Permanently Closed - Rosa Mexicano - First Avenue

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$31 to $50
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This restaurant is permanently closed. Our flagship location has remained a perennial favorite of New York for 35 years. Having opened its doors on First Avenue in September of 1984, it received a glowing review shortly thereafter from The New York Times - and the rest is history. Old world charm enhances the dining experience through authentic Mexican colors and rustic folk art – many of which were collected personally by our founder Josefina Howard. Enjoy our fresh corn tortillas made on the comal in the dining room and surround yourself with the sizzle of steaks on the open fire grill.

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4.3based on recent ratings
4.3
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4.1
service
4.1
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WayneD
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been coming here since 2000, every time we visit NYC. The food is top notch. It’s lively. The margaritas are the best you will find. If you go, just don’t take my seat!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We were there an hour and a half and when we got our food it was cold. We left and got pizza down the street. Total disappointment.

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Scott
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall3food5service4ambience2

Poor seating experience, but the rest of the evening was great.

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vipmarissymar
New York Area
113 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love the "Queso fundido". The Guacamole is excellent, although I will prefer it spicier. The plantains with cream are a favorite of mine. And the flautas never disappoint. You can have several appetizers or a big dish like Tampiqueña steak, and you will end up happy. Nothing but to end with churros. They are perfectly delicious. The only thing that could improve would be the Margaritas, they are good but pricey and they put too much ice on them.

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vipNancyF
New York Area
41 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Nothing to tell, met friend for dinner. Food & Drinks very good. Will definitely go back.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Great food. Super expensive and kind of held hostage.

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nodiva
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience4

I eat here often and would normally give this restaurant five stars in all areas. However this last visit was a disappointment. It had all to do with service, and nothing to do with food which was prepared beautifully, and tasted fabulous.

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Lexi
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Went to brunch. Guacamole was ordered medium spicy but was very bland and had no salt. With the Sopes Benedict Traditional entree, the poached eggs were overdone, more like hard boiled and the Canadian bacon couldn't be cut. With the Hurache Con Carne Asada, the skirt steak was delicious but the fried egg was hard and inedible. Ordered the bottomless beverages and the drinks were so weak I was able to drink three and usually I can only drink one drink before feeling the effects. Very disappointed. Love Rosa Mexicana but will not visit the location again.

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WayneD
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome. As ever. We would highly recommend a visit.

ML
vipMarinaLo
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food, very good service from Carlos our waitor. Very content with the experience.

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KH1769
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

All very good with friendly service but Margaritas and dishes in general a bit pricey. I wonder why, if that was applicable, we did not get a "Happy Hour" for our first 3 margaritas. All in all we love the food, although th benches in the booth rather hard on the butts. Glad to see the place always crowded.

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vipConnieL
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

IT WAS NOT ONLY GREAT, BUT WE ARE THRILLED TO KNOW THAT YOU WILL BE OPEN FOR LUNCH AND ARE ALREADY MAKING PLANS.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and portions!

PT
vipPTNYC
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience3

Checked in for our 7:15 reservation at 7:08. At 7:26 I checked back in with the hostess and she looked up our reservation and told me it would be a few more minutes. A couple minutes later we overheard them talking about a couple that was a no show - they were talking about us. When we told the hostess we had been there she said she had just gotten up there. She was the one that had confirmed my reservation 4 minutes earlier.
After that they finally seated us. Our waiter was so nice, but the poor guy was clearly over worked. We didn’t get our entrees until 8:50.
When we finally got home I realized they had cancelled my reservation at 7:11, 3 minutes AFTER we had already checked in. The other locations are great, but this one is mismanaged and understaffed

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience3

Apparently there was a food inspection so the kitchen completely stopped. Unfortunately we weren’t told before we sat down (would have went elsewhere) OR ordered, so it took an hour and 20 minutes to get our food. Meanwhile there was barely any service and zero communication during that time. We had no clue what was going on. Poorly handled situation.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I have been going to this restaurant in the East 50s for years, it was my favorite in the neighborhood. Unfortunately, it has slipped. The menus have changed and offer less choices and the design is now very conventional. My menu was soiled. i ordered a pomegranate margarita without salt.. It tasted ordinary and was not the deep pink color or laden with alcohol as of old, and it came with the rim half salted. The glass was small and it was impossible to drink without submerging the tip of my nose into light pink slush, I had to use a straw. The glass was clearly too small in proportion to the serving. And this is or was their signature drink. The guacamole was still terrific and my vegan dinner was tasty. My waiter did not seem very familiar with the selections, however. On the whole I was disappointed with the experience. It feels like the owners are cutting corners to make money instead of focusing on quality and maintaining what used to be an excellent reputation.

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EmilyB
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

The service was very slow. Very kind staff but they either forgot to bring our food out or there was a delay in the kitchen. We received complimentary corn bread which we appreciated but even drink service took a while. That was a bit frustrating when paying for a bottomless brunch.

