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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 #1,021 of 11,577 Restaurants in New York City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $31 - $40
Sun 4:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Mon 5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Tue - Fri 5:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Sat 4:00 pm - 11:30 pm
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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Oslo, Norway
12 reviews 12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014 NEW

Delicious guacamole with beautiful serving, pomegranate margaritas and friendly atmosphere! What else needed? Great location as well if you don't want to leave Manhattan. I went there by reco of a friend and left totally (full) happy! :) Hasta pronto!

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London, United Kingdom
16 reviews 16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

Loved the decor and the space, but prices can be on the high side. Wish that the margaritas were served in real margarita glasses, but the guac was very good and the costilla de res (beef short rib enchilada) was delicious, though lacking some extra punch!

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Warrington, United Kingdom
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44 reviews 44 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

I've had far better Mexican food in cheaper places. They raved over the guacamole and to be honest, I make better myself. I've had better margaritas elsewhere and for a Mexican restaurant we didn't even get a margarita glass.

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Higganum, Connecticut
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51 reviews 51 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

We went there for dinner, and did not find the food, service or drinks as impressive as some of your reviews led us to believe. In addition, this is the first Mexican restaurant that I have encountered where the waiters have trouble understanding Spanish, ... It was fine as a neighborhood place and we were in good company, but surely... More

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Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014 via mobile

This is the 2nd time we have dined at Rosa. Great Mexican food, especially the guacamole starter - top notch. Good service tops off a great Mexican experience.

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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

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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Top Contributor
90 reviews 90 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 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
13 helpful votes 13 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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91 reviews 91 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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69 reviews 69 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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