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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4.3

service

4.2

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4.1

value

4.0

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Moderate

87% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (29)
Neighborhood Gem (28)
Authentic (24)
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Spicy (20)
Fun (19)
Fit for Foodies (18)
Good for a Date (18)
Good for Groups (16)
Special Occasion (16)
Handcrafted Cocktails (14)
Comfort Food (14)
Happy Hour (13)
Creative Cuisine (12)
Good for Birthdays (11)
Cozy (10)
Kid-friendly (8)
Bar Seating (7)
Good Vegetarian Options (7)
Good for Anniversaries (6)
Hot Spot (6)
Pre/post Theatre (6)
Sunday Lunch (6)
Vibrant Bar Scene (6)
Great for Lunch (5)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Business Meals (4)
Great for Brunch (3)
Healthy (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Romantic (3)
Late-night Find (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
People Watching (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Tapas (2)
Worth the Drive (2)
Great Beer (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Scenic View (1)
Seasonal (1)
Vegan (1)
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

A wonderful birthday celebration brunch! Good food and atmosphere.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Fun, Spicy
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

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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vip
 (New England)·Dined 6 days ago

best pomegranate margaritas in the area. Food is good/great as expected with Rosa.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Spicy, Happy Hour, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Fun, Casual, Vibrant Bar Scene, Authentic
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Would recommend on off-peak hours/days, but not a Friday night like this one. They aren't as attentive, the drinks will come out sloppy, etc.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 2, 2017

happy restaurant with quality food, staff are personable and welcoming.

Tags: Spicy, Casual, Cozy, Comfort Food
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 (Tallahassee)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Poor poor quality food. Tired. Very Disappointed...it was a favourite but has gone downhill.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Good menu with authentic Mexican cuisine (not TexMex). Great guacamole prepared table side - worth the visit!!!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 27, 2017

As always the service was very good as where the margaritas and the guacamole.
We usually order the enchilladas suizas but this time they not as good as they usually are. Don't know why.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Happy Hour, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 27, 2017

What overshadowed the nice meal was the lack of communication between opentable and Rosa Mexicana - I received an email the next day accusing me of not honoring my reservation meanwhile I was there, and on time. I attached my receipt below.

Tags: Paleo Friendly
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Old school and disappointing meal. Avoid the meat entrees- meat was tough and chewy. Even if this place meant to be authentic, it still needs a renovation. It was crampt and unpleasant. Our waiter was attentive though.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Great fresh authentic Mexican. Amazing guacamole made fresh to order.

Tags: Fun
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·Dined on November 24, 2017

They should have been closed on Thanksgiving Day...everything was a rush, the drinks the food the check cause clearly they all wanted to leave.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 22, 2017

The people there were super friendly, the service was great the the food was very tasty .

Tags: Fun, Cozy, Casual
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Amazing in every aspect, always quality! Food is delicious, no problems with dietary restriction, staff are all true professionals.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Spicy, Romantic, Hot Spot, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Fun, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

While the guacamole is always super, the entrees were mediocre. The brisket beef burrito tasted ordinary, even on par with Amy's frozen entrees. It may have even been microwaved. I ordered a glass of sangria with a tremendous ice cube filling the glass and, you guessed it, very little sangria. A lot of money spent for very little enjoyment.

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·Dined on November 11, 2017

Amazing taste, food was lukewarm except for fajitas...very busy staff and packed to the gills bar and restaurant...the frozen margaritas are a must. The 5 of us girls celebrating a birthday had a blast. Soooo good!!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 4, 2017

CARAMBA! Beyond any doubt, the WORST (i.e. almost non-existent) service I have ever experienced. Packed to the rafters on a Friday nite and totally unprepared to deal with it. Too bad, it used to be a fun and tasty place to go. I would have given zero stars for service but did not want to give the impression that I had just neglected to score it.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 2, 2017

They make the best mole sauce in America and gives Mexican moles a run for their money. Rosa's is the real deal! There's very little to criticize here.

Tags: Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Brunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 31, 2017

Service was a bit slow and food came out lukewarm this time.

Tags: Quick Bite
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 27, 2017

This is the original Rosa Mexicano and it is smaller, more intimate, less noisy and less touristy than all the others. The best guacamole in the city. Favorite dish is the skewered shrimp with a frozen pomegranate Margherita. Have been coming very here for over 30 years. Never disappoints.

