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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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Today
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
Reservations
Late Night

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

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  • 42
    Excellent
  • 52
    Very good
  • 14
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Good portions and guac!

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... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed February 24, 2015
gabradoodle
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Seattle, Washington
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Good for:
  • Casual Elegant
  • Bar scene
  • Large groups
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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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 NEW 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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New York City, New York
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015 NEW

Tons of tasty dishes to choose from in this spacious Union Square Restaurant. They have a cool waterfall as the centerpiece for the restaurant. Extremely comfortable seating w/ great service. I love table side guacamole & they do it right! There are few better cheesy dishes than the boudin di pollo.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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23 reviews 23 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

We had a fab night here. What an interesting place to visit. The guacamole cart was a bit of a novelty but the taste was great so no complaints from our table. All our entrees were well received with list of taste and varied flavours. The only regret was that we had no room left for dessert but we'll back….

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New York City, New York
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22 reviews 22 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

The food here is good, but seasoned with way too much cilantro. I mean everything you order has a fist-full of cilantro on it, and it becomes the only thing you taste. I didn't expect to have to tell the waitress for each item "light on the cilantro", but in hindisght that seems to be what you have to do.... More 

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RM_Hospitality, General Manager at Rosa Mexicano - Union Square, responded to this review

Thank you for your feedback and the opportunity to keep improving the experience at Rosa Mexicano. I’m sorry to hear we let the cilantro take control of your last meal. I discussed your comments with my Chef who is always open to ways of making our food the best it can be. Please feel free to call or email me... More 

Richmond Hill, Georgia
Top Contributor
65 reviews 65 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

The food here is excellent! Very well presented and amazing flavors! The street corn was a first for me and was delicious! I highly recommend the freshly made pitchers of sangria and if you like guacamole, they prepare it fresh table side. They have an insane selection of tequila, probably the largest I have ever seen. The location is large... More 

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Fort Lauderdale
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30 reviews 30 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

The menu at this chain has changed a lot since I first visited 4 years ago. To be honest, I wish they hadn't changed it, all my favorite dishes are gone. However, the food is consistently good and one portion is enough to feed two people. We came in for lunch and split an appetizer and entrée, and ended up... More 

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Florida
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

Mediocre Mexican food. Expensive. I do not understand all the glowing reviews. What prompted this review was the 20 oz sangria listed on the menu ($14). No way the very small pitcher held 20 oz of anything. I was informed that "management" dictated the amount of sangria, ice and fruit. Don't get it ...cheap red wine, fruit juice, a lot... More 

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New York, NY
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18 reviews 18 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014

Upon recommendation from my son who took his wife to Rosa Mexicano-Lincoln Center, we decided to give the Union Square place a try. The guacamole prepared tableside was so fabulous; we ordered another for our main meal! The avocados were so fresh and the flavors blended perfectly. We could have stopped right here, but of course we had to try... More 

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Brooklyn, New York
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

This is a great place. Beautiful interior and super nice staff. They do the guacamole at your table and the food is great. Plus they have a regular sized menu of just tequila! They have everything from lower end to hundreds of dollars a shot. Seriously! I love this place. Have been here a few times with and without the... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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21 reviews 21 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

Visited Rosa's for second time this year while in NYC. Took 3 friends from Arizona, where we have some very good Mexican food. We all loved the food and service. Guacamole prepared table side is a mist!! White sangria delightful as well! Entire staff friendly and attentive!!

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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

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?