Recently Opened Restaurants
by Julie Besonen, 07/29/2015
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29 E. 2nd St., 212-335-0114, East Village, Manhattan
A breezy, indoor-outdoor Mexican cantina has fired up a corner of the East Village. The restaurants Heartbreak and Boukiés never quite caught on in this space, but Rosie's is bursting with boisterous young crowds every night, swilling fruity spiked agua fresca and margaritas by the pitcher. The team behind it includes Marc Meyer and Vicki Freeman, who have a first-rate track record with their other eateries (Vic's, Cookshop and Hundred Acres). Meyer has traveled in Mexico for years and chef de cuisine Angel Andrade grew up in Tehuacán, so there's deep-seated passion in the tacos with braised lamb and tomatillo-chipotle salsa, green chile chicken enchiladas and sugary churros with stone-ground Oaxacan hot chocolate. Despite ample seating at the bar, a vast dining room and sidewalk tables ringed by a profusion of flowers in metal tubs, be prepared to wait for a table to open up.