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Cafe de la Esquina-Williamsburg

4.0
4
23 Reviews
$30 and under
Mexican
Housed in the former Wythe Diner space, Café de La Esquina's original iconic building is a landmark within the Williamsburg neighborhood and dates back to 1952. The space features refurbished original aspects as well as new, unique elements combined to create a casual, and transporting atmosphere. In keeping with the La Esquina style, Café de La Esquina at Wythe Diner offers four distinct spaces, each which offer their own distinct appeal and ambiance combined with tasty, market-fresh cuisine.

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Mexican

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch: Saturday-Sunday 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM Lunch: Tuesday-Friday 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM Dinner: Sunday, Tuesday 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM Wednesday-Thursday 6:00 PM - 11:00 PM Friday-Saturday 6:00 PM - 12:00 am Restaurant closed on Mondays

  • Phone number

    (646) 613-7100 ext. 2

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Adrian Ramirez

  • Catering

    Whether you're watching the game at home with friends, impressing clients or hosting a large corporate event, La Esquina has developed a catering menu that is easily customizable. We want to accommodate you and what you are looking for, so essentially, your options are limitless. Book your party today! Call 347.293.3725 or email us at catering@esquinanyc.com

  • Private party facilities

    Whether celebrating a special occasion with family and friends or hosting a corporate event, Cafe de la Esquina can accommodate all of your special event needs.

  • Private party contact

    Private Event Coordinator: (718) 393-5500

  • Neighborhood

    Williamsburg

  • Cross street

    North 3rd and Wythe

  • Parking details

    None

  • Public transit

    L Bedford Ave Stop

  • Entertainment

    Live DJ's nightly.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 23 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.0
4 based on all time ratings
  • 4Food
  • 3.7Service
  • 3.9Ambience
  • 3.4Value

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2016

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    While the food was quite good (nothing that stands out in particular), the service took WAY too long. I was quite disappointed in how long it took to be initially greeted by our server as the restaurant was not busy at all (15 minutes too long). Though she was friendly while at the table, having worked in the service industry I find it unacceptable to be that unaware of your tables that you would allow for 10-15 minutes to pass before approaching. With that being said, I'd probably go back and sit at the bar to eat as the atmosphere is pretty cool and I'm sure the bartenders are more aware of their customers. Hostesses were very welcoming and friendly as well.
  2. A

    Arthur

    New York Area

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2016

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Always a pleasure. Chic and authentic without sticker shock. Highly recommended.
  3. a

    ashea

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 4, 2016

    overall3food4service3ambience4
    Margaritas were terrible
  4. RP

    RobertP

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2016

    overall4food4service1ambience4
    The food is good enough to almost forgive the consistently slow service.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 24, 2016

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great outdoor space, great food, a bit over-priced.
  6. ER

    ERhone

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2016

    overall3food4service3ambience1
    I had dinner here on Saturday night with a few friends. I love the restaurant in Manhattan, so I wanted to try the one in Brooklyn. The decor is super cool with its retro ambience. They also have a nice outdoor space. The host on staff that night was extremely friendly and sat us rite away. The table we were sat at was extremely loud with music blasting from above the bar. We asked to be moved, but no tables were available. Understandably as its a busy Saturday night. I actually wore ear plugs I had with me (we were going to a concert afterwards). My friends and I had to literally yell to understand each other. A couple of us started to loose our voice, so we didn't speak. That's a boring dinner. I ordered guacamole and they were out. My friend ordered tacos (I think chicken). They were out. We ended up sharing vegetarian tacos, chips and salsa. The food was really good just as it is at the Manhattan restaurant. I'm giving four stars because of the loud music. I frequent music festivals, etc, but this was piercing loud and non of us could enjoy each others company. We ate fast so we could get out ASAP. I wouldn't come back to this location, but I'll still visit the one in Manhattan.
  7. h

    hockeymom

    New York Area

    58 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    58 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2016

    overall4food4service4ambience2
    Food was excellent but portions on the small side. Corn was the best! Quacamole was very good but make sure to specify you don't want salsa or they add it automatically and up charge you. Fish tacos were delicious. Only real negative was that the heater was broken so I had to dine with my coat on.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 25, 2016

    overall2food4service1ambience4
    I'm used to the bar having more attentive service than tables. Our food came out before our drinks. No one asked if we wanted a second one. 20 minutes after our plates were cleared, I walked over and asked for the bill. Food was good. Hadn't actually been there since Relish and am a fan of the environment but yeesh, let me buy more stuff.
  9. P

    Pumpkin2021

    New York Area

    28 reviews

    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2016

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Our table was not ready so they offered us a round of complimentary drinks which was very nice. Our meal was yummy (tacos, guac, plantains, green beans, ceviche) and we had a fun time grooving to the music. Always a fun, good priced meal
  10. S

