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Rocking Horse Cafe

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$$ - $$$
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182 8th Ave, New York City, NY 10011-1604
(212) 463-9511
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Closed now
All hours
Sun 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Mon - Thu 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Fri 12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Sat 11:00 am - 12:00 am
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Morgantown, West Virginia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our waiter was the best! Recommending some great choices. Outdoor seating is limited to 2 per table, no exceptions. Would love to go back.

Thank wvsam
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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25 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 26, 2016 via mobile

great and affordable for the area the happy hour deal is good for margaritas and small plates anytime you seat, a very friendly staff will bring good salsa while you order a must for lunch on 8th or happy hours starting at 4.

Thank jwmarvel
Oakland, CA
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56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 433 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 16, 2016

Tripadvisor asks "Is this one of the best meals you've had in a restaurant?" Well, it is THE best meal I've had in any Mexican restaurant! I'm from California, where different kinds of Mexican food are omnipresent. This Chelsea spot beats them all. Every dish our group of three had was beyond delicious: Guacamole and chips, tacos including chicken, and... More 

Thank calinurse
stamford, ct
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248 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 160 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 28, 2016

This is not your typical Mexican restaurant. There is a chef in the main dining room making tortillas by hand- a good sign right from the start! Their chips are substantial and very flavorful, and the salsa has the smoky ancho chile flavor which is also fruity-- a different and interesting touch. For RW everyone starts with Andalusian gazpacho which... More 

Thank reginalampert
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50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 22, 2016 via mobile

This is my go to place when I have friends or business people in town and want them to love their dinner experience. The margaritas, sangria, guacamole, carne guisada & bistec con hongos are ALL always delicious!

Thank Brian J
New York
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67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 17, 2016 via mobile

Ate dinner here with a friend. Arrived around 7pm on a Saturday night and wasn't too crowded. Very nice wait staff, delicious and STRONG frozen margs. Free chips and housemade salsa to start. My friend ordered the burrito and really enjoyed it. I opted for 3 sides - kale, rice and beans, and polenta... all so very delicious and flavorful!... More 

Thank Taylor G
Canton of Geneva, Switzerland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 9, 2016 via mobile

With so much choice in the city it is reassuring to find a restaurant where service, charm and flavor are delivered in equally generous portions. A wonderful taste-fest and quite possibly the best Burrito on the East Coast. An unlikely location makes this venue difficult to fall upon by accident but absolutely worthy or the walk from the Metro. Arrive... More 

Thank Mike C
Orinda, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 29, 2016

This was a nice restaurant in Chelsea and we loved the ambiance, the food choices (nice twists on traditional Mexican food).

Thank Kesslane
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4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 8, 2016

A friend told us about the Rocking Horse back in 2001 and we have returned on every NY visit since. Hard to beat for a solid margarita and good food. We try not to order too much but the food is well prepared, modern, with clean tastes and a light hand in the kitchen.

Thank Bryanmtcook1
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138 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 21, 2016

What a great find! This is a small cafe and it was a beautiful day to sit on the street front patio watching the bustle of NYC. The chips were huge, very tasty with an unusual salsa that was thick and creamy - I loved it. I had the green corn tamal with shrimp that was listed an an appetizer.... More 

Thank lantana50

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$30 - $40
Mexican, Latin, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Delivery, Full Bar
Good for
Large groups, Families with children, Bar scene
Open Hours
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 182 8th Ave, New York City, NY 10011-1604
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Chelsea
  • Neighborhood: Chelsea
  • Phone Number: (212) 463-9511

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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