Café de La Esquina

Café de La Esquina

Taco Place, Beer Garden, and Mexican Restaurant$$$$
Williamsburg, Brooklyn
  • amNewYork
    "Carnitas Taquitos and Sopa de Tortilla while enjoying nightly DJs"(3 Tips)
    Gretta H.
    "Killer margaritas, lovely backyard for warm summer night."(21 Tips)
    Billy S.
    "The Michelada caliente is the perfect companion."(5 Tips)
    Rob C.
    "The tortilla soup is amazing!"(5 Tips)
127 Tips and reviews
  • tacos
  • margaritas
  • sopa de tortilla
  • outdoor seating
  • lively
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  • 7th.List
    7th.ListJuly 14, 2012
    Try: Berkshire pork shoulder (leche condensada, huitlacoche puree with salsa roja)...Another item we are crazy about is the Platanos Machos Fritos(A mix of sweet plantains, salsa verde & queso fresco) Read more
  • Journey City Guides
    A taco stand for a quick snack or a beautiful diner for a longer Mexican meal of and strong mezcal shots with yummy tacos and tasty tortas
  • ⚡️ Shaun T.
    Get the Huevos Chilango (two poached eggs, quinoa potato crisp, chorizo, tomatillo and avocado salsa). One of my favorite brunch dishes in the area.
  • rozi d.
    rozi dociOctober 3, 2012
    Get the fish tacos, they're delicious. A bit spicy but absolutely a must try. The house salad with steak is amazing! The food here is always tasty & fresh. This location has a very laid back vibe.
  • Evan B.
    Evan BartlettApril 3, 2015
    Great back yard, cool interior in the diner. Get el pepino Diablo , it's a tasty spicy cucumber margarita. The carnitas dish is solid and the tacos are decent
  • AskMen
    AskMenAugust 16, 2011
    There's a sliding scale of cuisine ranging from streetmunch like carnitas taquitos & grilled corn to a more sophisticated menu served in the back room, where one can expect to find a more daring menu. Read more
  • amNewYork
    amNewYorkOctober 26, 2011
    Try favorites such as Queso Fundito, Carnitas Taquitos and Sopa de Tortilla while enjoying nightly DJs, but don’t forget the cocktails: Sip a Blood Orange Margarita or a Pepino Diablo.
  • Cate H.
    Cate HullAugust 16, 2013
    Tasty happy hour margaritas for a fiver with & get some guac & smokey home made salsa in a jar (to take away if you want)& chips on the side. Happy happy
  • Paige C.
    Paige CJuly 20
    Delicious food, great outdoor space, dog friendly. What more could you want? Try the hibiscus margarita!
  • DoubleDeuce
    DoubleDeuceSeptember 28, 2016
    Great place. The inside, the outside, the spicy margarita, the food, the Williamsburg-like overly-chilled staff (can be slow), all great for the vibe.
  • Tarra M.
    Tarra McFarlaneNovember 5, 2014
    This guacamole is fantastic! Plus six bucks for a really delicious margarita in an old fashioned diner styled!
  • refinery29
    refinery29August 3, 2014
    Chef Akhtar Nawab's menu brings the best of Mexico to Brooklyn, including Ceviche Acapulco, Tostadas de Tinga de Pollo, and Albóndigas Mole Rojo. Read more
  • Laura V.
    Laura V.January 6, 2013
    Loved the fact that you have to get through the kitchen and get all underground to get to the action. We went for some drinks and had a blast!
  • Kelly M.
    Kelly MehalcoAugust 28, 2014
    The Huevos Chilango is incredible. I almost wish I didn't fill up on chips, salsa, and beer beforehand!
  • Elysia M.
    Elysia MannJune 12, 2015
    Get it all, meaning a huge platter of tacos. With lamb tacos in the mix. Chips and guacamole aren't worth it.
  • Village Voice
    Village VoiceMay 31, 2012
    Mexican food and a graveled outdoor dining area where you can usually find a spot, even on a busy night. Need we say more?
  • Cheapeats I.
    Cheapeats IncApril 9, 2016
    Poscado ceviche, chorizo qeusadilla, squash blossom tacos are yummy. Prosecco with Mizcal is the perfect drink
  • Rewan P.
    Rewan PartiJuly 20, 2015
    The fish tacos and margarita are must have! When the weather is great, come and enjoy the outdoor seating.
    hangalong.comAugust 24, 2014
    We drank all the margaritas and forgot to take a photo, here is the proof they are extremely good ;)
  • Dennis P.
    Dennis PlucinikJuly 8, 2012
    Post meal thoughts: this place is fantastic. Friendly staff, super good food, prompt service, kept our glasses full. Will be coming back. A lot.
  • Rich K.
