Rosa Mexicano - First Avenue

4.5
2136 reviews
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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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MH
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've been to Rosa more times than I can remember. But two stand out. The first time was also my first date with my wife. Made memorable when I mistook a chili pepper for green pepper. Eating it all in one bite was quickly regretted as I tried to play it cool. I was close to passing out, sweat pouring down my face. But it all worked out.

This visit, the last time, was on our 20th anniversary. I marked that special occasion when I made the reservation but wasn't expecting anything. We love it for sentimental reasons, and the food and drinks are great.

It came as a wonderful surprise when our dinner ended and we were served a complimentary glass of champagne and dessert. It was a small gesture from a place I've celebrated more than a few times. One that is sure to get me back. Truth be told I was going back anyway. But who can say no to champagne!

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RK
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to eat at great service great food very happy every time I'm able to go

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OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 2

The food was not that great! I can say I had better Mexican food! I felts as if I was eating a microwave meal. Very disappointed.

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h
New York Area
73 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

I have always enjoyed all of the restaurants throughout New York City. This is my favorite but this there was a problem with service. Our waiter was called into a meeting and never returned. He had been reassigned to another section and we didn’t know.

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CG
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

ROSA provides what every white table restaurant strives for: great authentic food with stellar service at affordable prices. Rosa Mexicana delivers in all three categories. Ambiance is rustic but cozy. The staff are exceptional. It's a terrific value.

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MH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Good food and good drinks. Can't go wrong with this choice.

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WL
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

The guacamole was very good and the ordered margarita drink was ok but bit weak. Beer good.
The main dishes were either undercooked/ bland (rice) but the dishes overall not seasoned well. Food was served luke warm.
We have been to many Mexican restaurants therefore we are aware of the dishes served at Rosa Mexicana.

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EG
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have been going with my family to Rosa for 15 years. The last few time they had slipped a bit but this meal tonight was their best ever! It was perfect.

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OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and excellent food!

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KM
Kansas City
14 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Rosa Mexicano provided a wonderful experience for my entire family. They brought out a beer that was similar to a domestic beer my mom had wanted and didn't charge us for it. The guacamole is the best I've ever had and when we requested no onions, they immediately remade it without onions. The pomegranate margarita was delicious, not too strong and not too sweet, just right. The owner/manager came to our table a couple of times to make sure we were happy. Everything was amazing! Thank you for the great food and service. I will recommend this restaurant and will return whenever I visit New York.

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BG
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service!! Highly recommend. I would certainly go back.

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E
New York Area
41 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great. Tried something new and loved it. Staff is always very professional and helpful.

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c
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Nice setting, great food and staff. Amazing fresh guacamole

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C
Washington DC
111 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

REAL MEXICAN FOOD

It was a treat to get to try real Mexican food as opposed to the ubiquitous Tex-Mex. The flavors are more subtle and varied. We thought the food was delicious and will return.

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DB
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Homemade guacamole and chips are excellent and made fresh for you by table. Margaritas were tasty but heavy on ice. We ordered three dinners and all were mediocre. Maybe it was the chefs night off.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing as always!

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OT
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

New Year’s Eve with friends; great value, food consistently good with lots of choices on menu; nice vibe without being too noisy

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TM
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great experience on NYE. great food, outstanding service.

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EW
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 4

Excellent food, and generally a very nice atmosphere. We had a great time, and the waiters were nice.

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TF
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

In the past we’ve dined at Rosa on Columbus Circle but we enjoyed Rosa on 1st so much in a recent Girls’ Trip to NYC that we returned for our final dinner in Midtown before flying home. The guacamole is simply the best(and we’re from AZ so that’s saying something) and our entrees were flavorful, well presented with marvelous sauces and unencumbered with stereotypical sides. Seems like a neighborhood place and we were treated like family. Our server, Stephen, was super.

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NY
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Was just ok, felt food quality not as good as it used to be.

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b
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Have not been in years. Happy to find out that the food is still delicious and the guacamole is still the best.

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M
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

This is the most reliable good food restaurant over 30 years -- the original Rosa Mexicana. Pomegranate Margarita is their signature. Their guacamole is superb, always assembled in front of you. Firete con Hongos (only this location) and Budin de Pollo are our favorite.

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LB
Orlando
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Decor needs to be spruced up as the seat fabric was ripped but table side guacamole is still the best

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b
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Ridiculously expensive guacamole and not made tableside. The food was tasty however. Drinks also expensive and not worth price. You can do better for the price.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Smooth, last minute Christmas day reservation through OpenTable and we were accommodated by restaurant (First Avenue NYC location) even though we arrived earlier than our reservation.

Staff (all) were fantastic, a pleasant surprise after less than welcoming/professional experiences with other restaurants around Manhattan.

Table-side prepared guacamole and the empanadas are muy delicioso! Highly recommend including as part of your appetizers! Minor hiccup on one of our entrees, but taken care of quickly...all food was excellent - traditional, authentic Mexican...well done!

We travel frequently throughout Gulf of Mexico, Baja California Sur, and the Caribbean as dive instructor/dive master and particularly enjoy each region’s culinary fare, and are always disappointed when returning stateside and eating Americanized “Mexican” food...rest assured you will not be disappointed with Rosa Mexicano’s menu - truly authentic selections from many regions of Mexico! We appreciated the menu notes that included the region each dish originated.

We will definitely seek out one of Rosa Mexicano’s locations as we visit family & friends on both coasts!

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AB
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

My family has been celebrating special occasions at Rosa for over 30 years. We went this year for Christmas dinner and what a shock! The food was mediocre, the service was terrible and the ambiance was no longer special. We will not be returning. So sad.

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TB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Open Table asks if special occasion. Why ask if restaurant does nothing about it.
Main entrée was served by a carrier about 5 minutes after appetizer and carrier saw we were eating appetizer and was going to leave entrée on table. We told him to take it back. The server should monitor table to assure entrée served at right time.

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u
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Service and food was excellent. The menue could be a bit bigger and winelist better.

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j
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service...year after year! We take the same table every December night before xmas

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OT
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Waiter very good and did not rush us at all, and very accommodating. Always enjoy there!

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C
London
7 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been going to Rosa Mexicano for more than 20 years and we have never been disappointed. The team at the entrance is efficient and courteous; the tables well spaced apart so there is little distraction from other diners; the quality of the guacamole and enchiladas suizas, dishes we ordered, was first rate and the service attentive and courteous. It is one of our favorite NYC restaurants.

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M
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Food is good but the location is very tight. I had to squeeze my way into a seat and bathroom is only for one person as it doesn't provide multiple toilets. Otherwise food is awesome.

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B
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Good food. Fabulous Guacamole table side. Sat in the back. Nice for a long conversation.

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IS
New York Area
115 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service and food was excellent. Celebrated my birthday.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite places to go to when in the city. My family and I make it a go to every time!

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S
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

I gave 3 stars for food not that it wasn’t delicious but the fact that some of the subtles are lost from the original owner when the place originally opened. The original ice cream dessert is no longer served.

I still go there often. Their margaritas are delicious

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PE
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Terrific Chef and Service Carlos was our waiter we had a great holiday dinner and we are so thankful! A great great time everything was delicious as it was beautiful! Thank you Rosa Mexicano UES!

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was AMAZING and the food was incredible

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S
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

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

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