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Cozy
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 (Jackson Hole)·Dined on October 23, 2017

We loved our meal - this original location was recommended to us and it was A+

Tags: Cozy, Great Beer, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 21, 2017

We had a Pomegranite Margarita and freshly made guacamole which was excellent! Then Eggs on tortilla for brunch. Service and food were excellent. Decor slightly dowdy.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Lunch, Casual, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Rosa Mexicana is festive, friendly and fun. Definitely has the best guac in NYC, and is a wonderful place for a group birthday celebration. Love it!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Rosa M has become my go to place for Mexican food. It is always fresh and enjoyable; good for special occasions as well as everyday meals. keep up the great work.

Tags: Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Brunch menu hit the spot while still offering regular menu. Beverages always exceed expectations!

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·Dined on October 13, 2017

Had a great time and they surprised with a birthday greeting (& drink). 😊🎂

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 13, 2017

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 11, 2017

Consistently tasty Mexican with tableside guacmole and superb frizen margaritas.

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating, Fun, Good for Groups, Comfort Food
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 10, 2017

Perfect place for out of town guests.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 10, 2017

We would have enjoyed the evening if the waiter had not been so impatient and rude. The restaurant was not busy so he could have taken the time and been more pleasant. The rest of the staff were pleasant enough but our waiter made it clear that we shouldn’t ask any questions or require any help when ordering. As a result he got the order wrong. The worst was when I asked for the corn tortillas which were part of our meal. He came back and practically threw them at us.

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vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on October 9, 2017

Rosa became our ritual every time we visit NYC. Love the food, the restaurant and the service. The guac is life! It's definitely the money maker, but you have to have it every time. The fact that it's made table-side adds a nice touch. If only it was bigger for $15. Had the shrimp tacos which was delicious. My fiancé is obsessed with the Tres Enchiladas. Daniel was our server and he was great. We've gone to this location and the Union sq many times, different vibes, but both great. First ave feels more like you're in Mexico as it's lowkey traditional and homey but all decorated with Mexican flair. The Union Sq one is contemporary decor and high ceilings. The drinks are so strong. Two drinks and I'm done.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Fantastic food, generous servings of sides that we didn't realize kept with the orders- left feeling full and happy.

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·Dined on October 8, 2017

tha manager was so rude and didnt seat us even after reservations as he was RACIOUS!!!! He was rude and also the maidredee.. They seated everyone but not us!!!! Even after asking him a few times he would just ignore us..... WORST SERVICE!!!!

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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on October 4, 2017

Surprised that this place gets good reviews. First of all, don't order the 20 oz. sangria..it's not 20 oz., it is a 20 oz. pitcher packed with ice, so that there is barely 2 small glasses, and it is tasteless and watered down. Beer would be a safer bet. The guacamole was too chunky and needed salt, but of course, no salt shakers on the table. Tacos were OK, but not great. I don't mean to be too harsh, but can't recommend the place. We wouldn't go back.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 3, 2017

This place never gets old. Service is great, food is great - and unpretentious. Drinks are perfect. No complaints.

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 (Liverpool)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Loved the guacamole! Can recommend it. The only negative is that our waiter talked bad english and we had to concentrate to hear him.....

Tags: Good for a Date, Great for Brunch, Kid-friendly, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 30, 2017

dinner was delicious and it is a fun place to meet. The drinks are great as well.

Tags: Happy Hour, Bar Seating, Spicy, Healthy, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 30, 2017

We always stop for dinner on our way home from work. Very good food and drinks

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 30, 2017

The service was very poor. The hostess was very unorganized and was not very sure what waa going on. The waiter was never to be found and the food lacked flavor. We normally have liked going there. Recently it has been going downhill...Can somebody please help them...they lost this guest for good.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Possibly the worst service I had at a restaurant. Daniel, our server, first started off by laughing at my acquaintance's severe nut allergy. He thought she was joking and was very unprofessional with his reaction. Our food came before the bottle of wine we ordered and we had to call upon the manager/shift leader multiple times to inquire about the status of our order. Food was unimpressive and not worth the wait.

Tags: Comfort Food, People Watching, Casual, Good Vegetarian Options
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