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La Esquina

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  • Mexican, Cocktails
  • 114 Kenmare St, New York NY10012 40.721446 -73.997499
  • (At Lafayette St)
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  • (646) 613-7100
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User Ratings (Based on 58 reviews)

Food 3.9 Value 3.3
Service 3.0 Atmosphere 3.7

Other Restaurant Info

(646) 613-7100
(646) 613-1333
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Order From La Esquina for delivery & takeout
Visa, MC, AmEx Taqueria Mon-Fri: 8am-2am Sat-Sun: 12pm-2am
Mon-Fri: 8am-2am Sat-Sun: 12pm-2am
Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch
Accepts Credit Cards, Bar Scene, Brunch, Catering, Delivery, Good for Groups, Late Night, Online Ordering, Online Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Pre/Post Theater, Private Parties, Take Out, Trendy
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User Reviews

  • La Esquina

    Posted by Lola1670 on 08/23/2010

    Great food; drinks could be better!!

    Was just there for a dinner in their downstairs "cove". Since we were a large group, we had to go with the pre-fixe menu which I did not have a problem with b'c the food was delicious! The drinks were tasty, but came weak. Service at best was mediocre with the waitress only showing up when food was brought out by the servers, and she never came back to ask if we had any issues with our order. Don't get me wrong, once you are downstairs the atmosphere and ambience is great, but in the end your pricey bill reflects over priced drinks and being able to walk through the maze of stairs and kitchen to get there without busting your behind!

  • La Esquina

    Posted by disappointed on 07/06/2010

    Never going back

    It was over 100 degrees Farenheit out when my wife and I decided to stop into the Corner Deli portion of La Esquina to get some quick tacos. Since it was extremely hot in there and felt like the a/c was broken, we decided to go to the sit down portion next door. Now it was cool in there but the hostess immediately informed us that they were only serving soup. On a hot day, soup is the last thing I want. It was late in the afternoon and the dining room was very empty. So we asked if we could order tacos next door and come and eat them in the cool room. We were told no, that was not allowed. We were running out of time so we went back to the Corner Deli part and resigned ourselves to sweating into our tacos. That’s not super bogus, but what we watched them do to another group was. Two young ladies were trying to find a cool spot in the Corner Deli. They couldn’t so they went outside to sit in the tables out front. All of which were empty, because, you know, 100 degrees. They hadn’t even gotten their food before someone from the dining room next door came out to inform they couldn’t sit there. Never mind that these girls had also tried to eat in the dining room but were turned off by the seriously limited menu. Never mind that no one else was sitting at any of these tables. Never mind that it was over 100 degrees outside and as a special day, maybe they could cut people some slack. No, despite the fact that these girls were paying customers, La Esquina kicked them off the table. I get they have to make rules, but in the late afternoon on a day as hot as this one, they should’ve made an exception. Plus, the food gets worse every time I go. Now, I think I’m done with La Esquina.

  • La Esquina

    Posted by Leah on 06/09/2010

    Exceeded My Expectations!!

    I lived in this neighborhood for 2 years and frequented the tanqueria several times and have gotten takeout. I have been a fan and the food has always been great. I have wanted to try the downstairs brasserie for years and finally made a reservation their required 21 days in advance for a special occasion dinner. Wea rrived for our 6pm res (we were going to a show after) and gave our name at the secret entry door. We were given the ok to go down the stairs and gain entry into this exclusive den. The hostess walks you through the kitchen and a maze of hallways to your table. The atmosphere is amazing down there. Simply more than I anticipated or expected. Candelabras adorn the room and the low ceilings give it a cave-like feel. Our server was great and we promptly order the blood orange margaritas. They were a little small and weak for the price ($13), but tasty. We ordered a sampling of some different small plates and everything we ate was fantastic. We got another round of margaritas and these were a bit stronger this time. Half way through our meal our male server disappeared and was replaced with a woman who took care of us just as well. We didn't feel at all rushed and we soaked up the atmosphere as it started to get busier as the night wore on. The only one downfall of the place are the prices. You spend a lot for a little. The plates are big and $10 for 2 tiny tacos is a lot. We spent more than half the bill on the drinks. But you are paying for the atmosphere and the exclusivity of the place. I highly recommend La Esquina downstairs to any foodie who loves great atmosphere. It exceeded my expectations and was the perfect start to our night.

  • La Esquina

    Posted by Tim on 05/19/2010


    Each person's experience at an eating establishment is different depending on the night. All I can say is that on a Wednesday evening the food was fantastic, as were the blood orange margaritas. The server was impeccable, attentive, and kind. As for the hostess, yes, she was a bit snotty, telling us that she'd have to give up our reservation after 15 minutes (even though there was hardly anyone there at 6pm), and walking through the kitchen to get to the underground brasserie was a bit odd, the rest of the experience was perfect.

  • La Esquina

    Posted by TheLizard on 01/26/2010

    The Taquiera of L.E.

    This is based on take out, from the taquiera for tacos only. They were excellent. Went during lunch, waited about 7 to 10 minutes, so best to order ahead. However, they were tasty!

  • La Esquina

    Posted by Anonymous on 12/16/2009

    Meh, I've had much better...

    The place is ok if you like eating dinner inside a full volume stereo speaker. The food was ok. I had the chile relleno. They forgot the "relleno" part (ok, so it's that way by design). Overpriced, overhyped. Won't be back.

  • La Esquina

    Posted by Anonymous on 12/04/2009

    Take out/delivery not recommended

    Twice I've had horrendous delivery service from this place. Something is always missing and it takes another hour to correct. No one there can quickly resolve a problem or make an irritated customer feel better in any way. A lot of "I don't know what to tell you." The service here is not good.

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