Rocking Horse Mexican Cafe
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.
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.
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