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Rosa Mexicano - First Avenue

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$$$
Neighborhood:
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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12:00 pm - 11:30 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
Breakfast/Brunch
Lunch
Dinner
Reservations
Delivery
Late Night

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  • 153
    Excellent
  • 140
    Very good
  • 46
    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
Most recent review
Dining Experience Somewhat Inconsistent

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 27, 2015
Maritsa1215
via mobile
Good for:
  • Casual Elegant
  • Families with children
  • Bar scene
  • Large groups
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Delivery
  • Late Night
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10 reviews 10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW via mobile

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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Claremore, Oklahoma
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9 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
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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Devizes, United Kingdom
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74 reviews 74 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
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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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

We have visietd many times this spot, and have enjoyed every visit there ! True, the prices are not cheap but the food is worth every penny ! Service is very friendly and the drinks are very good !

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Plainsboro, NJ
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41 reviews 41 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

Went a week before christmas on a weekday and place was packed but we got a table by the bar. Place was recommended by my cousin and friend as having great food and they were right Food - we are vegetarians and the waiter was eager to suggest few items on menu and also offered some that they could make... More 

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Middletown, New Jersey
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81 reviews 81 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

Loved this restaurant - the guacamole was the best I've had- they make it fresh right there. Friendly staff- great service. Extensive menu- many choices- even for those who must eat gluten free, They asked us if this was a special occasion - it was an anniversary and they brought champagne over to the coupe celebrating their anniversary.

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Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014

Best guacamole I've eaten in the US. Prepared at tableside with fun and flair. Tried three different enchiladas and steak tacos. All were excellent and beautifully presented. Too full for dessert but will certainly return in the near future. Excellent service too.

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Plainsboro, NJ
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41 reviews 41 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

My nephew recommended this restaurant to us and I am so glad he did. Atmosphere - busy and packed more also because it is holiday season. luckily we got a small table near the bar. Food - we are vegetarians so there were a few items on men and we asked the waiter what to order and he suggested Chille... More 

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North Carolina
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72 reviews 72 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

We dined at Rosa Mexicano on a Friday evening in Dec and the place was busy. Busy with locals which is always a good sign. We had reservations and were seated right away. The guacamole was good but not great. We expected more given the hype. The food was good and the staff friendly. Glad we ate there but doubt... More 

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San Juan, Puerto Rico
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

This is the first and original restaurant in the franchise. Established 30 years ago at this location. Authentic unadulterated Mexican recipes. Superb service. Margarita's are top quality. Located in upscale residential neighborhood. Best Mexican restaurant I have visited in the USA, even after living 17 years in California.

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