La Esquina

La Esquina

Mexican Restaurant, Taco Restaurant, and Lounge$$$$
SoHo, New York
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    The experts at Time Out New York and The Corcoran Group recommend this place
    • Time Out New York
    • The Corcoran Group
  • Tips
    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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  • Jessica A.heart icon on user image
    Jessica ANovember 7, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Good for a quick lunch at the taco stand. Or great for a late night downstairs.
  • Melissa R.
    Melissa RogersDecember 9, 2013
    If you can't get a table, try the more casual Taqueria around the corner - same tacos served there.
  • Sandro M.
    Sandro MeyerAugust 14, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Highly recommend carne asada, no beans (they are kinda tasteless), but a corn instead which taste insanely good. Great selfmade sangria btw.!
  • Amanda R.heart icon on user image
    Amanda RellaJuly 6, 2017
    Go to the basement for an unexpected speakeasy environment. Great food and drinks!
  • Anne L.heart icon on user image
    Anne LiseSeptember 8, 2013
    Take pescado tacos: just perfect! With a glass of delicious marguarita de la casa <3
  • Italo L.
    Italo Londero CMarch 28, 2013
    Elote callejero, tortilla soup, tostadas de yuca y pork ribs with guava sauce! Yummy!!
  • Arkadiy K.
    Arkadiy KukarkinApril 23, 2015
    They obviously have a bathroom for the downstairs restaurant but they won't let you use it without a reservation, even if you're dining upstairs. Pass.
  • RockStarNewYorkheart icon on user image
    RockStarNewYorkDecember 17, 2012
    Finally found a restaurant that is on par with La Super-Rica Taqueria in Santa Barbara, CA (Julia Child's favorite Mexican restaurant)!
  • Kelly A.heart icon on user image
    Kelly AJuly 12, 2017
    Tacos are unbelievable!!! Steak tacos all day everyday 🌮 !!
  • C T.heart icon on user image
    C TravDecember 2, 2018
    Ambiance and drinks on point! Tacos are great!
  • Mischaheart icon on user image
    MischaSeptember 24, 2011
    Must try the Bistec and Carnitas tacos, it's not really how we eat tacos back in Mexico, but at least they're are doing the best effort
  • Igal G.heart icon on user image
    Igal GhitelmanSeptember 20, 2014
    Good guacamole and yucca fries. Also may try the bistec taco
  • Anita M.
    Anita MooreDecember 23, 2014
    Great party scene downstairs. Don't forget to put on your "cool" if you hope to get past the doorman.
  • Anna G.
    Anna GrygorenkoAugust 23, 2015
    Chicken tacos with green salsa are ...awesome!😋 GREAT PLACE!
  • Maya J.
    Maya Jimenez 😬August 26, 2013
    Adorable little taco spot in SoHo. A must for mexican-food lovers.
  • Brittany S.
    Brittany SimonNovember 10, 2014
    Amazing margaritas 👏 make a res in advanced for dinner.
  • Kelly S.
    Kelly SuttonJanuary 25, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    You can't really go wrong here, whether you're sitting down or taking out. Their bistec tacos are a great take on a classic dish.
  • Andrew F.heart icon on user image
    Andrew FurmanJune 15, 2017
    Been here 5+ times
    Open late, but the tacos are expensive ($4) and small 😕
  • Claire
    ClaireJuly 5, 2013
    Fish tacos and cucumber/lime Popsicle! Very refreshing:) Ask for a sticker, they're free.
  • Giovanni D.heart icon on user image
    Giovanni D'PalmaJuly 10, 2016
    Wish I could write about the food but we ended up leaving before ordering. The outside seating was nice until we were in the sun waiting for water or to order; since they weren't that busy we left.
  • How To Make It In America
    Like finding El Dorado beneath a taco shack. Head downstairs, take the scenic route through the kitchen to find amazing scene of tequila, huitlacoche quesadillas and total hotness.
  • DoubleDeuce
    DoubleDeuceJune 12, 2013
    The peanut brittle that comes with the Crema Cocina dessert is highly recommended.
  • Danny T.heart icon on user image
    Danny TrejoDecember 21, 2015
    Great place for something fast and good. The tacos are legit.
