La Esquina

La Esquina

Mexican Restaurant, Taco Restaurant, and Lounge$$$$
SoHo, New York
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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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  • margaritas
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  • 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.
  • Mallory N.heart icon on user image
    Mallory NapolitanoSeptember 19, 2016
    Amazing tacos and THAT corn - get it, now
  • Annie T.heart icon on user image
    Annie TolochinskiJuly 9, 2016
    Really fun, good for sharing and great cocktails.
  • Patrick B.heart icon on user image
    Patrick BaskinJanuary 19, 2016
    Carnitas tacos are tasty, but only ate upstairs, try to get downstairs for the best experience
  • Colin L.heart icon on user image
    Colin LeeJune 4, 2016
    Ate at the take out counter; its nice they have indoor seating for a quick bite. Solid pollo tacos.
  • Patricia L.heart icon on user image
    Patricia LeeJuly 25, 2015
    Yummy place for a drink and a bite. Do not go to the BK location as there is a very obvious quality difference.
  • Zaarly NYC
    Zaarly NYCSeptember 11, 2011
    Hands down closest thing to real Mexican food you'll get in NYC. Ask for a table downstairs in the back room. Trust me its worth the wait!
  • Christine C.
    Christine CardosoApril 18, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Chicken tinga, pollo rostizado, and the shrimp/fish tacos are the bomb. Just excellent. Best tacos around.
  • Nate F.heart icon on user image
    Nate FolkertOctober 30, 2015
    cochinita pibil taco: pulled pork with pickled onions and jalapeños
  • Patrick K.heart icon on user image
    Patrick KanaleySeptember 25, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Plato Julia can't be beat as a budget lunch deal. A ton of food for under $10.
    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.
  • Ana T.heart icon on user image
    Ana TAugust 20, 2019
    Great music but enough space to dance. Too loud to dine or talk. Excellent food
  • Rachel F.
    Rachel FosterNovember 11, 2011
    Tacos are super delicious, but husband ordered the chorizo quesadilla and I will be dreaming about that flavor for the rest of my life!
  • Jason D.heart icon on user image
    Jason DennyFebruary 22, 2015
    Very good tacos. Downstairs is over-rated and pretentious. Also clean up the candle wax!
  • Alexandros P.heart icon on user image
    Masked behind the Mexican cantina, this speakeasy restaurant with loud music can be an excellent option to combine dinner & drinks. Fast served food was ok but not particularly gastronomic.
  • Stephanie G.
    Stephanie GareriSeptember 3, 2014
    Great service. Delicious food. Fantastic margaritas!! Really great place for dinner with friends.
  • Alex R.heart icon on user image
    Alex RobertsonFebruary 15, 2020
    It’s hilarious to sit eating delicious tacos in the li’l deli section watching people try to get into the clubby restaurant
  • Miguelheart icon on user image
    MiguelMay 12, 2016
    Incredible tacos. Much better to-go than eating in.
  • Steveheart icon on user image
    SteveApril 1, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Plato Julia with chicken is about 3 pounds of food for $9. Great lunch. Unfortunately, they're a bit slow for takeout lunch.
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    💎TFebruary 1, 2017
    Their torta is fantastic ! Order one and it's enough to fill you up.
  • Julia K.
    Julia KristinJuly 17, 2013
    One of the best an most popular taco places in the city! I never had anything that wasn't amazing!
  • Elizabeth O.heart icon on user image
    Elizabeth OtaolaSeptember 27, 2015
    Swanky underground spot. Good for dates. Good mix of latin music with american music
  • Mike C.
    Mike ChauJuly 26, 2013
    Try the Chips Salsa And Guacamole - An entire jar of salsa
  • Charles B.
    Charles BApril 27, 2012
    restaurant is great if you want to deal with the shit show. better off just getting a few tacos (my favorite is the pescado) and a horchata.
  • Emma C.heart icon on user image
    Emma CramerAugust 6, 2014
    Their taco tortillas seem slightly larger than most --> cleaner and easier taco eating experience!
  • Jared K.
