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 WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerLate Night Find
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMexican
La Esquina reviews from OpenTable diners
135 reviews since June 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelEnergetic
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
hot spot (94)vibrant bar scene (64)good for groups (61)fit for foodies (61)late-night find (57)special occasion (45)neighborhood gem (41)romantic (36)scenic view (7)great for outdoor dining (6)great for brunch (3)kid-friendly (3)notable wine list (2)Show More
  • Only one bad waiter- rest was great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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 2013
    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.
  • 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!!!
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food is good, service is awful.
    ASNYCVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    From the moment you step in there are people trying to pushing you to order, eat and leave as fast as you can. Food is good, not amazing. Place is nice but it has a reputation that doesn't live up to.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our First SpeakEasy - Amazing!
    debinbc
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    We were looking for a speak-easy experience and La Esquina was recommended to us. The total experience was very memorable from finding the restaurant (not knowing what a speakeasy was) to walking thru the kitchen to the bar and then to the food. And tequila - amazing selection of tequila!! Food was so good - we thought the grilled octopus was the best and dessert was a coconut cake that was outstanding. Bring a sweater - the air circulates and can be cool depending on what corner you're in. Thanks!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yummy Mexican food
    Aussiedancer
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    The food here is outrageously yummy. I started off with the corn, whilst being a bit awkward to eat, is too delicious to even think about how you look. Then I got the soft tacos with chicken. While they look small, once you dig in you will feel full very quickly. I had the chocolate pudding for desert. Too big for one person to eat, this meal would be great shared. I tried to get through as much as I could because it was so tasty!! The waiters here are a bit pretentious but the food is worth all the hooplah. I got lost at first, as there is no sign or doorway that say 'La Esquina'. I found the doorman (!) and he told me to go downstairs, get m name checked off and wait at the bar. All in all it was a great experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a Good Time
    TonyJVIP
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    I love this place; the food, the drinks, and the people. Always my favorite place. Order the congrejo.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Strong and welldone food. Nice place and nice staff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicous mexican food!
    Aussiesinnyc
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Had a great server who did the ordering on our behalf as we had never been before. We loved everything that he ordered. Would definitely recommend to other. Thank you
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Extexan
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Great atmosphere and food! Will definitely go back!
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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.