made on site and an exposition grill further seduces your senses. With its warm ambiance and outstanding cuisine, this Rosa Mexicano location has remained a perennial New York favorite for over 25 years.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerMexican
Rosa Mexicano - First Avenue reviews from OpenTable diners
148 reviews since May 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (69)neighborhood gem (63)good for groups (57)special occasion (41)romantic (27)vibrant bar scene (23)hot spot (22)kid-friendly (22)great for lunch (10)late-night find (9)great for brunch (7)notable wine list (4)Show More
  • Great Mexican
    princie
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    Rosa Mexicano is a great neighborhood restaurant which is cozy and consistently good! The margaritas are the best in the city
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    The best guacemole ever! Fantastic soft tacos, a lot of food for the amount we paid! When I come back to nyc I will go to this restaurant! Service was also perfect, and they served norwegian water! Big plus!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome time!
    FullandHappy
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Rosa Mexicano is a place I will definitely be going to again! Great pomegranate margaritas (the tequila was nice and strong) and they sang "Happy Birthday!" in the cutest way possible. Definitely a great place to spend a night out with the girls and just celebrate!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • deliciousVIP
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    love rosa always go back food service ambience gr8 as are hosts
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun evening, good price
    BigDave
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    We booked this restaurant hoping it would be a good place for a group of us to enjoy a good meal, and it was that. The staff were very efficient and helpful and the menu was varied with reasonable prices. The food was tasty but I must say not as spicey as I had hoped. They have one, two or three stars for mild to very hot.... I love Mexican food and although this was very tasty, it didn't have the zing I was expecting. Having said that we did have a good time, and thoroughly enjoyed our evening.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Mexican Fare
    Bill
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    Excellent food, great server who knew what sangrita was and could recommend appropriate taquils. When thinking of Mexican food Rosa Mexicano always comes to mind first.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 102 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 25, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 1148 reviews are from the Rosa Mexicano - First Avenue reviews archive.
  • Mexican food at it's best
    gdfdmavineVIP
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Rosa Mexicano never disappoints. Our server Jay was sterling as usual. He remembered our drink order as we were there 2months ago. He also was helpful in suggesting I order a double portion of the spare rib appetizer. The dinner was as good as always. It's been our tradition to come here every Memorial Day weekend. The guacamole is always the best as well as their signature margaritas.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A wonderful Evening
    hostess67
    Dined on 5/19/2014
    I had to book a table for 8 very last minute. 3 of the guests were children and 6 were out-of-towners. I had been to the Union Square area one once and enjoyed the food but they were full so we tried first avenue. The setting there is much more intimate though you we were at a table for 8. We were in our own corner and it felt like a private party. The service was excellent and everyone enjoyed their meal. When you have an evening with friends and family and all you remember was how delicious the food was and how much fun it was to be together, that is a successful dining experience.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delighliocious
    TasteMatters
    Dined on 5/19/2014
    Excellent service food and experience mole sauce amazing perfect night
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best gourmet Mexican cuisine
    DocPaul
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    I continue to go back because it is delicious, romantic and fun! service has always been great. BEST GUACAMOLE ANYWHERE! The braised short ribs, lamb shank, crab salad and Bodin des Tortillas are my favorite dishes, but you can't go wrong with any menu item. The espresso flan is yum!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Guacamole heaven
    OpinionatorVIP
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    Great Mexican food at every course! Staff helpful and very well trained.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Neighborhood atmosphere
    Letsomeoneelsecook
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    I have been to other Rosa Mexicanas, both in NY and Minneapolis. This one has the same great food (excellent guacamole prepared at your table) but a less upscale atmosphere. It feels more like a neighborhood Mexican restaurant. It was also less crowded than some of the others - due to location I'm sure.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Food
    SRO22VIP
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    We often try something new and are always very pleased!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best guacamole in town
    JoanR
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Any food we have had there is good, but the guacamole is a must. It is made at the table, very fresh and amazing.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great sangria!
    J10022VIP
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    I came here for their happy hour, so I cannot speak on behalf of their main courses, but the appetizers were great and the sangria was refreshing and fruity! The pork belly and scallop tacos and the queso fundido are must haves! The bar area is pretty small, so I wouldn't come here with big groups. I can't wait to come back to try the guacamole.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Cinco de Mayo
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/5/2014
    Happy party place for Cinco de Mayo. It was hectic and filled up completely. You would think they were giving the fool away. They were not! Our bill was over $130 and we only had two margaritas. My sister's steak was excellent. I did not like my mahi tacos. The guacamole was not as good as usual and they did not make it table side. This restaurant is much better during normal days.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 5/5/2014
    Truly the best qucamole I ever had. Good food and great drinks. Would highly recommend the restaurant.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience
    princie
    Dined on 5/5/2014
    Food and margaritas are consistently good! Always enjoy going Rosa Mexicano
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Something off tonight
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    We love this restaurant...but tonight was a little off. Both time to receive food and taste of food was not what we expectrd.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent food.
    excelletn
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    I was with 2 other lady friends and we had long conversations. Waiter was very patient and attentive. Did not rush us at all. Enjoyed everything.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always great.
