Rosa Mexicano - First Avenue

4.6
2097 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Mexican
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 30 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 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
THANKSGIVING DAY FIESTA
Thursday, November 22nd | 12pm - 9pm
3 Course Menu & A La Carte Specials
Enjoy Thanksgiving with a Mexican twist! From pumpkin soup garnished with pomegranate and pumpkin seeds, to a turkey dinner with your choice of mole poblano or traditional gravy, leave the cooking to us.

SEASON'S EATINGS
December 24th & 25th | 12pm - 9pm
Enjoy our Mexican-spiced holiday specials. From our crispy mini ceviche tacos and half-roasted achiote chicken, to our twist on the traditional "Cookies and Milk" and pomegranate punch, leave the holiday cooking to us!

RAISE A GLASS TO 2019!
Monday, December 31st
Celebrate New Year’s Eve with Friends & Family at Rosa Mexicano!
4-Course Menu & Specialty Holiday Cocktail
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Season’s Eatings
December 24th & 25th | 12pm - 9pm
Happy Holidays! Celebrate the Holiday with us at Rosa Mexicano.

Monday, December 24, 2018

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Season’s Eatings
December 24th & 25th | 12pm - 9pm
Happy Holidays! Celebrate the Holiday with us at Rosa Mexicano.

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Raise a Glass to 2019!
Monday, December 31st
Celebrate New Year’s Eve with Friends & Family at Rosa Mexicano!

Monday, December 31, 2018

What 2097 People Are Saying
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New York Area
26 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Good food overcomes high noise level, and fairly high prices.

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VR
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 3

I got the Chamorro. They claim it is braised, when it is actually pan seared and then flash fried. Chefs take short cuts here big time.....

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MV
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Visited Rosa Mexicano in Ny on first being from So Fl I was disappointed. Service was slow and retaurant was pretty empty. Guac was tasty. Food was barely edible. Seemed reheated. Plates came out burning hot but my Mole was luke warm almost cold. Ery expensive for size taste and servce

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OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food! Loved sitting near the grill to watch everything happen.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was fresh and delicious! Entire staff made you feel welcome and the service was outstanding. Will definitely return.

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MV
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great, friendly service. Delicious food and drinks as usual.

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OT
Naples
3 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s one of our favorites

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c
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite restaurant for birthdays and other group special occasions. The ambience and food at Rosa always raises everyone's spirits.

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H
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Rosa Mexicano gets better each time we go. Get the table side guacamole and pomegranate margarita!

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AB
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 4

Only recommend the guacamole and margaritas. The rest of the food was average. The service was the aggressive and uncomfortable. The waiter was noticeably aggravated that we did not order more food and drinks. When we told him we only wanted a single guacamole order he copped an attirude. The same happened at the end of the meal when our family declined coffee and dessert. A $220 Mexican meal for five should result in a better experience.

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LG
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

I went to Rosa Mexicano for Thanksgiving dinner with my wife who doesn't eat meat. She does eat fish and the salmon dinner she had was excellent. I had the Turkey enchiladas in a pepper sauce, and it was outstanding. My one complaint was with the bill, the way my dinner was put on my menu was that the blood orange margarita was part of my dinner, but when I got the bill it was a separate item. Frankly had I know this I wouldn't have ordered that drink. In my opinion that was deceptive, and soured an otherwise very pleasant evening.

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AT
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The guacamole was amazing and the customer service excellent

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Aberdeen
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful food, the most amazing guacamole I’ve ever had in my life made fresh at our table, all that and a friendly, relaxed atmosphere. We loved our visit here!

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great cocktails and excellent service

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s
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I always love this place and am always happy to return for more delicious Mexican food served in a casual, friendly setting.

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NW
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Great food and drinks, fun atmosphere, perfect for meeting friends. Some areas of restaurant are very cramped so expect to get to know your "neighbors!"

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JF
Miami
29 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place

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SA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Fun was outstanding, especially that I don't eat meat, fish dish was excellent. Service was very attentive and charming. Made excellent recommendations.

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FL
New York Area
51 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First rate Mexican food. Large menu with interesting choices. Lethal pomegranate margueritas. Attentive, helpful service.
Very nice dinner.

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DR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent. My problem was with open table when I made the reservation. I choose the date and time that I put air in three people instead of four when I went to correct it to for told me that they were no availability is and that I would automatically have a reservation for the following day. I had to call the restaurant directly and straighten it out I hope I’ve gotten points for this meal. Thank you.

