I don’t have a Halloween costume this year, but I did get to celebrate Día de los Muertos—albeit a bit early.
Rosa Mexicano—which I did not realize had grown to 11 locations nationwide already (and I have been to the Lincoln Center and San Francisco Embarcadero locations)—started celebrating on Tuesday, October 30 with a special three-course menu, followed by a special tequila tasting session with dessert pairings.
But really, there was seriously so much food it felt more like Thanksgiving than the day before Halloween. The first “course” alone was four giant appetizers, one of which easily could have served as someone’s entree—or one split between two people. (Honestly, my friend and I would have been more than satisfied with the giant bowl of table side-made guacamole—a trademark at Rosa Mexicano in New York City since 1984—but we definitely tried everything that came to the table.)
On top of all this there was live music and dance performances. (Including one performer who I later heard is a very famous samba dancer?? I’d believe it as she was incredibly charismatic.)
I also lost count of how many mezcals there were to try. Patrons have to buy tickets for the dinner and tasting event, so they really get there money’s worth between all of the food, drinks, and entertainment.
Each mezcal station had a dessert pairing. My favorites were the one offering chocolate and coconut truffles, as well as this last station with pumpkin cheesecakes, which were SO ADDICTIVE. (Obviously they’re not really in tune with the cuisine of the restaurant, but they’re festive for the holiday season. Can they put those on the regular menu?)