La Esquina

La Esquina

Mexican Restaurant, Taco Place, and Lounge$$$$
SoHo, New York
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  • Monika M.
    Such a fun restaurant!! Love the speakeasy feel of walking through the kitchen to get to the bar and restaurant. The food, service and drinks were all fantastic! Get your reservations in early!
    Upvoted 13 hours ago
  • Vanessa A.
    Vanessa AlessandraJune 9, 2013
    The DJ spins great beats, lighting is dim & the décor is rustic & so sexy - making this underground lounge a perfect place for a fun gathering w/friends. The #TamarindoMargarita is fire. Must go back!
    Upvoted Oct 13
  • Susan S.
    Susan S.August 25, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    This place is too delicious! The steak tacos are so addictive! I love the tortilla soup. The salad is great too. I love that they have quick take away options, a cozy restaurant to stay in, and a bar.
  • Chefs Feed
    Chefs FeedAugust 2
    Tacos are one of those foods that are a) hard to mess up and b) hard to get tired of. Akhtar Nawab is an excellent cook no matter what he’s cooking, but these tongue tacos are my favorite here. Read more
  • Stribling & Associates
    This "takeout" place is anything but. Behind the employees only sign, the stairs lead to one of the best Mexican restaurants in town. It only seats 30 & you must make reservations months in advance.
  • Salih Seckin S.
    The restaurant has two faces. One works as Mexican buffet/bar and the showroom, the other one is downstairs; fancy, locally known, dark atmospehered, hidden, Mexican based semi fusion food serviced.
  • Eric F.
    Eric FriedmanMay 24, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    If you order food and make it to-go, you can sit in the park nearby on the benches to enjoy! I recommend at least 2 tacos + something else for a fulfilling meal.
  • Bobby N.
    Bobby NooromidApril 29, 2013
    If you're pretty hungry and are getting tacos, be sure to order at least three of them as their portions are relatively smaller in size. And note: they'll charge extra for a mini cup of pico de gallo.
  • People
    PeopleAugust 23, 2010
    This haute Mexican eatery is harder to get into than Harvard, having built a rep around fancy tequilas and ceviche. Can't snag abooth? The no-frills, street-level taqueria can sate your wounded ego.
  • Diana S.
    Diana ShvartsbergMarch 17, 2013
    I've never been here when it's busy but it's a cool place to have a coffee + a snack during the day when it's off peak. I've spoken to some interesting characters here & the grilled corn is a must.
  • Loren
    LorenJuly 24, 2015
    Take your tacos to go to a bench in the pocket park across the street.Two excellent vegetarian taco options.Don't miss the popsicles in summer.My goto for fairly fast/cheap/healthy dinner in the hood.
  • Food Republic
    Food RepublicJune 4, 2012
    One of our favorites. Grab a quick taco or two upstairs for lunch or settle into the cavernous basement space for a night of tequila. Don't forget the sweetbread tacos and tell Chef Akhtar we say "hi"
  • Christos T.
    Christos TNovember 9, 2011
    Call to make a reservation. Entrance is through the deli, open the employees only door, down the steps, through the kitchen, down a dark hall into the dining room with a bar loaded with Tequilas...
  • Faith Z.
    Faith ZakiMarch 29, 2014
    I can't walk by this place and not stop, even just for an ear of corn. Bunch is amazing. There are no words to describe how good the tacos are. Oh yeah, get the corn. Seriously get the corn.
  • Daniel S.
    Daniel SircarNovember 16, 2014
    The lengua taco is good! Pricey, but tasty. You can get better seasoned tacos and cheaper tacos elsewhere, but this place is solid. I like that you can sit down.
  • spoiled NYC
    spoiled NYCOctober 31, 2015
    The tacos de pescado a las brasas (fish tacos) feature light, grilled fish with shredded cabbage, onions, salsa verde, and chipotle mayo– and they deservedly rank amongst the best in the city. Read more
  • Rewan P.
    Rewan PartiNovember 5, 2015
    This is a hidden gem of Soho! I would consider it under a speakeasy, tucked below Corner Deli, this place has amazing tacos, corn and tequila. Make sure you have a reservation!
  • Alexandros C.
    Alexandros CMarch 29, 2014
    A great exclusive underground little Mexican with good food and fair pricing. Certainly worth visiting as the place has a great character and vibe combined with original good food and drinks.
  • Johana T.
    Johana TalbotSeptember 24, 2011
    Perfect place for a girls night out! Nice vibe, delish food. The corn in the cob yum, great quesadillas and the chocolate cake and tres leches dessert yummy! If you're into celebs u may get lucky too
  • Sam S.
    Sam SNovember 28, 2015
    Getting a seat can be hard, but well worth your time. Tacos, esquites, queso, and enchiladas are all delicious. The service is well-paced and great.
    Upvoted 13 hours ago
  • Hector
    HectorJune 26
    Ask for a seat at the bar downstairs if you didn't make a reservation. Go for the tinga de pollo and passion fruit margarita. Great music
  • sam p.
    sam pezzulloAugust 21, 2013
    Getting a table here is harder than getting citizenship, but if you manage to, it's worth the wait. It's a great underground dining experience. The décor is great, and so is the food.
  • Sandra B.
    Sandra BaezJune 14, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Many don't know, but you need reservations to pass the "bouncer" to go downstairs. Once you get in- blood orange margaritas and fish tacos are musts!
  • Paul M.
    Paul MannJune 23
    Been here 5+ times
    Whether you sit in or takeout, whether you come to eat outside or inside, whether you come to chill or party, La Esquina does it all and is pretty much unbeatable in Soho/Nolita.
  • Tiziana R.
    Tiziana RMay 4, 2013
    Real authentic Mexican food...some of the best in the city! From the tacos, quesadillas, ceviche, pollo Asado, everything! Also love the brasserie downstairs (need to reserve weeks before).
