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Rosa Mexicano - First Avenue

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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 - 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: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Delivery, Late Night, Reservations
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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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Consistent Mexican food offerings

Very busy and active scene.Guacomole made tableside. Traditional fare; enchiladas, fajitas and the like. Try the pork chamorro dish. Margaritas are terrific. Can't go wrong here.

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 30, 2015
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South Miami, Florida
Good for:
  • Bar scene
  • Large groups
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Balwyn, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

Great meal at a very fair price Guacamole made fresh at the table was fantastic, and all main courses were really well presented and genuinely good mexican food

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Very busy and active scene.Guacomole made tableside. Traditional fare; enchiladas, fajitas and the like. Try the pork chamorro dish. Margaritas are terrific. Can't go wrong here.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

We went to this restaurant because we wanted to try some Mexican food. We ordered Nachos de tres quesos, Salmon poblano, beans and the Pollo pibil. The nacho portion such a big portion that you can share it easily with more persons. I had the salmon and this was very tasteful. The beans were something special; I am still not... More 

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New York City, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

Real Mexican food and the best guacamole and margarita in the city! There are two rooms the one we prefer is the one with the typical mexican style full of colours!

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Atlantic County, NJ
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

Visited the Rosa Mexicano - First Avenue this past Saturday night. We had been to the Rosa Mexicano - Union Square a couple times before, but never to this location. We had made a reservation for two @ 7:30pm using OpenTable.com. We were running late so we called the restaurant to let them know; our table was still ready when... More 

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Geneva, Switzerland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

This is a regular stop on my trips to NY. The guacamole is made fresh at your table and they can tailor it to your tastes. The extensive menu is sure to have something you will like. Great margaritas and friendly staff. I will be back.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

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 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

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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Additional Information about Rosa Mexicano - First Avenue

Address: 1063 1st Avenue at 58th St, New York City, NY 10022
Phone Number: +1 212-753-7407
Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Midtown
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
Average Prices: USD 31 - 40
Cuisine: Mexican

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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: 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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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