    Jared KlettFebruary 18, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Can't beat it as a late night spot, but come back in the morning for a breakfast burrito with avocado or chorizo. Perfect for staving off that hangover.
  • Martin K.
    Martin KRJanuary 13, 2015
    This place is magic! Get some great take-away and stroll through SoHo on a nice sunny day
  • Jolanda H.heart icon on user image
    Jolanda H.September 21, 2016
    Funny and nice experience to walk down and along the kitchen and find the hidden bar there.
  • Sadik A.
    Sadik Aydin PhotographyNovember 6, 2014
    Taste was incredible. Be careful and don't get lost because of their tasteful menu! Enjoy!
  • Neel G.heart icon on user image
    Neel GuptaJuly 5, 2018
    Amazing ambiance, very cool entrance, nice for a date, GREAT music
  • Jen G.heart icon on user image
    Jen GrunwaldDecember 15, 2017
    I had the fish taco, beef taco and pork taco. All delicious!!
  • Micah S.heart icon on user image
    Micah SpielerMarch 17, 2016
    Got two tacos. Their good, a tad pricey but worth it. I'd recommend getting 3.
  • Maraheart icon on user image
    MaraFebruary 6, 2017
    Very cool atmosphere, delicious mexican food! Try tostadas de pulpo!
  • Paola P.heart icon on user image
    Paola PerezJuly 9, 2015
    Very unexpected great ceviche for starter, orchata milk and pescado tacos :)
  • Benjamin L.heart icon on user image
    Benjamin LudmanJuly 7, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    The huitlacoche quesadilla was delicious; wonderfully gooey with cheese and not too greasy.
  • Adriana K.
    Adriana KaegiJanuary 30, 2011
    a fun restaurant bar, hang out if you can find your way into the speak-easy type place, great DJ's good looking and fun crowed if you can get in
  • Victoria L.
    Victoria LilySeptember 9, 2013
    Ok so this place was good. Definitely more hyped up though. The really dimmed lights got to me after a while and it's so overpriced for food that really wasn't out of this world. Services were great.
  • Andrew C.heart icon on user image
    Andrew CouldwellApril 11, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    The tacos are great. The two fish tacos are my favourite so far 😋
  • Public House W.
    Public House WineSeptember 3, 2014
    Awesome grilled corn. Great pickup spot, or destination for late night tacos and sangria.
  • Mansour G.heart icon on user image
    Mansour GadiMay 12, 2017
    Great food, great vibes ❤️❤️
  • Cut & Sew & ME
    Cut & Sew & MEOctober 11, 2011
    The diner taqueria is just a front. Go through the secret "Employees Only" door and you'll find a very cool underground dungeon like restaurant. This place isn't as secret as it used to be.
  • Sean C.
    Sean CallananJuly 30, 2018
    Have the avocado pie for dessert, trust me it's delicious
  • Vince W.heart icon on user image
    Vince WongDecember 7, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Duly impressed by the bistec taco. Quesadilla de pollo ain't bad. But I'll mostly be back for the other tacos. And maybe some tequila.
  • Amanda T.
    Amanda TerryMay 16, 2011
    Frozen margaritas are the way to go. I love their grilled string beans and the carne tacos are good too. (via Scoville) Read more
  • Skip
    SkipAugust 14, 2013
    Fish tacos were delicious! FYI...despite not having a sign posted, outdoor tables are just for table service.
  • Mathias B.
    Mathias BeckerOctober 30, 2013
    Awesome place to grab lunch if in a hurry!
  • Carlos P.
    Carlos PachecoMay 4, 2012
    Amazing place with really creative and obviously good tacos. The ELOTES CALLEJEROS (grilled local corn) is a must!
  • April Kate 🍴heart icon on user image
    April Kate 🍴August 22, 2015
    This place is overrated. Get the tacos - lamb shoulder and the market fish. Yes, you need the flan.
  • Rewan P.
    Rewan PartiJanuary 29, 2015
    The tacos and grilled corn are on the spot. They make some real margaritas.
  • Tara H.heart icon on user image
    Tara HuntMay 15, 2012
    Try the Aguacate Con Queso - Walked through a downpour in sandals for these. Would do it again and again.
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