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Rosa Mexicano - First Avenue

4.5
1944 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Mexican
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  • Authentic
  • Casual
  • Neighborhood Gem
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.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Mexican, Contemporary Mexican
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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


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Phone number
(212) 753-7407
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Ignacio Cotzomi
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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.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
58th Street
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Parking details
There are many public garages in the area.
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Public transit
4,5,6, N,R, W to 59th Street/ Lexington, M15 to 57th + 1st
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Special events & promotions
MEXICAN PASSOVER
Friday, March 30th - Sunday, April 1st
Traditional Passover Dishes Meet Mexican Flavors
4-Course Menu - $55 Per Guest

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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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

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.

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Specials

Cinco de Mayo - Special Menus & Offers

Come Fiesta at Rosa Mexicano!

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Mother's Day Menus & Specials

Treat mom to our Mexican-Inspired Specials at Brunch or Dinner

Sunday, May 13, 2018

What 1944 People Are Saying
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4.1
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85% of people would recommend it to a friend
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3.0Dined 4 days ago

Margaritas seem "watered down" and food portions are smaller than they used to be. Guacamole wasn't even very good this time !

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2.0Dined 6 days ago

Went down hill from the previous times we dined. everything changed on the menu and the food came late and kinda gross. not worth the $$.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Was great.
But very noisy

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

great! loved it

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Came for the Mexican Passover celebration and it hasn’t disappointed in several visits.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Dad night was amazing the food as great !!!!

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Fuimos mi esposa y dos hijos. Ambiente alegre y buen servicio. La comida mexicana muy buena. Los margaritas excelentes.

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4.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Wonderful meal and excellent service

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2.0Dined on March 30, 2018

We usually love Rosa Mexicano — all locations. We went for the third year in a row for their Passover Seder and we were disappointed. Food was average, selections limited compared to past years, service slow. I would return for an every day meal, not for a holiday.

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5.0Dined on March 28, 2018

First time here but won't be the last. Friendly staff, good food. Quite busy..glad we had a reservation. No waiting..our table was ready.

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4.0Dined on March 27, 2018

Had a reservation and still did not get a top table/room. Told that one had to ask for that.
Also, Handicapped door (entrance and exit) was inaccessible. They apologized profusely but need to correct.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

A special experience every time we come here keeps us coming back.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Long time neighborhood favorite of ours. Great food and very attentive and authentic staff.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Guacamole is fabulous, food was fresh & delicious! Service was excellent!

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Excellent food. Great service. A great dinner. The best guacamole in New York City, made at the table and served with fresh tortilla chips. An all around great time.

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4.0Dined on March 20, 2018

This restaurant is a favorite among the members of our family. The service is friendly and efficient. The food is delicious regardless of what we order; and, the fact that it is within walking distance of our home makes it an inviting place to patronize.

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4.0Dined on March 18, 2018

I have been to two of the restaurants. The food is very good. We had excellent service. It was nice to be able to sit and talk without being rushed.

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

My friend and I went to Rosa Mexicano for my birthday and couldn’t have asked for a better way to celebrate. They are known for their guacamole and now I know why. Delicious! Food was great, though my friend had asked for the sauce for her dish to be put on the side (the waiter said it was pretty spicy). It came with the sauce on her tacos and, while she said it was very tasty, it was very spicy and she wasn’t able to finish it. She didn’t want to complain but when the manager came over to see if we enjoyed our meal, I told her about my friend’s dish. She apologized, brought her a glass of milk which gave my friend immediate relief and they didn’t charge us for her meal. For my birthday, they brought over a box with candles and inside was a piece of lime and a shot of tequila. They sang Happy Birthday and put a huge sombrero on my head. Best birthday celebration in a long time! Loved Rosa Mexicano!

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4.0Dined on March 16, 2018

My husband and I have dined at Rosa Mexicano, a chain, at many locations, and the 1rst avenue in Manhattan is by far the best venue. The menu does not vary much accross locations, but at 1rst avenue the execution, presentation, and service take it all up a notch. I always ask to sit in the back room away from the bar where it is quiet so we can enjoy our meal and have a nice conversation

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5.0Dined on March 15, 2018

This restaurant is very special. Food is excellent and the service exemplary. Strongly recommended.

