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Our flagship location opened its doors on First Avenue in 1984 and was bestowed with a glowing, two-star review from The New York Times. From the moment you arrive, old world charm permeates your dining experience through authentic Mexican colors and rustic folk art. Traditional amate gods greet you at the front entrance and brightly colored papel picado hangs from the ceiling. Corn tortillas are made on site and an exposition grill further seduces your senses. With its warm ambiance and outstanding cuisine, this Rosa Mexicano location has remained a perennial New York favorite for over 20 years.

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Phone: (212) 355-0312

Phone: (212) 284-7095

Phone: (212) 753-7433

Fax Number: (212) 753-7433

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Sutton Place, Midtown East, Midtown Manhattan

Rosa Mexicano - First Avenue

Rosa Mexicano Restrnt

Mexican Restaurants, Restaurants
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Cuisines: Mexican, Latin American

Price Range : Above Average


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Provided by Citysearch - 
Highly Recommended

If you could give a half a star I would rate this 5 and 1/2 stars. I just think that 5 stars has to mean absolutely the best ever. We visited the Baja Coast this past February, and the food at Rosa Mexicano was better than any place we ate in Mexico.

Our experience was terriffic. My wife and I were there with our two children, 11 and 12. They are one of the few nice New York places that actually offer a reasonably priced childrens menu, so we were off to a good start. The entire staff was attentive and the atmosphere was very nice as well.

Our daughter has celiac disease (Gluten Free Diet) and they also had a gluten free menu, which is another thing hard to find in New York. They were so accomodating. The manager came out to our table and explained that if we wanted them to, they would start up a fresh frier with new oil to make her french fries. (He knew that her food items could not be fried in any oil that had bread crums in it.) He told us it would just add a few extra minutes to our orders.

I was having a little trouble seeing the menu and without prompt, our waiter came over and handed me a pen flashlight. He did an excellent job explaining the food. He even brought us out small samples of the various sauces to help us choose the right ones. I had the Crab Meat Enchiladlas with the green sauce, and they were outstanding. My wife had a chicken dish with a red sauce that was also outstanding.

We all had dessert, and my wife and I had coffee. The entire bill was only about $125.00 with drinks (we each had two). I though that was pretty darn good for New York.



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Great Mex

The service was impeccable. Family fun, quesadillas and an amazing red sauce along with beverages from Mexico. She did a wonderful job explaining the menu and the origin of certain food from their region of Mexico. The corn tortillas are house made and incredible. A must see/eat.



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Overrated & Overpriced

I went to Rosa Mexicano for the first (and last time) and left feeling really disappointed. For starters, anyone who knows me knows I love Mexican food. But this place just didn't do it for me. The selection lacks in what I would consider authentic cuisine and tries too hard to be chic. We ordered our food and I couldn't get over how SMALL the portions were! AND how PRICEY these small portions were! We had a couple of drinks and 3 appetizers and our bill came out to $75! Worse, the food was just so so, not good and definitely not great.. as far as Mexican food goes, on the bland side. The worst part of it all? We were still hungry and craving some good food by the time we left. How sad is that?



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Not a place for vegetarians

Rosa has been my favorite mexican restaurant for 2 years now and I constantly rave about it and recommend it to friends. However I went to Rosa last Wed and was astonished with how bad their service was. I brought a very good friend of mine that was vegetarian and called beforehand to let them know that 2 of the people in our party were vegetarian.

When we got there and got around to ordering, our waiter was extremely rude and unaccommodating. My friend asked for a quesidilla with her choice of filling she was promptly told that the chef would not accommodate requests not on the menu. We asked our server to check if the chef would make an exception considering she was vegetarian and there wasn't anything but a veggie starter on available on the menu. When he returned he said the chef agreed to make the vegetarian quesidilla however would charge us $28 (this was more than the meat entrees on the menu). We agreed to pay the additional and asked him if the dish would taste good, this was when he told my friend that since she was vegetarian everything would taste good. I was so angry at his comment!

This is certainly the last time I'll be visiting Rosa or recommending it to anyone!! There are more than enough mexican restaurants in the city to never have to step into this establishment again.



Provided by Citysearch - 
What a rippppppppppppppppppp

So, I went here on a date. She had an enchalada dish with shrimp and i had somethign from the grill. My dish consisted of a skewer with chroizo sausage and beef, they probably used half a chroizo... So all in all it was 1 skweer with 4 beef cubes and 3 pieces of chroizo. For starters of course we had an order of guac, asked for it to be made spicy which was ok, they made it table side.

We each had 1 drink, mine a beer and she had a frozen concoction that was not bad. All in all, with tip the bill was 2 dollars shy of $100. I am very big on money these days, btu have no problem shelling it out for a great eatery; after all, I'm a true food lover!

Bottom line is this, I only wish I had been before so i could have gone DOWNTOWN to a much better establishment such as Mole or Mercadito where we would have had much more bing for the buck food, ambiance, and money wise. Hey, even dos caminos woudl have been better!

Sorry Rosa mexicano, but aside from the 2 stars for the service, you guys stink!



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I've been here once, not to say that the food was bad. The experience was so-so. I went with some pretty let's say experienced critics of food and they were unhappy about some menu items that were missing.

In any case I think this is a nice place. Interesting setting.



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Great Mexicano

Rosa Mexicano and I started our relationship in 1996 and have been loyal to one another ever since. From the moment I arrive I know to start off with a La Suprema or two. A great atmosphere accompanied by delicous drinks, atmosphere and very friendly staff. Priced well and is great for meeting with clients or hosting special events.



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Overall Amazing

This is my first time ever writing a review but i thought this place deserved it. Great food, great atmosphere, and great service. Definitly get the guacamole and try the crab stuffed enchiladas (delicious). An upscale mexican restuarant done right!



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Very Average

Cool scene, pretty good location but after that its pretty average. I expected a lot more based on other reviews. Service was ok. Price would have been ok if meal was better than average. Just had some really good Mexican food in San Diego and it was miles above this place.

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