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About La Esquina

La Esquina is an authentic Mexican Restaurant, Taqueria and Tequila Bar.

114 Kenmare Street
New York, NY 10012
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Mexican, Tapas / Small Plates

Hours of Operation:
Brasserie Dinner: Daily: 6:00pm - 2:00am

Cross Street:
Kenmare Street

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(646) 613-7100 ext. 2

Website:
http://esquinanyc.com/

Entertainment:
Selected DJs 10pm - 2am daily

Catering:
catering@esquinanyc.com

Parking Details:
Public lots on Kenmare and Elizabeth Streets.

Public Transit:
6 train to Spring Street

Executive Chef:
Adrian Ramirez

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Cafe, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

La Esquina offers private events for groups of 9 or more. Any group larger than 50 is considered a full buyout.

La Esquina Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.3

ambience

4.6

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

89% would recommend it to a friend

Fun (23)
Authentic (21)
Hot Spot (21)
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Tapas (18)
Good for a Date (18)
Creative Cuisine (17)
Special Occasion (16)
Vibrant Bar Scene (16)
Good for Birthdays (15)
Good for Groups (14)
Bar Seating (12)
Fit for Foodies (12)
Casual (12)
Worth the Drive (11)
Cozy (10)
Handcrafted Cocktails (9)
Romantic (9)
Spicy (9)
Late-night Find (8)
Good for Anniversaries (7)
People Watching (7)
Tasting Menu (6)
Happy Hour (5)
Neighborhood Gem (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Business Meals (2)
Healthy (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Seasonal (2)
Great Beer (1)
Live Music (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Quiet Conversation (1)
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·Dined on December 4, 2017

El sitio y el ambiente magnífico, lo pasamos genial. La comida muy buena. Muy recomendable.

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 (Houston)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Aside from the challenge of getting reservation, great place for night out.

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 (Savannah)·Dined on December 3, 2017

We could only get in at 1130pm, very very loud we could not hold a conversation.
Food pricey for taco's, however, it was good.Way too many people in that small space. Table wobbly and tipped over. I have been there before and have had a better experience.

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·Dined on November 28, 2017

We booked long in advance and When we arrived they told us Kitchen was closed, due to an accident! We spent 40 usd on an cab ride and had to eat at the best open restaurant nearby our hotel! Could have called bedfor

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 28, 2017

Spectacular

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·Dined on November 21, 2017

Amazing!!!! Food was sensational and so was the service. Had such an awesome vibe. Loved the whole experience!!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 19, 2017

I love this place!! I've been 3 times in the last three weeks and cant rave enough about the food, drinks and ambiance. They have the best tacos! The drinks are great as well. I really appreciated the music too. Great vibe overall. Ill be back again soon!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Casual, Hot Spot
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Fun as always. The place was packed, atmosphere was HOT. This place have a great vibe and excellent music. If you're coming only for the food, skip it. It's OK, not more. But if you're looking for a fun place, great vibe and fun fun fun...it's your spot.

Tags: Spicy, Vibrant Bar Scene, Tapas, Hot Spot, Casual, People Watching, Fun, Bar Seating
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 9, 2017

I was impressed with the way you enter the restaurant (didn’t realize it was on the basement level). Also, I like the decor and the ambiance. However, the food was very expensive for meager portions. My bill was $81 for cheese dip with fried tortilla chips, four tacos, two margaritas and two beers. I could’ve paid less than half for equally good food and more substantive portions elsewhere. Although the food was delicious, I will not be back. Way too bourgeois for me.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Second time dining here. Always impressed. Food is quite exceptional. We had the cheese fundito with crispy tortilla and an array of tacos along with tostadas. Everything was really good. Bartender was quick with our drinks when we arrived before we sat. Waiter was attentive and quick with service. Always checking in if we needed anything. No room for dessert everything was sooo good. Don’t ever forget the world famous corn. It’s worth a cob each. We split two cons four ways. I’m dreaming about having more.

