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Rosa Mexicano – New York City

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5 out of 5 sprouts

Rosa Mexicano has 15 locations in 9 states plus 4 overseas including Dubai and Puerto Rico.  They need more.  They need to spread the love.  This place is incredible.  Probably the best and most unique Mexican food I have ever had the pleasure to experience.

Rosa Mexicano Lincoln Center NYC

From the homemade Guacamole Molacjete to the vegetable tacos- everything was a culinary delight.

Making Guacamole Rosa Mexicano NYC

We first spotted the guacamole cart near another table and were intrigued so we ordered our own for the table to share.

Guacamole cart Rosa Mexicano New York City

Big chunks of avocado, jalapeno, tomato, onion and cilantro mixed and mashed tableside.  It couldn’t have been any fresher if we had plucked our own avocados from a tree.

Guacamole Rosa Mexicano NYC

We had a big bowl of guacamole, two sides of spicy salsa and tortilla chips and plopped down in front of us.  My only regret was having to share!

Guacamole with hot sauces Rosa Mexicano NYC

Tortilla Chips Rosa Mexicano NYC

We were also served warmed flour tortillas to make our own guacamole wraps.  Heavenly.

Tortillas Rosa Mexicano NYC

Guacamole with tortilla

My mother ordered the cheese enchiladas.  She enjoyed them but they were pretty much a standard staple on the menus of Mexican restaurants everywhere.  Not to write them off at all, but I have to tell you about the tacos.

Cheese Enchiladas Rosa Mexicano NYC

Both Chad and I ordered the Seasonal Vegetable Tacos served with a Yucatan macadamia nut Poc Chuc.  Poc Chuc is traditionally a Mexican meat dish but in this case it was simply a macadamia nut type paste.

Vegetable Tacos Rosa Mexicano

Name a vegetable and it was in there.  Green beans, peas, green and yellow peppers, mushrooms, tomatoes and big chunks of onion.  And that is just what I know- there were more veggies- I just can’t remember them all.  Add to that the fact they were overstuffed and messy- winner winner vegetable dinner!

Vegetable Tacos Rosa Mexicano New York City

Alongside the tacos we were served corn esquites- sautéed corn with chili peppers, lime juice and mayonnaise.  While it may not sound delicious, especially if you are not a fan of mayonnaise-based dishes, this was amazing.  Creamy and spicy.  Unbelievable.

Corn esquites Rosa Mexicano NYC

Another thing that was unique to the Rosa Mexicano menu was the selection of beverages.  I have never seen Mexican Cola served at other places, and while we wanted to try it, they were out.  However, I ordered the iced tea.  I got a little pot of passion fruit tea and a side of house made Vanilla simple syrup.  It was a nice touch.  And delicious.

Passion fruit tea with vanilla simple syrup

Vanilla simple syrup Rosa Mexicano NYC

One thing that was also impressive was the service.  We had informed our server that we don’t eat meat and he was very knowledgeable about the menu and our choices.   He was attentive but not bothersome.  Very professional as well.  Also, just on a side note, the main focal point of the restaurant was a two-story wall of water with miniature diver statues diving down the wall.  You would have to see it to really understand what I mean.

Diver Wall Rosa Mexicano NYC

Wall of Divers Rosa Mexicano

There is not one thing I can say that is negative about here except being out of the Mexican Cola, but that happens sometimes even to the best of places.  I can gladly overlook that and reward Rosa Mexicano the highest honor of five sprouts.

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Monday 11th of November 2013

Seeing that guacamole is making me hungry...

Helen Corbin

Monday 4th of November 2013

WOW, I am impressed - five sprouts. You are right, though, it does deserve that :-)