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Rocking Horse Cafe

#1,259 of 11,437 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, Lunch, Brunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Delivery, Reservations

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  • 61
    Excellent
  • 65
    Very good
  • 11
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 4
    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
Delicious salsa & watermelon margaritas

We couldn't get enough of their salsa & chips - some of the best salsa I've had. It's not spicy but full of flavor! Also, yummy watermelon margaritas.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 27, 2015
Sandy M
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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  • Large groups
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

The corn tortilla chips which came to begin were fab and gluten free. We went for the burrito(hanger steak)/soup(spicy tomato) lunch combo deal, the Budin Azteca (GF) (chicken, corn tortillas, creme fresh, salsa verde) $9 and a watermelon margarita. All were excellent and good value. Service was polite and attentive. A definite recommendation before or after a trip to the... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

We couldn't get enough of their salsa & chips - some of the best salsa I've had. It's not spicy but full of flavor! Also, yummy watermelon margaritas.

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

Rocking Horse Cafe is within 100 yards of the Joyce Theatre, and the efficient staff will get you out --well fed and happy-- in good time for the show. My chicken enchiladas came with beans and a mole-type sauce. They were on the small plates menu, and I was really hungry, but I couldn't finish them, wonderful as they were.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

Had a late night dinner here with friends and family. the guacamole was awesome, I practically licked the bowl clean. The appitizer quesadilla was equally yummy. Also had enchiladas, my go to choice at Mexican restaurants, and these were some of the best. They also have a grest selection of margaritas made with a multitude of different fresh juices, blood... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

Healthy spin on Mexican inspired entres! Many vegan and gluten free choices as well as delicious cocktails and selections of wine

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

Great food especially the guacamole, burritos, calamari and shrimp. The service was very friendly with a laid back vibe. They offer a good range of margaritas, sparkling wine and other cocktails so there's something for everyone. Would definitely come back

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

My last visit was 6 months ago. The standard of food and drink I am pleased to say has remained the same - excellent. The staff are warm and attentive. And they bring you tacos with a delicious salsa while you wait for your food. Try anything on the menu - it is all really good.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

We really enjoyed our visit to Rocking Horse. The waiter was very friendly and charming, offering guidance on the menu and making good conversation. The restaurant captures the vibrancy of the food well in it's decor - we enjoyed an impromptu late night visit which made for a very relaxed atmosphere. The food was very, very tasty and felt fresh.... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 via mobile

In my point of view,This restaurant isn’t mexican restaurant. If you are from California you can’t eat this restaurant burrito. This restaurant chef should go to Tacos del Gordo in Mercado Hidalgo.This restaurant chef must remember Mexican taste. I think this burrito lacks taste ...taste bad awful. Tortilla also bad taste..I was really disappointed...my bad memory. When I read these... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

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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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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