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Rosa Mexicano

9 E. 18th St., New York, NY, 10003
nr. Fifth Ave.

Avg. Rating

Food: 6
Service: 8
Décor: 8

Average Reader Rating on a Scale of 10.

60% would go back.

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Stop Complaining - this place is Amazing!

By Ru_FroNYC on 5/20/2012

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 9
  • Décor: 9
  • Yes, I would go back!

Honestly, if a person has a problem with this place, they are simply WAY too picky. The guacamole was fantastic - made fresh right in front of you, and the pomegranate margaritas were not only delicious but VERY strong. Also, almost everything here is made from organic ingredients - unlike many Mexican restaurants that simply serve canned, processed goop. PLUS, for the more discerning drinkers, they have an impressive tequila selection. Im actually shocked to read reviewers here say the food is "ok." They must have been raised by Wolfgang Puck or something (Also, its NYC people, make a reservation!)

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131 out of 263 people found this review helpful.

Food got me sick

By wavsurfer on 11/9/2008

  • Overall Rating: 5
  • Food: 3
  • Service: 8
  • Décor: 7
  • No, I would not go back!

I ordered the cabrito tacos hoping for something akin to the East LA street tacos I used to get. The ones I got were way too salty. The tenderness and texture were fine, just way too salty. Also, they only supplied 3 small corn tortillas for a mini skillet of meat (capable of making 6 full tacos; also aren't you supposed to double-up on tortillas for soft tacos?) All of the sides (corn, chili, beans, rice) and my date's enchiliadas were way too salty. Worse yet, I got to see my cabrito tacos + sides come out in the toilet about 8 hours after our lunch. Maybe old goat meat from the night before? Maybe just a bad salad (it looked very wilted; I should've eaten it). On the upside, service was good and attentive. They didn't talk down to 2 casually dressed, poor-looking students. Decor was kinda crazy. See photos/ Value? Not quite the value of East LA taco trucks under the freeway , but not bad for NY. Overall: be careful, I got bad diarrhea from the super-salty cabrito tacos.

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136 out of 280 people found this review helpful.

Good things

By dwallack79 on 8/14/2008

  • Overall Rating: 7
  • Food: 8
  • Service: 6
  • Décor: 9
  • Yes, I would go back!

I took my wife here back when she was not my wife. The overall feel of the place is very elegant, however there is an undertone of a corny family place like a Fridays or Ruby Tuesday. We were promptly seated which was good, except the hostess gave us the impression that we were being squeezed in and would be hurried along at any minute. Their guacamole is indeed very good, and the Filet in Tequila Mushroom sauce was excellent considering we were not in a steakhouse. We did feel kind of hurried along, and overall it was a good experience. I would go back.

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184 out of 321 people found this review helpful.

Disappointing, go to the East Side instead

By fullorbit on 6/21/2008

  • Overall Rating: 6
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 5
  • No, I would not go back!

If you want to go with your sorority sisters for some pricey margaritas after work, this is the place for you. If you prefer well-seasoned dishes that make the most of their ingredients, and don't love the din of a tourist trap, save your pesos. The gauc was great, the service as well, but the crab in the enchilada was overwhelmed by a sour/spicy tomatillo sauce; the lamb chops were boring and seemed to have the texture of something frozed, then fried. Distracting decor, bad acoustics and an uninspired chocolate souffle made the final cost of this place unjustified. Go uptown, or go to Chipotle across the street. For the full review, visit

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121 out of 254 people found this review helpful.

Food didnt lkive up to the hype

By BkGirl718 on 2/5/2008

  • Overall Rating: 7
  • Food: 6
  • Service: 8
  • Décor: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

Me and 6 of my friends went to this resturant for restuarant week. Half of us ordered off of the pre-fix menu, while other ordered off the regular menu. My entree was GREAT!! but the appertizer and dessert wasnt all that great. The decor is so nice and pretty, very romantic.

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