    Rich KearneyAugust 11, 2014
    Great vibe inside and out. Draft beer is crisp and the tacos are tasty. What more could you want?
  • İpek A.
    İpek A.December 17, 2014
    One of the best Margarita in the area... And also the foods are delicious
  • Marcel F.
    Marcel FelderDecember 17, 2016
    Old school-style Mexican diner with great Margaritas! Try the Tortilla Soup!
  • Raquelle J.
    Raquelle JessieOctober 20
    get the passion fruit marg, the tacos are bueno. don't get the chips and guac- chips are store bought.
  • John G.
    John GonzalesAugust 25, 2011
    You have to be about 5'10'' to use the men's urinal. Try the sopa de tortilla, very good. Nice specials as well.
  • Ashkan S.
    Ashkan SafaeeJune 1, 2014
    Amazing place. Try their special Beer with hot sauce. Strangers and amazing.
  • Jc Q.
    Jc QAugust 9, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    My new favorite spot. Great food/drinks/ambiance. The corn on the cob is amazing. Brunch scene is going to be awesome. Well done La Esquina!
  • Lauren G.
    Lauren GilchristOctober 2, 2011
    Beware, we had to wait to seat a party of nine despite a reservation and credit card deposit for price fixe. Food and service once seated were great.
  • Christian V.
    Trendy overprice Mexican. Good drinks, go for a Margarita. Better food options nearby but the retro diner experience is worth a visit for a drink.
  • Trevis D.
    Trevis Dane WimerSeptember 26, 2011
    Huevos Chilongos for brunch with Jerry Josephs favorite cocktail.. Akvinta with a splash of soda, and a splash of grapefruit. Great combo!!!
  • Ruth F.
    Ruth FigueroaApril 14, 2012
    Decided to give it a second chance—it will be my last. Had the mushroom taco which was swimming in minty sauce, missing the hominy and gross!
  • Alejandra G.
    Alejandra Galindo CureSeptember 10, 2016
    Nice place. Ping pong table, and friendly waiters!
  • Benjamin P.
    Benjamin PalmerSeptember 17, 2011
    Must: try one of the Guarnitos, best thing on the menu. Bonus: sub a reposado mezcal for tequila in any spicy drink
  • Trista K.
    Trista KempaMay 26, 2014
    I enjoy the manhattan location & had a fairly decent opinion of the BK loc, until bad service & mediocre food ruined it. Oh, & a centipede ran out of my boyfriend's taco. So yeah, I'm gonna say pass.
  • Ranu R.
    Ranu RajkarnikarOctober 8, 2014
    Outdoor seating. Michelada. Fish tacos. Repeat for best results.
  • refinery29
    refinery29August 3, 2014
    Set in the iconic Wythe Diner (think '50s retro modern) with a outdoor garden, La Esquina Williambsurg is open for business. Read more
  • Morgan H.
    Morgan HowardJuly 4, 2015
    Curtis is the best! We had the most lovely dinner experience thanks to him!
  • Chris R.
    Chris ReardonMay 3, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Go eat at La Superior, Mole, or Mesa Coyoacan. This place is cutting corners on quality to make more profit. Boo.
  • Mari M.
    Mari MendonçaApril 25, 2013
    Make sure to try the grilled corn, it's delicious!
  • Joe B.
    Joe BrolgsAugust 5, 2015
    I have a big wheat paste across the street from this joint. Sam reckons this place is good for food as well.
  • Peter G.
    Peter GastonAugust 25, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Stick with the guac & fish tacos, and everything will be okay. Cochinita pibil was tasty but SO greasy.
  • D O.
    D OSeptember 22, 2015
    great looking diner with a really nice outdoor space
  • Loki
    LokiJune 22, 2013
    So nice out. Oh- this place has patio space and margaritas- let's ... Ohhhhh I remember - service is a shit show... with bonus attitude. Seriously- it's that bad.
  • jennifer r.
    jennifer ressApril 6, 2013
    The brisket tacos and chicken mole enchilada were delicious!
  • Marco V.
    Marco VoormolenMay 9, 2015
    Nice ambiance, nice ambiance. Tacos are small portions.
  • Kimmie O.
    Kimmie OhhSeptember 20, 2015
    Get the tortilla soup. Enjoy the outdoor seating :)
  • VelvetCrate
    VelvetCrateFebruary 16, 2015
    Killer margs and atmosphere.
  • nari a.
    nari ackleyAugust 8, 2011
    sopa de tortilla is a must !! fresh lime yumm!!
  • Evan B.
    Evan BartlettMarch 26, 2013
    Tasty tacos, strong margaritas, nice out door seating
  • Rob C.
    Rob CampbellJanuary 28, 2016
    The tortilla soup is amazing!
  • Eli M.
    Eli MaierAugust 18, 2014
    Awesome tacos and great choice of tequila
  • Paola G.
