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Rosa Mexicano - First Avenue

1063 1st Avenue at 58th St, New York City, NY 10022 (Manhattan)
+1 212-753-7407
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Ranked #1,006 of 11,652 Restaurants in New York City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $31 - $40
Cuisines: Mexican
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Good for: Families with children, Bar scene, Large groups
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Manhattan
Cross street: 58th Street
Transit: 4,5,6, N,R, W to 59th Street/ Lexington, M15 to 57th + 1st
Description: Our flagship location opened its doors on First Avenue in 1984 and was bestowed with a glowing, two-star review from The New York Times. From the moment you arrive, old world charm permeates your dining experience through authentic Mexican colors and rustic folk art. Traditional amate gods greet you at the front entrance and brightly colored papel picado hangs from the ceiling. Corn tortillas are made on site and an exposition grill further seduces your senses. With its warm ambiance and outstanding cuisine, this Rosa Mexicano location has remained a perennial New York favorite for over 20 years.
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79% Recommend
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

The restaurant is a great place to experience Mexican food. The menu is extensive, the staff friendly and the food tastes great, however drinks are pricy for what you get. We had the guacamole to start and they chop up the avocados in front of you.

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90 reviews 90 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

Go for the guacamole! It's large, it's made from scratch right in front of you and it tastes amazing. The margaritas were very good and so was the main course. They didn't have much vegetarian on the menu but substituted beans in the dish i wanted with no problems. A great meal. It's a large place but they pack the... More

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Hobe Sound, Florida
14 reviews 14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Visiting a friend in Manhattan for the weekend, and Rosa Mexicana is literally a half block from his flat. The outside of the restaurant looks dated but given how busy it was on a Saturday night I don't think they rely on curb appeal to attract customers. First, the restaurant had my favorite tequila in the world, Gran Centenario Anejo.... More

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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90 reviews 90 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

Although the food was beyond fresh and great, the service was super nice! Attentive, authentic, welcoming and gracefully. Now there is a restaurant who manages to keep its real origin food, even place sombrero on the wall, while keeping the place dinner - dignified! The place is expensive yes, but it's nicely decorated, tortillas are being made in an open... More

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Manhattan Beach, California
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63 reviews 63 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

If you are tired of the tortilla and beans fare at 95% of the Mexican places, try out Rosa. Guac made at your table is excellent and menu is creative and tasty. Caution, margaritas are strong.

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Aarhus, Denmark
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Family / tourist Mexican. The food was Ok food, the service was ok - nothing extraordinary. The rosa Mexican restaurant by union square was far better, but that is 3 years ago, so perhaps that has also lost some of its charm.

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New York City, New York, USA
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Overall this is a good Mexican restaurant... not tex-mex... good mole and the best guacamole in town - fresh and tasty. Drinks are ok, nothing to rave about.

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Jersey, United Kingdom
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23 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

A warm welcome from the front of house and waiter. Food was nice and enjoyable with a fun atmosphere but thought it was very expensive for the type of food.

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cape cod
12 reviews 12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Yes, the guacamole really is that good. This is upscale Mexican food--i.e., most of the entrees don't end in the letter "O"--that tasted so good my wife and I didn't mind the 20-minute walk from our hotel. (The location is really the only drawback.) The ambience was nice (dark, romantic), the service excellent and the prices better than I expected--we... More

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14 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2014

Booked here from recommendation and was very happy with the result . Service was very good and the guacamole starter was prepared at your table which was a nice touch . Overall good service and good food which a average size bill considering its New York !!

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