About Rosa Mexicano - First Avenue

Our flagship location opened its doors on First Avenue in 1984. From the moment you arrive, old world charm permeates your dining experience through authentic Mexican colors and rustic folk art. Traditional amate gods greet you at the front entrance and brightly colored papel picado hangs from the ceiling. Corn tortillas are made on site and an exposition grill further seduces your senses. With its warm ambiance and outstanding cuisine, this Rosa Mexicano location has remained a perennial New York favorite for over 25 years.

1063 1st Avenue
New York, NY 10022
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Mexican, Contemporary Mexican

Hours of Operation:
BRUNCH:
Saturday & Sunday 11:30 AM - 3:00 PM

DINNER NIGHTLY:
Monday 4:00 PM - 10:30 PM
Tuesday - Friday 4:00 PM - 11:30 PM
Saturday 4:00 PM - 11:30 PM
Sunday 4:00 PM - 10:30 PM

HAPPY HOUR:
Monday - Friday 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM


Cross Street:
58th Street

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(212) 753-7407

Website:
http://www.rosamexicano.com/

Catering:
We offer a full range of catering options: buffet stations, prix fixe menus, family style menus, passed hors d'ouvres, etc. We also offer off-premise catering for groups of all sizes. For Large Party Reservations, please contact jforbes@rosamexicano.com or 212.533.3350 or Jacqueline Vasquez at jvasquez@rosamexicano.com or 212.977.7700 for more information.

Parking Details:
There are many public garages in the area.

Public Transit:
4,5,6, N,R, W to 59th Street/ Lexington, M15 to 57th + 1st

Executive Chef:
Ignacio Cotzomi

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
BRUNCH
Sat & Sun | 11:30am - 3:00pm
Churros French Toast. Enough said.

HORA FELIZ
Mon - Fri, 4-7pm at the Bar
Specially priced Margaritas, Sangría y Cervezas!

EL MENU DE CANTINA
Mexico City Cantina Fare
$8.5 Tacos, Quesadillas, Antojitos y mas – Served All Day at The Bar

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Private Dining

We can accommodate groups of 12 or more for private & non-private dining. We can also accommodate up to 150 for daytime events or evening buyout events. Partial room buyouts are also available. Please contact Jennifer Forbes, jforbes@rosamexicano.com or 212.533.3350 for more information.

Rosa Mexicano - First Avenue Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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4.3

service

4.2

ambience

4.1

value

4.0

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Moderate

86% would recommend it to a friend

Authentic (26)
Neighborhood Gem (25)
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Good for Groups (20)
Spicy (16)
Good for a Date (16)
Comfort Food (15)
Fit for Foodies (15)
Fun (15)
Special Occasion (15)
Handcrafted Cocktails (14)
Creative Cuisine (11)
Cozy (10)
Hot Spot (9)
Bar Seating (8)
Good for Birthdays (8)
Kid-friendly (8)
Happy Hour (7)
Good for Anniversaries (6)
Pre/post Theatre (6)
Vibrant Bar Scene (6)
Great for Brunch (5)
Great for Lunch (5)
Sunday Lunch (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Business Meals (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Romantic (4)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Worth the Drive (3)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
People Watching (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Tapas (2)
Disabled Access (1)
Great Beer (1)
Healthy (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Seasonal (1)
Vegan (1)
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 (New York Area)·Dined 21 hours ago

The best Guacamole I had in my life.
Must eat when you visit NYC.

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 (New England)·Dined 5 days ago

Delicious food and drinks. Everything was on point this busy Friday night!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Hot Spot
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Very disappointed . Carne Tempiquena for $29.00 high way robbery for what was served to us!! Quesadillas was OK. Guacamole (not done at table side, as it used to be) just passable. Only saving grace was Joan, the waitress, who was very nice and attentive. Not sure we will go back, although very convenient location for us particularly during inclement weather. Hope Management will take notice of my comments.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Food never disappoints, especially their very famous made-at-the-table guacamole. Service is always good and waitstaff very friendly and helpful in ordering. Atmosphere is fun, and it has a lively bar scene. Mexican food at its finest. We would highly recommend this restaurant to groups or a quiet date evening. Tourists would find it to be a festive evening for them. We will always come here for excellent, authentic Mexican cuisine.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Great for Brunch, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Fun, Spicy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 1, 2018

We love Rosa Mexicano. It was great for NYE. Great value.

Tags: Special Occasion, Authentic
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·Dined on December 31, 2017

The Best Mexican Food I’ve had: creative, flavorful & and beautifully presented. Highly recommend!

Tags: Casual, Sunday Lunch, Seasonal, Paleo Friendly, Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly, Fit for Foodies, Vegan, Gluten Free Options, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Disabled Access, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Service was poor this time somewhat disappointed will try the union sq location

Tags: Late-night Find, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Absolutely love every time we eat here!! They accommodated our party of 6 very fast and efficiently !! And the staff was awesome... very attentive and informative !! Love everything about this restaurant !!!!!!

Tags: Romantic, Authentic, Bar Seating, Comfort Food, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups
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·Dined on December 27, 2017

I have been to the one at Lincoln center location and there is no comparison to the one on 1st Avenue . Lincoln center location is beautiful , spacious and attractive . For the same prices I rather spend my money in a more appealing decor and ambiance . To start with I hated the seating they gave me, I asked 3 times the person who sat us down if there was some where else especially because we were seated so close to bar that as I was eating my dinner peoples behinds were rubbing up against us. I was told there was no other seats but how could that be if it wasn’t as crowded as when we departed 1 and 1/2 later. Food was mediocre and not worth the prices they charge for tacos and enchiladas . I had 3 margaritas and not much of a buzz when I left . Very cramped space and I felt not accommodating . Only good thing was our waiter was very nice and did not feel rushed at all. I probably would have been a little more satisfied had it not been for rude hostess refusing to accommodate us when asked to change our seats . Did not start out on right foot and usually that’s all it takes for things to go south. Would not be going back to this location or any for that matter .

