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Mar 28, 1999 07:56 AM

Rocking Horse Mexican Cafe

  • j

I loved the place (8th Ave in Chelsea) when I first went there a couple of years ago. Tried it a few times thereafter and continued to be impressed -- though it is a tad pricey. A couple of weeks ago, a friend and I tried to get in at 7PM on a Thursday and the place was completely packed.
Last night (Saturday), we tried again around 6:00 and were seated promptly, though with a touch of attitude we thought. Anyway...the food seems to have gone downhill as the place has gotten more popular. My appetizer was almost all pastry and my friend found his appetizer tasteless. I thought my main course was OK -- he was disappointed finding it so-so.
Would like to hear of other experiences there.

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    Josh Mittleman

    My parents tried Rocking Horse a few weeks ago, and
    were very pleased. They said it was rather noisy by
    the time they finished, but they loved the food.

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    1. re: Josh Mittleman

      we've tried rocking horse twice, both times rather
      late in the evening - have been pleasantly surprised
      at willingness of staff to serve at late hours, and
      loved appetizers and drinks (all we wanted near
      midnight). have shared one entree and liked it.
      think the menu/chef is rather adventurous in
      ingredients/seasoning for this style of place in
      manhattan, and service has been lovely. and, yes, it
      can be a little smoky/noisy. it's a BAR, for heaven's

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      Josh Mittleman

      Riva & I had a late lunch at Rocking Horse on Friday.
      It was excellent.

      First of all, they have the best chips & salsa I've
      gotten at any restaurant. The chips are fried
      tortilla, and the salsa tastes of chipotle.

      We had two appetizers, both excellent: Little
      crab-filled pastries in a poblano sauce; and fried
      tortilla rolls (blanking on the proper word) filled
      with beautifully spiced pork and served with avocado
      and sour cream. But the entree was even better: A
      grilled chicken salad served with a fig-currant salsa
      flavored with a touch of cinnamon, a touch of chipotle,
      and probably a dozen other things.

      The only disappointment was the margarita, which tasted
      like lime ade.

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      1. re: Josh Mittleman

        I agree with you on the chips and salsa -- truly outstanding!! They are a tad pricey (I think) but perhaps my post reflectsan "off" night experience?

      2. Went there last week. I had the chicken enchilada
        with mole sauce. I'm not an expert on Mexican food by
        any means, but I didn't think the dish was very
        interesting, and not all that tasty. My friend
        ordered the chicken and shrimp fajitas, though, and
        really enjoyed it.