La Esquina

La Esquina

Mexican Restaurant, Taco Place, and Lounge$$$$
SoHo, New York
677 Tips and reviews
  • tacos
  • downstairs
  • lively
  • margaritas
  • trendy
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  • Monika M.
    Monika McMahonAugust 1, 2016
    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!
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Chefs Feed
    Chefs FeedAugust 2, 2016
    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.
    Salih Seckin SevincNovember 20, 2016
    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.
  • Jole P.
    Jole PJune 18
    Definitely got speakeasy vibes as security led you in a roundabout way underground to the bar/ seating area. Delicious tacos and octopus ceviche and our waitress gave us so much free food it was great
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • 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"
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Hector
    HectorJune 26, 2016
    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
  • Paul M.
    Paul MannJune 23, 2016
    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.
  • 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!
  • Victoria G.
    Really cool spot in NYC. A nice option for partying with friends, having a drink, celebrating a birthday, but don't forget to make 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.
  • Luis B.
    Luis BastardoJuly 13, 2015
    The 'Queso Fundido' appetizer is out of this world, the pumpkin beans that brings on the top mix really well with the cheese.
  • 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
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Guest of a Guest
    Guest of a GuestFebruary 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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
    Upvoted Jul 5
  • 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!!!!
  • Gennady B.
    Gennady BarskyFebruary 12, 2016
    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.
  • ian r.
    ian rNovember 19, 2014
    'Harder to get into than Harvard' rings true in our case. But lunch upstairs at the cantina was tasty! Yum.
    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.
  • jennifer h.
    jennifer hanApril 22
    the brasserie is still one of my favorites. it's a sexy ass spot, but the food is really good -- i love the bistec tacos, octopus tostada, and plantains.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 ❤️
  • 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.
  • Tiffany
    TiffanyJuly 28, 2015
    speakeasy esque environment - the restaurant is hidden away downstairs. make a reservation if you can! and try the mahi mahi tacos & the ahi tuna tostada
  • ZZubin
    ZZubinMay 10, 2015
    The prices (for sometimes identical food) increase as you move from the bar to the sidewalk to the back room to the basement. rotisserie chicken tacos off the chain
  • Erez D.
    Erez DimantDecember 20, 2013
    Best tacos in NYC! not a seafood fan but these fish tacos are too good to pass up!! Low key and comfy spot. Don't forget to indulge in a margarita
  • Adam D.
    Adam DJuly 23, 2016
    Short rib & coleslaw is killer. Also the chicken tostadas. All the tacos are the bomb. Ask for chips & pico to scoop everything up with.
  • Bollare
    BollareSeptember 30, 2011
    Skip the downstairs restaurant and eat at the side café instead — much cozier and you don’t need a reservation. Go with friends, get a big booth, and order Mexican corn and sangria! —Marina
  • Jenny J.
    Jenny JohannessonJanuary 9, 2014
    For a calm dinner, use the red entrance around the corner (service there is way friendlier as well). Grilled corn on the cob is fab, but not on a first date ;)
  • Jorge O.
    Jorge OrtizAugust 10, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Excellent, greasy, late-night food. Get a quesadilla de huitlacoche. It sounds and looks dirty, but I promise its delicious. Scarf it down before you ask Google what the hell you just ate.
  • AFAR Media
    AFAR MediaAugust 12, 2014
    You can grab carnitas tacos and elote and then sit in the park and people watch those shopping through SoHo. Read more
  • Andrea B.
    Andrea BarrezuetaSeptember 10, 2014
    If you are cool you'll be downstairs. Food is good but I rather go to a true Mexican stand. If you want to hang out, grab a drink, see and be seen, Mexican style.. This is your place.,
  • Alejandro E.
    Alejandro EstréllaMarch 9, 2015
    The cafe has some of the best service and food ever. Ask for Crystal as your waitress. The fish tacos are off the hook too, Bruh!
  • Tiffany Z.
    Tiffany ZhongJuly 31, 2015
    Elotes aka grilled corn is amazing here ❤️ Definitely a must-get. The squid tacos were also good.
  • Ekaterina D.
    Ekaterina DanilovaDecember 1, 2012
    A great place to hang out! Try the corn, they make it in heaven ;) nice and friendly staff and crowd
  • Nicolette R.
    Nicolette RomeroMay 11, 2015
    Cool brasserie with a speakeasy vibe. The adobo de puerco is amazing. The worst waiter award goes to the guy with the umbrella tattoo. Totally brought down the experience.
  • Princess Abigail B.
    Princess Abigail BacaniJanuary 23, 2013
    Hidden under a corner roadside taqueria, The Corner. Go downstairs behind a door marked "employees only", sneak through the kitchen, then a sort of locker room, to get to this underground restaurant.
  • Michael M.
    Michael MuseDecember 14, 2014
    Need reservations. Speakeasy entrance through the kitchen of a taco stand, it has a very cool/stylish vibe inside: romantic but not intimate. Tasty Mexicany-fusionish food.
    The most delicious Pescado a Las Brasas (grilled fish taco) and Grilled Corn. Love this place.
  • Gabriel F.
    Gabriel FeghaliMay 14, 2016
    Looks like random taco dive outside. Doorman lets you in to underground good music and dancing. We had private room table accessed via kitchen. Food was good.
  • Julia S.
