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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food

4.3

service

4.2

ambience

4.1

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

86% would recommend it to a friend

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Hot Spot (9)
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Kid-friendly (8)
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Vibrant Bar Scene (6)
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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on May 7, 2011

I've been coming here since they opened in 1988, and it is still my favorite restaurant in New York. While I've visited the other New York locations, and am a "regular" in Washington, D.C. as well, nothing beats the original. The tableside guacamole is still fabulous -- and absolutely order the short-ribs. Wonderful!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 7, 2011

THE best quesadillas I ever had..seriously. Bar none. And for NYC, really inexpensive!!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on April 30, 2011

Still the best Mexican in town. A bit crowded and noisy, but after a couple of margaritas you don't notice

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 (Miami)·Dined on April 30, 2011

Love the Cadillac Margarita, try the Short Ribs they're awesome. Like this more intimate location best of all the Rosa's.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Toronto)·Dined on April 29, 2011

Fun and vibrant ambience. While the freshly made guacamole and accompanying sauces were amazing, our main courses (for a party of 3) were each far too salty. That was a disappointment. The service was cordial, though, and we thoroughly enjoyed the decor.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups
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 (Miami)·Dined on April 29, 2011

food is as great as their other locations. Ambiance is no as modern but the food and service is top level.

Tags: Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 24, 2011

I really enjoyed this restaurant, we went for Easter Sunday dinner, there was a lovely ambience about the place & very nice & romantic. The food & service was quite good & the margaritas were top notch.

Tags: Romantic
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on April 23, 2011

Place is good, Churros were stale. 7 out of 10

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 23, 2011

We live in Buffalo, NY. This was not our first trip to NYC but was the first time at Rosa Mexicano. This trip to the city was to celebrate my wife's 50th birthday and, since she is a huge mexican cuisine lover, we chose Rosa Mexicano to enhance her celebration. As you can see from our rating, we were extremely pleased with our choice. Kudos to "The Little Black Book of New York" for listing Rosa Mexicano as a select place to eat and drink.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 22, 2011

Thoroughly enjoyed our dinner at Rosa's. Service was excellent, the guacamole lived up to the hype and the main courses were delicious. Staff couldn't have been more helpful....offering a taste of the sauce that accompanied the enchiladas before I ordered was a nice touch. Will definitely go again and highly recommended to anyone who enjoys Mexican food.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Kid-friendly, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on April 20, 2011

This was the first Rosa Mexicano and for some reason I feel like the service and the food are much better than the other locations they have since opened. The tableside guacamole was excellent and my enchilada entree was very good. Before we were seated we had great pomegranate margaritas at the bar and the bartender was super friendly even though the place was packed.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 19, 2011

I'm a great fan of RM; the food was a bit dissappointing on this occasion. Hopefull on our next visit, things will be back on track.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on April 19, 2011

Always lively, always excellent with varied Mexican cuisine and best quality ingredients. Margaritas are a winner! Service is fast and efficient. We go often and enjoy it everytime.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 18, 2011

i have been going to rosa for a long time-i was shocked by the terrible service bad food.
they served broken chips-no salsa-never asked if we wanted another drink.
rosa has always been the special place to go-but now thatthey are nationwide -i would suggest Chipotle.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 15, 2011

I love this place - best Mexican food I've had in NYC so far. I'll keep coming back for the guacamole and grilled chicken.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 15, 2011

What a great find for the neighborhood. The food was delicious...amazing guac just the way we wanted it! And churros for dessert...yum yum! This place can get packed on a Friday night, but the environment and decor matches in vibrancy, and the sangria is a must try!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on April 10, 2011

I don't understand why this place is so popular. There is much better Mexican food in the city. Almost all the food has a heavy smoked flavor. The cache of having your guacamole made at the table is lost when it isn't made to your specification. It is crowded and rushed.

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 (Cleveland)·Dined on April 9, 2011

Great place for Mexican!They were very friendly and accomadating. I chose a dish and was afraid it may be too spicy, but the waiter assured me that it wasn't and he was right. My friend had a spcial dinner requet which they fulfilled. the guac is out of this world!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 9, 2011

We went there for brunch after we heard they have a new DIY bloody mary cart, just like with the guacamole, you can choose any combination you like and they make you a bloody mary on the spot - we tried the mild and the spicy which were great!!! The food was great as always. we love this place, classic Mexican food, great service too!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on April 8, 2011

The service was excellent and responsive from the minute I walked in the door. This site was far more casual and loud than the Lincoln Center one. If your're looking for a fine dining experience go to Lincoln Center, if you're looking for a regular city night out, go to First Avenue. Either way you won't be disappointed, but I do have to give major kudos for the service at First Avenue, it was the best I've gotten at any restaurant in a while.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 5, 2011

Thought the guacamole was outstanding. We had it with medium heat. The chips that came with it were great because they did not take away from the great flavor of the guacamole. We had the trout appetizer special which was a nice bit, loved it. I had the crab enchiladas which despite the "three peppers" on the menu, I didn't find to be all that hot or spicy. They were good but nothing to write home about. Pleasant atmosphere, dark which I love, house wine was lovely, friendly staff, all in all a nice place and I would definately return.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 3, 2011

I dont think I will go back here after my last visit. The service was just bad. The appetizers were okay but the main course was horrible. I ordered the rib, took a bite and that was it. Just the worst I have ever tasted!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 2, 2011

Probably wont go back. The quality of food and service has changed over the years. Oh well...

