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Rosa Mexicano - Lincoln Center

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Certificate of Excellence2015 - 2018 Winner

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Guacamole en Molcajete
Since 1984, we have been preparing freshly made guacamole with avocado, jalapeño, tomato, onion and cilantro. Served with warm tortilla chips and salsa
Queso Fundido
Melted Chihuahua cheese over poblano rajas. Topped with cilantro and served with handmade corn tortillas
Nachos de Tres Quesos
Crispy tortillas topped with black beans, queso fresco, white cheddar, Menonita cheese, pico de gallo, chipotle and serrano chiles
Ceviche de Camarones
Mexican white shrimp from the Baja Coast marinated in citrus with jicama, avocado, roasted habanero, red onion and cilantro
Empanadas de Pollo con Chorizo (Tabasco)
Corn masa empanadas stuffed with shredded chicken, Mexican chorizo and Menonita cheese. Served with mestiza crema
Flautas de Pollo (Puebla)
Crispy corn tortillas filled with chicken tinga and topped with salsa pasilla de Oaxaca, salsa verde, queso fresco and crema
Sopa de Tortilla (Distrito Federal)
Roasted tomato-pasilla chile broth with grilled chicken, avocado, Chihuahua cheese, crema fresca and crispy tortilla strips
Ensalada Caesar Mexicana (Tijuana)
Crisp romaine lettuce, roasted red peppers and chile croutons tossed in a classic Caesar dressing
Flour tortillas grilled on the comal with authentic fillings
Pollo (Jalisco)
Adobo-marinated grilled chicken breast and Chihuahua cheese. With pico de gallo
Tinga de Res (Guerrero)
Grilled flour tortilla filled with braised beef tinga and Menonita cheese. Topped with red onion, crema and salsa verde
Carne Asada (Sonora)
Guajillo chile-tequila marinated grilled steak and Menonita cheese. With pico de gallo
Camarones (Nuevo Leon)
Baja shrimp sautéed with ancho chile, garlic and lime on flour tortillas with a blend of Mexican cheeses
3 tacos made with authentic, regional fillings
Alambre de Pollo (Distrito Federal)
Chicken breast a la plancha, rajas, bacon and queso Chihuahua. With chile de árbol salsa, onion and cilantro
Tinga de Res (Guerrero)
Braised beef brisket with tomatillo-habanero salsa, house-made slaw and pickled red onion
Camarones Capeados (Baja)
Maseca cornmeal-dusted shrimp with kale, chipotle aioli and pickled onion
Pescado Baja (Baja)
Beer battered seasonal fish with white cabbage escabeche and jalapeño-tartar sauce on a fresh flour tortilla
Hongos (Distrito Federal)
Grilled portobello mushrooms, black bean, roasted red and yellow peppers, grilled corn, cabbage and chile de árbol salsa
Grilled in the style of Sonora and served in cast iron skillets with handmade corn tortillas, chile de árbol salsa, tomatillo-jalapeño salsa and crema
Pollo Adobado (Jalisco)
Ancho-marinated chicken breast with slow-cooked peppers and Chihuahua cheese
Vegetales (Distrito Federal)
Achiote-roasted cauliflower, rajas, kale and corn
Arrachera (Sonora)
Guajillo chile and tequila marinated steak with chile rajas and Menonita cheese
3 Enchiladas folded in corn tortillas
Suizas (Mexico City)
Roasted chicken tinga with creamy tomatillo sauce, cilantro, onion and melted Chihuahua cheese
Mestiza (Oaxaca)
Chipotle-braised beef with mestiza sauce, crema, cilantro, onion and queso fresco
Mole Poblano (Convent of Santa Rosa, Puebla)
Chicken tinga covered with traditional mole poblano and topped with cilantro, onion, queso fresco and crema
Tres Enchiladas
A taste of Rosa Mexicano's signature enchiladas - Mole Poblano, Suiza and Mestiza
Ensalada Caesar de Pollo (Tijuana)
A classic Caesar with crisp romaine lettuce, grilled ancho-marinated chicken breast, roasted red peppers and chile croutons, tossed in a classic Caesar dressing
Rosa Chopped Salad
Chicken, chorizo sausage, avocado, tomatoes, crispy tortilla strips and habanero pickled onions over mixed greens, tossed in a creamy avocado dressing
Ensalada Picada
Grilled salmon with Tuscan kale, roasted corn, chayote, tortilla strips and roasted poblano peppers tossed in a serrano pepper vinaigrette
Chile Poblano Relleno (Oaxaca)
Roasted poblano chile filled with goat cheese, rice, sautéed mushrooms and grilled chayote. Served with piloncillo tomatoes, salsa verde and queso fresco
Carnitas (Michoacan)
Slow-braised pork with cilantro, white onion and grilled pineapple. Served in a cast iron skillet with handmade corn tortillas
Budín de Pollo (Puebla)
Braised chicken tinga layered with soft corn tortillas, Chihuahua cheese, roasted Mexican peppers and grilled corn. Over poblano cream sauce
Alambre de Camarones (Veracruz)
Grilled wild jumbo shrimp marinated in garlic vinaigrette with tomatoes, onions and serrano chiles, over achiote rice with salsa verde picante
Salmón Poblano (Puebla)
Grilled fresh salmon served over sautéed Tuscan kale, chorizo and corn in a poblano cream sauce
Tampiqueña de Carne Asada (Tampico)
Grilled skirt steak marinated in guajillo chile and tequila with rajas con crema, guacamole and a Chihuahua cheese enchilada topped with a roasted chipotle-tomato sauce
Chamorro (Michoacan)
Braised chile ancho-marinated pork shank served with salsa verde, white cabbage escabeche, pickled red onion and fresh corn tortillas
Rollo de Pechuga (Oaxaca)
Crispy chicken breast filled with huitlacoche, served sliced over poblano cream sauce
Mexican corn on the cob
Cauliflower with achiote
Col Rizada
Kale, corn and poblano
Our highly anticipated second Rosa Mexicano location opened in July 2000. Just steps away from Lincoln Center, this impressive David Rockwell-designed space features a 30-foot iridescent blue tile water wall that spans both levels of the restaurant and is adorned with 240 miniature cliff divers. Here you’ll also find a dramatic “floating” staircase made of orange and red terrazzo slabs and backlit panels behind the bar embedded with rose petals. Awarded “Best Restaurant 2000” by Interiors Magazine, this unique, contemporary look ushered in a new era for us at Rosa Mexicano.
$22 - $80
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
Mexican, Latin, Central American
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
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Reviewed 5 days ago

