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Rosa Mexicano - First Avenue

1063 1st Avenue at 58th St, New York City, NY 10022
+1 212-753-7407
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Ranked #871 of 11,690 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
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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London, United Kingdom
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127 reviews 127 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014 NEW via mobile

Reliable high quality Mexican food. Nice atmosphere and very friendly staff. The cocktails are great too.. Loved the guacamole which is prepared just in front of you. Book in advance

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8 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

We had 6pm reservations, and were seated promptly even though 1 of our party had not arrived. our waiter was very accomodation and made us some of the Best Guacamole that I have had, And the Shrimp Appetizer was out of this world. The drink menu was extensive and everything we tried was exceptional. I had the ribs that were... More

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Fullerton, California
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28 reviews 28 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

Coming from southern California with an abundance of excellent Mexican restaurants, we were a bit hesitant to try south of the border fare in NYC. But, we had gotten such a good recommendation on Rosa Mexicano on First Ave., we thought we'd give it a try. We got there a bit early for dinner (NYC standards!) and were seated promptly... More

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Stavanger, Norway
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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Greath authentic atmosphere and excellent food. Especially enjoyed the guacamole prepared right at our table and the selection of good tequilas in the drink list. This is definitely a restaurant we will visit next time we are in New York.

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Delray Beach, Florida
11 reviews 11 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

My wife and I were the first customers that visited Rosa Mexicano when it opened. We ate there frequently and became very good friends with Mrs. Howard, the owner. She would always surprise us with new dishes to taste. Start with pomegranite margaritas, table side guacamole and tingas when on the menu. Main dishes you could die for are the... More

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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22 reviews 22 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

We went to Rosa Mexicano on 1st Avenue on a Wednesday evening and I was surprised at how quiet it was. The food was good and the service equally so but it lacked atmosphere. The signature frozen pomegranate martini is a must try but if you want an evening that's a little bit more lively, I would recommend going to... More

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New York City, New York
20 reviews 20 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

It seems to be a rather small restaurant right at the corner of 58th and First Avenue, but it is much larger than it appears. Different smaller rooms means that no one is overcrowded, and that permits every patron to enjoy all of the food at a more leisurely pace. When I made the reservation, I asked (for one of... More

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New York City, New York
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328 restaurant reviews
166 helpful votes 166 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

Excellent guacamole made fresh at the table. You can pick how spicy you like it. Really you go here for the guacamole. The entrees are generically Mexican. Nothing special. The place is always crowded with a lively ambience.

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Oslo, Norway
12 reviews 12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

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
17 reviews 17 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 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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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
Open Hours:
Sunday 4:00 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 4:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Average Prices: USD 31 - 40
Cuisine: Mexican

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