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J
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

I used to really like this place, but it has gotten very tired and average. The quesadilla I had was cold and barely cooked and the filling was the wrong one. It was placed on a white plate with no sides, white on white and tasteless. The salad was randomly cut and watery. This used to be one of the best Mexican restaurants in the city. Now it's like mall food. The bartender and drinks were great though, which made it a wash.

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J
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I went on a bachelorette party here with 6 girls! The drinks were yummy, food was good (we shared 4 plates and 2 guacamoles) and it was enough for us! The portobello tacos were too spicy to eat. Everything else tasted great!

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F
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

We had a reservation

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R
Miami
20 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I live in Battery park city near Rosa Mexicano in TriBeCa.I choose to go to the one on 1st Ave.
Much more energetic. Food is authentic and delicious.
Try to sit at bar. bartenders are professional and they can make a great Margarita. La Unica or a frozen pomegranate.

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E
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. Strongly recommend it to everyone interested in a good meal.

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NY
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Estephan was our waiter. He is beyond awesome. We were not rushed out even though it was getting crowded.

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MS
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a party, with food. A selection of plates from all over Mexico. Well prepared/authentic.

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d
Central Coast
6 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Great guacamole made at the table, really lovely! Encalada suiza was disappointing covered in a thin sauce, would have been nice to have crispy cheese on top. Not appealling to look at..

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CD
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been here several times and always had a good experience. The service was quite good last time. Food is tasty and comes quickly. The pomegranate frozen margaritas are awesome

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TO
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 3

Usually this restaurant is a great place to eat and very friendly. I was sat next to a very loud couple who continually had their phone ring loudly and that didn’t understand the concept of “inside voice”. All the tables around them were anoid by them. I was directly next to them which made it impossible to enjoy our meal. We discreetly asked to move tables. The waiter moved us but only to the table on the other side of the loud couple ( Although there were other tables available in other areas of the restaurant ) which made it slightly awkward and did not solve the request to be moved out of earshot. Next time someone asks to be moved because of a disrespectful guest, move them further away from the problem.

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c
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Super good food and excellent service. The portions are rather large so if you are not starving consider sharing. Also the tres leches is amazing.

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HS
London
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful food. Best Mexican food I have had in New York.

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AD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience. Food and service top notch. Would definitely go again and recommend.

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CR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Geeat food, nice service and reasonable prices. Guacamole to die for, delicious 🤤

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 2

We only got a waiter at the end of the meal so we kept looking for him to order. It was a really cold night and the A/C was on blasting right at our table. We asked for it to be lowered at the beginning of the meal and nothing was done. We got charged an extra guacamole at the end of the meal. The food quality was poor compared to years of going there. They apparently no longer serve the slow braised ribs which was my favorite. All in all, the worst experience at Rosa I’ve ever had...

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NY
New York Area
56 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

TRosa Mexicano
With a few locations in Manhattan and elsewhere ( we have been to most) the BEST Rosa lies on 1st Avenue near Sutton Place. Specializing in more upscale versions of Mexican food, Rosa (First Avenue) delivers great food, by a terrific staff in fun surroundings. It’s warm, homey, festive and cozy atmosphere, and it’s very accommodating, friendly and attentive service keep us coming back. The food is truly good, with fresh guacamole made table side. The stuffed vegetarian pepper is delicious, as is the vegetarian plate. Also notably delicious are the filet mignon, chorizo, peppers and onions (Alambre a la Mexicano); filet mignon in tequila mushroom sauce; and the sliced, stuffed chicken breast. Everything everyone ate was excellent. The cocktails (pomegranate margaritas) are potent and also very well made.
Rosa is a great eatery specializing in fresh, delicious Mexican food served by a very attentive and warm staff in fun surroundings....it’s a winning combination that keeps us coming back.

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TK
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

First time visiting this location. Waited for 20 minutes for someone to take our drink order then another 15 to get our guacamole. Service was awful and had to ask manager to order a second round of drinks and to have plates cleared. Food was decent but nothing over the top. We were really disappointed.

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AF
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great service! We have visited the Boston and NYC locations.

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s
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

The food at Rosa is undeniably great quality. This location in particular lacks energy. There were barely any patrons in the restaurant while we were dining. That being said, the service was light. Our server was very nice, but did not check in very often given the restaurant was not busy.

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MV
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This location is a regular go-to for our group and the service and food never disappoint!

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