About Cosme

Cosme is a restaurant in New York City’s Flatiron District serving contemporary Mexican-inspired cuisine. World-renowned Chef Enrique Olvera and his team create dishes rooted in Mexican flavors and traditions, while also celebrating local and seasonal ingredients from the Hudson Valley and surrounding region. Adjacent to the main dining room is a separate bar area where guests can enjoy the full menu in a lively atmosphere. Cosme’s beverage program focuses on artisanal spirits and mirrors its cuisine, letting the high quality ingredients shine.

35 East 21st Street
New York, NY 10010
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary Mexican, Mexican

Hours of Operation:
Dinner is offered Sunday – Thursday from 5:30pm to 11:00pm
Friday – Saturday from 5:30pm to 12:00am
Lunch is offered Monday – Friday from 12:00pm to 2:30pm
Brunch is offered Saturday and Sunday from 11:30am to 2:30pm

Cross Street:
Between Park and Broadway

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(212) 913-9659

Website:
http://cosmenyc.com/

Parking Details:
There are two independent parking garages adjacent to the restaurant.

Public Transit:
23rd street stop, 6 line 23rd street stop, N,R lines 23rd street stop, F, M lines Union Square

Executive Chef:
Enrique Olvera

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Private Dining

Cosme’s private dining room can accommodate up to 16 guests for dinner. To reserve the private dining room, please email privatedining@cosmenyc.com. To inquire about a full buyout of the restaurant or off-site events, please email info@cosmenyc.com.

Cosme Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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4.5

service

4.3

ambience

4.4

value

3.8

Noise

Moderate

81% would recommend it to a friend

Creative Cuisine (83)
Fit for Foodies (79)
Good for a Date (51)
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Special Occasion (50)
Handcrafted Cocktails (45)
Hot Spot (41)
Authentic (39)
Good for Anniversaries (35)
Fun (31)
Neighborhood Gem (28)
Vibrant Bar Scene (28)
Bar Seating (24)
Good for Birthdays (23)
Good for Groups (22)
Tapas (22)
Business Meals (21)
Romantic (21)
Great for Lunch (17)
People Watching (17)
Spicy (16)
Great for Brunch (14)
Casual (13)
Local Ingredients (12)
Worth the Drive (11)
Notable Wine List (9)
Pre/post Theatre (9)
Tasting Menu (8)
Healthy (7)
Good Vegetarian Options (7)
Cozy (6)
Late-night Find (6)
Quiet Conversation (6)
Sunday Lunch (6)
Seasonal (5)
Comfort Food (4)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Happy Hour (4)
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 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

I have been to many upscale restaurants in NYC and all over the world. I would say that the service at Cosme was the worst I've ever had. Rushed. Unpaced: all the food came out together and some of it was cold (not intentionally).

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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

My wife and I have been to Cosme many times and we usually love the experience.
This time the striped bas and the duck carnitas were not good (being kind).
The menu was also smaller than usual with dishes we like that were missing. No Branzino or short ribs. All in all a dissapointment!

Tags: People Watching, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Late-night Find
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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

Nothing spectacular and could have have chosen better place. Food had not taste or any life to anything. Flavors were ordinary. Creativity was not there and options seem meager.

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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

we have dined at cosme many times since it first opened, both for brunch and dinner, and, obviously, enjoyed the food very much (why else go back?) but this visit was a total disaster:

1. Dishes that were posted as "to share" were too small to share, even for two.
2. The guacamole (for 3) came with a total of three (rather stale) chips. More chips not available, even upon specific request.
3. One appetizer (forgot the name) consisted of mostly canned corn (by the waiter's admission)
4. The duck breast (the favorite dish for a good reason, being absolutely perfect, use to be $72 or $74, now is $ 92. That's an outrageous increase.

I cannot, in good conscience, recommend cosme any more. I think that the initial success of the restaurant and concept has given way to sloppiness and, perhaps, greed.

Sorry.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 4 days ago

I absolutely loved the food at Cosme! Delicious food and phenomenal service!

Tags: Romantic, Business Meals, Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

Just the best! Obsessed with everything here. Big flavor in every bite! Best Michelada ever! Sublime, friendly service. Great value. Can't say enough about this gem!

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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

I’ve been meaning to try for ages. Brunch was outstanding: great flavours (mole on my vegetarian entree was simply amazing), my date was very happy: great drinks. This was true Mexican cuisine, it was as if we were dining in Mexico City (except it was 10 F outside....which made it an even better place to dine!). Im looking forward to exploring the dinner menu next. Sweet couple next to us on a birthday got lamb barbacoa to share which looked fabulous for meat eaters.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined 6 days ago

Fabulous and original food exquisitely prepared, great service. The best Margaurita I've ever had.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined 7 days ago

it was EXTREMELY over priced to the point that it was insulting

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 10, 2018

We think the food at ATLA, a sister operation, I have been told, is much better, and certainly no more expensive.

