New York City Restaurants

La Esquina

  • 106 Kenmare Map It
  • NoLIta
  • Mexican

Published 09/11/2016

Fodor's Review

Anchoring a downtown corner under a bright neon sign, La Esquina looks like nothing more than a fast-food taquería, with cheap tacos sold to go until 2 in the morning. Just around the corner, though, is a modestly priced café serving those same tacos along with more ambitious fare like chiles rellenos (stuffed peppers) and carne asada (grilled meat). The real draw, however, is hidden from sight: the basement brasserie, like a Mexican speakeasy, is accessible by reservation only, through an unmarked door just inside the ground-floor taquería. Inside, discover a buzzy subterranean scene with pretty people drinking potent margaritas and dining on upscale Mexican fare. Prices downstairs are high, but portions are large.

Restaurant Information

Address:

106 Kenmare, between Cleveland Pl. and Lafayette St., New York, New York, 10012, USA

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Phone:

646-613–7100

Published 09/11/2016

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