The first Rosa Mexicano (the name means "Mexican pink") opened its doors in 1984 and was praised by New York Magazine for providing New Yorkers with an elevated version of Mexican food. The Rosa Mexicano restaurant in Union Square is the third New York location and was launched in late 2005 with a design influenced by Luis Barragan, the renowned Mexican architect.
Union Square could be considered the Times Square of downtown. The energetic and diverse area around Union Square makes it the perfect locale for what Zagat's calls an upscale Mexican cantina. Visitors to the neighborhood will get experience the real New York in the form of busking musicians, street vendors selling everything from jewelry to t-shirts and eateries like Rosa Mexicano. Union Square stretches from 14th Street to 17th Street and from Union Square East to University Place.
Rosa Mexicano offers award-winning dishes that remain true to the culture that inspired them while still being innovative. Among the popular offerings is their guacamole that Zagat describes as "terrific" and which Saveur Magazine says is their favorite in America. Also popular are their pomegranate margaritas. Other items from their menu include their selection of enchiladas folded in corn tortillas that are made in-house and their tacos, which are served with Mexican street corn. Rosa Mexicano's Al Carbon offerings are grilled Sonora style and served with their housemade corn tortillas.
House specials include Chile Poblano Relleno which consists of a roasted poblano chile filled with goat cheese and grilled chayote squash accompanied by sauteed mushrooms and rice. This is served over salsa verde and salsa ranchero along with asparagus and queso fresco. Carnitas are another Rosa Mexicano house special. The dish consists of pork that has been slow braised with cilantro, grilled pineapple and white onion. The pork is served with house-made corn tortillas.
Décor and Atmosphere
Rosa Mexicano's Union Square location features a blue-tiled waterfall with cascading water. The waterfall is illuminated internally and is decorated with figurines of cliff divers along with candles. This waterfall is used to separate the main dining room from the bar. The décor throughout the restaurant features traditional Mexican crafts and fabrics along with terracotta colors that are accented with hot pink. The combination of different decorative elements helps to create a festive ambiance that complements Rosa Mexicano's innovative cuisine.
From Sunday to Wednesday, Rosa Mexicano serves dinner from 4PM to 10:30PM. From Thursday to Saturday, they serve dinner from 4PM to 11:30PM. Lunch is served from 11:30AM to 4:00PM and happy hour is from 4:00PM to 7:00PM every day in the bar and lounge only.