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 Gothamist recommend this place
    • Time Out New York
    • Gothamist
  • 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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  • Sandra v.heart icon on user image
    Sandra van LintApril 15, 2017
    Love the place! Good marquerita's and great atmosphere :)
  • Nikki H.
    Nikki HodgdonApril 9, 2010
    Great fish tacos and avocado tacos. Tortas are good. Best tacos I've ever had..until I went to San Francisco. Overpriced for sure but convenient and tasty.
  • Eva T.
    Eva TomasOctober 22, 2010
    Be sure to have a reservation so you can go to the trendy restaurant downstairs! Great margaritas, great food, great ambience!
  • Alcione
    AlcioneJuly 10, 2012
    Once you are finally able to get a reservation, get the the corn. Your welcome.
  • Josh C.heart icon on user image
    Josh ChuaApril 11, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Disproves that you can't get good Mexican food in Manhattan. Does prove that you'll have to wait for it though.
  • Adriana V.
    Adriana VFebruary 17, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Small portions, big desserts, delicious tacos, great atmosphere and an amazing playlist !
  • Kenneth T.
    Kenneth TiongAugust 20, 2012
    Fish tacos. A bit tasteless (frozen fillets) grilled, not fully redeemed by overloaded the 1000 island and green salsa. 3.5/5
  • Elie K.
    Elie KardousOctober 5, 2011
    the "IT" place for Mexican food... models, investment bankers, downtown hip.... steak taco is yummy. perfect lighting
  • Bravo
    BravoJanuary 28, 2010
    At the basement of a corner Taio shop lies a seductive laid-back dungeon, where you can lounge and sip on some great margaritas. -Julie Kwon, Launch My Line
  • dim l.heart icon on user image
    dim lahApril 2, 2018
    Perfect food, tacos were great! awesome service
  • Densheart icon on user image
    DensApril 3, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Everyone knows to get the corn, but try the rice milk. Get it to go and walk around the hood.
  • Craig
    CraigJanuary 23, 2013
    Amazing! Don't miss the opportunity. Great food ! Drink! And wait staff. Go!
  • Cameron G.heart icon on user image
    Cameron GidariJune 17, 2016
    The Michelle’s Ceviche and Queso Fundido were excellent.
  • Sam H.heart icon on user image
    Sam HaskelFebruary 19, 2015
    Incredible place...definitely get the corn and check out the restaurant downstairs--very special
  • Razorfish
    RazorfishSeptember 20, 2011
    Great food — perfectly spiced. Corn is to die for… so is the mango/arugula salad! Plus, tasty margaritas!
  • Syd L.heart icon on user image
    Syd LeighJune 4, 2015
    I was underwhelmed. I didn't eat my corn, it had no flavor and tons of mayo. The chicken that you can add to salads is really good.
  • Amy S.
    Amy SpriggsJuly 26, 2013
    Plantain upside-down cake with toasted almond ice cream = highly recommended
  • BlueBlueheart icon on user image
    BlueBlueJune 13, 2016
    Amazing atmosphere, great food, good service. NYC must
  • Jenny R.heart icon on user image
    Jenny RMay 20, 2015
    Ordered the tortilla soup and stake tacos. Soup was greasy and barely had avocado, cheese or tortilla strips but did have giant chunks of chicken, very unappetizing, took 20 mins for all premade food.
  • @JaumePrimeroheart icon on user image
    @JaumePrimeroJanuary 9, 2012
    do yourself a favor and order the tortilla soup. The best!
  • Sabrina W.heart icon on user image
    Sabrina WangJuly 9, 2015
    quite a nice place and location. waiters and waitress are nice!
  • Dave F.heart icon on user image
    Dave FisherFebruary 15, 2016
    The tingas de pollo make a hearty meal for a cold winter's day.
  • Being Fattyheart icon on user image
    Being FattyJanuary 9, 2015
    Quick easy and tasty, can't complain with that
  • Wejdan ✨
    Wejdan ✨October 14, 2015
    Mushroom quesadilla and the grilled corn of course!
  • Katrina W.
