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Rocking Horse Cafe

#1,038 of 12,005 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: Breakfast, Delivery, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 56
    Excellent
  • 60
    Very good
  • 10
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  • 2
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
We love Rocking Horse

There is a reason this place has a rows every night and has for more than twenty years. Amazing food. Great service. Awesome drinks. Perfect price point.

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 1, 2015
NYCEthan
Good for:
  • Large groups
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

There is a reason this place has a rows every night and has for more than twenty years. Amazing food. Great service. Awesome drinks. Perfect price point.

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Brooklyn, New York
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76 reviews 76 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Just go for drinks and chips/salsa if nothing else! From a former Texan to NYers who don't know what good tex-mex is, their salsa and chips(!) are on point! Oh, and their margaritas.

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London, United Kingdom
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23 reviews 23 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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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4 helpful votes 4 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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128 helpful votes 128 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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36 reviews 36 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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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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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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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 have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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