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Horrible service. We made a reservation and were still placed on the wait list for an hour. Our food came out burnt and cold. I ordered the quesadilla with shrimp & it came out burnt with chicken & one of the quesadillas were completely empty! Our drinks took roughly 23 minutes to order... and then it took another 37 minutes for our food to come out. It was just an overall unpleasant experience. We watched as the someone who seemed to be the mananager talk down to the servers in front of us and other patrons... unacceptable & extremely unprofessional. Chose another resturant if you’re looking to have great food and a good time.

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·Dined on December 25, 2017

Great food and the frozen margarita's were lovely. Good atmosphere and the staff were very friendly and attentive. We will visit again when back in new york

Tags: Worth the Drive, People Watching, Tapas, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Enjoyable. House drink great

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·Dined on December 20, 2017

Great food, not enough servers

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Soo good! Have been going to this restaurant for years and the food is always outstanding .

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 13, 2017

Overall Rosa Mexicano was great.........food, service and atmosphere was outstanding.

Tags: Good for Groups
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 10, 2017

A wonderful birthday celebration brunch! Good food and atmosphere.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Fun, Spicy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Unfortunately, it has gone downhill since Last visit. The whole experience was poor. The food was mediocre and also the service. The chicken inside the enchiladas was very dry and tasteless. The guacamole had no taste, they didn’t season it at all. Everything took a long time and they kept apologizing. We use to like it here but after last night we will not return. They went into opening restaurants all over and lost the quality of the food.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 10, 2017

best pomegranate margaritas in the area. Food is good/great as expected with Rosa.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Spicy, Happy Hour, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Fun, Casual, Vibrant Bar Scene, Authentic
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 (New England)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Would recommend on off-peak hours/days, but not a Friday night like this one. They aren't as attentive, the drinks will come out sloppy, etc.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 4, 2017

Mexican done right!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 2, 2017

happy restaurant with quality food, staff are personable and welcoming.

Tags: Spicy, Casual, Cozy, Comfort Food
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 (Tallahassee)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Poor poor quality food. Tired. Very Disappointed...it was a favourite but has gone downhill.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Good menu with authentic Mexican cuisine (not TexMex). Great guacamole prepared table side - worth the visit!!!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 27, 2017

As always the service was very good as where the margaritas and the guacamole.
We usually order the enchilladas suizas but this time they not as good as they usually are. Don't know why.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Happy Hour, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 27, 2017

What overshadowed the nice meal was the lack of communication between opentable and Rosa Mexicana - I received an email the next day accusing me of not honoring my reservation meanwhile I was there, and on time. I attached my receipt below.

Tags: Paleo Friendly
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Old school and disappointing meal. Avoid the meat entrees- meat was tough and chewy. Even if this place meant to be authentic, it still needs a renovation. It was crampt and unpleasant. Our waiter was attentive though.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Great fresh authentic Mexican. Amazing guacamole made fresh to order.

Tags: Fun
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·Dined on November 24, 2017

They should have been closed on Thanksgiving Day...everything was a rush, the drinks the food the check cause clearly they all wanted to leave.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 22, 2017

The people there were super friendly, the service was great the the food was very tasty .

Tags: Fun, Cozy, Casual
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Amazing in every aspect, always quality! Food is delicious, no problems with dietary restriction, staff are all true professionals.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Spicy, Romantic, Hot Spot, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Fun, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

While the guacamole is always super, the entrees were mediocre. The brisket beef burrito tasted ordinary, even on par with Amy's frozen entrees. It may have even been microwaved. I ordered a glass of sangria with a tremendous ice cube filling the glass and, you guessed it, very little sangria. A lot of money spent for very little enjoyment.

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·Dined on November 11, 2017

Amazing taste, food was lukewarm except for fajitas...very busy staff and packed to the gills bar and restaurant...the frozen margaritas are a must. The 5 of us girls celebrating a birthday had a blast. Soooo good!!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 4, 2017

CARAMBA! Beyond any doubt, the WORST (i.e. almost non-existent) service I have ever experienced. Packed to the rafters on a Friday nite and totally unprepared to deal with it. Too bad, it used to be a fun and tasty place to go. I would have given zero stars for service but did not want to give the impression that I had just neglected to score it.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 2, 2017

They make the best mole sauce in America and gives Mexican moles a run for their money. Rosa's is the real deal! There's very little to criticize here.

Tags: Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Brunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 31, 2017

Service was a bit slow and food came out lukewarm this time.

Tags: Quick Bite
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 27, 2017

This is the original Rosa Mexicano and it is smaller, more intimate, less noisy and less touristy than all the others. The best guacamole in the city. Favorite dish is the skewered shrimp with a frozen pomegranate Margherita. Have been coming very here for over 30 years. Never disappoints.

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Cozy
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 (Jackson Hole)·Dined on October 23, 2017

We loved our meal - this original location was recommended to us and it was A+

Tags: Cozy, Great Beer, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 21, 2017

We had a Pomegranite Margarita and freshly made guacamole which was excellent! Then Eggs on tortilla for brunch. Service and food were excellent. Decor slightly dowdy.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Lunch, Casual, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Rosa Mexicana is festive, friendly and fun. Definitely has the best guac in NYC, and is a wonderful place for a group birthday celebration. Love it!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Rosa M has become my go to place for Mexican food. It is always fresh and enjoyable; good for special occasions as well as everyday meals. keep up the great work.

Tags: Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine
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