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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.
New York, NY 10022
Mexican, Contemporary Mexican
Hours of Operation:
Saturday & Sunday 11:30 AM - 3:00 PM
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
Monday - Friday 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
$31 to $50
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 212.533.3350 or Jacqueline Vasquez at email@example.com or 212.977.7700 for more information.
There are many public garages in the area.
4,5,6, N,R, W to 59th Street/ Lexington, M15 to 57th + 1st
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:
Sat & Sun | 11:30am - 3:00pm
Churros French Toast. Enough said.
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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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, firstname.lastname@example.org or 212.533.3350 for more information.
Rosa Mexicano - First Avenue Ratings and Reviews
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
I have been to the one at Lincoln center location and there is no comparison to the one on 1st Avenue . Lincoln center location is beautiful , spacious and attractive . For the same prices I rather spend my money in a more appealing decor and ambiance . To start with I hated the seating they gave me, I asked 3 times the person who sat us down if there was some where else especially because we were seated so close to bar that as I was eating my dinner peoples behinds were rubbing up against us. I was told there was no other seats but how could that be if it wasn’t as crowded as when we departed 1 and 1/2 later. Food was mediocre and not worth the prices they charge for tacos and enchiladas . I had 3 margaritas and not much of a buzz when I left . Very cramped space and I felt not accommodating . Only good thing was our waiter was very nice and did not feel rushed at all. I probably would have been a little more satisfied had it not been for rude hostess refusing to accommodate us when asked to change our seats . Did not start out on right foot and usually that’s all it takes for things to go south. Would not be going back to this location or any for that matter .
Horrible service. We made a reservation and were still placed on the wait list for an hour. Our food came out burnt and cold. I ordered the quesadilla with shrimp & it came out burnt with chicken & one of the quesadillas were completely empty! Our drinks took roughly 23 minutes to order... and then it took another 37 minutes for our food to come out. It was just an overall unpleasant experience. We watched as the someone who seemed to be the mananager talk down to the servers in front of us and other patrons... unacceptable & extremely unprofessional. Chose another resturant if you’re looking to have great food and a good time.
Unfortunately, it has gone downhill since Last visit. The whole experience was poor. The food was mediocre and also the service. The chicken inside the enchiladas was very dry and tasteless. The guacamole had no taste, they didn’t season it at all. Everything took a long time and they kept apologizing. We use to like it here but after last night we will not return. They went into opening restaurants all over and lost the quality of the food.
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