Rosa Mexicano - First Avenue

4.5
2014 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Mexican
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  • Casual
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for Groups
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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Delivery or takeout
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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
EL DÍA DE LOS PADRES
Father's Day | June 17th
This Father's Day, indulge your padre with a Mexican feast for brunch or dinner, including our Pez Espada en Mole Coloradito or Chuleta de Cerdo. Celebrate dad with a Tromba Mule - our twist on the traditional Moscow Mule.

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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Gift Card
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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Reviews from verified diners
2,014 reviews
4.5 out of 5 Stars
Outstanding
66%
Very Good
23%
Good
8%
Fair
2%
Poor
1%
4.4
food
4.3
service
4.2
ambience
4.1
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90% of people would recommend it to a friend
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t
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

We went here for brunch because we love their guacamole which is individually made at the table. They individually make you corn bread which is also delicious. The service was outstanding and the manager made sure that we were happy as well. The food was quite good and we ended up taking a lot of it home so we enjoyed it the next day as well.

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MM
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Perfect restaurant for tequila and anything Mexican!

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Y
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always reliable, always delicious and it never disappoints :)

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OB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 1

Me and a few friends went here for dinner on a Friday night and it was fairly empty. We thought it would going to be a "fun" and "cool" restaurant but it looked like many foreign tourists and families, not exactly the crowd we were looking for. The service was good, out waitress was very friendly and informative, but our bill ended up being $50 per person (we all got ONE drink, one course, and shared a guac). Very expensive for the quality and quantity of the food.
Overall it was a fine time, but I would not recommend coming here honestly, I was a little disappointed.

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M
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Very nice quiet place. Guacamole is FABULOUS

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was very good and the service was excellent. Our waiter was really friendly and attentive.

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S
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food is always good at Rosa; if not a bit pricey for Mexican. Steven, our server, was most attentive. The cucumber margarita was delicious. I wish Rosa would keep the Chef's Dinner menu, it is a great bargain if you go to an early dinner.

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H
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Usually like going but this time service was incredibly slow (at 530pm) with my 2 toddlers. Our waitress basically disappeared after taking our order. Food was fine- kids menu reasonably priced but food just ok. Maybe was an off night?

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S
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

The food was all very good however the service was not great. Our waiter was very busy but he forgot about us! He took the orders of customers who were seated after us and they were being delivered their food before we even ordered. We were there for literally 30 minutes before our order was taken! Thank goodness we had yummy guacamole to eat while we waited!

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

The food and atmosphere was great. A little pricey but it is NY so not too bad. The service could’ve been better. Everyone seemed grumpy. Some barely spoke English. We were rushed to order and then we never really saw our waiter again.

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AF
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful. Delicious food and unusually gracious service. We were struck by how many tables had young children and yet how quiet it was. It was a lovely grown-up dining experience. And the place is beautiful, with soft lighting attractive decor.

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K
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorite restaurants in New York - food is always good and we come back every time we are in the city!

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SA
Toronto
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Definitely the best Mexican food I’ve ever had! The meal was amazing - everything from the chips and salsa (which were complimentary) to the churros and Mexican chocolate ice cream! The amazing service was definitely a plus as well.
Servings were perfect sharing size and the price was decent .
Highlights: guacamole (made at your table), chicken quesadillas, shrimp tacos, and churros.

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D
Las Vegas
7 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The guacamole and salsa are THE BEST. Everyone enjoyed their meal.

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f
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

This was my first visit to Rosa Mexicano and I had such a great time I am planning to have my birthday here! Great food, drinks, service and ambiance. Will definitely be coming back!

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E
New York Area
90 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love it! Delicious and always welcoming. Wonderful service. Thank you.

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MK
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was at Rosa Mexicano for a dinner date...the service was exceptional with very polite and humble patrons that work there. The food is very fresh and the guacamole is the best....you can order it to your taste of mild to spicy....I liked it mild. The ambience was good.....dark and comfy. The only thing was the noise was to a point where I has to ask my date to repeat herself a few times as well as when the waiter came over. Overall, an excellent establishment and I would go back in a heartbeat!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first date was at this place 6 years ago. Every year on our anniversary we go there. They always give us the same table we had on our first date. We love this place!

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E
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They have an excellent menu and prepare all selections very well. Staff is professional, friendly and attentive.

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RR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant could not have been more flexible or accommodating when I had to change the time of my reservation (twice) !
Have always loved coming here and will continue to do so.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Absolutely loved Rosa Mexicano on 1st Avenue.
The service was excellent, food was mouthwatering and

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JO
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best mexican in NYC, I been going since 1980's

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T
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

for the price point, the restaurant decor doesn't cut it.

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KP
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as usual!! Love the margaritas!! one of the two Best Mexican restaurants we go to. Definitely get the guacamole and go for spicy if you can.

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j
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Here for a birthday. Service very attentive. Food was fresh and tasty. A little spicy. At
I sphere is same as years past. Could use a freshening.

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HF
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the food and the acoustics are such that you can hear other people at the table.

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L
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

very good food, best salsa & guac on the planet. insufficient coverage for large crowds - we went for long stretches of time without anyone checking if we were OK and it took a lot of energetic arm-waving to attract attention. still would recommend. show up early and you should be OK.

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JF
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Host was very flexible in providing the desired table..was very impressed and set the night off just right.

Food was fine as is the case with this place.

Sangria was fantastic..

Just a great time...

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

Fantastic service and good food. A great way to spend a Friday night surrounded by nice people.

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AI
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Always enjoyable. However, this time we all found the food too spicy. Please be more moderate!

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D
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

always consistent, good food, good service, good drinks

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Lousy food, poor service

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c
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Food was great but service was very slow.

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Some of the dishes and drinks were a bit pricey

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HM
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

RM was recommended by a frequent diner at the restaurant. We are happy we followed it.

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H
New York Area
121 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We enjoy the excellent and interesting menu and the friendly service at this restaurant that, conveniently, is close to home.

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X
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Not bad for TeX Mex, but this is not mexican, if you want some drinks and Guacamole then its fine

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E
Atlanta
15 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service, great for any occasion.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Eat there everyday, on a date, special occasion. Like a mullet this place is versatile

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LS
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had been here several years ago, but had been frequenting the East side Rosa Mexicano during our ballets and concerts at Lincoln Center. However for our anniversary this year we decided to go back to our first love, the First Avenue at 58th Street location. A wonderful choice. We sat at a lovely corner round table in the quieter and more elegant back dining room, away from the more lively but more noisy bar area. As usual, the guacamole, served with warm tortillas, was delicious. It was prepared in front of us from scratch. I had the three enchiladas, each with a different sauce and seasoning, and my husband hd the codfish with fantastic seasonings. We shared a flan for dessert. He had a margarita and i stayed with Sauvignon Blanc. The service was gracious. . A perfect evening.

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