    Julia SAJune 27, 2014
    LoVED this place! Fish tacos! And chicken enchiladas and pulled pork are a must! Accompany with nachos con guacamole and passion margarita.
  • Sam P.
    Sam PezzulloAugust 15, 2013
    You must try the Mexican style grilled corn on the cob. Might be the best of its kind in New York City!
  • P B.
    P BaixJune 23, 2015
    Don't let him ground level confuse you. The real thing is underground....make your way through the kitchen to the Bar & Restaurant. Awesome concept
  • Peter K.
    Peter KovalNovember 18, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Steak Taco's... second only to Mexico City. Great for people watching, and being entertained as people get turned away from the downstairs seating area.
  • Natalia Q.
    Natalia QuinteroJune 14, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Try all their tacos and get the horchata to drink. If you can, go downstairs to the secret lounge-- they have wonderful drinks and chill music.
  • Jessi W.
    Jessi WalkerMarch 14, 2016
    Always a staple in my favorite NYC spots. Whether downstairs at the trendy and chic bar or grabbing a taco to go, this place rocks.
  • Liat B.
    Liat BandielMay 10, 2016
    Amazing; fresh..made to order..and tasty! Don't forget to order the Avocados side 😋
  • Guest of a Guest
    Reservations are notoriously difficult to get, but the secret seems to be an inherent sense of entitlement and affinity for eating in a Mexican dungeon. Read more
  • Suki
    SukiAugust 8
    Great cheap tacos at a hole in the wall. Be sure to pass through the door to the basement and visit Employees Only for some frozen margs.
  • Ton L.
    Ton LMay 13
    Holy cow the tacos are so good. Can't miss. But order 2. Each piece is about 3-4 bites.
  • Bonobos
    BonobosAugust 10, 2012
    Head to the Taqueria for lunch, the tacos are fantastic. Outdoor seating in SoHo but get there right at 12 or you'll be waiting in line.
  • Rishi S.
    Rishi SatsangiSeptember 11, 2014
    The food here is very high quality. Their mexican dishes are great, but definitely go for brunch if you can. And get a michelada.
  • Nadine B.
    Nadine BlakeAugust 16, 2012
    Pescado Tacos are a must. I wish the margaritas were better. Fun atmosphere -- small but packs a punch.
  • Jane K.
    Jane KDecember 30, 2014
    ugh can't go wrong, but hands down in love with their fish and bistec tacos!!! tacos may seem small but they're surprisingly filling...
  • Fabio G.
    Fabio GrattonOctober 25, 2010
    Love the tacos and corn here. Amazing. Love the secret underground den. But hate... absolutely HATE the ridiculously pretentious scene, especially when it comes to getting downstairs to get a drink.
  • Morgan N.
    Morgan NelsonAugust 12, 2014
    Their platos are a fresher Verizon of a chipotle burrito bowl - and well worth walking the extra block got if you're in the area.
  • Lori L.
    Lori LuoAugust 10, 2014
    Take a seat in the restaurant (with reservations, of course), and order the excellent elote, tacos, and queso fundido.
  • Mafe S.
    Everything was delicious! Their margaritas and micheladas are the best! We got their guacamole & chips, and their chicken tacos
  • Katherine C.
    Katherine ChangFebruary 3, 2012
    Worth the pain of getting reservations! The quest fundido is to die for and I love the underground location (4 of 4 petals via Fondu) Read more
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsJanuary 7, 2014
    Divey-looking taco and sandwich spot popular with a hipster crowd. Go for super-porky carnitas.
  • Jane Bang
    Jane BangAugust 25, 2012
    Chicken Tortilla Soup is amazing, don't overlook it! The corn is delicious and this place also has the best shrimp tacos in NY!
  • Jastine K.
    Jastine KhoSeptember 15, 2016
    Such a cool place! The food is great, music is bumpin', and great ambience. Service was just okay, and I'd go elsewhere for dessert.
  • Matthew C.
    Matthew CaldecuttAugust 13, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Rib eye tacos to go so you can eat them away from the heat of the kitchen or the outside seating that screws up the vibe here.
  • Ameer S.
    Ameer SalehJanuary 9, 2015
    Tortilla soup and tinga de pollo were both delicious and warmed me up on this frigid NYC afternoon. Will definitely be back
  • Party Earth
    Party EarthApril 10, 2012
    “La Esquina has been shut down more than once for noise violations, so you’ll have to be on your best behavior to get in.” More info at
  • Time Out New York
    Time Out New YorkAugust 1, 2011
    Try the Pescado a las Brasas taco, available at the sit-down café and takeout taqueria. It's one of NYC's 26 best tacos! Read more
  • Kathleen V.
    The tacos are super small but the carnitas taco and the ribeyed taco were very good.
  • Harriet R.
    Harriet RuffApril 26, 2015
    Spicy margaritas! Corn tacos. To die for! Sit at the bar to eat without a reservation!
    OMGICUMarch 21, 2011
    You might not make it downstairs past the doorman unless you're with Robert Pattinson, Natalie Portman or other A-listers seen here. But you can watch them pass by as you dejectedly sip your horchata.
  • Silvia S.
    Silvia SilviamartJune 30, 2013
    Tacos geniales. Buen precio. Tienen una barra para tomar algo rápido, un restaurante pequeño al lado y, abajo otro para cenas con dj pero que hay que reservar con mucha antelación
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