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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4.4

service

4.2

ambience

4.2

value

4.1

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Moderate

88% would recommend it to a friend

Authentic (22)
Neighborhood Gem (19)
Casual (18)
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Fun (17)
Spicy (16)
Good for a Date (16)
Good for Groups (15)
Fit for Foodies (14)
Special Occasion (14)
Creative Cuisine (11)
Cozy (10)
Comfort Food (9)
Handcrafted Cocktails (8)
Good for Birthdays (7)
Happy Hour (7)
Hot Spot (7)
Romantic (7)
Bar Seating (6)
Kid-friendly (6)
Good for Anniversaries (5)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Great for Brunch (4)
Great for Lunch (4)
Paleo Friendly (4)
Quick Bite (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Business Meals (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Worth the Drive (3)
Local Ingredients (2)
People Watching (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Tapas (2)
Disabled Access (1)
Great Beer (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Seasonal (1)
Vegan (1)
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined a day ago

Great food, as always!!

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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

As always, everything was terrific. From the Valentine's margaritas to the guacamole to special pork dish and so on....all really nice.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

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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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

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.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Happy Hour
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

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!

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Good Vegetarian Options, Fun, Good for a Date, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine
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·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

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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·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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 (New York Area)·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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 (Charleston)·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.

Tags: Spicy, Quick Bite, Good Vegetarian Options, Gluten Free Options, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on February 5, 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.

Tags: Bar Seating
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 3, 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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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 3, 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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·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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 (London)·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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 (New York Area)·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.

Tags: Fun, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 24, 2018

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

Tags: Tasting Menu, Casual, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Dallas)·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

Tags: Romantic, Fun
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vip
 (New York Area)·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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vip
 (New York Area)·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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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 16, 2018

The first and the best Rosa

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 16, 2018

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

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Excellent Service - The food was great and nice ambience

Tags: Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Spicy, Cozy, Good for Groups
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on January 12, 2018

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

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Hot Spot
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vip
 (New York Area)·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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 (New York Area)·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.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Great for Brunch, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Fun, Spicy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 31, 2017

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

Tags: Special Occasion, Authentic
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 31, 2017

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

Tags: Casual, Sunday Lunch, Seasonal, Paleo Friendly, Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly, Fit for Foodies, Vegan, Gluten Free Options, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Disabled Access, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Service was poor this time somewhat disappointed will try the union sq location

Tags: Late-night Find, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Absolutely love every time we eat here!! They accommodated our party of 6 very fast and efficiently !! And the staff was awesome... very attentive and informative !! Love everything about this restaurant !!!!!!

Tags: Romantic, Authentic, Bar Seating, Comfort Food, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 27, 2017

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 .

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 25, 2017

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.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Great food and the frozen margarita's were lovely. Good atmosphere and the staff were very friendly and attentive. We will visit again when back in new york

Tags: Worth the Drive, People Watching, Tapas, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Enjoyable. House drink great

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 19, 2017

Great food, not enough servers

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Soo good! Have been going to this restaurant for years and the food is always outstanding .

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 13, 2017

Overall Rosa Mexicano was great.........food, service and atmosphere was outstanding.

Tags: Good for Groups
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 10, 2017

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 on December 9, 2017

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 on December 9, 2017

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 8, 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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