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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Rosa Mexicano - First Avenue reviews from OpenTable diners
163 reviews since April 30, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (68)neighborhood gem (68)good for groups (60)special occasion (47)romantic (29)kid-friendly (27)vibrant bar scene (23)hot spot (21)great for lunch (16)great for brunch (14)late-night find (9)notable wine list (4)Show More
  • Still our fav!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We have been going here for years. The food remains amazing. The guac is off the charts. And you want a great margarita come here. The pomegranate margarita is the best!!!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overpriced and low quality
    ameliac
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    The food was extremely over priced and no one at the table (group of 4) enjoyed their meal. Dinner, drinks and a shared guacamole for 4 came to almost $400. Will not go back
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Guacamole
    Leomex
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    The guacamole is great. Authentic, prepared at your table and great tasting.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrific
    M242
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    The food was excellent and the service was outstanding. If you like margaritas, it has the most extensive and excellent tequila list I've seen in a restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Did not meet expectations at all.
    Afal88
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    I've heard great things about Rosa Mexicana and they did not stand true. Everything did start out on a positive note, though. We called 30min prior to our reservation time to see if it would be possible to include a third to our party of two and they were able to accommodate us. I know these requests are often difficult and was very grateful. When seated, we were not given drink menus. We had to flag someone down for menus and it took our server a while to take our drink order. When we wanted to order food, he was nowhere to be found. We waited 45 min to order and eventually got someone's attention and he took our order. When the food came they forgot one of the ordered items. Took forever to get a check too! Would definitely not go back!
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  • Exceeded Expectation
    Janvan
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Service could have been a tad quicker, HOWEVER, that resulted in a leisurely dining experience. Staff was very knowledgeable and helpful about the food menu and the seemingly endless tequila options. Mexican cuisine is my favorite dining choice; and there were many, many items on the menu that I had never heard of - exciting! The handmade corn tortillas are silky and smooth, the best I've ever had. I only regret that it's taken me this long to discover it despite Rosa Mexicano being in my own backyard for years now. I am already planning my next visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Overall great experience
    irishboy
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Hi. Overall I found my experience and visit to this restaurant very good. The service including the reception was great as well as the atmosphere and it was easy for both of us to speak. The only criticism I would have is that it is definitely not cheap - maybe that is a Manhattan thing but it is not something I would be doing every weekend. There was no alcohol consumed and yet the bill was almost $100. In my opinion, that is quite expensive for that sort of food. Apart from that, a good experience.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great date spot
    Adam
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Great restaurant, the guacamole is a must-have! Very good drinks. I'm a fan of the sangria.
    Special Features:
    romantic, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Podo
    Podo
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    I think that Rosa Mexicano is perfect for drinks and appetizers, but if you are going for traditional Mexican food, you will be sorely disappointed. This menu is not your typical Mexican fare, though it may be more high brow, know that it isn't your mother's tacos....
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  • Always enjoyed
    steakloverVIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    The very first and the best! Will miss the pork chops now off the menu... Always very good service, always very good food always enjoyed!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • still going strong
    midtownVIP
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    probably amongst the first to offer other than "rice, beans and tacos," Rosa is still at it. You can not beat the table side guacamole and the margaritas.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lovely evening
    UGM2AEW
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Great meal with lovely cocktails - good alternative to traditional fajitas etc
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • princie
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    The food, drinks and service is always consistly great.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great
    PrincessPalate
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    The table guacamole is a must. So delicious. A little close to other tables and other people dining. Frozen margaritas were very good. Overall great experience, loved the way they decorated the outside and inside.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    service was sooooooooooooooooo slow. dining shouldn't take 3 hours. disappointed.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never disappoints
    OpinionatorVIP
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    A festive restaurant with creative Mexican food. Waitstaff aim to accommodate. Great Margaritas too!Lin
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mediocre
    iliketoeat
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Very disappointed in the quality of the food. Although the service was very good and the waiters attentive, the entrées selected were bland and did not look appetizing.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • On top of it's game
    RockyroadVIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Still a top rated mexican restaurant where the food is outstanding. They have made changes to their menu recently and it has paid off.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Horrible service
    RemarkVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    We booked a table for two on Friday night. Took a while for the waiter to come over for our drink order. We finished our drinks then had to flag him down to order our meal. Meal arrived waiter never checked in to see how everything was. Finished eating had to wave down waiter again to get check.
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  • Wonderful Mexican Food
    HelloVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    We truly enjoyed our meal. As usual, the guacamole was excellent and the salmon was cooked to perfection.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Filete con Hongas & Crepas Camarone
    James
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Been here hundreds of times over last 25+ years, since the Josephina days. My family & friends all love the place. We all agree that our favorite dishes are the Filete con Hongas & Crepas Camarones. The filet mignon is my favorite steak anywhere -- I won't buy steak anywhere else. The Crepas Camarones are very typical mexican as my sister who lived in Mexico for years can attest to. Both of these dishes you will not find elsewhere. We love the ambiance, but do miss sorely the old pink table clothes. And for all the hundreds of visits, the service has always been very pleasant and overall perfect
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • This is no TexMex!
    Arti
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Good authentic Mexican food! This is not TexMex. I not pricey for Mexican food--but well worth it. I would highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious food, wonderful service!
    dmtr
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    My husband and I went to Rosa Mexicano for the first time in a while. Started with the guacamole--always delicious! He had a lamb dish cooked in parchment - it was so tender it fell off the bone! I had chicken tortilla pie - also delicious. We ended our meal with churros and a signature mango cup with coconut ice cream (very refreshing!) The service is attentive; not overbearing. It was a great night out!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Consistent
    GLLE
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    The food is always good and the service excellent. They don't disappoint.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mixed Review
    Meliski
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Samantha
    Samantha
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    Rosa Mexicano is a great neighborhood restaurant. The food is delicious, margarita choices are great, service is excellent. What else do you need?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of our favorites
    Timo
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love the 1st ave location
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    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.
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  • A bit too expensive
    bassish101VIP
    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.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious unique Mexican
    Christine
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    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.
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    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good experience
    highnoteman
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect authentic Mexican
    NYCgirl
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • deliciousVIP
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    best shortribs and guacamole service atmosphere tops
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 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
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    • 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
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    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
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • deliciousVIP
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    love rosa always go back food service ambience gr8 as are hosts
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    • 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
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    • 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.
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  • 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
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.