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Rocking Horse Cafe

Certificate of Excellence
Mexican, Contemporary
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182 Eighth Avenue, New York City, NY 10011
(212) 463-9511
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Closed now
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Sun 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Mon - Thu 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Fri 12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Sat 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
Good for:
Large groups

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Great margaritas and classic food

Great restaurant on 8th avenue if you want great Mexican food. Margaritas are a must to try and recommend the chilli one as its divine.

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 22, 2015
Steve S
London, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Large groups
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Reservations
  • Delivery
  • Late Night
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London, United Kingdom
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21 reviews 21 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

Great restaurant on 8th avenue if you want great Mexican food. Margaritas are a must to try and recommend the chilli one as its divine.

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New York, NY
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37 reviews 37 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

The Rockinghorse Café is representative of what Chelsea has become. It is a "hip" place that reflects the population in Chelsea....and is warm and welcoming of just about anyone, except bigots. The food is quite diverse and very well prepared. All the food has an American touch to it, so it is not "all the same taste" that you sometimes... More 

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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

I found this place in a guide book as fancied some Mexican style food. If it weren't for the book I don't think I would ever have come across the place & the research definitely paid off! It's quite small inside but the atmosphere because of that is great! The food is not the usual Mexican dishes you would think... More 

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Auburn, Massachusetts
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

Great little place - excellent margaritas! Must try - the Carne Guisado, a beef brisket with a tomato-lime broth served over garlic mashed potatoes.

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111 reviews 111 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
121 helpful votes 121 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015

We found this restaurant accidentaly while we were walking in 8th Ave and we decided to try it because it looked so nice - and we surely weren't disappointed! It was very crowded on a Tuesday evening and we realised why it is so popular. The atmosphere is great and you have the option to sit in the bar for... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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34 reviews 34 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

I first visited the Rocking Horse a few years back and loved it. After a couple more visits this year, I am happy to say that it is still as excellent as ever. Big portions of honest, tasty, nicely presented Mexican food is what the place is all about. The burritos (with the black beans served on the side, a... More 

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Valdosta, Georgia
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

This is one of the most under-appreciated restaurants in New York. The food is outstanding. There are spicy dishes for people like me, but there are milder options for others. Comparatively speaking, this has to be one of the best values in Manhattan. The prices are reasonable and yet the quality is as good as anything you can get for... More 

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Greenfield, Massachusetts
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22 reviews 22 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

Went here for a Sunday Brunch to meet friends while I was visiting the city. I had some type of sandwich that had pork, was grilled, and smothered in cheese. It broke my diet but it was well worth it! Definitely order their chips and salsa - the salsa was different from any other salsa I've had and was really... More 

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Morrisville, PA
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33 reviews 33 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

Excellent Mexican food with a twist. We tried the guacamole, shrimp tamale and fish tacos from the small plates menu and all were very very good. Plenty big enough for sharing. Our entrees were both from the specials menu - seafood risotto and short ribs, both terrific. Top notch service.

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Anzio, Italy
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143 reviews 143 reviews
121 restaurant reviews
114 helpful votes 114 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

We tried this restaurant the first evening in NYC as it was not far from our hotel. My wife and I had 3 small dishes and one special of the day. We are speaking about Mexican food with a slight twist. All the dishes were very good and freshly prepared. According to my wife the cocktail was excellent and I... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 182 Eighth Avenue, New York City, NY 10011
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Chelsea
  • Neighborhood: Chelsea
  • Phone Number: (212) 463-9511

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 30 - 40
  • Cuisine: Mexican, Contemporary

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Large groups
Open Hours
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 12:00 am

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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