This is one of my favorite Mexican restaurant in the US (NYC and in DC). My visit to the one by Lincoln center was not as good as in the past. Perhaps they were having a bad day. I orders the "chile relleno" and it...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank olga-food-lover
Reviewed 5 days ago

Great food, great service and decent prices (in the context of Manhattan restaurants). Try the guacamole dip - it's made fresh at your table & so-o-o tasty. Bonus: no reservations (?) We dropped in after the matinee showing of My Fair Lady, and had almost...More

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank Seamusdemora
Reviewed 6 days ago

The food and service was excellent, everything was delicious, good taste and,the table side guacamole amazing. The prices were reasonable for midtown Manhattan and we will definitely go here again.

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank James E
Reviewed 1 week ago

Had tickets to the Metropolitan Opera on a work night so needed something quick and close. It was also NYC Restaurant Week and Rosa Mexicano was a participant! We had a 5 PM reservation and arrived on time but were kept waiting in the small...More

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank Terryyk
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Wow, what a surprise. Everything was great. Food, service and ambience were great. The portions were large and well prepared. A must in NYC for mexican food.

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank gk347N
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I called to make reservation. Was told that since my party over 13 (it was 15 but included 4 small children) I would have to make a contract with them and have a pre-fixe menu which begins at $36 per person. I expressed my lack...More

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank loa076
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We have been to Rosa Mexicana several times. We Love their fresh guacamole bar....they make it table side to your liking. Very nice atmosphere with good table service. They also have a nice choice of cocktails.

Date of visit: February 2019
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I may just not be used to prices around Lincoln Center but I found 16 for guacamole a bit steep even if they did make it at the table.

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank bonniec761
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Regional Mexican done very well. With the exception of the nacho chips and salsa served at the beginning of the meal there was nothing about this restaurant that wasn’t authentic regional Mexican. So many restaurants try but fail to capture the many flavors of Mexico.

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank Curt S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The food is amazing! The staff is so friendly. Get the guacamole!!! They make it right at the table and it is the best we have ever eaten. Do not pass this restaurant by!

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank sylviad417
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Maybe three minutes bar to box office.
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