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Rosa Mexicano - First Avenue

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$$$
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Midtown
Mexican
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1063 1st Avenue at 58th St, New York City, NY 10022 (58th Street)
4,5,6, N,R, W to 59th Street/ Lexington, M15 to 57th + 1st
+1 212-753-7407
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5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Mon 5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Tue - Fri 5:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Sat 12:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
Description: Our flagship location opened its doors on First Avenue in 1984 and was...
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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Good for:
Casual Elegant
Families with children
Bar scene
Large groups

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Visitor rating
  • 157
    Excellent
  • 141
    Very good
  • 49
    Average
  • 16
    Poor
  • 9
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Thank u for a lovely birthday celebration!

We visited the restaurant to celebrate my partners 40th birthday whilst on holiday from the UK. when I pre booked the table I mentioned it was a special birthday so was so chuffed when two of the waiters brought a small cake over and sang happy birthday which made our night. We didn't order starter... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 21, 2015
allworkandnoplay
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swansea
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Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Bar scene
  • Large groups
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96 reviews 96 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

Ive been here a dozen times for work dinners & they always impress. Guacamole is zesty, creamy and plenty. The pink walls make it feel cozy and the staff is friendly. Perfect little 'hole in the wall' feel. But upscale enough for business partners.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW via mobile

We visited the restaurant to celebrate my partners 40th birthday whilst on holiday from the UK. when I pre booked the table I mentioned it was a special birthday so was so chuffed when two of the waiters brought a small cake over and sang happy birthday which made our night. We didn't order starter or dessert as the mains... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

Had early lunch after seeing museum show- Service was professional- polite- efficient. Drinks served promptly- tasty but too much ice. Guacamole prepared table side was delicious. Made to order- waiter perfect! Main courses were where they lost us- chicken dry- seemed pre-cooked, veggies not crisp- eveverything seemed "nuked". Churros delicious- crisp- inside doughy- coffee great.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

We went here for lunch and had great meals. The food was fresh, tasty, good combinations, and lots of choices. Some of the best red sangria I've ever had! Service was terrific.

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Randers, Denmark
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

Have been at Rosa several times but seams like they have cut quality or to secure on the concept. The setting is good with dishes being prepared at the table but in general the courses is disappointing and we have tasted better Mexican food in our hometown Randers. The prices is hence to high an be aware that tax is... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

We had reservations for a Friday night at 8PM for a party of six. The restaurant was packed and it was very hard to find a place to stand while we waited for our table and it was way too cold to wait outside. Once seated, our service was prompt and the food was good. We were glad we were... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

Most amazing Mexican anywhere. The mole is not always on the menu but is always available by request. Beef short ribs are pricey but fall off the bone. Do the tableside guacamole you won't be disappointed!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

We went to restaurant during Restaurant WeeK. We had the guacamole dish which was excellent! The lobster tacos were very good! What was disappointing was the magi magi entree which was dry and filet mignon ordered medium, was well done. The chicken was fine. The best was the tres leche dessert- best I've had. We felt somewhat rushed to order... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

We arrived were seated promptly Ordered guac. Which was great very authentic the corn on the cob was also wonderful, the waiter went out of his way to take care of us my wife loves the skinny margarita we will be back when we come back to New York !

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

We first visited Rosa Mexicano when in New York for New Year 2012 and have since visited their LA restaurant, so were looking forward to returning here. We weren't disappointed. From the amazing pomegranate margaritas, the freshly prepared guacamole to the shrimp ceviche and skirt steak, the food is simply delicious. Oh and mustn't forget the churros for dessert. Cannot... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1063 1st Avenue at 58th St, New York City, NY 10022
    (58th Street)
  • Public Transportation: 4,5,6, N,R, W to 59th Street/ Lexington, M15 to 57th + 1st
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Midtown
  • Neighborhood: Midtown
  • Phone Number: +1 212-753-7407

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 31 - 40
  • Cuisine: Mexican

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Families with children, Bar scene, Large groups

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.
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Monday
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Friday
5:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Saturday
12:00 pm - 11:30 pm

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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