    Paola GuerreroAugust 6, 2015
    The octopus tostadas are the truth.
  • Josh M.
    Josh MateoJune 16, 2015
    Tacos forever. Sit outside or in the dungeon. No there isn't a dungeon. 🐏💨
  • Francisco O.
    Francisco OhSeptember 19, 2011
    Underground hidden restaurant justifies prices on kenmare. Not on wythe.
  • jin k.
    jin kimSeptember 9, 2012
    Yellow Tomato Gazpacho, Aji Amarillo, Crab, Watercress,
  • Pete M.
    Pete MichaudOctober 20, 2011
    The grilled elote (mexican corn) is breathtaking. Read more
  • Andrew F.
    Andrew FurmanMay 4, 2015
    Great outdoor seating
  • Veronica V.
    Veronica VelasquezSeptember 28, 2011
    Worst lunch I've had in Williamsburg. Salad was mostly arugula with 2 jicama strips and 4 pieces of mango. The fish on the side was so so, had to beg to get dressing and the whole thing was $13!
  • Isa G.
    Isa GOctober 4, 2013
    Fantastic and strong margaritas
  • CCnyc
    CCnycJuly 3, 2016
    Corn, carnitas tacos and chips/ guac-salsa
  • Josh C.
    Josh ChuaSeptember 9, 2015
    The outdoor bar window is painfully slow. Also, $15 for chips and guac?!
  • Nevin S.
    Nevin SpinosaSeptember 8, 2013
    Holy crap this place is good. Fish tacos are the bomb.
  • Jessica G.
    Jessica GomezApril 28, 2013
    $5 margaritas happy hour at the bar, drink up!
  • Graham A.
    Graham AustinSeptember 21, 2014
    The taco soup is killer!
  • Clara B.
    Clara BunkerSeptember 29, 2011
    The prices were mind-blowing for what you get, small and flavorless. Usually fatty, bland, and $4 a bite do not go hand in hand, but here a plate of 3 bite sized tostadas is $12. Very disappointed.
  • Gretta H.
    Gretta HehreMarch 1, 2016
    Killer margaritas, lovely backyard for warm summer night.
  • ReALTO
    ReALTOAugust 20, 2012
    "The tacos were bad. I mean, like not terrible, but for $14 for 2, yes, pretty damn terrible. The tortilla was stiff and certainly did not taste homemade. If it was homemade..." Read more
  • Can G.
    Can GunsirayNovember 28, 2011
    Whatever you're having, get a corn on the side.
  • John D.
    John DuncanOctober 12, 2015
    Great spicy margs and fajitas
  • Andrea B.
    Andrea BarrezuetaOctober 2, 2014
    Not the best mexican food but def a fun place especially when it's nice out
  • Diane C.
    Diane CSeptember 15, 2012
    Every taco I have had here is delicious!!
  • Allan Z.
    Allan ZepedaJanuary 5, 2012
    Favorite tortilla soup here! Everything is good but too expensive for small portions. Kind of a rip off for Mexican food.
  • Nydia
    NydiaFebruary 10, 2013
    This place is very limited in their menu before 6pm. No drinks!
  • Becca B.
    Becca BaeJune 12, 2016
    The food is greasier than anything I've ever encountered. But hey, you might like that.
  • Jacques R.
    Jacques RenaultNovember 17, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    La Casa salad with chicken or the bistec tacos. Can't loose
  • Niki E.
    Niki EnglishApril 3, 2013
    Elote is best in NY.
  • Danielle
    DanielleDecember 16, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    $5 micheladas can't be beat!
  • Mary P.
    Mary PefferApril 11, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Great dj on friday nights.
  • Katie d.
    Katie deLaskiDecember 14, 2016
    🌮 Tuesday = 1/2 price tacos!
  • Saarim Z.
    Saarim ZamanOctober 11, 2015
    Get a spicy Margarita
  • Shah
    ShahSeptember 11, 2014
    The Tecate works. Skip the rest.
  • Chris C.
    Chris ChavezMay 11, 2014
    Love the Manhattan counterpart but this one kind of blows. Awful service. Go to La Superior instead.
  • Nafees N.
    Nafees NuruddinAugust 26, 2013
    Book of Matches
  • Hoke H.
    Hoke HokeSeptember 16, 2011
    Tacos in the garden are really tasty.
  • Courtney B.
    Courtney BrennanJanuary 22, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Ask Megan for a spicy chiquaqua. Yowza.
  • Nate B.
    Nate BeattyFebruary 7, 2015
    The real deal guacamole.
  • Vince M.
    Vince MakSeptember 24, 2015
    Beers and tacos!
  • Gabriel R.
    Gabriel Ruas Santos-RochaSeptember 30, 2015
    Great outdoor seating
  • Joshua P.