    Katrina WongJanuary 18, 2012
    If you have a party here, make sure you know how much they charge and how often they bring out the jugs of margaritas.... just sayin!
  • Masha M.
    Masha MurakhovskyFebruary 10, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    carnita tacos are amazing, also get the rice, beans and pico de gallo side!
  • Pieter 😜 D.
    Pieter 😜 DomNovember 2, 2009
    Been here 5+ times
    Next time, I'll stay far away from michelada and the ceviche, but their mojito, taquitos and Pastel De Chocolate were more to my liking. Prices clearly include the intimate decor, where you're likely
  • Andrew D.heart icon on user image
    Andrew D.May 11, 2011
    Great place, but food is far better at Mexican Radio across the street! Shredded chicken burrito is best in the city!!!
  • Mike C.
    Mike ChauJuly 26, 2013
    Try the Cochinita Pibil Taco - Pulled pork. Best one.
  • Purpose .com
    Purpose .comAugust 4, 2011
    This place is an office favorite. In addition to tacos for lunch and dinner, the breakfast burritos are awesome!
  • MLOheart icon on user image
    MLOJanuary 4, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Tinga de pollo tacos are what keep the peace in NYC.
  • Fabio G.
    Fabio GrattonOctober 25, 2010
    Love the tacks and corn here. Live the secret undergroud chamber. Hate the pretentious scene. I pray the attitude changes, otherwise I will strongly advise everyone to abandon this place.
  • HBO
    HBOSeptember 3, 2011
    How to Make It in America happened here. One of the best places to throw a swank birthday dinner like Rachel's.
  • Kelsey L.
    Kelsey LeeApril 14, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    The avocado torta is delicious and pretty cheap.
  • Holly M.heart icon on user image
    Holly MooreMay 21, 2014
    With my first bite the roasted chicken torta became one of my favorite sandwiches ever.
  • Adriel B.heart icon on user image
    Adriel BarnettMarch 3, 2017
    The rib eye steak tacos, I highly recommend it.
  • ToryBurch
    ToryBurchJanuary 12, 2011
    The fish tacos are worth the hype. Be sure to sit downstairs - perfect for a girls' night out.
  • Asher K.heart icon on user image
    Asher KinyonAugust 27, 2015
    Everything is great! Get the tres leches!
  • Dewi T.heart icon on user image
    Dewi TSeptember 18, 2018
    WoW hidden restaurant under the ground in old metro station
  • Lockhart S.heart icon on user image
    Lockhart SteeleApril 10, 2021
    Been here 10+ times
    Fifteen years later, still holds up. Downtown NYC Eatery Hall of Fame first-ballot inductee.
  • Ann-Kathryne
    Ann-KathryneFebruary 15, 2013
    Cafe music at night will make you wish it was a club! It's great.
  • Waddie G.heart icon on user image
    Waddie GrantJune 13, 2014
    The BEST steak quesadilla I've ever eaten in LIFE!!! I'm hooked.
  • Nancy T.
    Nancy TranAugust 24, 2013
    If you should be so lucky to have Michele as your server, listen to her. She rocks!
  • Kevin J.heart icon on user image
    Kevin JamiesonJanuary 28, 2020
    Great late night spot, great food and drinks!
  • Johan S.heart icon on user image
    Johan SanmartinMay 25, 2018
    Tacos de bistec are amazing!
  • Joe G.
    Joe GruchaczNovember 15, 2011
    Great cheap eats. The downstairs bar and restaurant is a perfect date spot. Read more
  • Jose H.heart icon on user image
    Jose HermosilloMarch 21, 2015
    Casa Noble Single Barrel margaritas. Tong tacos fantastic...
    MTTNYCAugust 26, 2011
    IF you are able to secure a reservation, be SURE to order the grilled corn - RIDICULOUSLY deelish!
  • Daniel P.heart icon on user image
    Daniel PowellJuly 16, 2017
    Cool atmosphere and excellent small plates, tequila
  • Melissa D.
    Melissa DNovember 20, 2009
    Go to La Esquina, drop your name, and order the sweet plantains as a side to any of the other delicious items for one of your best lunches ever!
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