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La Esquina

La Esquina Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://esquinanyc.com
  • Phone: (646) 613-7100 x2
  • Hours of Operation: Brasserie Dinner: Daily: 6:00pm - 2:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Mexican, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Executive Chef: Erik Osol
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: No
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Cafe, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: catering@esquinanyc.com
  • Entertainment: Selected DJs 10pm - 2am daily

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Kenmare Street
  • Public Transit: 6 train to Spring Street
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Public lots on Kenmare and Elizabeth Streets.
A word from La Esquina
La Esquina is an authentic Mexican Restaurant, Taqueria and Tequila Bar.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMexican
Diner Reviews
  • "We managed to get a table for 6 at 6.30p last minute for a Friday night. The food was great, the place was really cozy in a trendy/fun style. They make quite an experience out of it sending you down the dark stairs where you find a great secret bar and restaurant. There is a private room for parties which I am sure would be great too!"
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "The waitstaff were so rude, everything seemed so difficult for them even though all we asked them was for food and drinks aka what they are employed to do. I really loved the amount if eye rolls I got when asking for a drink . The bar staff were fabulous but the maître de and waiters were not."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "I came here for my birthday with a group of my best friends and it was perfect. I had a wonderful evening and cannot wait to come back again. I consider myself quite the Mexican food snob and this lived up to my crazy standards. The quest fundido and the pork shoulder tacos...I have had reoccurring dreams about since."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "La Esquina. How can you not like a place that you have to enter through a taco take out joint? You go through the weighty metal door, down the stairs into a restaurant that is buzzing. No stodgy tacos and refried beans here. The food is fresh, light, and tasty."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "I love the food, and I love the VIP level, the staff was amazing"
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "We went on our last evening of our vacation and it was a great visit. Fantastic food, good service and an exciting and cool downstairs. We were very pleased with our visit. The only negative was the requirement to confirm our reservation for which we had to call several times before coming through, however, this was just at the time of confirming, overall the visit at the restaurant was very very good."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "Super loud so don't expect much conversation and very very jammed full. But the food"
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "This place has real authentic Mexican food, though it is really tough to get a reservation! Though it is worth to wait on the telephone ..."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "Who could have guessed what was hidden underneath the bland facade? Well, I'd read about it but still didn't know what to expect. Amazing and cool restaurant with great service and food. One of a kind."
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "Really love this cool place, with great food and drinks! However service is too fast!"
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "This place is spectacular. From the minute you walk in, you're taken on a rememberable experience that provides delicious food, tasty drinks, and an energetic atmosphere that is bound to keeping you coming back."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "Absolutely amazing - totally cool, quirky and one of the best restaurants I have ever been to. Staff are kind and friendly and the food is so tasty I could have eaten it again for breakfast - I loved it their!"
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "La Esquina has great food and such a fun atmosphere. Always want to go back"
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "Only thing I would chnage is the employees. They are too cool and seem like they don't want to work."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "One of my new fav restaurants in NY. Best Mexican food ever."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Amazing good!! Best modern tapas style Mexican I have had (and I love Mexican). Great cocktails and staff are very friendly and helpful. Mood was awesome (dim lighting) and overall I loved it!! Definitely recommend :)"
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "Amazing Mexican restaurant, one of my favorite places in NYC. The corn is outstanding and everything else on the menu is amazing! However, it is hard to get a table so make sure you book 21 days to the day by phone or 20 days to the day via opentable. A NYC must!"
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "When we arrived I wasn't sure what all the hype was about..but then we were taken downstairs to a magical dining room with amazing atmosphere, fantastic food and great staff. So glad we picked this restaurant, and you will be too!"
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "Our good friends recommended this place to us - they told us about how confused they were when they arrived because it was a diner. It was a very novel experience for visitors coming all the way from Australia! Like them, we were directed through a door down to the basement past the kitchen and into a very happening scene. It's a little squeezy but the staff were attentive and they had a wonderful margarita range (I had the jalapeno infused one then the watermelon one!). I recommend the grilled street corn (because it's simply delish!), the chicken rotisserie tacos with cilantro, the ceviche blanco and the ribs. We had about 8 small dishes for four of us and they were all yummy! Beware - the desserts are huge!"
