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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 #930 of 11,622 restaurants in New York City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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Tel Aviv, Israel
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82 reviews 82 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 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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44 reviews 44 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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50 reviews 50 reviews
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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Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
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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Toronto, Canada
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148 reviews 148 reviews
143 restaurant reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2014

I went in with low expectations, thinking "How good can Mexican food be?". Answer :VERY GOOD!! The meal was superb. the dishes were flawless, the margarita was perfect. And the prices were very reasonable, which for NY is quite a challenge. Desert was a classic ( flan) and I left very happy....and full! Definitely a repeat.

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Island of Malta, Malta
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014

best avocado dip I ve had so far. Freshly prepared at your table. Main course was equally delectable

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London, United Kingdom
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108 reviews 108 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

Ate here again on a recent trip and were not disappointed. Delicious margaritas slipped down well as did the Sangria. The home made guacamole is superb - made to your level of spiciness at the table and served with fresh chips and tortillas. We ordered from the grill - had amazing - and huge - pork chops - my partner... More

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