La Esquina

Price guide: Mid-range

106 Kenmare Street, SoHo, New York City, New York, 10012

Price guide: Mid-range

La Esquina

By Shandana A. Durrani, your New York City expert

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#65 of 80
expert-rated restaurants in New York City
Expert overall rating:4.0 out of 5
Food and drink:
4.3
4.3
Ambience:
4.2
4.2
Service:
3
3.0
Location:
4.2
4.2
Value for money:
3.3
3.3
Recommended for:
Couples, Singles, Celebrity spotting, Nightlife, People watching, Trendiness

Expert review of La Esquina

A trendy Mexican restaurant with delicious tacos and strong margaritas.

When this hotspot opened a few years back underneath a seedy street-level lunch counter, it was impossible to get a reservation unless you knew someone at the door (or one of the owners) as the young and beautiful thronged the subterranean space nightly for strong margaritas, excellent Mexican food and a party-like scene. Nowadays it’s still heaving (with celebs like Jennifer Aniston and Drew Barrymore among the frequent sightings), but I prefer to sneak around to the attached La Esquina café where they have the same menu and drinks with a much saner atmosphere.

Food and drink: 

A fresh seasonal approach to Mexican food that keeps it light and delicious. Among my favorites are the fish and pulled pork tacos. The margaritas are also unmissable!

Ambience: 

The main space is a cavernous large room with a rocking bar, crowded banquettes and gothic lighting, which makes it a great space for a party, but if I am in the mood for an actual conversation I prefer to go to the cafe/restaurant where a limited number of tables make it a great spot to catch up.

Service: 

Again the café has much better service than the bigger space downstairs where the wait to place an order is long, and servers don’t seem to care.

Location: 

On Cleveland Place, a convenient and trendy part of the city that’s close to SoHo, the Lower East Side and downtown Manhattan.

Price advice: 

A three-course meal without wine is around US$30 per person but I find that just one course (from US$9) does the trick.

Tables to book: 

They take reservations at the main restaurant but it’s always a wait anyway. My tip? Although they don’t take reservations at the café, the upstairs spot is such a secret that my wait isn’t usually more than 20 minutes.

More information on La Esquina:

Price guide:
Mid-range
Type:
Bar, Restaurant
Food:
Mexican
Address:
106 Kenmare Street, SoHo, New York City, New York, 10012
Telephone:
646-613-7100
Website:
http://www.esquinanyc.com
Serves:
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Opening times:
Mon-Thu noon-midnight, Fri noon-1am, Sat 11am-1am, Sun 11am-midnight.
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Always essential

Have you been to La Esquina? Would you recommended it?