La Esquina

4.6
1061 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mexican
La Esquina is an authentic Mexican Restaurant, Taqueria and Tequila Bar.
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The Infatuation
8.2

We like the fresh Mexican food here just as much as La Esquina on the street, but we love the Nolita brasserie because it makes us want to drink.

Ratings 8.0-8.5:The best way to think about restaurants in the low to mid 8′s is that these are the places you would absolutely go back to, anytime. These restaurants are ones that you want to bring a friend to, just so they can also experience the duck carnitas, or burger, or whatever dish the place is known for.
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1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nos encantó la comida y el trato recibido por parte de los trabajadores del lugar.
Sin duda repetiremos en nuestro próximo viaje.

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AL
Chicago
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Awesome as always!!

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SS
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Amazing food served in a unique venue. The menu is limited but what they make, they make well! I had fish tacos, chicken tacos, a spicy cole slaw and some delicious margaritas. They cram you into the tables, though! Be prepared to have your party of four seated at a table that was built for two. Reception staff was friendly, engaging and welcoming. Table staff were aloof and over-worked so don't have time to really attend to their guests' needs.

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DH
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fun, cool spot

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I
London
9 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Must take the corn !!

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

comida mejicana muy buena con un ambiente genial.tniamos un dj pinchando mientras cenabas. la misica quiza un poco alta.
lo unico negativoes que nos pusieron una cerveza en lata pequeña por 6 dolares, ni vaso ni nada.
un sitio recomendable, eso si, tienes q tener reserva

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OT
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Fun. Hip place. Great food! Best margaritas!

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M
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

This was my second visit to La Esquina. This time we ate late, after the theatre so it was much noisier as the music was pumping. It is such a fun place to go to. Staff are great and the food is really consistent. I will always go back when I’m visiting NYC.

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c
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect food and really nice ambiance!!!
I would come back for sure !

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Sitio muy entretenido y comida rica!
Por suerte nos admitieron la reserva pese a llegar 15 minutos tarde!!!

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GL
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Fun place! Great food!
Too many people involved in seating and serving, though.
Far too loud!

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CD
Monterrey
2 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place. Every time i go to NY, i visit this place. Is great.

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P
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

I LOVE IT HERE. The whole experience is just incredible. My favorite part is that all the wait staff is upbeat. (I mean, who wants a downer for a server?) . Yes, tacos are small so just be prepared. So many dishes are SOOOO good. Love the surprise of the secret entrance and walking down the secret staircase to this beautiful spot. Well done!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

birthday was great

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 4ambience 3

No sentí q haya sido comida mexicana tradicional, no es ambiente para comer y conversar, música alta en exceso, mesas pegadas con los demás comensales, el valor no justifica esa incomodidad. El lugar esta bien ambientado, como bar esta muy bien, como restaurante noooo

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j
Miami
28 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Mucha ondaaaa!

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Orlando
7 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very cool entrance experience walking through the kitchen etc... the wait staff were lovely.
Definitely recommend the grilled corn, pulled chicken tacos,pico de gallo and fish tacos!
Great for a night with friends or a date

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PN
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

Bad attitued regarding service. The food was nothing special

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OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great service & atmosphere. Food was fresh and flavourful. Would return.

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AS
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food in a very cool and hidden place. Such a great dining experience and I would highly recommend it. Noice level is high and lights are dim but that of course is part of what makes this such a great place.

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GP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience!! Very professional and friendly staff. A very interesting surprise. Highly recommended

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M
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

absolutely a fun place. amazing ambience, great food1

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved everything about it! Food taste and quality it’s amazing paired with a great service! Will def return ... if we find availability .... xo

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VD
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Quirky hidden gem. We pre booked & were told to go down stairs to the restaurant via the kitchen. We landed in a dark lit, eclectic restaurant with DJ & amazing atmosphere. Margheritas were delicious. Food was average but I’ve rated on the overall experience & atmosphere

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AE
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a cool and fun experience! The cocktails are amazing and the food is delish! It’s a must!

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London
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

La Esquina has always been a favourite, but for the first time in years the level dropped. The service was sporadic and impersonal and the food wasn’t as good as it’s been in the past. I love La Esquina but maybe it’s time I let this one go. I hope it wasn’t just a trend and instead can provide long term quality and maintain its place in Manhattan.

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LE
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

What a fabulous place but unfortunately we experienced very poor service. From the disinterested waitress who ignored us on entry to the basement, to receiving a salad that had not been dressed (we advised and did receive the dressing after we had started eating), to not receiving our first (and only) round of cocktails until our last course of savory meals was served - was to say the least disappointing. If this had all been acknowledged properly with perhaps a dessert on the house or a bonus thrown in, all good, but it was barely even apologized for. Not a fan I’m afraid , of what could be a brilliant restaurant.

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S
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Come here all the time, I love the food and the ambiance!

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BR
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second best SpeakEasy in the City! Great Tequila craft Cocktails. Great service! Food menu is small but everything we tried was tasty and plated beautifully. Its a must check out if your in the area. The Speakeasy entrance was as pleasing as the drinks and food!

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TW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Highly recommend this place, food is amazing and the whole experience brilliant, might revisit NY just to go here again.

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NI
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, cool feel - we both liked that it was quite dark inside. Food was on point, definitely recommended as a great taste of Mexico in soho.

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MM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

I was throwing my birthday at La Esquina, and it was okay, overall. We had our table at 8pm, but we got it around 8:40pm, which was to late. The food was good/okay, and the service was medium good. The good thing was that I got a nice birthday cake, but my sister had to pay for it. I think that it should be for free.

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m
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food. Cool vibe great margaritas and excellent tostados and tacos, queso fundido and corn starter—-outstanding

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NK
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This little secret gem of a restaurant is the best.

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CG
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Drinks, bartenders and people were great. Was worried it would be overly crowded, but it wasn't.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was incredible! The queso fondido was rich and it was a nice mix of salty cheese and sweet pumpkin seeds. The tacos were full of flavor, maybe the best I had in New York City.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place. Tables are too close together but we were lucky we ended up with a friendly-banter with our neighbours

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LG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Mexican restaurant in NYC! Michelle is hands down the best server I've ever met!! Love this place!

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London
2 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is now my favorite! My wife was very hesitant to come with me to this place:) but when we were there it totally changed and both of us liked it a lot, hip and cool looking people and very nice food and service

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KJ
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Absolutely gorgeous food and amazing service. Really tasty and all very fresh. The only slight thing was the noise level inside. I took my 70 year old Mum and it’s not a place to chat easily and was hard to hear conversations even with just two of us. But the food and general ambiance made up for it, we just declined pudding so we could go somewhere to hear one another.

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