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Rosa Mexicano - Union Square

$$ - $$$Mexican, Latin,
9 E 18th St, New York City, NY 10003-1903
+1 212-533-3350
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  • Excellent39%
  • Very good46%
  • Average11%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“guacamole” (165 reviews)
“enchiladas” (22 reviews)
“churros” (15 reviews)
Open Now
11:30 a.m. - 10:30 p.m. Hours
Mexican, Latin, Central American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
9 E 18th St, New York City, NY 10003-1903
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

What a poor performance of the staff running thus busy restaurant. Saturday night reservation Made, arrived in time and iT appeared that table waant ready yet; waiting 30 min extra in the bar and responses from the ladies at check in desks; no table available....More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank HARRY188590
Reviewed 4 days ago

Admittedly, we didn't check out any of the "super high end" places, but I found the prices here to be pretty reasonable, the food to be outstanding, and the ambiance to be second-to-none (the Christmas decoration was also a nice touch). Seems like a genuine,...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank brenc87
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were in New York on a business trip and decided to go to Rosa Mexicano on 18th Street, and we are so glad we did! From the ambiance to the food, to the service, it deserves nothing less than 5 stars. I only wish...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Marcela M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This location does not compare to the Lincoln Center restaurant in food or service. Despite a friendly welcome by the hostess, the waiter was the most unpleasant and rude person we have ever encountered in a restaurant. From the start he was sarcastic and condescending...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank KWSNorthport
Reviewed November 2, 2018 via mobile

Yes, the guacamole is amazing! But so many great choices on the menu. We enjoyed the enchilada trio, and the mole was delicious. Also tried the budin de pollo, which was savory and good sized. The drinks were nice, and really loved the mango chili...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank jchegia411
Reviewed October 31, 2018 via mobile

Staff very friendly & helpful. Location looks fantastic. Food is absolutely delicious as are the drinks. Guacamole is prepared fresh at your table - really great experience. Can highly recommend!

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Seraina B
Reviewed October 25, 2018 via mobile

Having eaten at the Rosa Mexicano near Lincoln Center we decided to try the one near Union station. While a bit more relaxed atmosphere the food was every bit as good, and the table made Guacamole is still the best in town. All in all...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank jameshQ1278XF
Reviewed October 14, 2018 via mobile

We have been here before as we enjoy the food. We asked for among other dishes Guacamole- spice- it was not that spice but comfortably spicy. The other dishes were Empanadas de Pollo con Chorizo and Suizas. The thing we do not like at all,...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Tomberra
Reviewed October 3, 2018

We were waiting for friends so we stopped in for apps and drinks in the late afternoon. We ordered the guac and yucca fries with the cheese sauce on the side. Big mistake! I should have ordered extra sauce ON TOP. The sauce is a...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Naynee17
Reviewed September 19, 2018

Large restaurant with seating for small and large groups. Interesting layout. Very popular. Service excellent. Good food - for me a bit spicy - I had the chicken enchilada. Reasonable prices

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Marylyn L
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Jane R
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Response from Robin B | Reviewed this property |
We only had regular margaritas and I don't remember seeing it on the menu but we weren't looking either. sorry
Jane R
June 2, 2015|
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Yes, and they are AWESOME!!!!!
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$35 - US$35
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Kids, Business meetings
Open Hours
11:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 10:30 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 10:30 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 10:30 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 11:30 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 11:30 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 11:30 p.m.
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 9 E 18th St, New York City, NY 10003-1903
    (Between 5th and Broadway)
  • Public Transportation: Union Square Subway (L,N,Q,R,W,4,5,6)
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Chelsea
  • Neighbourhood: Chelsea
  • Phone Number: +1 212-533-3350
Just blocks away from Manhattan's lively Union Square, our third New York location provides a warm and vibrant setting for our award-winning authentic Mexican cuisine. Designed by David Rockwell and launched in October 2005, this stunning restaurant features architectural accents inspired by the late, famed Mexican architect, Luis Barragan. The internally illuminated electric-blue tiled water wall features cliff diver figurines and candles among the cascading water to separate the bar from the main dining room. Warm terracotta and yellow colors with hot pink accents are featured throughout the restaurant as well as traditional, one-of-a-kind Mexican crafts, fabrics and artwork. This combination creates the perfect backdrop for the festive atmosphere and innovative Mexican cuisine of Rosa Mexicano.
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