Rosa Mexicano - First Avenue

4.4
2274 reviews
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Mexican
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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E
New York Area
98 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

End of day repast. Delicious and the service is always so dependable. Love Rosa Mexicano First Avenue!

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M
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Seated right away with a very attentive waiter. Guacamole was outstanding. Meat dishes...my pork was just a touch on the dry side but otherwise a fun night

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JL
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Food was tasty but there was too much SALT in everything!

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s
Miami
20 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

the new manager was amazing! the old staff that has been there for awhile was still lovely!

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LL
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was exceptional tonight and our server Genesis was fantastic!

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OT
Las Vegas
8 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 1

First plates were dirty. Sat us in bar area rather in regular restaurant area where noice level was high.

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j
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Top notch service and great food.

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good. We found the restaurant very nice and the food was delicious.

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m
New York Area
92 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Margaritas and delicious fish tacos and Tampiqueña steak. Attentive service. We had a great time celebrating my friend's birthday.

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AM
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was fantastic! Guacamole was the best and so fresh!!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Been going there for 24 years. The food never disappoints and the guacamole!!!

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c
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We keep coming back !!! For many years, not only two of us but all visitors from all over the country.
We only go to the one on 1st avenue

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Skirt steak was tasty but small for $30

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RF
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The dining experience was excellent. The staff was courteous, attentive, and friendly. The enchiladas mole may have been the best I have had anywhere. The salmon that I observed at the adjacent table made me wish I had an additional stomach so that I could eat two dinners. I look forward to dining there many times.

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JL
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Hostess was on the phone for about 5 minutes before she acknowledged us or made eye contact. Lighting is dim, but makes it intimate. Food was excellent and waitress was helpful is making selections. Pricing was reasonable for portion size and location, but a little on the higher end for Mexican food. They did not rush us with our food or off the table, even as they got busier into the evening. They bizarrely provide your bill on cell phones rather than a paper print-out. They told us it was in case we had changes or wanted to leave a comment, but you could not make payment on it. Seemed unnecessary.

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J
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 3

Our food was excellent. The level of service provided was a huge let down.

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AG
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Weekend Bottomless Brunch is delicious! We sat at the bar (though the were plenty of seats) and enjoyed the wonderful service of our great bartender who kept the frozen pomegranate margaritas flowing.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place.

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CB
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

This restaurant used to be the premier Mexican restaurant. But that was 10 years ago. Today it is fast food at best. Very poor quality ingredients and even worse preparation.

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h
New York Area
81 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I have been to your restaurant several times and have been very pleased. The food is consistently delicious and the service is exceptional. Your margaritas are the best!

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BM
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Totally enjoyable ,great margaritas..great service

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HM
New York Area
40 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Everything was good

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E
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Very tasty food, friendly people, lively atmosphere. I really appreciated the friendliness and willingness to make our special farewell memorable and entertaining. Recommandable for Mexican food lovers and for casual parties!

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S
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

They Called three times to confirm and didn’t have the decency to tell me that the Health Department was doing an inspection and it would be hours to wait. If it was even a true story, who knows, but after traveling into the City, common courtesy would have been nice.

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DL
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

It used to be better. My fish was mediocre. The guac was awesome as always. Service wasn't great either, not that attentive. They need to bring back the old great days

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RS
13 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great food, good service, festive atmosphere, been going here for a very long time + never disappoints

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A
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great service. Went there for brunch and it did not disappoint. I wish there were more brunch options but overall the food was great and the drinks were even better!

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HA
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Used to be one of my fav spots - great service, great food. But since the change in menu (management?), every meal has been disappointing. The guacamole and chips are still good but the warm tortillas always served with it are gone. The short ribs which melted off the bone and into your mouth are gone as is anything else served without a heavy sauce or in a wrap. The mushroom sauce on the filet mignon we had instead was heavier and creamier than in the past and overwhelmed the steak. And the service continues to decline. Most recently, when I asked for a traditional marguerita with salt no ice, it was served in a glass more suitable for a cosmo. When I asked to get it in a traditional tumbler glass, the waiter suggested bringing me one to pour it in at the table (I had to ask for him to take it back to the bar). This will no longer be my go to place for out of town friends or other casual dinners.

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JC
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Consistently excellent restaurant with authentic Mexican food. Always go for the pink (pomegranate) margarita's and guacamole. Never had a bad dish there. My wife an I had fish dishes, My wife chose a whitefish with tomato based sauce and topped with clams and shrimp. I had salmon over kale with chorizo sauce. My second time, this is one of the best dishes I ever ate. Didn't have desert, my wife were too full. Definitely worth the visit.

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AB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Very good place, makes the guac right infant of you. The place closes the kitchen at 10pm even though they take reservations up until 9:45

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CH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The skillet, fajita-type entree is amazing
The place is almost always busy, so get a reservation

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D
Des Moines
5 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

First time at this location of Rosa Mexicano and the food was just as expected- fabulous! It was a very busy Friday night so I recommend a reservation. Because it was so busy, our service was a little slow, but the hospitality was still genuine. Love this restaurant and would highly recommend!

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a
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The traditional margaritas, guacamole were amazing and the service was fantastic!

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MC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great to have dinner at Rosa Mexicano - First Avenue!

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g
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Our server Estevan was wonderful and extremely attentive. Our dinner was excellent and so delicious. The chicken dish we ordered was very good and was adequately described as Mexican lasagna. Our frozen margaritas and guacamole were both outstanding. My only glitch that night was our dinner meal was served within minutes of the guac. We will definitely return . Always a festive evening.

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OT
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff is always very friendly ,and very accommodating .. always love the food. Great dinner

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CP
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 2

Food all tasted the same-salty
Atmosphere dark and dank
Service inattentive
This used to be a high quality chain-now on par with fast food restaurants

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RG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was excellent. Staff was super friendly . We will tell friends to come and we will return.

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H
New York Area
155 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Goo food. Friendly efficient service. We come here regularly.

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C
New York Area
78 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We took our 5 year old granddaughter and our daughter there for their first night in NYC. It was fun for us all, a great place thatis kid-friendly and has delicious food, aexcellent service and a nice ambiance. It is close to the 2nd Ave tramway to Roosevelt Island which made for a good after-dinner excursion.

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