Rosa Mexicano - Second Avenue

3.6
22 Reviews
$31 to $50
Mexican
Back in Midtown East! We are so excited to be back in the neighborhood where we opened our first location in 1984. Located on the corner of 52nd Street and 2nd avenue, our new two-level restaurant features our iconic design elements in a variety of seating areas, including total seating for 140 guests, a 16-person bar, private dining space for 30 and ample outdoor seating.

Our menu offers a contemporary interpretation of authentic Mexican cuisine, an "elevated fiesta" featuring both beloved classics and innovative, sophisticated dishes where every bite delights! Rosa Mexicano's renowned beverage program boasts over 100 varieties of tequila and agave-based spirits. From our signature frozen pomegranate margarita to your favorite classic cocktail reimagined with mezcal, you'll enjoy a unique experience in every glass.

We look forward to welcoming you soon for dinner, lunch, brunch, and happy hour!

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
What 22 people are saying
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brianb
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food2service4ambience4

There’s no reason why changing from 1st Ave to 2nd should have so many problems. First NO LIQUOR LICENSE. Right off the bat a consumer is disappointed. The guac recipe was off. Tasted no spice, lime or salt. Steak & chicken tasted ok in the quesadillas and beans but rice again, no flavor.

I moved from NY 2.5 years ago and was excited for the pomegranate margarita & experience. Next time I’ll treck over to Lincoln Square.

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vipEatwell
New York Area
99 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is excellent, the service is personal and thorough and the ambiance is great. I strongly recommend Rosa Mexicano to all of my friends.

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vipRecycler
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall2food1service1ambience3

The new restaurant needs some management .
Managers and host just standing at door.
No service
No staff that has training
The food is not as we have had at Rosa's for over 30 years.
No alcohol served yet and not listed on open table as none.
Big let down!!!

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gordonC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience3

Nee east side Rosa is just a poor step sister to the original.
The ok’d one was serene and more refined
Had to ask five different people over a 20 minute period for a waiter.
Staff has not yet been trained in this nee space.
Guacamole not worth it. They are missing ingredients and just nothing special. Tortilla soup was good.
Ordered fajita style dish and both arrived on the iron skillet but was completely cold. Not accompanied by rice or beans as is typical.
They must get their act together but I will not go back. Will find another Mexican restaurant in the area and am sure to have a better experience.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall2food1service1ambience2

No alcohol, guac was not good at all. Service was ok

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall1food4service1ambience1

Disorganized and not quite ready.

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VictorH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience3

After waiting 25-minutes for someone to bring us menus, the front print were available cocktails. An additional 15-minutes went by to have the waiter tell us the restaurant does not have a liquor license. It is my opinion that this should have been disclosed by the hostess when we were seated. I know this restaurant just opened but this is something that could have easily been explained to us before even sitting down.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

I think they just just opened. Staff was super friendly but seemed very busy. Also still waiting on their liquor license.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Very happy to have this new location of Rosa Mexicano in the neighborhood! They are clearly still working out the kinks though - when they called the day of to confirm my reservation, they mentioned they are still waiting for their liquor license to come through, so no drinks or time really to replan other alternatives. My friend ordered a side of cauliflower and received a side of kale. But overall the design is lovely, the food received was good, and can’t go wrong with their fresh guacamole made tableside.

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Gemma245
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Glad Rosa Mexicano was able to reopen at this new location. Nice to see the new vegetarian menu items. Please bring the Chilli Relleno back to the menu.

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vipPicky123
New York Area
59 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2021
Overall1food1service4ambience1

Just opened new location it was terrible. The food took hours, it came cold. They did have us the dish for free it was so bad the evening. Eating out on second Avenue was not a nice experience

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience5

Food had no taste. I understand it’s new and they are still getting the hang of being open but the food was so bad and the service was very slow. Would not return until they get it together.

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vipErikK
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Best high end Mexican food in NYC

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vipOpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Service was really bad, the servers didn’t really pay attention to you or get your food in a timely manner.

Everything that ordered unfortunately came wrong. Not sure why. We told them no peppers in the queso, it came with peppers. We asked for mild guac, but they dumped jalapeños in there and my parents were suffering eating it. The nachos were unfortunately bland and didn’t come with much.

Quesadillas didn’t even come with sour cream, guac or salsa on the side. Only other sides on the plate was a huge serving of beans and rice. Would have been nice for the quesadillas to have shredded lettuce or other stuff in it.

My dads tacos he said were ok, not amazing but not horrible.

We barely touched our food.

We then smelled butane gas in the air, which was a little concerning. Told the server and he didn’t seem to care.

I rarely ever post reviews, but it just wasn’t what we expected or hoped for. Hopefully they improve since they just opened. But for now, save your money and time.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience5

Mostly pretty good, would recommend if you live nearby. Service was a bit slow considering it was nearly empty (it was down pouring so understandable). The guac was definitely the low point which was unexpected. It wasn’t awful, just very bland. The other food was pretty good, nothing amazing, but good.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience4

Fish tacos were inedible. Fish was rare and tacos were so spicy I could not eat them. Guacamole had huge pieces of onion in it and hard pieces of avocado. We love Rosa Mexicano…hoping this is just first week jitters. Chips and salsa were delicious.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience4

Service was slow and the food was not great. Hoping to get back tho gi

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vipEatwell
New York Area
100 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So glad they re-opened near us. Food is great and service is exceptional.

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Dinner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything we ordered was fresh & delicious. The guacamole was perfect.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The service was extremely slow and the food was not up to quality.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Welcome back to the east side.
We missed the great Mexican food served by this old favorite.

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vipDiner
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Disappointed to not find out about no liquor license before booking

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You can order delivery directly from Rosa Mexicano - Second Avenue using the Order Online button. Rosa Mexicano - Second Avenue also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (212) 753-7407.

Rosa Mexicano - Second Avenue is rated 3.6 stars by 22 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.