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Rosa Mexicano - First Avenue
Rosa Mexicano - First Avenue

Rosa Mexicano - First Avenue Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.rosamexicano.com
  • Phone: (212) 753-7407
  • Hours of Operation: 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

    Brunch:
    Saturday & Sunday 11:30 AM - 4 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 (212) 397-0666 x29
  • 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 & Promotions: HAPPY HOUR (in our bar area)
    -Monday-Friday, 5-7 pm and 8:30 pm - Close
    -Sunday, 4-7 pm and 8:30 pm - Close
    Half-price select cocktails and appetizers will make you very happy for much more than an hour. Please visit our website for more information.

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. Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMexican
Diner Reviews
  • "The food is always good and the service excellent. They don't disappoint."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "The guacamole and the margaritas were outstanding! I would go back and recommend others go just for these two menu items. The tortilla soup was pretty good to. That's where it ends... Server forgot our appetizer, fish tacos and shrimp tacos were barely edible, children's menu quesadillas were awful."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Rosa Mexicano is a great neighborhood restaurant. The food is delicious, margarita choices are great, service is excellent. What else do you need?"
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "We had such a lovely meal on Thursday that we tried to go to the union square location today - for me, they are not even in the same class. Mistake on my part."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "A place with fond memories for our family, we return for amazing meals whenever we get a chance. The specialty taco tasting menu was fun. The fillette taco was a delicious starter option. The pomegrante margaritas are delicious and certainly pack a powerful punch. The server was patient, informative and attentive. Thanks again for a great meal!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Had not been to this restaurant in over 20 years but had good memories so decided to take my family for a birthday celebration. The food was delicious starting with the guacamole which is made table side. The service was super and our waiter was friendly and efficient. My only complaint was that my red snapper did not come with any vegetables. For the price I think it should have come with some nice sides. Otherwise we enjoyed a very nice meal."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "The menu is quite pricey, and while the food is good, the prices don't match the quality of the food."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Recently dined at Rosa Mexicano with friends who were visiting from St. Louis...food was good, service excellent and overall had a very nice dining experience."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "My husband and I been going to Rosa's since it opened. Terrific from the moment we were seated. Pomegranate margaritas a o tasty. Guacamole the best. All entrees, especially Queso F delicious, as were enchilladas and salmon. NOT Tex-Mex. a gem on the UES."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Rosa Mexicano is a great neighborhood restaurant which is cozy and consistently good! The margaritas are the best in the city"
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "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!!!"
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "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! "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 5/19/2014
  • "Excellent service food and experience mole sauce amazing perfect night"
    Dined on 5/19/2014
  • "Great Mexican food at every course! Staff helpful and very well trained."
    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!"
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "always go back consistently very good great margheritas"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "We often try something new and are always very pleased!"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Any food we have had there is good, but the guacamole is a must. It is made at the table, very fresh and amazing. "
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "Food and margaritas are consistently good! Always enjoy going Rosa Mexicano"
    Dined on 5/5/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/6/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/5/2014
  • "Truly the best qucamole I ever had. Good food and great drinks. Would highly recommend the restaurant."
    Dined on 5/5/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/30/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "A favorite of my wife & I. On the expensive side, but worth it."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "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. "
    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. "
    Dined on 4/24/2014
  • "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! "
    Dined on 4/14/2014
  • "This isn't your usual taco joint. Though no longer alone in offering Mexican with a flair, it's still consistently good. "
    Dined on 4/15/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/14/2014
  • "Always good food and service. But a bit noisy. Overall well recommended"
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "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"
    Dined on 4/10/2014