    Mike
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    A favorite of my wife & I. On the expensive side, but worth it.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food not so good
    Ccoolnp
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    We just went 2 nights ago. Guacamole with chips and sangria were good. We were 4 in our party and 3 ordered the same main entrée.. chicken with mole.. none of us liked it. If it was one person.. ok maybe it was just that persons food.. but when its 3 people?? Something isn't right. Rice was bland.. there was no crema, or guac, or salsa, or anything to give that chicken mole flavor. Its a shame because all of us love Mexican food.. this was not the place for it. I spent $117 for 2 people and didn't enjoy it.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • excelente
    gaby
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    Me encantó la comida, el ambiente y la atención. Excelente el guacamole, los postres y la sangría. Muy bonita la decoración. Muy grata la experiencia. Volvería de todas maneras a probar otros platos o para salir con amigos para compartir una celebración.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Kid-Friendly, Good for Groups, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Late-Night Find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great
    NYCDiner
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    Havent been to Rosa Mexicano in awhile. As I live around the corner it made sense to try it again. It was wonderful. While the food was good, the service was extraordinary. I asked the server to turn down the music and she said absolutely and then apologized for taking so long ( it took 5 minutes). What's more another server came by to thank me for making that request as she agreed it was way too loud. The food was good, not as great as I remember, but would certainly go back.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • tasty mexican
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    great guacamole, delicious enchiladas with mole sauce, yummy margaritas. loud and lively upfront, quieter for conversation in back. not cheap, but that's the neighborhood.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not the usual
    midtownVIP
    Dined on 4/15/2014
    This isn't your usual taco joint. Though no longer alone in offering Mexican with a flair, it's still consistently good.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Passover again!
    ronnibret
    Dined on 4/14/2014
    The second year that we've had our seder meal at Rosa and all our friends are jealous and want to join us next time. Fun, bountiful riff on the real thing makes us keep coming back! Join us in 2015!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exceptional
    Bearvole
    Dined on 4/14/2014
    The last time we ate at this restaurant was on our honeymoon in 2002, the food was exceptional then and is just as good 12 years later ! Highly recommended and hopefully will be back sooner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, notable wine list, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • noisy but good
    CaptainMike46VIP
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    Always good food and service. But a bit noisy. Overall well recommended
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • LOVEEEEE!
    Key1crum
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    It doesn't get any better then Rosa Mexicano They have the BEST, I REPEAT THE BEST GUACAMOLE IVE EVER HAD honestly I've never been a salsa or guacamole person but Rosa Mexicano has turned me out Love the decor First time I came with friends. They actually brung me there and I loved it. Then I brung a friend and he loved it lol. I'm sure he's gonna bring a friend and his friend will love it Service is amazing I always go late(10:30/11:00pm) I never feel rushed or feel like the service gets worst the later it gets(some places are like that) Drinks are amazing aswell My fave is everything lol Can't wait to go again
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The guacamole is Nector to
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 4/7/2014
    The guacamole is Nector to The Gods. Had it delivered to me after giving birth at New York Hospital to my son 17 years ago and still great. Always order the skewered camerones but there are many other great choices - buden azteca, pollo a la parilla, etc. Friend ordered the special salmon the other night and liked it. The margeritas are topnotch and it is hard to just have one. It is about the only time I order one (or two). Desserts, while usually unnecessary, by the time one is asked, are the only weak part of the menu, IMHO.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love this place!
    SRO22VIP
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    My Husband and I have always enjoyed the food here! I don't love the crowds, but what do you expect when the food is that great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • deliciousVIP
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    always go back consistently very good great margheritas
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So much fun! Great food
    heroVIP
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    great time, delicious food and drinks, service wonderful...not much bar room if you are planning to wait a while for your table
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another great evening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    One of our favorites when in New York, reinforced by this trip. As usual friendly and attentive service, great meals all around. A must is the guacamole with the homemade little tortillas! All the entres were excellent - short ribs, salmon, chicken with huitlecoche. We will be back the next time we are in town.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food
    Taurus
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    This was our 3rd there and the food and service do not disappoint! The pomegranate margarita is amazing
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good menu choices are back...
    ktarVIP
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    Margarita glass has gotten smaller. Original generous goblet shrunk to a more modest tumbler. Food delicious. Staff...hit and miss.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great evening
    ARIinManhattan
    Dined on 3/24/2014
    Perfect service........delicious food........clean and organized.......comfortable decor!........... Very low background noise level........pleasant ambience
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent ! Mexican with a twist!
    DebS
    Dined on 3/24/2014
    Advertised as having the "worlds best guacamole" and it was right up there! The food was excellent and the menu was not your typical Mexican fare. The margaritas were really good too! Loved this place!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was good but restaurant
    Jess
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    Food was good but restaurant was hot and very tight (crowded). Columbus location much nicer.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate