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Masa y Agave at Rosa Mexicano

Bars, Cocktail bars Tribeca
Masa y Agave at Rosa Mexicano
Photograph: Katie Burton

More than 30 years—and 17 global locations—after the debut of its Upper East Side flagship in 1984, Rosa Mexicano heads downtown for the first time with a vibrant bi-level outpost, divided into a Guadalajara-inspired dining room upstairs and this lower-level agave cantina. At the marble bar, John McCarthy (Greenwich Project, Cedar Local) stirs concoctions showcasing Latin spirits curated by certified mescalier Courtenay Greenleaf. Cocktails include a fiery cucumber-basil margarita with Pueblo Viejo blanco tequila, a house-infused mescal and tonic, and an Oaxaqueña featuring mescal and hot bitters sweetened with corn milk and agave. Corn pops up frequently on the snack menu as well, with house-ground masa serving as a base for sopes piled with pulled beef and black beans and for tortillas nestling lamb marinated in chili de arbol and steamed in avocado leaves.


Venue name: Masa y Agave at Rosa Mexicano
Address: 41 Murray St
New York
Cross street: between Church St and W Broadway
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 4pm-midnight
Transport: Subway: A, C to Chambers St; 1, 2, 3 to Chambers St ; 2, 3 to Park Pl; N, R to City Hall
Price: Average drink: $13. AmEx, MC, V.
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