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Rosa Mexicano - First Avenue

4.4
1914 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Mexican
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  • Authentic (22)
  • Casual (19)
  • Neighborhood Gem (19)
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
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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What 1914 People Are Saying
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4.2
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4.2
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4.1
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87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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lpsc 
4.0  Dined 3 days ago

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

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vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined 6 days ago

Waiter was gracious and welcoming. Very competent also!

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Valerie 
3.0  Dined 6 days ago

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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vipOpenTable Diner (Seattle)
5.0  Dined 7 days ago

Great food, as always!!

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Thomas (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 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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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 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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vipDavidW (New York Area)
3.0  Dined 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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vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 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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elainep (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 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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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined 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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KNYC (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 8, 2018

So glad we found this place. Went on a Thursday night. Great service and food! We will return!!

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OpenTable Diner (Charleston)
5.0  Dined on February 8, 2018

Not only is this the flagship restaurant for a large international chain, but the new manager there is a professional woman whom I would recommend above most restaurant managers I've met. We watched two drunk (would be) patrons come into the restaurant and become belligerent. she managed that with true finesse, as well as continuing her role, and not making it a big deal for anyone. All the food is made fresh there and is delicious.

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vipRonS (New York Area)
2.0  Dined on February 4, 2018

I have been here many times and the food has gone way downhill. Even my white sangria was bad--tasted like watered down orange juice. The guacamole remains excellent, however.

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

Very busy on a Friday night. Long wait for our reservation, but very good on all counts once we got our table.

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vipAlex (New York Area)
2.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

Made a 7:30 reservation, didn't get seated until 8:30. Hostesses were rude and clueless. Completely disorganized. Service was sub par. Overall an awful experience.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on February 1, 2018

The (non) service was incredibly slow. No one came unless we called for someone. Guacamole was excellent, everything else was hit and miss.

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OpenTable Diner (London)
1.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

Service was terrible, waiter forgot initial guacamole order, forgot multiple drink orders each time we ordered a drink had to ask multiple times to receive it. Dirty dishes sat on table for extended period of time and food arrived luke warm. Rosa has always been a favorite so I will not cross it off my list, hopefully this was a very off night and not new service levels.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

Guac was excellent, got so full off of that that I couldn't finishing my mushrooms tacos (although those were fantastic too). Margaritas are delicious and STRONG. Perfect girls night dinner.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on January 24, 2018

Great food ,great margaritas , great guacamole, always good service

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Bent (Dallas)
5.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

Authentic Mexican in the city.... very busy so reservations are a must... have to get the guacamole as an appetizer

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vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on January 19, 2018

An oldie but goodie. This place has been around forever yet menu is current and interesting. Very good food, service, value! Open kitchen is always a nice show!

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vipHello (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on January 19, 2018

We enjoy the food at this fine Mexican restaurant. It is tasty and interesting. The service is friendly and efficient.

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vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on January 16, 2018

The first and the best Rosa

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on January 16, 2018

The best Guacamole I had in my life.
Must eat when you visit NYC.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on January 14, 2018

Excellent Service - The food was great and nice ambience

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vipBeng (New England)
5.0  Dined on January 12, 2018

Delicious food and drinks. Everything was on point this busy Friday night!

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vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
2.0  Dined on January 7, 2018

Very disappointed . Carne Tempiquena for $29.00 high way robbery for what was served to us!! Quesadillas was OK. Guacamole (not done at table side, as it used to be) just passable. Only saving grace was Joan, the waitress, who was very nice and attentive. Not sure we will go back, although very convenient location for us particularly during inclement weather. Hope Management will take notice of my comments.

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greatfoodlover (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on January 1, 2018

Food never disappoints, especially their very famous made-at-the-table guacamole. Service is always good and waitstaff very friendly and helpful in ordering. Atmosphere is fun, and it has a lively bar scene. Mexican food at its finest. We would highly recommend this restaurant to groups or a quiet date evening. Tourists would find it to be a festive evening for them. We will always come here for excellent, authentic Mexican cuisine.

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Anonymous (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

We love Rosa Mexicano. It was great for NYE. Great value.

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OpenTable Diner (Denver)
5.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

The Best Mexican Food I’ve had: creative, flavorful & and beautifully presented. Highly recommend!

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