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Rosa Mexicano - Union Square

#1,362 of 11,448 Restaurants in New York City
Certificate of Excellence
$$$
Neighborhood:
Flatiron District
Mexican
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9 East 18th Street, New York City, NY 10003 (Between 5th and Broadway)
Union Square Subway (L,N,Q,R,W,4,5,6)
+1 212-533-3350
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11:30 am - 11:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun 11:30 am - 4:00 pm
Mon - Wed 11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Thu - Sat 11:30 am - 11:30 pm
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Description: Just blocks away from Manhattan's lively Union Square, our third New York...
Just blocks away from Manhattan's lively Union Square, our third New York location provides a warm and vibrant setting for our award-winning authentic Mexican cuisine. Designed by David Rockwell and launched in October 2005, this stunning restaurant features architectural accents inspired by the late, famed Mexican architect, Luis Barragan. The internally illuminated electric-blue tiled water wall features cliff diver figurines and candles among the cascading water to separate the bar from the main dining room. Warm terracotta and yellow colors with hot pink accents are featured throughout the restaurant as well as traditional, one-of-a-kind Mexican crafts, fabrics and artwork. This combination creates the perfect backdrop for the festive atmosphere and innovative Mexican cuisine of Rosa Mexicano.
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  • 52
    Excellent
  • 78
    Very good
  • 23
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  • 1
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  • 2
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Consistent fun relaxed experience

Great drinks. Fun atmosphere. Tasty Guacamole. This place delivers every time. Brunch is also something a little different.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 15, 2015
AliDog
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New Hampshire, USA
Good for:
  • Bar scene
  • Large groups
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Moselle
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

Beautiful place, excellent quality, variety on the menu, good service and excellent flavor on what we chooses ask for pork ! pork tacos. I loved the restaurant.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

Cavernous restaurant with quirky decor and low lighting. Slow service and waited a long time to get our pre-booked table. Fresh colorful salads and tasty guacamole, the others enjoyed their enchiladas.

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Hicksville, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

Went here last Friday night....August 15th...Waitress Suzanna was warm and personable and gave great service....I had the Short Rib House Special...The meat tasted delicious but it had no flavor to it.....I could only use one dipping sauce since the others were way to hot....I was also disappointed in the Guacamole....hardly tasted any cilantro...it was kind of on the bland side...and... More 

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New Hampshire, USA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

Great drinks. Fun atmosphere. Tasty Guacamole. This place delivers every time. Brunch is also something a little different.

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Leicestershire
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

Had dinner here on the 4th July. Wasn't too busy and service was fine. Did the guacamole thing, would do it again. Mains were pretty good. Including tip was $235 for 4.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

I used to love rosa Mexicano and with all fairness it seems as if the pleasant waitress just did not order the right dishes for us, or maybe it was the downtown branch I'm not used to since its upper east side sister is so much fancier and cozier. Suddenly it felt like your average Mexican fast food spot with... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

Excellent in every respect, this Chelsea Mexican is one I've returned to time and again. The staff want to please and are very helpful and friendly. The food is always excellent whatever you choose - and I've worked my way through the menu over the years. The homemade - made at your table fresh - guacamole is almost worth coming... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

Don't love the decor or ambiance but the fresh guacamole is fantastic. Too dark inside for me, too cavernous also. Love the table side preparation of the guacamole, prepared to order as tart, piquant mild etc as you like.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

Good food, great atmosphere and even nicer drinks. Ok, probably not the most authentic mexican experience you'll have (a bit touristy really) but the fresh guacamole is great and the food overall is very good. The whole vibe is pretty cool, the interior is nicely decorated and the price is good. So, I guess a rather good place to eat!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Place very well located and easy to find if you are using subway. Salads are good. Nothing special except for the delicious guacamole. Service is very good.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 9 East 18th Street, New York City, NY 10003
    (Between 5th and Broadway)
  • Public Transportation: Union Square Subway (L,N,Q,R,W,4,5,6)
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Flatiron District
  • Neighborhood: Flatiron District
  • Phone Number: +1 212-533-3350

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 35 - 35
  • Cuisine: Mexican

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Bar scene, Large groups

Description

Just blocks away from Manhattan's lively Union Square, our third New York location provides a warm and vibrant setting for our award-winning authentic Mexican cuisine. Designed by David Rockwell and launched in October 2005, this stunning restaurant features architectural accents inspired by the late, famed Mexican architect, Luis Barragan. The internally illuminated electric-blue tiled water wall features cliff diver figurines and candles among the cascading water to separate the bar from the main dining room. Warm terracotta and yellow colors with hot pink accents are featured throughout the restaurant as well as traditional, one-of-a-kind Mexican crafts, fabrics and artwork. This combination creates the perfect backdrop for the festive atmosphere and innovative Mexican cuisine of Rosa Mexicano.
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 4:00 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 11:30 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 11:30 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 11:30 pm

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Flatiron District
Offering many of the city’s best restaurants and shops set amid classic New York architecture, the Flatiron District is no longer under the tourist radar. At 23rd Street is the famous triangular Flatiron Building, which makes a good picture no matter what angle you photograph it from. Be sure to look up at the elegant architecture as you stroll the streets - much of this neighborhood is part of a historic district that was home to many of the city’s most famous department stores at the turn of the century. At the northern end of the neighborhood, Madison Square Park is best known for being home to a famous burger shack, but it can also be a quiet refuge to spend an afternoon, and it frequently hosts interesting public art exhibits. In the lower part of the Flatiron District you'll find Union Square, a bustling crossroads at all times of day and night.
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