Tags: Casual, Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Fun, Good for Groups, Authentic, Tapas, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 1, 2017

La Esquina wast'n as special as in other occasions that I had been there. Our table was stumbling all night, I guess that it had a shorter leg in one side or something like that, what it makes it very uncomfortable to go through the dinner while dealing with that, you guys have to make sure the tables don't do this before seating the people. Our waitress apparently was so busy that she forgot our drinks and bring then about 30+ minutes later than when we order them right by the time that we sit on the table, that was one very bad thing, then there where no plates by the time the food arrived to the table, knowing that the majority of the small plates and entrees you serve are to share and you will need empty plates to have your food in, there was another 10 minutes waiting for the empty plates to arrive. And as if this wasn't enough, the waitress seems to had the wrong attitude every time she came to our table... I honestly consider leaving without giving any tip because of the lack in service she gave us, but at the end I did leave the 20% tip as I always use to do, because if the tip is to be share equally between all the personnel of the restaurant, then it wouldn't have been fair for me to do that. I feel disappointed about this visit to the restaurant and hope that you guys can work something out to improve the service, because I really like the ambient and the food, and I had been coming to La Esquina for many years as it's one of my favorite restaurants of the city.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Charleston)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Incredible food and service! Another great experience. La Esquina does not disappoint!!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Late-night Find, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Authentic, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Spicy, Cozy, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Great game place

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Fantastic ambience in SOHO. Mexican food with authenticity in a great vibe

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Never disappoints!!!! Always a fun evening with fabulous food, drinks and atmosphere.

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·Dined on October 11, 2017

Good food and friendly staff but tables too close to each other, not good for talking to a date, loud music

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on October 9, 2017

This place is dope. My wife found this spot from a celeb reference and we booked a table about a month in advance. The food is great and reasonably priced. They have lots of items that are good to share in a group or on a date. I think the best part of this location is the ambiance since it’s “underground” and it has a cool vibe.

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·Dined on October 8, 2017

The music was to loud!!!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 7, 2017

One of the best hidden spots in NY. I've been celebrating my birthday for the past 5 years here. It's just that special to me. The wait staff is always amazing & the food & drinks are delicious!! Can't say enough @ la esquina!!

Tags: Casual, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Bar Seating, Authentic, Late-night Find, Tapas, Neighborhood Gem, Great Beer, Special Occasion, Fun, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 4, 2017

Just a great experience for both food and ambiance

Tags: Hot Spot, Casual, Tapas, Good for Groups, Fun
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 2, 2017

The food here is always incredible I just wish our server would be more attentive to our requests. I ordered drinks for my mom and dad but my dad’s drink took about 25!! Minutes to come out with no explanation given. Our server offered a special of ribs and I asked if it’s beef or pork and she said beef, it was pork! I don’t eat pork- had to send it back. Asked for a drink for myself, one ingredient was missing from out and instead of asking me if I prefer something else she just brought it without it, which was the reason I ordered the drink... sent it back. She sent us a dish we didn’t order, we said that not ours but it was on the bill, we had to ask to take it off. A place like that I would expect a better service to go a long with their amazing food... I will go again and hope for a much better server.

Tags: Spicy, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Amazing! We love this place

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 1, 2017

We were very excited to try this restaurant. Certainly a place that is difficult to get a reservation. The bartender was great as were the drinks. We were very disappointed in the food that was not very tasty. We had the Chile Rellenos. Bland and tasteless. The shrimp tacos were good, but we were expecting amazing based upon reviews of this placed. Loved the ambience and the décor, but that is about it.

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·Dined on September 26, 2017

Amazing place, delicious food and super chef Fabian meeting there!!
Love This restaurant

Tags: Tasting Menu
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 (London)·Dined on September 26, 2017

Amazing!!! Must go! An incredible spot in NYC! Would recommend to anyone visiting!

Tags: Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating
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·Dined on September 22, 2017

The food is so delicious. The elotes were to amazing and my shrimp tacos were utterly delightful. I had a passion fruit margarita which I definitely could've gone without. It was nothing to scream about and it was $14. If it weren't for the fact that shrimp tacos are only available in the downstairs restaurant I would not go back. Simply because I could get the same food at the upstairs window for cheaper. Overall I would go again anytime I was in the area.

