La Esquina

4.7
1373 Reviews
$30 and under
Mexican
La Esquina is an authentic Mexican Restaurant, Taqueria and Tequila Bar.
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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1373 people are saying
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4.8
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place never disappoints!

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sarahb
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Dinner was great and they made the birthday celebration fun with candles and singing

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was really good, the setting of the restaurant is really cool. The value is also good but it’s a little loud. I recommend this restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The place to be !!!

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tanyat
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A must for anyone visiting NYC :)

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Best Margarita in all NYC

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Must make reservations for the best experience. Favorite dining experience we had all weekend

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AnthonyC
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Place was a movie!!!!! Too lit! Will be going back for sure

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best place in town - consistent good energy!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved The entrance, walk through the kitchen like a speak easy, into this amazing experience of a cool, unpretentious, fabulously designed restaurant. We felt transported to another place. The food was AMAZING, the drinks equally AMAZING. The staff was fabulous. Whether you’re visiting for the first time, have been to nyc many times, or live here, definitely a unique restaurant and experience that shouldn’t be missed.

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JenniferH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you La Esquina for always delivering a top notch experience! Special call out to our super attentive waiter Pedro and bus boy Christian - their customer service and warm personalities made our group dinner even more special! Thank you! I can't wait to come back for my boyfriends birthday on Friday, 11/26! - Jennifer

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience5

Was visiting NY for the weekend with my
Boyfriend gl celebrate his belated birthday. I had been there prior and had a good experience. Food this time around was awful. Appetizers came out fast but we waited a long time for the dinner and I was under impressed with the plates. Amazing ambience but horrible food. Will next time just go there for drinks.

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EllenH
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun way to celebrate a 50th birthday with the family.

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Malini
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and drinks were amazing! It was very loud and tough to have a conversation but great experience overall.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
46 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Too loud too tight Too slow
Too tasteless too dry
Too bad

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience5

This was for my husbands 40th. The only dish that I knew he would like wasn’t available, so all he had was a salad. Food portions very small for the value.

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vipPamelaO
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience3

We have been there several times before but this time we felt the food was average at best and the service was poor

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Deets
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The queso was amazing!

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Nana
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall2food1service1ambience1

Waitress rushed my friends and I the minute we sat. We were in the middle of eating and they will snatch plates away from the table to get us out. Definitely need to work on letting people be while eating.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Deliciosa comida! Muy buena atención de principio a fin. Un poco ruidoso para mi gusto, pero el ambiente es divertido. Súper recomendado

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Nickie
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

This place is super unique and a very cool experience. I thought the food was great and not priced too crazily for it being New York City.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the coolest dining experiences I’ve ever had!!! Loved every minute!!

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JoaquinP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great.

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vipKenH
Seattle
15 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding!

Tequila and tacos - no better place to go in NYC! Hip and stylish. Must go if you are in NYC.

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KaviK
St. Louis
4 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great music and ambiance. Food was unique and flavorful.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

We started off feeling excited because it has a cool and fun ambiance (although we did feel a bit old even though we’re just in our 30s) but pretty early on we realized the service was quite inconsistent. The staff was nice but we were brought incorrect dishes, waited forever, and couldn’t find our server at times. The weird thing was that there were waitstaff (not our server) hovering around at all times almost like, in an intrusive way, but could not help us with the most basic things like “is this the right dish” or “where is our server” or “where is our food.” No apology of effort to help us out when stuff got messed up (for example they clearly forgot to put in our order) and certainly no comped items which was disappointing considering how we waited forever for the wrong things. The one time our server checked in with us was when we were literally eating the last bite when he asked “how is everything?” We we’re like…”uhhh, fine?” Considering how overpriced everything is, the whole experience was just frustrating. I would maybe go back for drinks at the bar or on the patio outside, but I’m on no rush to return for dining downstairs.

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MP345
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Servers and bartenders were absolutely lovely and the food was delicious and seemed to be quality which made the prices worth it.

However the hosts were sort of odd—we were a party of 3 and 2 of us arrived and were allowed to wait at the bar downstairs and wait for our third. When she arrived, they wouldn’t let her come down and made her wait in the line…it was very odd and they really didn’t offer any explanation (even when I went upstairs to see if I could grab her to be clear that she was part of our res). It’s not like they were waiting for a table to open or otherwise, she was a member of our party and we were simply waiting for her to arrive.

Once she was finally allowed to join us, everything was lovely!

Very loud music, fully leaning into the vibe of the place.

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Madisono
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Best tacos ever. This place is so cool. The experience is super speakeasy feeling and once you get down into the restaurant you feel like you're in another world. Highly recommend for couples or a group of friends. At night it gets lit too! Drinks were super yummy.

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MichelleB
Charleston
8 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved everything about this experience! Highly recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took my team out for late night snacks and drinks. Great service, great DJ, and great drinks.

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CynCity
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the moment you are greeted from the host to all the wait staff the service was impeccable. We had just flown in from San Francisco Cali, & this was exactly what we needed & wanted to start off our night. The food was delicious & very flavorful. Thank you for the entire experience.

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vipOljM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience5

Ambiance was great, and it's definitely a scene both at the tables and at the bar downstairs. They sat us 15 minutes after our reservation time, and then made us leave our table after just over 1 hour because they needed it for someone else, which was extremely annoying, especially seeing as service was extremely slow. Overall good for the atmosphere, not great for a great meal.

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TFYSH
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It offers a cool / upbeat vibe. The waiters are sweet and attentive. The gentleman at the door was super nice and cool.

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Coolgirl1
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really great date spot! Loved the elote and pork belly tacos

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vipJBar
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience2

Horrible experience, staff exhibited practice that smacks of selective racism under the guise of seating policy rules...poorly explained by management. Won't be going back.There are plenty of highly priced pseudo Mexican restaurants in the city.

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Mt27
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Amazing service and atmosphere, the food was really good and I recommend to make a reservation because the downstairs area is pretty cool

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was so good. The drinks and the music and the vibe. I love going to La Esquina to have a great time and dance

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Back after 7 years and still love this place. Service amazing and food incredible.

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PazD
London
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

we had wonderful time there! absolutely recommend it.

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RodneyP
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience5

You arrive and are ushered to the lively basement bar where you’ll wait an additional 20 minutes to be seated. The DJ is talented but, b/c they don’t check vax records and the crowd is mostly unmasked, safety is questionable. The food is very good. We ordered the coctel mixto (seafood cocktail) as an appetizer along with the citrus salad (whose salad greens were “rocky”/poorly washed). We split some steak tacos that were exceptionally delicious and had the chicken mole that was among our most favorite EVER (and we’ve been to Mexico City). Long/short, the place was a cool experience, the food very good and the service understandably subpar considering we’re still in a pandemic and labor is tough to source

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You can order delivery directly from La Esquina using the Order Online button. La Esquina also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (646) 613-7100 ext. 1.

La Esquina is rated 4.7 stars by 1373 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.