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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 1, 2011

Love! Love Love this place!!!!!!! Drinks omgh are awesome!!!

Tags: Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 30, 2011

Rosa Mexicano is our favorite restaurant! When we have guests, we treat them to a dinner at Rosa in Hackensack b/c the ambiance, food & drinks are great! However, recently we decided to dine at the 1st Ave location being the most convenient. Our reservation was at 5 pm. We have a baby who was w/ us at the time. We arrived at 4:45pm thinking that we could enjoy some drinks at the bar before being seated for dinner. However, the door was locked until 5:01pm. We were left in the cold with a fussy baby for 15 minutes! When we got inside, our table was not ready even though I had left explicit directions, it took 45 min. for our waiter to take our order after being served drinks & guacamole & the menu had a more limited selection. We won't back!

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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on March 28, 2011

Lovely restaurant. We dined early and had the bar pretty much to ourselves to enjoy really good margaritas. The tables are spacious and the setting is calm (early anyway). Out server was nice and let us sample many of the sauces before we ordered. Food was good, basic Mexican fare.

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 (Western NC)·Dined on March 28, 2011

This is one of my goto restaurants whether for a date or if I have guests from out of town. My daughter happens to live 2 blocks from it so I take her there often.

Great drinks, excellent authentic food and excellent service. My only problem is they try to force the guacamole on you. Its OK and they make it tableside but I think the other appetizers offer a much better dining experience. Just tell them "No" 3 or 4 times and they won't make it.

My personal favorite here are the Tablas. Large beef ribs that have been slow cooked. Very tender and delicious. Its a very large portion and I always take a doggie bag. The Boudin de Pollo is excellent as well. Its a chicken pie served with a green sauce. Very tasty.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on March 26, 2011

Simply the best guacamole ever! It's THE essential of eating at Rosa. The food and drinks are excellent also.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 26, 2011

I was very pleased from the moment I arrived on how accommodating the staff was to seat my party where we felt more comfortable. The service is outstanding. We never had to wait to ask for anything because they were always on top of it.

Will definitely come again and tell my friends about it.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on March 24, 2011

Great guacamole. Food is decent.

Tags: Good for Groups, Romantic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on March 20, 2011

We arrived on a Sunday afternoon and were seated promptly. It was fairly empty when we arrived, which was a concern, but diners started to trickle in while we were there. Service was friendly and efficient without being overly solicitous. We ordered the guacamole, prepared table side. It had a nice flavor, although I prefer my guac a little more mashed- it was a bit chunky.They have a nice selection of Mexican beer and the margaritas did not taste like they came from a mix. My husband had a beef kebab, which he said was cooked to perfection. I enjoyed the crab enchiladas which had a light cream sauce and did not mask the flavor of the crab. Homemade chips and corn tortilla shells were complimentary and unlimited. I would definitely go back

Tags: Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 19, 2011

A little disappointed. Not as good as I thought it was going to be. The pomegranate margaritas were good though.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on March 16, 2011

It was our second time at this location of Rosa Mexicano. Food was excllent again.
Although a little noisy, the vibe is great at night in there. Or server was very friendly and efficient however his English was poor and placing our order was challenging. The floor manager was extremely rude, he told us we couldnt place our shopping bags under or next to the table- not quite sure where he wanted them placed as he offerred no alternative. Overall the food is great and the drinks are awesome too (pomegrnate margerita!). I will return here at some point.
Also be aware you will not be seated even with a reservation until all members are standing in front of the maitre d'. They're pretty full of themselves in that way..

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 16, 2011

We had to wait 30 minutes past the time of your reservation. Aside from that, very very good.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 15, 2011

I've been to the Rosa by Union Square and the 2Nd ave location is WAY less hectic. Service was great.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 15, 2011

I love Rosa Mexicano. Rock The Guac is great for kids.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on March 12, 2011

With a reservation it still took the restaurant 45 minutes to sit us. The host never showed any empathy and never offered an apology. He told me that they were running behind and to check back in 10 to 15 minutes. I checked on our reservation 15 minutes later only to be told that they were still not able to sit us. This went on another 15 - 20 minutes. i will say that the mgr did comp us a margarita for our wait. After we finally got a table, we only saw our waiter 3 times. In fact we had to flag him down if we wanted ANYTHING! Overall, while the food is slightly above average, the service is definitely below average. For us, service can make or break a place and in a city with SO many restaurants there's no reason to tolerate bad service.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 12, 2011

Being long time Rosa devotees, we were disappointed with our over-all experience, to include food, drinks and service. I have owned and operated high volume, world-class restaurants in Connecticut for twenty years, so I speak from experience and knowledge. It is obvious that Rosa has initiated portion cutbacks and probably less-expensive product changes, specifically in their sangria quality. No excuses for the service "blackouts" we experienced. I have a hard time recommending now, as I have sent many friends in the past but I think the problems we experienced were not "one nighters", but more systemic and philosophical,from their signature dish, guacamole, all the way to dessert,which we decided not to order because we just want to leave.

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 (New England)·Dined on March 11, 2011

The food was great! We did end up having to wait about 20 minutes for a table even though we had made a reservation through open table.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on March 11, 2011

Our reservation was for 8:30pm and we weren't seated until 9pm... by that time we were starving. Guacamole is amazing!! Food was definitely worth the wait.

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