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Rosa Mexicano - Union Square

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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 - 10:30 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: Reservations, Late Night
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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Good for:
Casual Elegant
Bar scene
Large groups

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Visitor rating
  • 43
    Excellent
  • 59
    Very good
  • 16
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Great but turn off the A/C!!

Went to Rosa last night with 4 friends visiting from overseas. I've been here before but not for a few years so we wanted somewhere casual but nice and near the bars of union square. We were definitely not disappointed. Service was friendly, quick and efficient and the wait staff... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 10, 2015
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Good for:
  • Bar scene
  • Large groups
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Top Contributor
57 reviews 57 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

Went to Rosa last night with 4 friends visiting from overseas. I've been here before but not for a few years so we wanted somewhere casual but nice and near the bars of union square. We were definitely not disappointed. Service was friendly, quick and efficient and the wait staff knowledgeable. We started with some margaritas and the obligatory guacamole... More 

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Garden City, New York
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79 reviews 79 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

I went with a large group of friends and we all enjoyed it. We want to come back and just have margaritas and guacamole... cause the guac is to die for ! I had the sangria and really liked that . The service was great and food delish. I liked the loud, fun, bustling feel. Not the place though for... More 

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Seville, Spain
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16 reviews 16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

The dishes here are not your typical mexican food. The steak with tequila mushroom sauce is out of this world, and the guacomole and chicken taquitos are not far behind.

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Brooklyn
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22 reviews 22 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

I've eaten at all three Rosa Mexicano locations over the years and found them enjoyable. Recently went to Union Square and got the Desde 1984 special they have going at the moment. My DH and I had the tableside guac, shared the pollo pibil and chille poblano relleno entrees and churros with dipping sauces for dessert. At $32 per person,... More 

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Simsbury, CT
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73 reviews 73 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

Our first stop on the #50LooksGood tour for the famous pomegranate margaritas. These are something that NYC should crow about more! They were amazing. Another good tip? Sit in the front window because there is a fire station across the street. Cute fireman with the most amazing driving skills--you can back up a fire engine into a garage in one... More 

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Brooklyn, New York
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170 reviews 170 reviews
128 restaurant reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

We've been to Rosa Mexicano several times; this was the first time we've just dropped in after some shopping. The restaurant was crowded - more than we expected for 5 pm on a Saturday. They sat us towards the rear and let us know they'd need the table in an hour and fifteen minutes. This seemed courteous and fair, given... More 

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New York City, New York
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31 reviews 31 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

Every once in a while you just luck into an all-around positive and memorable dining experience. This review would be too long if I detailed every way that the folks at Rosa Mexicano made our visit amazing, so to sum it up: Our original destination was a purportedly "hot" Mexican spot that just opened down the street from Rosa. But... More 

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Brooklyn, New York
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

The food is great! You have to try the guacamole, it's made fresh and you actually get to see them make right in front of your very eyes. Also, it's good for having large dinner parties. All in all great restaurant!!!!!

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Essex
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104 reviews 104 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015 via mobile

A bullet point review: Service - brilliant from 'Tom' Attentive, professional, helpful. Could not fault him. Atmosphere - busy, lively, good vibe Food - guacamole made at the table - fantastic. Rest of it horrid. My first mouthful of enchilada made me recoil and I couldn't eat it. My daughter felt the same way with hers. We told our waiter... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

We visited Rosa Mexicano during Restaurant Week in NYC. While we ordered from the 3-course meal menu, we also ordered a side of guacamole, which is made to order at your table. Overall, the food was good, but the most surprising thing was the portion size of each dish. We were so full that we had to take more leftovers.... More 

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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

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Rosa Mexicano - Union Square staff and past visitors.
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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Flatiron District

Neighborhood Profile
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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