La Esquina

La Esquina

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://esquinanyc.com/
  • Phone: 6466137100x2
  • 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
La Esquina reviews from OpenTable diners
130 reviews since May 1, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelEnergetic
97% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
hot spot (87)vibrant bar scene (65)good for groups (59)special occasion (48)fit for foodies (48)late-night find (46)romantic (41)neighborhood gem (35)great for outdoor dining (5)kid-friendly (3)great for brunch (3)scenic view (3)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • Incredible
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Been here once before and one of my favourite restaurants ever! The atomosphere is amazing, the staff are attentive and the food is delicious. Recommend to everyone of my friends who visits New York.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Awesome
    Kooky
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Great food and atmosphere. Loved the hidden aspect of the dining area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • NYCtourist
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    On a tight schedule so only sampled a small selection. Highly recommend the tostadas. Seating is very cosy, can listen to others conversations
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best Mexican in NYC
    KaiTravelingBear
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Period. Nothing else to add, but that after 2 days I can still vividly recall the awesome taste of the food. Would move in, but I can't really afford it...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Food and margaritas were excellent! Great tacos and ceviches!! Loved the spicy margaritas! Will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved it
    Londongirl
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Service appalling
    Foodie0000
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • That queso
    Ilovecarnitas
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not your average Mexican restaurant
    Coogee
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Super
    drandresv
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    I love the food, and I love the VIP level, the staff was amazing
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic experience
    Anna
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Go here every time I'm in NYC
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Super loud so don't expect much conversation and very very jammed full. But the food
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Authentic Mexican Food
    FoodLover
    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 ...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Hidden treasure
    Elli
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cool place and nice food
    AnjaZ
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Really love this cool place, with great food and drinks! However service is too fast!
    Special Features:
    late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome ambiance, even better food
    ericjaffe99
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing
    Ktsstars
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Great
    bb22
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    La Esquina has great food and such a fun atmosphere. Always want to go back
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • too cool waitress
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    Only thing I would chnage is the employees. They are too cool and seem like they don't want to work.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing
    Arla
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    One of my new fav restaurants in NY. Best Mexican food ever.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    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 :)
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So cool!
    Stone
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Don't judge a book by it's cover...
    Designdivaof3
    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!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It's like a speakeasy!
    kaneandlyn
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    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.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Its a winner
    kcb1
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    Amazing my favorite mexican, the food is so good, especially the ribs.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • sendelbe
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love this place!!!
    SomeChick
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Queso Fondito ever
    TanyaT
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Really happy
    Henke
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • mebo
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Late Night Scene, Good Food
    sarg10VIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food great, Service meh
    Giacomo
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent Meal
    jrnycVIP
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    Great food at fairly reasonable prices. Restaurant was an unexpected surprise after walking through the kitchen - nice ambiance and not too noisy
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastiskt.
    Andersson
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    Fantastiskt ställe :) Hela restaurangen, maten servicen allt var jättebra :) Hög ljudnivå får man gilla om man går hit.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Highly recommend!
    OutAndAbout
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    The best passion fruit frozen margarita, beautiful ambience and tasty food. Delicious bread pudding to complete the experience.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great ambience, experience so so
    TorontoFoodie
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    Hellenhita
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Experience
    PBDG
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    Wonderful Experience! the food was delicious, service was great, will definitely visit again.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.