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4.0Dined on March 7, 2018

We enjoy the delicious interesting dishes at this fine neighborhood restaurant.

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4.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Truthfully everything was great. The only thing that really kind of hurt them was the wait to get seated. We made an 8:30 pm reservation and didn't get seated until 9:00 pm. It was really crowded and was a little uncomfortable. When asked why the wait was taking so long they said that reservations are done through opentable website and they don't have any control over reservations. Overall the night was Great. My group had a good time. The waiter was knowledgeable and gave great recommendations. Food was amazing. I have been and will continue come here.

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2.0Dined on March 4, 2018

The restaurant was seriously overbooked on Saturday night. We arrived for an 8:15 reservation and could barely get the door open due to the crowd of people around the hostess stand. We were told it would be a few minutes and were finally seated at 8:50. The long and uncomfortable wait set the tone for the rest of the evening.

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

My niece and daughter dined with me to celebrate my niece’s birthday early..they brought a fancy sombrero and candles with a shot of tequila and sang to her. It was delightful..food was terrific, too.

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

I've been dining at Rosa Mexicano on First Avenue and 58th since 1987/88, and have frequented the Rosa's in Washington DC (three locations, one of which unfortunately closed) and Miami.

Terrific food, especially the guac and the pomegranate frozen margaritas.

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5.0Dined on February 27, 2018

A wonderful experience, professional and contientious servers. Very fine food.

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4.0Dined on February 25, 2018

The hostess and wait staff were very friendly and attentive. I have been to two of your restaurants and have been extremely happy. The food is very good. The prices are very reasonable.

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4.0Dined on February 25, 2018

The food is always excellent and the portions generous. I’ve never had anything that I didn’t love.

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4.0Dined on February 24, 2018

It was a nice place overall just a little tight on space

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Somewhat small and if crowded can be noisy. Food was decent nothing spectacular

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4.0Dined on February 22, 2018

I am a returning Costumer for many years
Enjoying my favorite dishes

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4.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Waiter was gracious and welcoming. Very competent also!

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3.0Dined on February 18, 2018

I have eaten at Rosa Mexicano in many different locations and never had a bad meal until now. The food was tasty but cold, I was really surprised because they got it out to us fairly quickly but it was not hot at all. We did not complain we just ate it and left. I feel for the price your charging you have to keep up the quality.

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Great food, as always!!

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

As always, everything was terrific. From the Valentine's margaritas to the guacamole to special pork dish and so on....all really nice.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

The space was a bit tight but I understand that it was a busy day… Valentine’s Day. But the waitstaff was completely knowledgeable and very polite. Recommendations were spot on. Drinks were amazing. Food was amazing.

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3.0Dined on February 14, 2018

I'm a big fan of Rosa Mexicano and have been to 3 different locations in NY. The original First Avenue location was always special. I now think it has declined. The Union Square location is now so much better in terms of the ambience, service and food. I was really disappointed for the first time by the food. The guacamole was subpar and we shared the Valentine's menu "may y tierra" for 2 and it just wasn't that good. Shrimp and lobster had little taste, ditto for the Coca Cola braised chicken. Filet was good. Maybe it was an off night but we left a bit underwhelmed.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

We went for a Valentines Day dinner this week. I had already been here twice and liked it so I booked it for Vday since I was spending the day in this neighborhood. Was happily surprised to see Valentines dinner specials on the menu in addition to their regular menu. Service was excellent - friendly servers and busing of tables with a smile. I would call the food "healthy" Mexican cuisine. I am a vegetarian and have many options here. The tableside guacamole is delicious and the chips and tortillas are authentic and made in house. All the food is delicious and very ample sized portions- we took some food home to enjoy the next day. My favorite dish is something called "carbone" which is a skillet meal - it is not fajitas but kind of similar. For dessert the truffles are amazing. I definitely recommend Rosa Mexicana!

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5.0Dined on February 9, 2018

the service was extraordinary,; the food was originally and perfectly flavored, and the portions were enormous--I took home a second day's meal

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4.0Dined on February 8, 2018

Very friendly staff . Our waiter was very helpful and enthusiastic about his job which is such a pleasant surprise. He took pride in knowing the menu and was very professional.

Food was delicious and had one of the best margaritas here!

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