Rocking Horse Cafe

Restaurants, Mexican Chelsea
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Rocking Horse Cafe
Rocking Horse Cafe
This former hot spot was set back by the departure of chef Sue Torres, but Jan Mendelson has it moving forward again. Decked out in bright colors and corn-husk light fixtures, the place is still good for ogling beautiful boys doing the Eighth Avenue strut. Thanks to Mendelson, the food grabs your attention as well. Tamales are topped with shrimp and chipotle butter, and tasty corn tortillas are layered with grilled chicken, Chihuahua cheese and salsa verde. The bar also holds a distinguished reputation for its tongue-numbingly stiff frozen margaritas. Choose from fresh-fruit varieties like papaya, mango and passion fruit, or consider a Mexican bottled beer.


Venue name: Rocking Horse Cafe
Address: 182 Eighth Ave
New York
Cross street: between 19th and 20th Sts
Opening hours: Mon–Thu noon–4:30pm, 5–11pm; Fri noon–4:30pm, 5pm–midnight; Sat 11am–3:30pm, 4pm–midnight; Sun 11am–3:30pm, 4–11pm
Transport: Subway: C, E to 23rd St
Price: Average main course: $16. AmEx, MC, V
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Maria M

Great Mexican in Chelsea! A great middle ground between the expensive, not-so-traditional Mexican food and the basic Mexican food you can get at Blockheads. Not too expensive, this place offers daily specials and has great drinks and guacamole. This place is small and can get crowded quick, so make a reservation early. They also usually participate in Restaurant Week which is always fun to do.