Rosa Mexicano - First Avenue

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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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Celebrate the Holidays at Rosa Mexicano. Happy Hour at the bar from 4pm–7pm.

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4.2based on recent ratings
4.2
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4.0
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4.1
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81% of people would recommend it to a friend
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J
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

super nice experience and great attentive service. the only real challenge was that we had to wait 20 minutes to be seated despite having a reservation for 8:00pm. AND there is no where to wait! the bar was full, so instead we were made to wait right at the entryway which is COLD...and we were hungry!

DM
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was excellent. Service was fairly quick and very courteous. Noise was less than we feared

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Good experience over all however note that happy hour is not included if you are on a dinner table. Team had a good time for our holiday party! Food is good

SA
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent margaritas and delicious food! Not a huge Mexican food fan, but Rosa Mexicano exceeded my expectations.

NY
New York Area
76 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Rosa Mexicano
Our past reviews of Rosa have been very complimentary. Unfortunately, Rosa was just not itself tonight. Gone was the warm, welcoming atmosphere that began with unapologetically waiting more than 35 minutes past our reservation time. Very corporate, and bad business to have patrons wait more than 35 minutes past reservation time without any acknowledgement. A very corporately owned vibe with no owner on premises was pervasive last night. Granted, the place was packed with a too loud (no, not energetic nor boisterous, just obnoxiously (likely intoxicated) too loud) party was occupying the front room. We waited at the bar for our table where the pleasant bartender made us good margaritas (2 margaritas and one Diet Coke added $42 (including tip) to the bill). When we finally sat down, the service was pleasant and the food was good. There are virtually no substitutions available on the menu (omitting rice and beans and chips and opting for vegetables, cost more than an upcharge, we were charged full a la carte prices for the substitutions despite the very long wait and omissions.) The guacamole is notably made table side and is really good. The grilled shrimp were fine and the sides of zoodles and spinach were very good. The delicious vegetarian entree option is no longer on the menu.
Maybe we have been going to Rosa for too many years and miss the warmth, careful attention to patrons and family run vibe of the former Rosa Mexicano. Maybe the too long wait and too loud party threw us, but last night was certainly not the Rosa we have grown to love.

DH
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great restaurant! The service was excellent. They have a new menu which is very diverse and interesting. All the food I have had here has always been delicious! The manager Caroline is wonderful!

CW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Girl’s night

OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Guacamole was not up to their usual standards (medium spicy was bland); service was mechanical and slow. Not a good experience

OT
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall4food5service1ambience2

Service was absolutely terrible, but the food was great. I’d go back again and just hope for a different server.

d
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall1food2service2ambience3

Service was non existent. I ordered a drink and it was brought over incorrect. I asked for the drink to be corrected. It took almost 15 minutes. Food was under cooked. Horrible experience. Menus sat on the table the entire meal. Waste of $ and i will never return.

DM
New England
8 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We spent Thanksgiving in NYC - a first. And we were not disappointed! While they had a full menu, we decided to order their version of Thanksgiving dinner - turkey with mole sauce, mashed potatoes with chorizo, served with roasted vegetables. The margaritas were incredible as was the sweet potato bread pudding.

Estephen, our server, was attentive and helpful. We had a corner table, which was also perfect.

Highly recommend - we'll be back!

SZ
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

The quality of food gets more and more disappointing with each visit. The staff was completely overwhelmed this night and the service was awful as a result of it. Was told me table was ready at 8pm( 15 minutes after my reservation time) but they kept us standing their until 835pm. Waitress took our order and never came back to see if we wanted anything else. Highly disappointed in the overall experience.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall1food1service4ambience3

Rosa on First has changed terribly and incrementally each year over past 15 years. Each year worse and less value than year before. Done with it.

LJ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience1

I come to this place a lot, and for the first time I left disappointed., which was unfortunate as I had invited guests from overseas. First, the floor was extremely dirty with food and utensils that were not removed or cleaned until an hour later. We ordered guacamole without cilantro, it arrived with cilantro, we had to ask three times for a hot sauce before it finally arrived. The salt on the rim margaritas hardly had any salt. When we asked to take home the food, they packed only the meat, although there was a great mushroom sauce that came with the meat, and also tortillas etc. This is not the standard Rosa Mexicano is known for and I hope they get back in the game!

ES
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Overall a very good experience. Only issue was that we were a party of 5 and the 5th person was seated at the end of the table and the servers kept bumping into him.

EF
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and drinks were delicious. Only negative is that the waiter did not ask us whether we would like another. After the first drink, waiter silence. But apart from that, the waiter was exceptional also,

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2019
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 on November 16, 2019
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 on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is delicious and authentic - service was excellent

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
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
4 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
15 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
31 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
48 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.