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Rocking Horse Cafe

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$$ - $$$
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182 Eighth Avenue, New York City, NY 10011-1604
+1 212-463-9511
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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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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155 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a deceptive joint, in that it looks pretty average from the street, just a cheapo fast food place, but in fact it's a really terrific tasty Mexican restaurant with a seriously good bar. Everyone mentions the Margaretas, and with good reason. I had the fuego and it was really great. The snacks are good, easy to just eat... More 

Thank perthtravellor
Syracuse, New York
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59 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Super clean and very friendly staff! Stopped in for some drinks with friends on a walk to another bar. Great fresh chips and salsa and a very fine selection of tequila and liquor! Lots of Mexican beers and food to choose from. Thanks!

New York City, New York
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63 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 11, 2016 via mobile

My wife and I used to live around the corner, and we would find ourselves here more often than not. Great tapas, great tacos, great tequila, great everything. Cool hip place which always seems to be busy, which means you know it must be good. Go here!

Thank Danny C
brooklyn, United States
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3 reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 23, 2016 via mobile

I hadn't been to the Rocking Horse Cafe in a long time, but with the seemingly endless turnover of restaurants on 8th Ave in Chelsea, I decided to give it a try and see why it's survived where so many others have faltered. Me and my date went looking for some good Mexican food with a vibrant atmosphere and a... More 

Thank Anthony D
New Jersey
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 28, 2016

I don’t know why it took me a while to write a review on this great establishment in Chelsea. Rocking Horse is my favorite place to have brunch in NYC. They offer great tasting Mexican meals for a decent price. All of the selections in their brunch menu are exceptional. Huevos Rancheros and Burritos de Carne y Huevos are my... More 

Thank Joe O
Morgantown, West Virginia
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110 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 9, 2016

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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36 reviews
18 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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224 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 439 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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376 reviews
254 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 170 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
New York City, New York
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114 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 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

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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, Spanish, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Delivery, Takeout
Good for
Bar scene, Families with children
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 Eighth Avenue, New York City, NY 10011-1604
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Chelsea
  • Neighborhood: Chelsea
  • Phone Number: +1 212-463-9511

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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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