    Sar00

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2016

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Really nice, fresh food. Highly recommend the corn cob.
  11. RK

    RachelK

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 5, 2016

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Our server asked if we wanted chips and guac to start before we'd even opened the menu. That'll set you back $15 alone so watch out. In general, pretty overpriced. Go to a real taqueria in Bushwick if you want fairly priced Mexican food. If that's too gritty for you, you'll be fine here.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 30, 2016

    overall3food2service2ambience3
    Small plates & an interesting drink menu in an quirky decorated place
  13. H

    H1234

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2012

    overall4food4service1ambience5
    Amazing outdoor atmosphere. Can't say enough about that - super laid back and unpretentious, it feels like you're in your family's backyard for a cookout. Food was amazing. All the staff was super friendly but i have to say our waiter was really bad and had no personality. That's about the only downside. If they tell you there's a wait, you should definitely wait and grab drinks at the bar. Fun stuff.
  14. b

    bemary07

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2012

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    la Esquina is funky and cool and the food is excellent
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2012

    overall4food4service2ambience3
    Food was great, but the service was slow. Not a surprise for Williamsburg, but it was slow enough that it got annoying. From overheard comments at surrounding tables, we weren't alone. The waitress was nice, but just not very quick to check in.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2011

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food was outstanding. Ask for a booth in front.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2011

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    great service, waiters are so much nicer thn the ones in la esquina in manhattan
  18. NY

    NYUGatorG

    New York Area

    30 reviews

    4.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on December 2, 2011

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We discovered La Esquina in Manhattan years ago and LOVED it. When we heard one opened in Williamsburg, we knew we had to give it a try. Admittedly, it was also easier to get a reservation than at the one in Brooklyn. While I missed not going through the Employees Only entrance, I found this to have a great ambience, friendly staff and good food. We had a conchinida pibil taquito, queso fundido, and tinga de pollo tostada. For dessert, they had an apple crumble type dessert that looked like an apple pie, which was amazing! The vanilla ice cream tasted like cream. Yum.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2011

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Wonderful as always and such great service! Only complaint is the lack of yucca fries on the menu, my personal favorite from the SoHo location.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2011

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Although a bit of a scene, the service is attentive, well-informed and friendly. With such a loud, bar scene with accompanying DJ, you would think the focus would be on drinks only, but food on the dinner menu was well-executed and I would definitely come back. Highlights: the albondigas, any of the tacos, grilled corn, great tequila choices as well.
  21. CE

    CarmenE

    New York Area

    55 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    55 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2011

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Fun place, good, good food with great DJ music on Saturday... Love it!
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2011

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The service was as impressive as the food. We were politely asked to move in order to accommodate a large party. The manager comped about half of our bill and moved us to a better table. I love the energy/vibe. We will definitely go back soon.
  23. s

    svjr

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    2.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2011

    overall2food3service3ambience3
    The place was done nicely. That being said, the music is too loud. The music was great, but you can't have a conversation without having to yell. Also its way too dark. The menu was hard to read even with the candles. I would definitely go back but just for drinks and maybe small pickings at the bar. Definitely not the place if you want to talk to the people you are with. Great music though.

FAQs

Cafe de la Esquina-Williamsburg offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (646) 613-7100 ext. 2.

Cafe de la Esquina-Williamsburg is rated 4 stars by 23 OpenTable diners.

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Unfortunately, this restaurant is not on the OpenTable reservation network.

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Additional information

  • Cross street

    North 3rd and Wythe

  • Neighborhood

    Williamsburg

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch: Saturday-Sunday 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM Lunch: Tuesday-Friday 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM Dinner: Sunday, Tuesday 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM Wednesday-Thursday 6:00 PM - 11:00 PM Friday-Saturday 6:00 PM - 12:00 am Restaurant closed on Mondays

  • Cuisines

    Mexican

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    None

  • Public transit

    L Bedford Ave Stop

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Adrian Ramirez

  • Entertainment

    Live DJ's nightly.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (646) 613-7100 ext. 2

  • Catering

    Whether you're watching the game at home with friends, impressing clients or hosting a large corporate event, La Esquina has developed a catering menu that is easily customizable. We want to accommodate you and what you are looking for, so essentially, your options are limitless. Book your party today! Call 347.293.3725 or email us at catering@esquinanyc.com

  • Private party facilities

    Whether celebrating a special occasion with family and friends or hosting a corporate event, Cafe de la Esquina can accommodate all of your special event needs.

  • Private party contact

    Private Event Coordinator: (718) 393-5500

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