Tags: Casual, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 19, 2017

La Esquina is one if not my favorite restaurant. I specifically came for an item on the menu that they did not have they then got my order wrong and it was all very overpriced.

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·Dined on September 17, 2017

Small plates not a lot of food, we were charge 6 usd for tap water, food is expensive for mexican food is know for. The service need to improve because even though a mistake was made several times to our check ; we try to be polaite aboutit but their customer service was not the best.

Tags: Seasonal, Good for Groups, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 14, 2017

Un lugar increíble y sorprendente con una calidad de comida mexicana sin comparación. Buena música y buen ambiente aunque muy ruidoso.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 14, 2017

best place for tequila and great ambience, catch up with friends here and enjoy a boogie on the d-floor afterwards :)

Tags: Authentic, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion
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·Dined on September 13, 2017

The food was amazing! We got some recommendations from our waitress and everything was delicious. Super friendly staff and great service.

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 (Fayetteville)·Dined on September 13, 2017

The fun of this place is that it is akin to a SpeakEasy. The address takes you to a walk-up diner-type joint, cool if you are ordering a hot dog and shake, but not what was expected for a $$$ Mexican restaurant. What you learn (after asking several people where La Esquina is) is that you enter thru the front, go thru the kitchen, down a flight of stairs (fairly steep so careful if you find stairs a problem), thru a couple of hallways to the dining area. Which you'll find is super cool once you get there. Ambiance, lighting, bar, seating areas are all top notch. Now the negatives. No quac (my first question AND the 4'some who sat next to us = clue maybe?), no chips/salsa (that's just wrong!) (DO order the Fundido - it's excellent), and the tacos were just "fine." They weren't bad at all, they just were "fine." The soft tacos come in two's are are normal-size for a street-taco. (The server suggested that we might need more than just an order each for both me and my adult daughter, so we ordered a third flavor. It was too much, the two orders (one for each) would have been fine. So, bottom line, for all of the hype and expectation on the front end, the back end was a tad disappointing. I was just expecting "great." But definitely worth seeing and experiencing.

Tags: Special Occasion, Bar Seating
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·Dined on September 13, 2017

Great food, great atmosphere, and I would highly recommend La Esquina. "Must do" when you're in New York!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Happy Hour, Authentic, Tasting Menu, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Fun
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·Dined on September 12, 2017

Lugar sorprendente, tipo clandestino, con buena comida pero personal desagradable, mesas acinadas y muy caro.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Never disappoints! Probably my 5-6 time there and will be back soon. Have gone with my husband and friends, ladies night out and birthday celebrations. And Michele is so knowledgeable about what you should order and always nails it. Fun, fun, Fun!!!

Tags: Spicy, People Watching, Good Vegetarian Options, Fun, Authentic, Hot Spot
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·Dined on September 3, 2017

I had dinner at La Esquina with my boyfriend who is here from out of town and the service was terrible. The server blatantly tried to upsell us at every interaction and basically rushed us out the door. We got our bill without asking for it when we still had half a margarita each and hadn't decided yet if we wanted another. We were excited to have a date night there but it was an awful experience. Pretty disappointed.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Great food and special experience

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 3, 2017

I took my husband and a few close family members (cousins, sister-in-law, etc.) here for my husband's 30th bday. We had a blast. Getting a reservation (even a month in advance) was difficult, so we arrived at 11:30 and only had nachos, drinks and desserts. The food wad all good. The service was...fine? Not memorable by any means. We were very hands down there for the ambiance. I didn't tell anyone it was a speakeasy so they were all super surprised/pumped by the cool "employees only" entrance door. The music was loud and awesome, but we were all joking how the DJ could literally not stick to one song for more than 45 seconds. We'd be getting into a song and then bam! on to the next. haha. Anyway, all in all the fun vibe of this place makes up for any other short comings.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fun, Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on August 30, 2017

We came back after two years to find that the food became average at best.

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 (Houston)·Dined on August 30, 2017

It was for sure a surprise to walk into such eclectic cool ambiance. The food is good but coming from Houston, not too impressed with the food. Service was very good!

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