La Esquina

La Esquina

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://esquinanyc.com/
  • Phone: (646) 613-7100 ext. 2
  • 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 WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMexican
La Esquina reviews from OpenTable diners
140 reviews since July 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.3
    Service4
  • Ambiance4.7
    Noise LevelEnergetic
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
hot spot (94)fit for foodies (67)vibrant bar scene (63)late-night find (60)good for groups (59)special occasion (41)neighborhood gem (40)romantic (36)great for outdoor dining (8)scenic view (5)great for brunch (4)kid-friendly (3)great for lunch (3)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • Excellent experience. Great food, great ambience.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/17/2014
    Compliments to the chef, your managers and the workers. Everything was spot on.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Small Bites, But They'll Make You Full
    NYCbywayofLA
    Dined on 11/17/2014
    I highly recommend the corn! It was delicious, and you can have them cut a cob in half so that you can split it with a friend. Between 4 people, we shared 2 entrees (the chiles rellenos and chicken) plus 1 order of tostadas (the lump crab meat--to die for), and 3 other appetizers. Our waiter was highly skeptical and said we'd be hungry, but this was WAY more then enough food (we even had leftovers).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hidden Gem
    Jennyp1031
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    This place is very nice it def is a hidden gem. Food is tasty ambiance is great and trendy. It is like taco speak easy. Make reservations because this place gets very busy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Really good spot, excelent music!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    Service was not so good. Waiter kept rushing us, he did not like that we were not having several dishes or more food. He was unpolite. Dj was amazing!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    This is one of those places you just have to experience!!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great food, Great ambiance
    Karyan03
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    Been here 4 times now, and each time the food and atmosphere does not disappoint. Perfect food for little bits. I highly recommend the Mexican Street Corn!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Hidden gem
    MelbourneFoodie
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    Friends recommended La Esquina as a must-do on a visit to New York and we were not disappointed. It's busy, so make sure you book a few days in advance. It was a great night out in this fun, buzzing restaurant. The wait staff were super friendly and really helpful in advising us about the menu. Definitely put La Esquina on your list of restaurants to try when in New York.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • pumping tacos
    sydneyvisitor
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    light and music delight with a touch of mexican, the drinks are strong and a definite late night visit for those wanting to see a city that does not sleep
    Special Features:
    hot spot, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Smith says
    Smithsays01
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    Absolutely amazing ambiance and food is exceptional. Would highly recommend the corn cob! as my statement of the evening was it is "even better than chocolate"! The staff were friendly and provided great food recommendations & service. We highly rate La Esquina as the BEST restaurant we went to in NYC without doubt. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Exceptional Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    The service at La Esquina was outstanding. Some of my party were late for our booking and sadly they had to release our table but sorted us out with another one when the latecomers to our party arrived, which was fantastic as I was worried after it being so difficult to get a table originally that we would not be able to dine there. Nothing was too much trouble for them. The food was delicious and there was a real variety to choose from, the frozen margaritas were a highlight and the decor was amazing with a cool and quirky vibe. I cannot wait to come back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • MUY BUEN LUGAR
    ELVIAJANTE
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    Buen ambiente, atencion especializada y buenos drinks!!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • La Esquina
    RCostaVIP
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    The food is amazing! The corn is unique and the carne assada is also delicious. Recommend also the tequila tasting!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A place to recommend
    Marie
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    Love this place and very delicious food! You should try it
    Special Features:
    late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • very good
    maikarodriguezcarral
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    me parecio un restaurante muy divertido para pasar una noche con amigos
    Special Features:
    late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing food and setting
    Arlene1211
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Amazing restaurant - food and atmosphere superb. A gem in NYC
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • JimKate
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Server was a little dim and made a few mistakes, food was not a good as I remember it from Jan 2012
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Only one bad waiter- rest was great
    Elenalu
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    I was seated at 6:15 and then waited 15 minutes for the waiter to ask me what I wanted to drink, by that time I was ready to place my order. I once again had to wait 20 minutes for the waiter to show up with my drink and to take my order. Most of the tables around me were empty so there should have been no reason to take so long. The food was very good, and the busboys were very helpful and were the ones who handed me a dessert menu.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • perfect experience but too noisy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    The entrance is very nicely doen. We really enjoyed the overall experience and the service and quality of the food where also perfect. The disadvantage is the noise. You cant hear eachother at the table. Its like dining in a club. The music is also tasteless...
