For her birthday, Jodi wanted to eat Mexican food, but only in a restaurant that makes guacamole. You may find it obvious that a Mexican restaurant would serve guacamole as an appetizer, but in fact, one of my colleagues suggested a place few months ago, but we did not go simply because there was no guacamole. So she picked Rosa Mexicano, the popular elegant Mexican chain where I had dinner few weeks ago. The food was good, but I admit that the poor service wrecked a bit the evening. You know, I like to spend some time with my wife sharing a meal, but it has to be on my own terms. That day, it was such a mess! Our order for entrees was only taken after we finished the guac; then I had to inquire for our entrees as we waited 30 minutes; next, I had to inquire about our dessert after waiting 20 minutes and it was definitely not a soufflé; last, the waiter gave me back my credit card but did not even print the receipt to sign, showing for a last time a lack of attention. During all this time, no apology.
At least the food was good and my previous experience, few weeks before was not like this, making me think that it was due to a bad seed...
There, they have a nice selection of cocktails, but instead of going with a margarita, I decided to try their one made with whisky called El Viejo and made with Jack Daniels Whiskey, canela-infused agave, Aztec chocolate bitters.
For sure if you go there, you have to get their guacamole that is freshly made and, if space permits, prepared table side. Although I admit that I had better ones like in Charritos in Hoboken. But still, I love when guacamole has chunks of perfectly ripened avocado.
For her entree, Jodi just went for a cheese quesadilla, appetizer size, that was quite good, being filled with lots of cheese. It was served with rice and beans.
On my side, I went for the Alambre a la Mexicana, that is skewered and grilled filet mignon served with chorizo, onions, Serrano peppers, on their house rice, with tomatillo and tomatillo-chipotle salsa. The filet mignon was good, decent for the price, and the chorizo delicious. However, I did not like the rice that was a bit dry. Fortunately, Jodi did not eat her beans and so I ate them with the rice.
For dessert, we ordered their tres leches that was quite good.
Overall the meal was ok, but I admit that I had better in places like Empellon Taqueria. Rosa Mexicano serves decent food, but it is not what it used to be.
Enjoy (I did)!
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Rosa Mexicano - 61 Columbus Avenue,NY, NY 10023