La Esquina

La Esquina

Mexican Restaurant, Taco Restaurant, and Lounge$$$$
SoHo, New York
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    Go here. Experience the fish tacos. It's worth it.
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    Lars G.
    "Food is delicious / and has a really great vibe downstairs."(45 Tips)
    "I had the Bistec tacos and the Elote and they were excellent."(16 Tips)
    T Z.
    "Elotes aka grilled corn is amazing here ❤️ Definitely a must-get."(20 Tips)
    Amanda K.
    "Must gets: lengua and carnitas tacos."(13 Tips)
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  • tacos
  • downstairs
  • margaritas
  • trendy
  • tortas
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • Aileen O.heart icon on user image
    Aileen OlmedoDecember 27, 2017
    They have a boozy brunch special but it’s not mentioned on the menu. You’re welcome!
  • Julie S.
    Julie SosciaAugust 1, 2018
    Typical NYC experience - if not seated on the outdoor patio, make sure to grab a seat indoors (the entrance is down the stairs and through the kitchen).
  • Julie S.
    Julie SosciaJuly 16, 2018
    Typical NYC experience - if not seated on the outdoor patio, make sure to grab a seat indoors (the entrance is down the stairs and through the kitchen).
  • Duly F.heart icon on user image
    Duly FernándezOctober 16, 2017
    Every time I’m in NY, I have to eat here. Super cute place and the tacos are so good.
  • 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.
  • Ameer S.heart icon on user image
    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
  • Amanda H.heart icon on user image
    Amanda HoJune 20, 2016
    Amazing coconut cocktail. Love everything about here except how they don't have regular's basically sliced avocado
  • Marcie Q.heart icon on user image
    Marcie QuintanaJune 21, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    My fav restaurant in NYC. The counter for a quick bite, the cafe for a fun lunch, and the secret basement for a swanky dinner.
  • Morgan N.heart icon on user image
    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.heart icon on user image
    Lori LuoAugust 10, 2014
    Take a seat in the restaurant (with reservations, of course), and order the excellent elote, tacos, and queso fundido.
  • Sam P.heart icon on user image
    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!
  • Showtime Network
    Showtime NetworkJune 3, 2011
    Beautiful underground Mexican restaurant and tequila bar hidden underneath the kitchen area of a Mexican fast food-looking joint. One of my favorite restaurants in NYC! -Francine, The Real L Word
  • Kathryn D.heart icon on user image
    Kathryn DJuly 22, 2016
    Delicious food and a party vibe. Don't miss the queso and the cauliflower tacos for vegetarians.
  • Yeliz A.heart icon on user image
    Yeliz AticiDecember 7, 2017
    great speakeasy place with good cocktails and nice decorations. def great for dates and party crowds🎐
  • 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
  • Edomia zaide B.heart icon on user image
    Edomia zaide BereheAugust 9, 2018
    Food is great, drinks even better. You need a reservation unless you want to eat at the bar which is crowded.
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsJanuary 7, 2014
    Divey-looking taco and sandwich spot popular with a hipster crowd. Go for super-porky carnitas.
  • Nathalie B.heart icon on user image
    Nathalie BosshardApril 6, 2015
    Order Family Style Tacos, keep the Orange margarithas coming & listento great Music.
  • Jasmine M.heart icon on user image
    Jasmine MehrabiAugust 3, 2019
    Flour tortillas are fresh and authentic. Pollo quesadilla 10/10. Guac is good but if you get chips then it’s in a bag.
  • Zach M.heart icon on user image
    Zach MOctober 24, 2014
    Favorite taco place in New York, lots of patio tables, great quick service, great street side atmosphere. Happening.
  • Jonathan M.heart icon on user image
    Jonathan MoroApril 8, 2017
    The shrimp tacos were amazing for $10 but very small portions. Come as a snack or order extra stuff.
  • Adam S.heart icon on user image
    Adam SchuitMarch 29, 2017
    Best Mexican tacos in NYC. Also check out the very cool tequila bar downstairs if you can get in.
  • 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
  • Andrea N.
    Andrea NguyenJanuary 10, 2017
    If you're from Texas- these are yummy tiny tacos. If you're from any where else, these are yummy tacos.
  • Varun S.heart icon on user image
    Varun ShettyMay 24, 2014
    The quesadilla is a nice little surprise. Also, if the weather is nice, eat outside on the benches across the street.
  • Natalia Q.heart icon on user image
    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.
  • Lauren V.heart icon on user image
    Lauren VeharOctober 8, 2021
    The passionfruit margaritas 🤤🤤 guac, elote, and carnitas tacos are also great!
  • 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.
  • Lindsey K.
    Lindsey KimOctober 8, 2014
    Great place for New Yorkers to take their friends. Go downstairs and walk through the kitchen before being seated
  • Lauren M.heart icon on user image
    Lauren MacJanuary 31, 2016
    Spicy margaritas and carnitas tacos. Cozy and tucked away, love the classy underground vibe to this place.
  • 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.
  • Priscilla Y.
    Priscilla YoonMay 31, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    The Mexican corn is out of this world. Wave at the workers as they make your corn from the window, they love it.
  • Nadine B.
    Nadine BlakeAugust 16, 2012
    Pescado Tacos are a must. I wish the margaritas were better. Fun atmosphere -- small but packs a punch.
  • Vansiheart icon on user image
    VansiJuly 15, 2014
    The carnitas are great! If you want a quick bite, the first floor features a small and awesome menu!
  • Cordell L.heart icon on user image
    Cordell LawrenceMay 12, 2015
    This place is a true gem. Fantastic cocktails. A hidden away speakeasy-feel that serves authentic Mexican cuisine.
  • 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
  • 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!
  • Tom R.heart icon on user image
    Tom RogersDecember 24, 2016
    How can grilled corn be that good??? Insane. Best Mexican I've had.
  • 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
  • Ik S.
    Ik SiMay 29, 2016
    Love this place, but my heart is broken by the fact that they don't have the chicken tinga tacos on their menu anymore!
  • Mike S.
    Mike SeilbackJanuary 27, 2013
    Walk through the diner-like upstairs to a trendy, underground hotspot. The grilled corn and bistec tacos are amazing.
  • Ajay S.heart icon on user image
    Ajay SwamyApril 16, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    I like real Mexican foods and this place doesn't disappoint. From the carnitas to tongue tacos, real, gritty and delicious.
  • 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.
  • Yasmina M.heart icon on user image
    Yasmina MikouSeptember 17, 2015
    The food wasn't that crazy but the corn with mexican sauce is delicious ! Good frozen margaritaaas and great ambiance 👍🏻
  • Corey M.
    Corey ManiconeJuly 23, 2014
    Trust me on this one and get the rice milk. It's great even in 90 degree weather.
  • drew t.heart icon on user image
    drew tarvinMay 19, 2015
    This place has tacos, tacos, tacos! And that's exactly what you should get 3 tacos so you feel full.
  • William K.
    William KapferApril 7, 2013
    take home some extra chicken tacos for a midnight snack -- they're tasty and surprisingly very inexpensive. Great service.
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