  • Dens
    DensApril 24, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Getting a horchatta and waking around Soho art galleries is one of my favorite ways to spend a Saturday. Start w/ Clic two block south, or Center of Art and Architecture just across the street.
  • The Corcoran Group
    The Corcoran GroupAugust 30, 2013
    The ultra-exclusive restaurant downstairs isn't easy to snag a table at, so if you're out of luck, go to the more casual taqueria around the corner. You can get the same mouthwatering tacos here.
  • LewChristiane
    LewChristianeSeptember 7, 2012
    Leave room for the upside-down plantain cake for dessert. A spoonful of crushed almond ice cream with warm, spongy cake and caramelized plantain exterior ... lovely contrasts in flavor and texture.
  • Gothamist
    GothamistJuly 10, 2013
    The tacos served at the little Kenmare Street Corner Deli shack that "hides" the "underground" restaurant are so damn good we're almost ready to absolve the rest of the establishment's tiresome scene. Read more
  • Armando
    ArmandoJanuary 16, 2013
    Tacos available to order at the street level, the jalapeno margaritas (Pepino Diablo) from the bar underneath are awesome. Reservation for dinner then no problem getting into the bar.
  • Stanley S.
    Stanley StuyvesantFebruary 8, 2012
    The food on both floors is well worth the visit -- the steak, pork, and chicken tacos are always delicious, but be sure and try the Mexican truffle quesadilla and the Elotes Callejeros.
  • Eric F.
    Eric FriedmanMay 24, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Lunch for 2? You should each pick 2 tacos and split one of the quesadillas. It's a perfect amount of food and you won't be stuffed. Don't forget drinks!
  • Ranu R.
    Ranu RajkarnikarJanuary 12, 2015
    Brunch was legit. The eggs on potato quinoa cake was amazing and filling. They nickel and dime you a bit on the guac, chips, etc. but at least it's all delicious.
  • BoozeMenus
    BoozeMenusJanuary 20, 2012
    Start in the Brasserie with a Pepino Diablo Cocktail and the Ceviche Acapolco. For the main, opt for Chile Relleno or Pollo Dominguero Tradicional. Spice up the night with the Mezcal flight Read more
  • Erika G.
    Erika GrijalvaOctober 15, 2014
    The tacos are really great. My favorites are Lengua, Hongo con epazote, and Cochinita pibil. A corn on the cob is a great side. I would also recommend the tortas.
  • Allison E.
    Allison EspositoMarch 21, 2014
    If the vegetarian kale and white bean tacos are on the menu that day, you're going to want to get that. Good enough to convert a kale-hater into a kale lover for life.
  • Mashka
    MashkaMay 11, 2014
    Fish tacos are shockingly better than the steak or pulled pork. Grilled corn is amazing. The street level sit down section is very cute. Cozy but airy. Friendly staff.
  • Skillshare
    SkillshareSeptember 13, 2011
    For lunch on a nice day, sit outside on the corner and have an Aguacate con Queso torta (sandwich). Note: you canNOT order french fries to go (which is a bummer, since they're delicious!).
  • Lorraine S.
    Lorraine SSeptember 30, 2011
    Love love love this place. Great atmosphere, service & food. Margaritas are crazy good! Try the ceviche Acapulco (best ever!), quesadillas, octopus tostadas, the ribs and the plantain chips!!!!
  • Steve R.
    Steve RobertsFebruary 8, 2014
    Love all Tur tacos, especially like the Acelgas as a side(spinach and beans) and they have a really good tortilla soup with cold. When it warns up go for a Palleta
  • Daan V.
    Daan V.October 27, 2011
    Excellent food and drinks, but the real gem is the downstairs (hidden) restaurant and bar. After 6pm, ask the guy who is sitting in front of the door if he will let you in.
  • Lucy M.
    Lucy MoriesonApril 24, 2014
    Enter through the take out section to get to the bar and downstairs restaurant (you'll walk through the kitchen on the way) or try the quieter upstairs section around the corner.
  • Percolate
    PercolateApril 14, 2012
    Great for a quick pick up (though sometimes the service isn't so quick) or if you need a place for a sit-down lunch (especially in the summer when you can snag a seat outside). We like the tortas.
  • Untapped Cities
    Untapped CitiesNovember 16, 2014
    With a reservation needed to gain entrance, one is brought to a fine dining brasserie in the basement. Serving dishes from Mexican style grilled corn to ceviche, a selection of Mexican food is served. Read more
  • Jose A.
    Jose AldreteJuly 21, 2014
    Nice place although a Mexican waiter seemed to be nice until they took didn't want to do anything when the took my drink but the bartender very nicely gave me another one. Great music by the way!
  • Gennady B.
    Gennady BarskyFebruary 12
    Lengua, grilled corn and carnitas are the items I ordered when I went here with some friends. The service was pretty good, and everybody seemed to be friendly. I plan on going back soon.
  • Janice .
    Janice 🎀October 30, 2014
    Everything is good here. Spanish chorizo, fish taco, and Cochinita Platter gets my approval. Sit outside and people watch while getting your late night munchies on.
  • Jonathan L.
    Jonathan L.November 10, 2014
    Craving chorizo? The chorizo quesadilla is calling you then. They stuff that bad boy with 98% meat and 2% cheese. I loved it. So greasy, but o so delicious.
  • Sonal U.
    Sonal UApril 25, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Vegetarians should get the vegan tacos (off the menu), yuka tostadas, grilled corn, and grilled string beans. The queso fundido and quesadilla are also really good.
  • Kai
    KaiNovember 22, 2015
    Fantastic tacos & guac close to L.E.S. Be sure to check out Okuda San Miguel's gorgeous mural across the way ❤️
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