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 (Calgary)·Dined on January 10, 2018

Chef Daniela Soto-Innes has created an inovative menu full of surprising and delicious flavours. The Enmoladas and the Husk meringue, corn mousse are a must try!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 8, 2018

Reservation for 2 at 9,30pm
Reached the restaurant at 9,34pm
They asked to find another restaurant cause the kitchen closes at 9,30pm......
Maybe they should tell in advance, or even consider that we get there only 4 minutes after the supposed closing of the kitchen.
Very bad experience

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 (New England)·Dined on January 8, 2018

Very to no -existing service from our waiter who was very rude, with no desire to be accommodating or even pleasant. No explanation about how the menu works even when asked. Extremely small portions for the high cost. Not a place to recommend or return.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Food is a bit overpriced for the portion but that meringue dessert is a must try.

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 (Portland)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Absolutely stunning food. Flavors were well balanced and so delicious.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Wonderful NY Eve

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·Dined on December 31, 2017

Cosme is cheap. If you want to see what a top 50 restaurant looks like, have a go. Husk Meringue was the only thing I ordered that I would consider giving a michelin star.

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·Dined on December 31, 2017

The guac was decent, but the tortilla chips were very hard and they didn't provide enough for all of the guac. The main entree ( Short rib, scallions, cipollini, avocado) was delicious but it needs some sort of side or a recommendation.

Tags: Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Food was delicious. Front door service was great.?” Sommelier was very nice. Table service was very slow for the price.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 30, 2017

I have yet to get tired of this place but it's become one of those places that makes you want and be reminded of why you keep on coming back to begin with. Need I say more?

Tags: Fun, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 30, 2017

I have been to Cosme twice now and both times it was excellent. It is a delicious place and you won't be disappointed.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Had an amazing meal with my boyfriend. The atmosphere was energetic but calm we will definitely go back in the future.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Meh. Overpriced, obsequious waiter.

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 (México)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Excelente lugar ... comida mexicana espectacular con picor exacto ... muy buen ambiente ....
Felicidades a todos mis paisanos de Cosme. ....
Un orgullo tener representaciones así ...
Un abrazo a Enrique Olvera.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Fabulous food with robust flavors and unique dishes

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Fantastic food, good service, small portions, too expensive

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Everything was amazing! Great mexican flavors and amazing desserts!

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 (México)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Mole was a bit spicy and we are Mexican and used to the flavors and spice - also there was too much cheese in the enmoladas- overpowered the plate. Enrique Olvera is great but this is not as good as his other places.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 28, 2017

No longer a favorite.....too loud, too ‘industrial’, too impersonal, too expensive for what it offers.

Hostesses hovering at front door, but not really paying attention; waiters too busy to take a breath and spend a moment; food plunked on the table; no care taken in plate presentation; wildly expensive drinks menu; and, given the slide in quality, overpriced food..just a few of the things that seem to have gone astray in the past year. Maybe management can fix some of these things as this was a promising place that now just seems to lack anyone who cares.

Tags: Good for Groups
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Good food, but way too pricey, even by Manhattan standards. $250 for 2 without getting anything extravagant.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Very nice dining experience. It was for Sunday lunch/brunch, quite a few dishes are eggs, but prepared and presented in very unique way and delicious. Cactus salad was impressive, churros was great with the Mexican chocolate!
Definitely will visit again.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 23, 2017

The concise menu makes it difficult not to want to try everything. The server knew exactly what to suggest for what was one of my favorite casual culinary experiences of my life. The only semi disappointing part was the cocktails which were a little bland. Overall fantastic meal well worth the price.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Always delicious and never rushed. Great for lunch and large groups.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 22, 2017

We returned to this busy restaurant with a visiting son from SF. Thought the food was flavorful but overpriced. Drinks looked innovative, again too pricey. I had the emolladas which was a disappointment. The Bronzino was good but nothing to rave about. Went to another famous rated restaurant next for dessert and coffee and definitely Cosme was pale though equally hip.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Food and cocktails as expected, terrific!
Service is secondary at Cosme with floor managers present but not present and servers focusing on themselves and not on table maintenance. The first line from our server “do you have any questions on the menu”.....
Very average and disappointing.....but flavors terrific!!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 21, 2017

"Mexican Food" taken to a whole new level...and then to a whole NEW level. Amazing, thoughtful cuisine and creative cocktails. All staff are knowledgeable of the ingredients and preparation methods for all dishes. Excellent tequila/mezcal selection, too. Highly recommended.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 20, 2017

We loved the food which was interesting and amazing. Chicatana Ants sautéed and served with fluke was my favorite. The duck al pastor tacos was incredible and one of the best duck dishes I ever had

Tags: People Watching, Worth the Drive, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Went for lunch. Very harried service. Main courses brought a few minutes after appetizers. Food was marginal. Guacamole was like any other place, so, it was expensive @ 23. Short rib was a single strip of probably sous-vide flanken topped with jalapeño peppers. Other dishes were the same and very spare even for lunch. Strawberry gin and tonic tasted like nothing. Went elsewhere for dessert. Just not a very good experience. I felt I wasted 180 bucks here. Can’t recommend this place.

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·Dined on December 20, 2017

Super food and great ambiance !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!’!!!

Tags: Healthy, Fun, People Watching, Local Ingredients, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Paleo Friendly, Spicy, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Organic, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 18, 2017

DUCK CARNITAS. Absolutely amazing. Guacand uni were good as well. Great place to share some yummy food. Warm ambience.

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