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Rocking Horse Cafe

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$$$
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: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, Delivery, Late Night, Reservations

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Visitor rating
  • 57
    Excellent
  • 61
    Very good
  • 11
    Average
  • 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
Nice food, nice drinks, nice service

We met up with some friends here on our first night in NYC, who mentioned that this was one of the longest running restaurants in Chelsea. It's easy to see why! The drinks were good and the food even better. Simple but really tasty and great portion sizes. The service was also a near-perfect... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 22, 2015
Sam W
Good for:
  • Large groups
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

We met up with some friends here on our first night in NYC, who mentioned that this was one of the longest running restaurants in Chelsea. It's easy to see why! The drinks were good and the food even better. Simple but really tasty and great portion sizes. The service was also a near-perfect blend of friendly, helpful and patient,... More 

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Palo Alto, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

I came here bcuz I had to wait for my son while his Broadway rehearsal was in progress. My 14 yr old auditioned for a Broadway show and he made it!!! We live in California so my wife and I have to keep switching roles to b with him!!' The Camarones was amazing!!! Mind u we have plenty of nice... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

This is for drinks only. There is no happy hour. Saturday evening around 6:30 for drinks. If you get drinks only, you have to sit at the bar. Complimentary chips and salsa provided, though, which is nice. There were some people, but it wasn't packed at the bar. We managed to get 3 seats to give you an idea. But... More 

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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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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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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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22 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 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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Birmingham
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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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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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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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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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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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