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vipEffie
New York Area
102 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentine’s Day! The restaurant was packed and still everyone was so nice. Thank you great dinner!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

It was Valentine’s Day and we want Mexican. We have gone to the one in Lincoln center and we love it. It’s smaller but the service was excellent, food great and price was right! Will see you soon. Thank you.

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OpenTable Diner
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Best guacamole ever. Very good service considering Valentine Day madness

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

They were great, it was cold, Valentines Day and busy...and we arrived early and were nicely accommodated. It was busy but for a New York holiday evening there were no true complaints.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience3

Extremely overcrowded and the added tables were so small I couldn’t even move to eat on Valentine’s Day. Not at all what I expected, would not go again for Valentine’s Day.

MM
MelissaM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food2service2ambience1

I do want to note I have been to this location before and have had a wonderful experience but unfortunately on 2/14 that was not the case. Because it was Valentine’s Day we noticed the extra amount of tables in the restaurant. They were extremely close together and you could hear both couples conversation next to you. Unfortunately our waiter was un attentive and the drinks were not made well. We did order the guacamole, the portion was sad (so small) and it seemed they raised the price to $16. Overall not a good experience.

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Sundance
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, service, waiter recommended red snapper was outstanding.

Quac was unreal....nice and chunky........

Very impressed as this was on a hectic Valentine's day.....

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Popsy
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience1

The pomegranite marguerita and quacamole prepared tableside are worth going out of the way for, but the rest of the menu is full of great choices as well. Service is timely but not intrusive. The ambience is perhaps average, but improves when the maguarita kicks in. You can dine well at a reasonable price.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience3

It was awful. My beef was mostly fat. The tortillas were plain, store-bought and of low quality. Everything was salty and underseasoned. It was painfully obviously things were merely warmed by Chef Mike. My girlfriend's fish was overcooked. Even the rice and beans sucked. Hard rice and dry old beans. We could have stayed home or even gone to Taco Bell.

NP
NiaP
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience3

Usually a great staple but perhaps this was a bit of an off night with oversalted guac, wrong orders on food and drinks and frazzled hostess

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Disappointed
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, drinks and service.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Terrible. The food was straight out of the microwave and very very salty. We complained but there was no help. The waitress said “sorry, I’ll tell the chef” but that was it. Avoid at all cost

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vipmarissymar
New York Area
114 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, delicious. Service, super attentive. A bit rowdy, but expected. The only thing I don't like is that Margaritas are too expensive and they give you mostly ice and an insignificant amount of actual drink for the price they are charging. They should be careful with this. To silly a detail to ruin such a good quality restaurant.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Horrible service. I will not return to this place.

DH
vipDougH
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Steak with mushroom sauce better than ever. The manager Caroline is phenomenal.

DH
DavidH
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Good food, good drinks and a lot of fun. Would go again and do recommend.

TR
TheRegular
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience4

I like the food, it’s always consistent. The prices are high for a Mexican restaurant, but the food quality is consistent and the portions are good.

They have a great happy hour at the bar, but you don’t get the same happy hour specials at the table, which to me is a problem. If you’re there to dine during happy hour, they shouldn’t make up the margaritas just because you’re having dinner. They should really rethink that rule. Doesn’t make me feel good as a customer to know that I’m probably spending more money on food than someone at the bar is and I’m being penalized for sitting at a table.

Doesn’t make me feel warmly about the restaurant.

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vipEatwell
New York Area
87 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Rosa Mexicano prepares excellent meals and presents them in a lovely way. Their staff is highly professioinal and friendly.

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Loops90
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Not for a special occasion. The one in Colombus Ave is wayyyyyyy better. I didn’t like mine and my husbands experience. It was our anniversary and the tables were wabaly, the tables were to close to other tables. The waiters were nice but the customers were so rude it was so uncomfortable.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience4

It was very busy and had to wait for our reservation for 30 minutes. Cramped when waiting. Service was very good though

NY
vipNYCenteroftheuniverse
New York Area
85 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Our Rosa was back on top tonight. The service, from the lovely hostess to our attentive, polite, server was excellent. The food was authentic, fresh, hot and tasty. The guacamole was extra fresh and tasty, so too, were the kale and zoodle side dishes. The steak/ chicken with peppers were delicious as was the stuffed pepper ( good as a vegetarian option). Really good meal tonight with very attentive service. We are glad to have the quality food and service that Rosa is known for back!

MH
vipMartinH
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Will be missed.

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Permanently Closed - Rosa Mexicano - First Avenue does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Permanently Closed - Rosa Mexicano - First Avenue also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (212) 753-7407.

Permanently Closed - Rosa Mexicano - First Avenue is rated 4.3 stars by 2442 OpenTable diners.

Permanently Closed - Rosa Mexicano - First Avenue does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.rosamexicano.com/store/gift-cards/.