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Rosa Mexicano

1063 First Ave., New York, NY 10022 40.758968 -73.962467
at 58th St.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-753-7407 Send to Phone
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  • Cuisine: Mexican
  • Price Range: $$$

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Sun, noon-10:30pm; Mon, 5pm-10:30pm; Tue-Thu, 5pm-11:30pm; Fri, 4pm-10:30pm; Sat, noon-11:30pm

Nearby Subway Stops

4, 5, 6 at 59th St.; N, Q, R at Fifth Ave.-59th St.



Payment Methods

American Express, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Bar Scene
  • Delivery
  • Dine at the Bar
  • Good for Groups
  • Kids' Menu
  • Take-Out
  • Teen Appeal
  • Online Ordering


  • Full Bar



Delivery Area

48th St. to 70th St., FDR Dr. to Lexington Ave.


In 1984, Rosa Mexicano opened its doors to teach New Yorkers that authentic Mexican cuisine did not mean chili cheese burritos. It has since opened three other NYC locations, plus branches in Miami, Atlanta, and Washington, D.C. The formula? Guacamole prepared tableside, frozen pomegranate margaritas dispensed from a Slurpee machine, and upscale south-of-the-border cuisine. The original locale is a meandering series of rooms done in muted pastels—the pink mosaic bar matches the frozen margaritas—with white tablecloths and large plants. The dishes, from crabmeat enchiladas to beer-and-lemon-marinated short ribs with salsa ranchera, are mostly worth what some would consider a high price tag, and yes, the guac is tops. But this once rich culinary outpost can sometimes feel a little rote, mainly because of the service, which can make you feel like you’re on an assembly line. Worse, the wait staff presses for more drink orders in a way that verges on harassment, and that seems less in the spirit of inspiring a tequila fiesta than procuring more pesos. Eating at the bar solves the problem, though it certainly doesn’t inspire lingering.


Rosa Mexicano offers several seasonal events including a special Dia de los Muertos dinner, a summertime ice cream festival, and in select locations, a Mother’s Day cooking class.

Recommended Dishes

Guacamole en molcajete, $14; tablas, $32; carne asada con rojas, $27.50