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Great speakeasy experience and ambience once inside the restaurant. For a table of four on a Sunday night, the service and cadence with which courses were served was excessively slow."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Amazing my favorite mexican, the food is so good, especially the ribs."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Good food, margarita was okay - have had better elsewhere. Server started out as friendly but basically tossed the dessert menu on our table without a word, and didn't return until we asked for the check. Started out as decent service but felt like we were on their timetable to flip the table and have had better waitservice from chain restaurants easily."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "The drinks and food at La Esquina are some of my favorites. You are not going to beat their margaritas or tacos...ever. The atmosphere is amazing and it's my go-to for special celebrations in NYC. It is a little pricey (for me) but it's New York and the food is great so well worth it. Just make sure you make a reservation well in advance like a week & a half. Seriously."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "My husband and I loved the food. The dining is Tapas style, and so probably perfect place for 4 people to dine. We ordered too much for the two of us; so I would recommend starting off with a couple plates and add more plates if needed. I thought the Queso Fondito was the best i had ever had. Server was very helpful. Seating is a bit tight but comfortable enough"
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "A fun and nice experience, we didn't know what to expect when we arrived. They have a somewhat unusual entrance but it only increased the good experience. The food was awesome, the best restaurant during our 10 day visit to New York."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "Our Server Melissa was not friendly. She rushed us to finish. We came to town from Toronto for a 30th birthday and it was not made special for us in any way. She was pushy, rude and impatient. We were forced to leave our table as soon as we finished our dessert. Instead of having a nice, relaxing celebatory meal- we had cocktails, appies, mains and dessert in one hour flat. When Melissa was taken off our table and our new server brought in, he was great! Made it as comfortable as possible- considering our time restriction. Overall- the environment and food prevailed. Service was not upto snuff."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "We went as a group of 6 having heard from a local New Yorker about the restaurant. We went late night around 11:30pm and the bar was completely packed. After grabbing a drink, our table was ready. The place is very small but every table is a great one. We each had delicious margaritas and got some of the tacos. The food was so delicious and atmosphere is a party. This is not a family place, stick to the adults-only night and go enjoy amazing food and great drinks."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "We were there on a tuesday night (11pm). Food was great but somehow the service was kinda weak. Immediately after we had eaten they just brought us the bill. Like they were in a rush."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "Went to celebrate a friend's return to the city. Though our reservation was for 9pm, we didn't sit until 10pm which irked some people in the large party that I brought along for the ride. Once we started eating, everyone stopped complaining. The food was great, the staff was attentive, truly had a blast as did my friends."
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "Great food at fairly reasonable prices. Restaurant was an unexpected surprise after walking through the kitchen - nice ambiance and not too noisy"
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "Fantastiskt ställe :) Hela restaurangen, maten servicen allt var jättebra :) Hög ljudnivå får man gilla om man går hit."
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "The best passion fruit frozen margarita, beautiful ambience and tasty food. Delicious bread pudding to complete the experience. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "I'd been here once before, and loved it, so I wanted to take my friends back. The reservation process was painful. Tried calling the specified # of days before! could never get through to anyone. Booked through open table, and could only reserve for 6:00 pm which was earlier than I wanted. Got a note saying the I had to reconfirm the day of. As we were in transit on the day of, I tried calling from Canada before heading down. On hold for over 20 minutes, then got a message advising they could not take my call, and the call was terminated, could not leave a message. Spoke to concierge at hotel to reconfirm, they said not to worry. Got there, and the restaurant was empty. When we finished, still many open tables. Frustrating process."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "I love this place where everything is Great. The mexican food also are very good and the ambiance of course are perfectly for a nice nightlive"
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "Wonderful Experience! the food was delicious, service was great, will definitely visit again."
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "Good music, but we think it was far to loudly for being able to have a conversation. Orherwhise we loved everything else."
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "We were on holiday from Australia and La Esquina was recommended to us. We had a lovely evening but the noise level was extreme and therefore unpleasant . We could not talk without yelling , i understand this is hard to control but disappointing as a diner."
    Dined on 5/12/2014
  • "Coming from a country that has little Mexican food, we found our waiter very helpful in recommending fabulous dishes for us to try. Oh and recommending the right tequila from the massive choice available!! They also were happy to find us a table, as we had mistakenly booked for the wrong week!"
    Dined on 5/12/2014
  • "Surprisingly mediocre. Expected better food, better drinks and better experience, given the hype, cool atmosphere and very sketchy way you walk into a siner like taqueria and then get led downstairs through the kitchen to a brick and wrought iron cave. Although I was not expecting to order nachos and guacamole, and the corn was the best thing, we've had better Mexican at other places in the city - including some chains. Would try again with a larger group and maybe after drinking a few margaritas elsewhere first."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Last time I was here was about 6 years ago, when it was decidedly much more hip and the food much better. The food is ok, cocktails a little better and the music great! Of course half the guests were on their cell phones all night, probably tweeting how cool they are for being here! Not bad, but I would recommend sticking to the taco shop upstairs."
    Dined on 5/10/2014