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La Esquina is a beast of an establishment. Known first for its street stand tacos (beef, veggie, fish, chicken, etc.), and expanded the offerings of its NoLita location to two more distinct spaces: the street-level space known as the Cafe, which serves a full menu; and the basement-level space, the Brasserie, which serves an extensive dinner menu, has a full bar featuring an absurd 200 cocktails, and has live DJs from 11 p.m. to 2 a.m. each night. Each of the spaces serves the tacos, though, and the extended menus trend toward locally-sourced ingredients and upscale Mexican otherwise. The service can be inconsistent, as reservations can be hard to come by and the staff sometimes seems to exploit the spot's exclusivity. The joint is open until 3 a.m., though, and is a great place to have a quintessential twenty-something's Manhattan night out. --Shane Barnes
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What a summer it's been for La Esquina: In May, the restaurant was temporarily closed by the Department of Buildings. Today, Eater brings word that it's been shuttered by the DOH. But! Like one of th... More »
Despite the charge that it poses an "imminent danger to life or public safety," La Esquina was apparently up to building code when it opened in 2005. The restaurant's co-owner, Derek Sanders, told the... More »
Akhtar Nawab may be out of a job for awhile longer: citing "imminent danger to life or public safety," the Department of Buildings has shuttered La Esquina until, presumably, it no longer poses an imm... More »
I love La Esquina. It's super posh VIP zone. One of my favorite spots. Killer gourmet Mexican food, bad ass tequila selection and really good music. I've always been really stoked on this spot and I always go here when I'm in New York.
There are now plenty of so-called Bajan fish-taco joints in town, but where's a place you can really dash in and get one immediately? We'd try La Esquina, the rickety shed that sticks out like a sore thumb at the confluence of Lafayette and Centre streets, where the fish is grilled (rather than fried) to order.
Where else do you have to go through a greasy spoon store front, to a hollow shitty wooden door, that leads you thru the kitchen, to a stairway which finally lands you in this subterranean restaurant with latino graffiti cave paintings on the wall. It's Cuban/Caribbean food and it's good. All kinds of Pork, Beef, Chicken and Fish. Drink margarita's and share tapas here. Great to bring people from out of town, because this only happens in a city like NY.
There are now plenty of so-called Bajan fish-taco joints in town, but where's a place you can really dash in and get one immediately? We'd try La Esquina, the rickety shed that sticks out like a sore thumb at the confluence of Lafayette and Centre streets, where the fish is grilled (rather than fried) to order. More »
For years we suffered from taco envy, begrudging L.A. its wonderful fish tacos. But recently we began to have our own credible examples. The current best is at LA ESQUINA, a new taco shack fashioned from an old hamburger stand at Cleveland Place. The generous fish fillet comes heaped with slaw and salsa, and you might as well be in Baja. More »
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