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    Everything was fabulous but our food came out too quickly and too close together. Definitely recommend to others and would go back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • La esquina For tourists
    EnjoyedVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    It's a great place to bring people from out of town. A
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • so worth it
    sar8
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    awesome DJ to create a vibrant dinner and bar scene. authentic mexican food
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What a neat experience!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Reservations- a must. Really unique and fun dining experience. A must when in NYC. Food was incredible. 2 words- Queso Fundido.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Dining Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Ended up with a late-night reservation on a Thursday evening. The entire vibe of the basement brassiere was ideal--right down to the DJ. The drinks were amazing and food was so very satisfying. I wish I hadn't gotten so full because I would have loved to try the desserts! Cannot wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Waitress
    BellaNYCVIP
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Our waitress was very rude She made my party very uncomfortable She rushed us out of the table She practically trew the check at our faces without asking if it we were done Not happy at all
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food & Service was great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    The food was fantastic – finally some great gourmet Mexican food in NYC. And my wife with Mexican-heritage commented on how the food as well as decor was authentic. Our server was fantastic - totally experienced, professional and friendly. The only critique I have is regarding their reservation system. It would be great if it was more clear to just use opentable and not bother calling. They say on their site to call for reservations but nobody ever answers the phone, but they keep you on hold - would be better to just say don't call and only reserve online. I definitely recommend this place. It's more than just a hot spot – the quality of the food and menu warrants coming back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Smashing!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    Next time in NYC we would def have a second meal by yours.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great ambiance but mediocre food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    The Corn on the cob is very tasty but other than that the food was mediocre. However, cool place and great ambiance.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, late-night find, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overrated place.
    CmanubayVIP
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    They try too hard to be exclusive. Diners are left clueless on where to go and get seated. Food is good, but not great. Not worth the trouble of getting a reservation.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic food, fantastic service
    HanneS
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Fantastic food and service! A place to recommend! Quite loud music, but it was good music.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ambientazo!
    JaviSpanish
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Perfecto para cenar y comenzar la noche en un ambiente divertido. Auténtica y rica comida mexicana.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • theswede
    theswede
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    Really vibrant place with a really nice ambience. Wonderful drinks, great service and friendly staff. Food was a little plain though.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Geat
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    Lovley place to eat at. fantastic food and a really cool place!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary date night
    CC123
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Great music, great food, friendly & professional staff. One of the best nights in nyc..if you can get a reservation
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • "Cool" place to go
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    I really enjoyed the food. The drink menu may need a little tweaking. Our server, Michelle warmed up to us after we introduced ourselves to her. She was extremely attentive and was very good at suggesting meals and drinks. She also was very accommodating if we didn't like something to exchange it for something else. She surprised one of the guests with a birthday cake, which was very sweet. Really liked Michelle's service. This was my first visit and would definitely visit again because the food was delicious and atmosphere was fun.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Arrogant
    LorrislootVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    From the minute we arrived the service was awful. It was apparent all of the staff thought we the diners were privileged to be there and didn't care if we had a good experience or not. We had an early reservation so the restaurant was empty. They promptly sat us and three other parties on top of each other. One table asked to move which begrudgingly the waiter did. I went to restroom where another waitperson made fun of me for not knowing how to get in. Turns out I was doing it right but both rooms were locked with other employees inside!! Margaritas were terrible. We ordered one ok dish to start. Waiter never came back. We decided to leave and had to tackle him to get our check. We went to Dos Caminos and had a great dinner!!!
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    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Absolutely fabulous
    BrianRVA
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Visited with a group in town for a conference and had a fantastic experience all the way around. I can't recommend this place enough.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Recommended!
    HeNY
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Very cool place, friendly service and really nice food. The DJ also had a very good night, music was fantastic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I liked IT a lot !In Spite being 63
    Mandinga
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    A son of mine told me to come I tried since may 13 to go to La Esquina, But is Very difficult to book. Last year I phoned twice From Buenos Aires, and could not book IT I received Very Good service,and excellent Food !
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    If you can get a reservation you should really try the corn; it's the best I ever had! And have some tequila to get the night going - they really taste as good as they say. we tried 5 different dishes and they all exceeded our expectations and it wasn't pricy at all except for the drinks
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome find!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    From the outside, this looks like a corner stop for cheap mexican. But downstairs is an amazing gem in a formal dining room. The food was amazing and the service was good. We loved it!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate