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Rosa Mexicano - Union Square

) #632 of 9,243 Restaurants in New York City $$ - $$$ Mexican, Latin,
9 E 18th St, New York City, NY 10003-1903
+1 212-533-3350
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  • Excellent39%
  • Very good45%
  • Average12%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
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“guacamole” (141 reviews)
“enchiladas” (21 reviews)
“churros” (14 reviews)
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Mexican, Latin, Central American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
9 E 18th St, New York City, NY 10003-1903
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We came for late lunch/pick-me-up and enjoyed the margaritas by the pitcher. Fresh, made at table guacamole and choice of salsas got us started and we were able to relax and enjoy ourselves... appetizers and tacos satisfy without breaking the bank.

Thank rebmans
Reviewed 17 May 2017 via mobile

The guacamole made at the table is absolutely amazing and very generous portions. In fact the 2 of us could probably have stopped eating right there! Having said that main courses were also delicious. And there's a great buzz about the place.

Thank deborahsmith
Reviewed 6 May 2017 via mobile

Yes, yes. Rosa Mexicano does tableside prepared guacamole like whoa. They take requests. Spicy? Or nah? Whatever you want. We didn't even bother this time around. Dinner on a JAM PACKED Wednesday evening was still great. A whole Last Supper table (13 across one side)...More

Thank Jason A
Reviewed 3 May 2017 via mobile

Love the upbeat atmosphere. Large bar area with table seating. The pomegranate margaritas and mojitos are excellent. Go for the guacamole made table side. You'll only need to share an entree or get an appetizer after you enjoy the guacamole and chips Entrees are expensive...More

Thank Flora P
Reviewed 24 April 2017

The guacamole is ( the only ?) well worth it . They made the guacamole on the spot in front of us in a very original way. We had also tortillas with steak and shrimps - good taste but nothing special. The service and the...More

Thank Cynthie2013
Reviewed 23 April 2017

Good food, but average and overpriced for NYC. Try a more authentic (non-chain) spot like Empellon, Black Ant, or Rio Grande if you love Mexican!

Thank lm808605
Reviewed 15 April 2017 via mobile

Even if you only come here for the guacamole it's well worth it! Visited twice in our week long trip to NYC. Best guac ever and I'm fussy! Only thing was on one visit we asked for it hot and there wasn't enough chilli -...More

Thank felicity o
Reviewed 11 April 2017

Went Here For a Little Birthday Dinner Celebration With a Friend & The Place Was Packed, of Course. A Reservation Was Made In Advance So I Recommend Making One. You MUST Get The Spicy Guacamole If You Like Even a Little Bit Spicy!!!! Medium Spicy...More

Thank eveellenewyork
Reviewed 9 April 2017 via mobile

The guac is as good as it gets, but that's only the beginning. Many food choices, good to excellent. This evening, after guac, my wife and I had the first-rate shrimp and wonderful pork shank with a pitcher of good sangria, while our daughter was...More

Thank si101503
Reviewed 2 April 2017 via mobile

Great food great service. I was shocked at the service I was given. As you walk in you feel like you are in a mother country. Amazing avocado. Drinks are phenomenal (but keep in mind-don't drink and drive) as the drinks are pretty strong.! It's...More

Thank luisj285
Flatiron District
Offering many of city’s best restaurants and shops set
amid classic New York architecture, the Flatiron
District is no longer under the tourist radar. At 23rd
Street is the famous triangular Flatiron Building,
which makes a good picture no matter what angle you
photograph it from. Be sure to look up at the elegant
architecture as you stroll the streets- much of this
neighborhood is part of a historic district that was
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Jane R
do you have Pomegranate Margaritas
2 June 2015|
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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
Do you have Pomegranate Margaritas?
2 June 2015|
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Response from MendoPOM | Reviewed this property |
Yes, and they are AWESOME!!!!!
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$35 - US$35
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Business meetings, Bar Scene, Kids, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Open Hours
11:30 - 16:00
11:30 - 22:30
11:30 - 22:30
11:30 - 22:30
11:30 - 23:30
11:30 - 23:30
11:30 - 23:30
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>  > Flatiron District
  • Neighbourhood: Flatiron District
  • 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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