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182 Eighth Avenue, New York City, NY 10011 (Chelsea)
(212) 463-9511
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Ranked #1,050 of 11,840 Restaurants in New York City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $30 - $40
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
Cuisines: Mexican, Contemporary
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Good for: Large groups
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
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London, United Kingdom
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32 reviews 32 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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
11 helpful votes 11 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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34 reviews 34 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 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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119 restaurant reviews
106 helpful votes 106 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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61 reviews 61 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014

I've been to rocking horse a few times now and it's always been a positive experience. It can get a little hot inside at the back both winter and summer. Friendly staff who aren't shy to refill the great drinks they prepare. Nice diversity on the menu, great tasting and authentic Mexican cuisine. Would definitely recommend and return! Try their... More 

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014

This is some great mexican food! We went and just shared a bunch of their small plates (something like Tapas) and left full and satisfied. Their tequila on the menu was great, the guacamole is out of this world, and their shrimp tamales, and duck crepes are out of this world. Go here!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

This is our goto Mexican place. They've been around more than twenty years. And it's always great. Food. Service. Price are spot on. What amazes me most is that they are always packed and yet it's never hard to get a table.

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Surfers Paradise, Australia
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277 reviews 277 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
305 helpful votes 305 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

This is a terrific cafe with super friendly staff, great food and drinks, lots of healthy choices at really good prices. The Vida Virde kale juice is terrific. Also great free delicious salsa!

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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

Have been coming back to Rocking Horse for the past few years, (every time we're in NYC) Excellent food. The Salmon main is especially good! Great atmosphere and very friendly efficient staff.

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Additional Information about Rocking Horse Cafe

Address: 182 Eighth Avenue, New York City, NY 10011
Phone Number: (212) 463-9511
Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Chelsea
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
Average Prices: USD 30 - 40
Cuisine: Mexican, Contemporary

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