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Rosa Mexicano - Lincoln Center

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61 Columbus Ave at 62nd St, New York City, NY 10023-6901 (62nd Street)
1,A,B,C,D trains to 59th Street. 1 train to Lincoln Center (66th)
+1 212-977-7700
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11:30 am - 11:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Mon 11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Tue - Sat 11:30 am - 11:30 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
Description: Our highly anticipated second Rosa Mexicano location opened in July 2000...
Our highly anticipated second Rosa Mexicano location opened in July 2000. Just steps away from Lincoln Center, this impressive David Rockwell-designed space features a 30-foot iridescent blue tile water wall that spans both levels of the restaurant and is adorned with 240 miniature cliff divers. Here you’ll also find a dramatic “floating” staircase made of orange and red terrazzo slabs and backlit panels behind the bar embedded with rose petals. Awarded “Best Restaurant 2000” by Interiors Magazine, this unique, contemporary look ushered in a new era for us at Rosa Mexicano.
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Good for:
Casual Dining
Bar scene
Large groups
Doing business
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

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  • 85
    Average
  • 21
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  • 11
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
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Very mezzo mezzo service and food. While the atmosphere is very attractive the service is not. Can't stand restaurants where once the waiter takes the order others take over the service. The supposed famous guacamole is extremely mediocre in taste and texture. The making of the dish at our... read more

2 of 5 starsReviewed March 1, 2015
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Good for:
  • Casual Dining
  • Bar scene
  • Large groups
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Delivery
  • Late Night
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

Very mezzo mezzo service and food. While the atmosphere is very attractive the service is not. Can't stand restaurants where once the waiter takes the order others take over the service. The supposed famous guacamole is extremely mediocre in taste and texture. The making of the dish at our table does nothing to improve the taste. The Margaritas are almost... More 

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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

We’d probably never go here unless we had a Lincoln Center performance, but still it offers a decent Mexican dining experience at a very reasonable price. I don’t know how authentic it is, but sometimes that doesn’t matter. One of the best things we had was a freebie, a couple of small enchiladas, still warm, and filled with black beans,... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

I disagree with the disparaging reviews! Overall - food was very good. They brought sides of 3 different sauces (hot salsa, habanera-which had rich deep flavor - and mole ( one must ask for it). Made it easy to adjust flavoring according to different palates. But on its own - food was delicious. Guacamole - fantastic, ceviche- pretty good, monkfish... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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18 reviews 18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

We visited Rosa Mexicano twice on a 3 day visit to NYC, once for dinner and another time for lunch and both visits were excellent. After ordering guacamole, it was made to our taste at the table. We tried various dishes between us and all were very tasty. The restaurant is very well decorated and was busy all day. I'll... More 

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new jersey
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110 reviews 110 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

My family and I went here for dinner on a Sunday night. The place was busy and had a nice lively feeling to it. The dinner was fantastic, as well as the service.

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New Jersey
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106 reviews 106 reviews
97 restaurant reviews
92 helpful votes 92 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

Location is perfect for theatre/opera at Lincoln Center. Nice decor, tables close to one another, but no more so than anywhere in NYC. The food was created for the palate of a 12 year old from the upper east, on a night out with Mom and friends. Looks like fun, but at 12 who cares if it tastes a little... More 

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Manalapan, New Jersey
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75 reviews 75 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

The restaurant is nicely decorated. When we were there it was full but the tables are spaced out so that the noise level was acceptable. Things started off on the wrong foot with our very pushy waiter; he pushed drinks, he pushed the guacamole, he pushed us to order appetizers; all within five minutes of sitting down. Twice we had... More 

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Grand Rapids
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

We had a delightful dinner just before a performance at Lincoln Center. Perfect! Table side guacamole was fantastic! Will save room next time for dessert! Great gluten free options!

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Woodmere, New York
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51 reviews 51 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

We had dinner on a Saturday night in February. Street parking is doable but you might have to circle around a bit. Otherwise, use the ICON coupons for $18 parking. I'm not a big fan of Mexican food, but even I enjoyed the modern, chic, ambiance and surprisingly, the food. The restaurant is largely on the second floor overlooking Lincoln... More 

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Springfield, VA
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5 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

Crowded busy place but with a reservation, we were able to get a table for six overlooking Lincoln Center. The hit of the evening was the fresh "made at the table" guacamole. The fish tacos and chicken mole enchiladas were a hit. The rest of the food was not necessarily special.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 61 Columbus Ave at 62nd St, New York City, NY 10023-6901
    (62nd Street)
  • Public Transportation: 1,A,B,C,D trains to 59th Street. 1 train to Lincoln Center (66th)
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Upper West Side
  • Neighborhood: Upper West Side
  • Phone Number: +1 212-977-7700

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 22 - 80

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Bar scene, Large groups, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients

Description

Our highly anticipated second Rosa Mexicano location opened in July 2000. Just steps away from Lincoln Center, this impressive David Rockwell-designed space features a 30-foot iridescent blue tile water wall that spans both levels of the restaurant and is adorned with 240 miniature cliff divers. Here you’ll also find a dramatic “floating” staircase made of orange and red terrazzo slabs and backlit panels behind the bar embedded with rose petals. Awarded “Best Restaurant 2000” by Interiors Magazine, this unique, contemporary look ushered in a new era for us at Rosa Mexicano.
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 11:30 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 11:30 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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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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Neighborhood Profile
Upper West Side
Nestled between Central Park and the Hudson River, the Upper West Side offers iconic architecture and a quiet, residential respite from the buzzing energy of downtown. Along Central Park West are many of the city’s most iconic apartment buildings, as well as the American Museum of Natural History, which has been welcoming visitors to its historic exhibit halls for over 140 years. Culture fans will love Lincoln Center, home to some of the world’s best opera, dance, film, and theater performances, all centrally located around a beautiful fountain. Spanning the entire length of the Upper West Side, Riverside Park is ideal for a long, leisurely stroll in a quiet green space.
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