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Rocking Horse Cafe

#1,088 of 11,539 Restaurants in New York City
Certificate of Excellence
$$$
Neighborhood:
Chelsea
Mexican, Contemporary
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182 Eighth Avenue, New York City, NY 10011
(212) 463-9511
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12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
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: Late Night, Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Delivery, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 69
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  • 72
    Very good
  • 11
    Average
  • 2
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  • 5
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Grat Mexican Food in Chelsea

Enjoyed an early dinner here on a Saturday night. The frozen margaritas are excellent. Mine was blood orange and very yummy. Chips and a delicious salsa are brought to the table while you review the menu. The menu isn't large but the food is very good. We ordered a small side of guacamole to... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
Lisa F
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Weston, Connecticut
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Weston, Connecticut
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35 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Enjoyed an early dinner here on a Saturday night. The frozen margaritas are excellent. Mine was blood orange and very yummy. Chips and a delicious salsa are brought to the table while you review the menu. The menu isn't large but the food is very good. We ordered a small side of guacamole to share and I had the quesadillas... More 

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Thank Lisa F
Boston, Massachusetts
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

What can I say about this pretentious version of mexican, if you can even call it that, food in chelsea.The free salsa on the table taste like tomato sauce you get out of a can from the supermarket. The noise in the place is non conducive for you to stay long unless your a frat boy. If you want to... More 

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Thank Mitch F
Freeport, New York
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59 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

When I want to get more bang for the buck I look specials as I found in list of restaurants for the current Restaurant Week promoted by nycgo.com, "New York & Company." Their Dining Guide had more information that the New York Times advertisement which didn't list participation with lunch, dinner or both. After a few false starts--I wanted dinner--those... More 

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Thank John K
Williston, Vermont
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120 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Does not get much better than this we enjoyed every bite. Lets start with the nachos and fanatastic salsa. I am not sure what gives it that smoky flavor but it is great. We also love the guacamole. Very fresh, cold and perfect. So we just did appetizers so that the three of us could try some different foods and... More 

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Thank PogoSenior
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114 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016

I came here for lunch one day. They have indoor and outdoor seating, we opted to sit inside. I really liked the atmosphere and music in the restaurant. The chips and salsa were delicious. For my meal, I ordered the chicken tacos which were also great.

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Thank Linnea R
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4 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015 via mobile

Our waiter was a really friendly Danny Trejo lookalike who recommended we get some guacamole for the table... Definitely do this, the smokey sauce it comes with is amazing! The food was really great, just the right amount for a quick lunch and they also have an extensive range of margaritas! Definitely a good place to stop after a ramble... More 

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Thank Hollianne H
Toronto
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015

The guacamole was so good we gorged on it before our entrees came. It comes with 3 relishes, all really flavourful, and warm corn tortillas. The serving was generous enough for 3 to share as an appetizer. I had the mahi mahi taco which was really good with a side of beans and rice which were cooked very simply but... More 

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Thank ACanadianAbroad
Medford, New York
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103 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Went with a friend for lunch, didn't have high expectations but was pleasantly surprised with the burrito, it was 2 full burritos I could eat with my hands and was more than enough for lunch, I am looking forward to going back for dinner

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Thank Wicks66
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44 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2015

Food and drinks were good. Be sure to have the guacamole. It is delicious! The scallop dish was great also! Everyone in our party loved the food!

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Thank TallahasseeJan
Edmonds, Washington
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55 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

This is like fusion Mexican. Such unique and fabulous flavors. We were passing plates for everyone to try and we loved it all. We asked for a few changes and they responded immediately. Thanks Adam. Our server was so fabulous

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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
Sunday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Monday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Thursday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Friday
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Saturday
11:00 am - 12:00 am

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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