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“Perfect pre-Lincoln Center ballet lunch spot”

Rosa Mexicano - Lincoln Center
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Ranked #265 of 14,032 Restaurants in New York City
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $22 - $80
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Good for: Special occasions, Large groups, Bar scene, Business meetings
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Delivery, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighborhood: Upper West Side
Cross street: 62nd Street
Transit: 1,A,B,C,D trains to 59th Street. 1 train to Lincoln Center (66th)
Description: 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.
Reviewed October 28, 2013

Hubby and I chose to dine here for lunch before a recent ballet matinee, based on its proximity to Lincoln Center and on a recommendation from a friend. We enjoyed our meal very much.

Tableside guacamole was a treat (if a tad pricey as a shared appetizer), pitcher of sangria an indulgence (but worth it, enjoyed throughout our meal), and our entrees and dessert were delicious. Hubby had the chicken enchiladas, which were bathed in a delicious green sauce that I think was some sort of cilantro creme. I opted for the unusual pork belly and scallop tacos, which were tasty, and accompanied by yummy sides of pickled veggies, scrumptious creamed corn, and unusual beans. The tomatillo and pasilla sauces for the tortilla chips were so fresh and delicious, too!

Service was prompt and attentive, and waitstaff was well synchronized. I didn't think the food prices were terribly high for NYC, but at $35, the pitcher of sangria was a splurge! No matter, it was the best sangria we have had, and was a rare treat!

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Reviewed October 23, 2013

The margheritas here are delicious and they have the best guacomole in New York. I recommend the shrimp dishes. The noise level is a bit high, but the food is worth it.

Thank Frances V
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Reviewed October 22, 2013

Rosa Mexicano has always been reliable but of late has become a bit tired and needs some new tricks. Drinks are pricey and the tableside guac is good but expensive. Would be great if they did something new and different and at a better value

Thank Ashme01
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Reviewed October 15, 2013

Stopped in here recently before a gathering and was pleasantly surprised. Reviews were good walking in but it seemed over price, we gave it a shot anyway. My wife and I tried the table side guacamole, which was very fresh and tasty. We then moved to try their chicken rolls again very good. As for entree we decided to share the skirt steak, now that was delicious but we had about 3 oz of meat on our plate for $30 bucks that was not worth it especially not for skirt steak one of the cheapest cuts of beef out there. Dont waste your money on entrees here just go for the drinks and apps you will not be disappointed.

Thank sojeil
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Reviewed October 14, 2013

Tried to book on OpenTable the night before I went but was told they close at 10. Walked by and it was packed. Go figure.

Went on a Tuesday night. Got sat right away, but then waited 15 minutes to get a water. The server looked irritated.

Guac is great. The pom martini was strong. Food was good, but my "jumbo" shrimp with my meal was tiny -- nothing jumbo about it.

Heard great reviews about here, but was disappointed to say the least.

Thank forsalebyandy
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