  • catherine p.
    catherine paoJanuary 14, 2015
    Takeout tacos, tortas, and quesadillas are your best bets here!
  • chin1taheart icon on user image
    chin1taSeptember 11, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Excellent take-out operation. The tacos and platos never disappoint.
  • Alexander S.heart icon on user image
    Alexander ScurlockMarch 16, 2016
    Great place. Easy atmosphere, good food. Really like it
  • Virginie H.heart icon on user image
    Virginie HalpinJanuary 3, 2015
    After all the recommendations, we were looking forward to the food here. Booking was hard to make, waitress was quite rude and the food was okay. Love the ambiance and setting.
  • Bjarke K.heart icon on user image
    Bjarke KongstadJuly 2, 2017
    Delicious. Remember to always go for the Mexican coke.
  • Chris R.heart icon on user image
    Chris RorieSeptember 18, 2015
    Bistec taco, fish taco one of best in city
  • Barton S.heart icon on user image
    Barton SmithJanuary 4, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    There could be a better balance between meat and veggies, but definitely tasty.
  • Antonioheart icon on user image
    AntonioJuly 28, 2015
    I had the Bistec tacos and the Elote and they were excellent.
  • A D.heart icon on user image
    A DelDecember 12, 2015
    Awesome secret basement scene, amazing tacos and margaritas
  • Nisa G.heart icon on user image
    Nisa GOctober 14, 2014
    Vaquero is great for hot cocktail lovers!
  • Amanda W.heart icon on user image
    Amanda WilliamsMarch 29, 2015
    Love this place! Cool underground Mex with delicious food and drinks
  • Melissa R.
    Melissa RogersDecember 29, 2013
    If it's too busy, you can get the same mouth-watering tacos at Taqueria, around the corner!
  • Enilda H.
    Enilda HidalgoJune 23, 2011
    During lunch time, place your order by phone and pick it up...... They take forever when you order in person!!!!!!! But its worth the wait :p
  • Shawn P.
    Shawn PaustianSeptember 22, 2013
    Some food is pricey, but definitely tastes good. Try something that is a bit more substantial than a torta.
  • Jason S.
    Jason SpearsSeptember 11, 2014
    Spot next to Apotheke in China Town. Great tequila drinks and ambiance.
  • Joseph M.heart icon on user image
    Joseph MisitiSeptember 18, 2012
    this place is over-rated and it takes them 45 minutes to make your tacos. do yourself a favor and keep walking north to tacombi on Elizabeth and e Houston
  • Lili B.
    Lili BazJune 18, 2019
    Good tacos! Guac is nothing special. Sit outside if you can.
  • Emma H.
    The Tinga de Pollo tacos are ridiculously delicious. Messy? Yes. Worth it? Absafuckinglutely!!
  • Lucy H.heart icon on user image
    Lucy H.October 27, 2016
    Elotes callejeros is actually the most delicious corn I've ever had.
  • Oscar M.
    Oscar MaJanuary 13, 2012
    Best tacos I have ever eaten. Also first fish tacos I've ever eaten and they were the bomb.
  • Olga E.heart icon on user image
    Olga EpsAugust 21, 2014
    Great concept. Food and drink are fine - not overly impressed. It's more for hanging out
  • George C.heart icon on user image
    George CostaJanuary 13, 2016
    Go early. Chicken tacos awesome.
  • Marizanne V.heart icon on user image
    Marizanne VisserApril 28, 2018
    Great tacos, good margeritas and great service
  • Eddie B.
    Eddie BMarch 17, 2010
    Air-tight first date place. Sexy cantina vibe never fails & food is totally on point. Be prepared & make a rezzie. (Ignore all the hater comments- this place rocks!)
  • Adrian M.
    Adrian MojicaFebruary 15, 2015
    The basement can be pretentious and the chile relleno is not even close to the one at the maguey y la tuna.
  • Dhari L.heart icon on user image
    Dhari LoSeptember 4, 2012
    Everything was absolutely amazing! making a new reservation for their earliest available date :)
  • Untapped Cities
    Untapped CitiesNovember 16, 2012
    If you make a reservation for dinner, then, you will have no problem getting into the bar.
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