Rosa Mexicano - First Avenue

4.3
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2364 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Mexican

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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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Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Invite your friends and family to a freshly prepared meal featuring traditional roasted turkey with homemade gravy or our special Mexican mole served with a delicious assortment of Mexican-inspired Thanksgiving side dishes. Regular all day menu will also be available and Happy Hour from 4pm–7pm.

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Celebrate the Holidays at Rosa Mexicano.

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Celebrate the Holidays at Rosa Mexicano.

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Ring in the New Year at Rosa Mexicano!

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

What 2364 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.3
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4.1
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4.1
ambience
3.9
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81% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Made reservation but got there early and they sat us right away. Filled water glasses and could see they weren’t clean. Waiter noticed I was looking at glass and immediately removed all four glasses.... took awhile to get new ones!! Opened menu and found something stuck on menu, almost looked like a squashed worm.... gross. Guacamole was good . My dish was sort of a chicken fatitas but chicken and veggies were stuck to sauce/cheese on bottom of plate. Like it was microwaved maybe. Very unappealing looking..... didn’t eat much except chips and guacamole. Rarely have I eaten at a place that turned me off so much.

OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Visiting from Chicago with a friend, this restaurant was recommended. Everything was delicious! Margaritas were strong! But good! Make sure to order the guacamole made tableside.

FN
London
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is delicious and authentic - service was excellent

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Terrible service , but I already wrote an angry letter. Service was slow and inattentive. Birthday celebration was a bust. Cold food and completely inattentive service. Had to get up several times to summon anyone from the wait staff. What happened? Used to be our favorite restaurant

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Abbiamo aspettato più di un’ora dall’ordine.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is always delicious and the staff accommodating and polite

S
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everyone in this establishment is friendly, professional, and graciously accommodating:)

RS
13 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

usually this is a great place, but they forgot my appetizer and half of my + my friend's entree order, we got carne but no pollo + had to take it home

KM
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

I have been to this restaurant many times. This visit we were seated by the entry and found it noisy due to the constant flow of other diners being seated, and the service was quite slow (although the famed table- side guacamole came quite promptly). Visitors to Rosa should not expect Tex-Mex but should review the menu before they come. The portions are ample and overall it is always a good experience.

K
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Food is great- consistent across locations. Ambience here is not as good as Union Square. Service was excellent from out waiter but the other staff were not so attentive. The nachos are a pretty cool dish to see them prepare but our server decided to do it behind my back instead of in front of us where we could see it all done.

NW
Seattle
12 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We have been coming here for years and it NEVER disappoints! Menu has changed but still loving the guac and pomegranate margarita!

MS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

This is the second time in a few months that I haven't had a great experience here. This past time service was incredibly slow, the margaritas were all ice, food was served cold, and just wasn't as tasty as it usually is. Hopefully they will improve

DD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience2

Very slow service for a group of 8. Was not busy and had no reason to be treated so poorly. Had to get up to ask for a manager multiple times to track down our drinks and food.

CG
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've been going to this restaurant for about 3 decades, almost as long as they've been open. It never disappoints. I love the authenticity of the Mexican food and the decor. The best guacamole in town and great margaritas as well.

P
New York Area
46 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

I've been to Rosa dozens of times and always love it. Quality slipped a little last Sat. due to a packed dining room. Still very good, but not on par with the best I've had at Rosa.

G
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Day of the Dead menu ! Good food and service as always

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall2food1service4ambience2

All the food was awful. They changed their menu and even the guacamole (which is usually good) was not great. Won’t be back.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The host was lp

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

All white wine offerings were truly terrible, margaritas were watered down and food was so spicy we couldn’t eat most of it. Used to be such a great place to eat. Not going back!!

NY
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience3

Worst experience by far. Terrible service - we were ignored

K
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great dinner, I would absolutely recommend getting the guacamole for the table. The meal was great, although portions were a little small. Complementary chips and salsa.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The wait time for the food to come out was horrible. We found ourselves staring at each other trying to figure out what the problem was... plus we only ordered simple meals including soup.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent!

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J
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Apparently “unlimited” brunch drinks means they can cut you off when they feel like they’re not making money on you anymore and then the manager (Caroline) comes over and shames you and your friend for drinking too much and celebrating a birthday. Won’t be returning ever.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience2

Very poor food including cold scrambled eggs, an eggs Benedict covered in oil and stale tortillas. Would never return.

SS
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I had a great time! The staff was friendly and very attentive. Rosa always does a wonderful job.

YR
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything we had was amazing. Definitely give this location a try.

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Drinks was great and the Mexican food was on par with taste and flavor.

OT
Tampa
9 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The chicken “pie” was outstanding, and so were margarita’s!!

J
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience2

Menu changed. Entrees we wanted are now appetizers
I won’t go again😢

OT
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience2

We had been pretty regular customers, but our meal on Oct.6 was not good at all ..
new menu new chef who knows ...but they will not see us again. That was the
opinion of all four of us having dinner that evening.

n
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is consistently good especially the branch on First Avenue. The atmosphere, the service the quality of the food and now that short ribs are back on the menu, I shall definitely be dining there more often.

TS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best of the Rosa Mexicano locations! Service was great....thank you Estevan! Brunch was delicious and you can't beat the Bottomless cocktail options! I'll definitely be going back the next time I'm in NYC.

C
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall2food3service3ambience3

Very disappointed. Food was mediocre service was just ok. Had to send back dirty glasses and silverware. Steak was like rubber. Ordered wine and it came very late in meal. Ordered bottle water and it was warm. On your site told them of food allergies and it was a birthday. Both issues were not mentioned nor honored. Waitress gave a free desert to compensate for rubber steak. We love Mexican food and know places of very high quality. This was not one of them

B
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall4food5service1ambience4

A busy spot. Plenty of vigorous noise, and service is erratic, but the food is good.

f
New York Area
65 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had a very good meal at Rosa Mexicano. The hostess was very nice. Our guacamole was slightly chunky but flavorful. The guy who made it for us was VERY nice and made us laugh with our non-spicy request. He later came back to help clear our table and again had us laughing. The tequila flight was one of the best recommendations! Otherwise, our drinks were okay. They tasted more sweet than strong. One of our drinks was supposed to be spicy but we couldn't tell the difference between our three drinks. The food was very good! Our waiter was nice and quick. The bathroom could definitely use a makeover. This wasn't my first visit and certainly not my last.

LA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience5

Loved the booth very intimate
Guacamole wasn׳t great

WJ
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience1

It was my Moms Birthday and it was a terrible experience. I had a small child with me as well and they seated us in a very claustrophobic space in the restuarant with a tiny table. Even when there were larger more open tables clearly available. That wasn’t even the bad part. The service was beyond deplorable. The waiter was more busy talking and chatting with his friends than taking our order or checking on us routinely to see if everything was okay. I had to flag him down repeatedly for water!! It’s water and I have to ask for water? The food took long to come out. So the only explanation I can think of was that they were very busy that night. This night there were only 3 other families there. I have been to the restaurant at peak hours with a waiting line outside and inspite of this their service has been spectacular. But not last night. So it baffles me why such poor horrible service this time. And they didn’t even do anything for the Birthday even after telling them that it was a special occasion. Highly disappointed.

OT
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was friendly and caring. Hadn’t felt so cared for in years- at any dining experience. Would recommend this for anyone. Wonderful staff. Delicious food.

C
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dependable mexican specialties
the best margaritas in nyc