La Esquina

4.8
1356 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 1356 people are saying
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JoaquinP
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great.

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vipKenH
Seattle
13 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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
6 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

JB
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
9 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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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall1food5service5ambience1

It was way to loud and could not talk

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vipKristinD
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love La Esquina! Amazing food and great ambiance.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

We had a 9:00 reservation, got seated at 9:50 and did not get food until 10:30.

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opentable
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

fun vibe, drinks were good and service was friendly

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Kathrin
Hamburg Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Freundliche Bedienung, gute Musik, leckeres Essen, witziges Ambiente im Keller, rustikal mit Kerzenlicht. Wir fanden es super!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wish I could give 6 stars for the ambiance.

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Kimm
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

They couldn’t find our reservation at first. And then didn’t seat us for about half an hour. Service was good. Drinks were great

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ShayL
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience1

I lost my credit card yesterday and unfortunately I got no help from the restaurant.
The guy that talk with me on the phone didn’t want to help and was really mean when I came back today. I not from USA and I felt really lost , the credit card was all that I had here. Maybe here I am just a stupid tourist for you , but be sure that I am not going to recommend your restaurant to my friends in Israel .
Kindness is for free and I don’t see any reason not to be kind for people especially if they are paying customers.

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Tess
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

SUCH a cute location and vibe. It's the perfect place to go for a fun night out. Great margaritas too

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WestW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best vibes ever. Sick date night spot.

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AndreaB
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and drinks — the combination and quality of flavors are very authentic.
The service was also amazing and the venue itself has a great atmosphere and vibe.

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MichelleC
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

When it comes to being seated, it took a while. You don’t get heads up or acknowledged so that can be a bit distasteful especially when you are hungry. Once you are inside, you get blown away. Inside is beautiful and the waitress was amazing. Depending on what you get, food wise you’ll leave satisfied. Drinks are amazing, get them passion fruit margarita!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience3

So loud you must be under 30 crowd for this top 40 sing a long. Yes food and service good but it was obnoxious. This place was so chic a few years back. Not any longer.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience1

This place used to be quite special with elevated and inventive food. Now, it’s no different from a Caliente Cab Co.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They took a while to seat us even with a reservation but we got free drinks because of the wait. When we sat the service was fast and the food was delicious. Great spot!

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vipDawn
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was amazing the drinks were definitely on point

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Amazing Mexican dining experience in a great speak easy ambience.

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vipAndrewF
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great time. One of the best places in NYC. So happy to be back!

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Shumo
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

La Esquina is an awesome place for a date or for dinner with a group of friends. It has a lively, energetic, and romantic vibe . . . the venue is cool for its super covert nature alone. The staff and service were great (attentive but not intrusive). The food was delicious and unique (some of the best Mexican I've ever had). And the drinks were tasty and strong, but not overpowering. The neighborhood also offers some nice options for before and after dinner (others bars and sidewalk spots for dessert). You cannot go wrong here!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Fun spot with yummy food. Passion fruit marg was so good.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

One of the coolest locations in the city. Plus the Tacos slap

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JohnW
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food3service4ambience5

Great experience and doorman was respectful. Not a long wait for dinner and great service all around. The tacos could of had more seasoning but drinks were great.

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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 4.8 stars by 1356 OpenTable diners.

La Esquina does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.toasttab.com/la-esquina-soho/giftcards.

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.