    Joshua PerezApril 16, 2014
    15 bucks for chips and salsa? Shitty tacos? Drinks are decent but La Superior is not far. I'll see you there
  • Emily Rose F.
    Delicious food but very small portions for the price
  • Mike R.
    Mike RegerJuly 1, 2012
    Si. Big price, small plates.
  • Dan M.
    Dan MOctober 16, 2011
    The tortilla soup is phenomenal
  • T K.
    T KAugust 7, 2015
    There is much better Mexican food around corner at Cantina Royal.
  • Adam B.
    Adam BrodowskiSeptember 29, 2011
    Incredibly disappointed. Spent 30$ and left still hungry. Portions are small and not very flavorful. Everything was just ok not great and not worth the money.
  • Salonee B.
    Salonee BhamanAugust 7, 2013
    The birthplace of the michelada monster
  • Larry F.
    Larry FoxSeptember 19, 2011
    Get the elote. It's prefect!
  • Nelson D.
    Good food, but the service is in need of some serious work/training.
  • Adrian M.
    Adrian MojicaJune 22, 2013
    The service reputation precedes this place.
  • Inaki O.
    Inaki OrozcoApril 13, 2012
    Have a Riazul tequila it rocks!!!
  • Kristine C.
    Kristine CAugust 16, 2014
    Masa cakes!
  • Kate C.
    Kate ChappellMay 10, 2013
    Maybe its bc it was the first nice summer day of the season but worst service ever.
  • Inaki O.
    Inaki OrozcoApril 20, 2012
    Riazul tequila is the bomb!!
  • Ros O.
    Ros O' FlynnDecember 18, 2014
    Arepa somethings
  • Jonathan F.
    This gooood this go oooooof okay?
  • Ian J.
    Ian JenningsMarch 22, 2014
    Plate grabbers!
  • Jeanna
    JeannaMarch 10, 2013
    Yummy yummy.
  • Jess N.
    Jess NhaJuly 23, 2016
    The host and the people that work there are awful.
  • Ruth F.
    Ruth FigueroaSeptember 4, 2011
    Nothing great. No frozen margaritas! Side order of guac and nachos is $13 and small, totally not worth it.
  • Charlie O.
    Charlie O'DonnellSeptember 24, 2011
    Place was empty, but they made us sit stuffed at communal tables. Customer service fail.
  • Brian Y.
    Brian YurkoSeptember 1, 2011
    Small portions, big prices.
  • Megan S.
    Megan ScottAugust 11, 2013
    The quest fundido...... Speechless
  • Billy S.
    Billy SanezSeptember 5, 2013
    One of the best Mexican food restaurants in Brooklyn. The Michelada caliente is the perfect companion.
  • Lucie P.
    Lucie PustovaJune 26, 2016
    Bad service. And horribly maintained facilities. Backyard is cool though.
  • David W.
    David WellerFebruary 24, 2012
    I hope the owners recognize the trend of negative tips and do something about it - too many good places in brooklyn to be average at best.
  • Loki
    LokiApril 28, 2013
    Cluster fuck of bad service and great drinks!
  • Mike D.
    Mike DizonFebruary 23, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    They got rid of the tostadas. Wtf?
  • Guillo ..
    Guillo ...August 14, 2011
    Slightly over priced
  • Kaiser S.
    Kaiser SorseMarch 13, 2012
    Fuck MTv and your pants, asshole. The burger is good.
  • David M.
    David MorenoAugust 16, 2011
    Overpriced. Not worth it. You better head to SoHo's.
  • Sergio V.
    Sergio VerdascoDecember 26, 2012
    Impresionante Mejicano con precios muy asequibles, si en el restaurante no hay sitio, al Café, que es más divertido
  • Gabriel G.
    Gabriel GarcíaOctober 17, 2015
    La primera vez en mi vida que me obligan a dejar la tarjeta de crédito en la barra como garantía para que no me vaya sin pagar. Servicio lamentable y un trato prehistórico.
  • Beatriz G.
    Beatriz Garriga RamosJanuary 17, 2015
    Tacos, nachos
  • Mike M.
    Mike MadridOctober 17, 2015
    Los camareros fueron muy maleducados.
  • Seckin C.
    Seckin CebeciSeptember 1, 2011
  • María T.
    María TilveOctober 17, 2015
    De los mejores mejicanos de NY y en el peor q me han tratado con diferencia. Maleducados, pasotas y poco profesionales. No vuelvo.
  • Jorge M.
    Jorge Mitchell ArranzOctober 17, 2015
    Muy rico pero parece que te hacen un favor por atenderte. No vuelvo
  • Patricia H.
    Patricia HernandezSeptember 10, 2011
    nos asaltaron!! super caro!
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