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Rosa Mexicano - Union Square

9 East 18th Street, New York City, NY 10003 (Manhattan)
+1 212-533-3350
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Ranked #895 of 11,599 restaurants in New York City
Price range: $35 - $35
Cuisines: Mexican
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Restaurant details
Good for: Bar scene, Large groups
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Manhattan
Cross street: Between 5th and Broadway
Transit: Union Square Subway (L,N,Q,R,W,4,5,6)
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.
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88% Recommend
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Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014 NEW via mobile

With all manner of foods of flavour sand ingredients that you just don't find at your everyday Mexican joints. Sure there are some standards, but with entrees like whole roast pork shanks, or the beef ribs, you're sure to find something new that will surprise and please you!

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New York City, New York
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23 reviews 23 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

We went to this restaurant based on the recommendation of friends. The ambiance is warm and the place fills up real quick. We had reservations at 5:00 so we did not have to wait. When we left two hours later, there was a line outside the door. Margaritas, while small, are the real deal and tasty. We had guacamole made... More

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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38 reviews 38 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

This location is one of my favorites because of the energy and high ceilings. Guacamole is a must when dining. Red sangria is my first choice visiting here. I was disappointed because they got rid of the filet with wild mushrooms and replaced with a skirt steak which isn't the same but good. Churros is always the way to go... More

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Western Australia
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21 reviews 21 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

Fabulous seafood for mains and the guacamole entrée was prepared at the table and was delicious. Good wine, nice atmosphere, good service, reasonable pricing .. easy walking distance from Union Square - what more could you ask!! Probably the best food we had in NYC. Recommended.

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London, United Kingdom
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211 reviews 211 reviews
168 restaurant reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

Busy noisy modern Mexican. There is a long bar good for an afterwork drink. Beef Mestizas enchilada $22 very tasty with tender beef and good flavors. The vegetable tacos $17 was a smaller meal. The house merlot was fine. We didn't have the guacamole which is prepared fresh at your table but it looked good too.

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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

This was an engagement celebration. Unfortunately, we originally made the reservation for the wrong date. It was very busy, but Lili got us a table within 15 minutes. Thank you Lili.. The service was timely and attentive. My niece and fiancé felt very special. The food/ drinks were perfect for our celabration. Thanks also to Eddie our server. He was... More

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Tel Aviv, Israel
17 reviews 17 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

When the guacamole is prepare at your table and the great atmosphere at the restaurant, and the food is so great, you can't go wrong!

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Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2014

We were shopping in the neighborhood and decided to have lunch here. Sometimes a chain is just a chain, but Rosa Mexicano gets a lot of things right. Best guacamole made right at your table in big stone mortar and pestle bowls. I tried the Cuban sandwich (hesitantly because Miami is THE place for Cuban sandwiches) and I was not... More

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Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2014

I enjoyed a lovely meal here with my husband. The decor is lovely and we sat in a booth next to a floor to ceiling lit waterfall. The tables are nicely spread out rather than crammed in unlike many restaurants. The service was excellent with friendly, helpful staff and just the right time gap between courses. I am not normally... More

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Top Contributor
157 reviews 157 reviews
100 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014 via mobile

The newest location in NYC in the great union square neighborhood. Very cool decor. The food and drinks were up to Rosa Mexicano standards. Aqua fresca, guacamole, short rib enchiladas! Awesome. However...service beyond slow. Half empty at lunch and it took over an hour. Not a quick stop for sure. Server was polite, but just unmotivated. Seemed tired to me.... More

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