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La Esquina Taqueria and Cafe

114 Kenmare St., New York, NY, 10012
at Lafayette St.
646-613-7100

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5
Food: 6
Service: 4
Décor: 6
"Mixed Reviews"

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denied seating

By hyperbole on 8/18/2011

  • Overall Rating: 1
  • Food: 1
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: 1
  • No, I would not go back!

I went with my friend after work (6pm) to try and have a drink and a few snacks. We went to the restaurant first where our only option was to in a 2 person table in a booth between an overweight person and another heavy person. How would I even get to my seat? crawling under the table? She wouldn't let us sit at any other table... We tried to sit outside and the waiter said the tables were only for 4 people while 2 tables were occupied by only 2 people. I pointed this out and he said "well they've been seating there for over an hour" What sense does this make? So they prefer to have empty tables than to make a few bucks and sit 2 people so they can have drinks and snacks. Not coming back

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76 out of 148 people found this review helpful.

Strange RULES and RUDE

By glamizon on 6/20/2011

  • Overall Rating: 4
  • Food: 6
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: 5
  • No, I would not go back!

It was a lovely day to sit outside. So, two of us inquired about an outside table. It was 3.30 in the afternoon, so there were four outdoor tables available. We were told that drinks were only being served outside until the cafe kitchen opens. So, we got tacos at the taqueria, then wanted to order drinks at an outside table (from the cafe). The waitress informed us that since we ordered at the taqueria, we could not sit at a table. I told her that we were going to order drinks at the table. She still would not let us sit at the table since we ordered food from the taqueria, even though their cafe was not serving food and they own the taqueria! So, basically we were being punished (forbidden to sit at an outside table) because we ordered food from their taqueria. Makes no sense, especially when we were going to buy drinks at the table and their were four empty tables. I have been a supporter of La Esquina since they first opened, as the food is good. So if you want to try the food, get it delivered... Too pretentious to eat downstairs, strange rules for sitting outside, and the cafe is often a very very long wait. So, if you want a frustrating dining experience (that is, if they let you in), this is the place for you. Good luck!

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75 out of 146 people found this review helpful.

Take out, Delivery, or Eat at the Counter (off hours)

By amandak_bk on 9/19/2010

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 9
  • Service: 8
  • Décor: 8
  • Yes, I would go back!

Frequently get tacos for lunch here. Reliably good. Had the Huevos Chipotle breakfast last week and it was great. Good food and an ok experience/prices considering the Soho location.

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87 out of 174 people found this review helpful.

Take out, Delivery, or Eat at the Counter (off hours)

By amandak_bk on 9/19/2010

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 9
  • Service: 8
  • Décor: 8
  • Yes, I would go back!

Frequently get tacos for lunch here. Reliably good. Had the Huevos Chipotle breakfast last week and it was great. Good food and an ok experience/prices considering the Soho location.

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75 out of 163 people found this review helpful.

Best Late Night Tacos Ever

By LizNY on 7/18/2010

  • Overall Rating: 7
  • Food: 8
  • Service: 6
  • Décor: 6
  • Yes, I would go back!

In love with the aguacate con queso tacos. Absolutely heaven at 3 a.m. Fun people-watching spot as well.

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99 out of 191 people found this review helpful.

great horchata

By cygnerose on 6/11/2009

  • Overall Rating: 7
  • Food: 7
  • Service: 8
  • Décor: 8
  • Yes, I would go back!

the ambiance is quite different. The waitress was very helpful. food is quite good. The tacos are tasty.

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145 out of 276 people found this review helpful.

Cafe Horchata

By geiko_dom on 4/1/2009

  • Overall Rating: 6
  • Food: 6
  • Service: 6
  • Décor: 6
  • Yes, I would go back!

Despite the shortcomings of this sceney/poseur taqueria, the location and stellar tortilla soup usually make up for it, until last week. I witnessed a mid-shift restocking - behold - their horchata isn't homemade. It's from cartons of rice dream. Very disappointing. When I expressed my shock to the staff - their response was very salty indeed, but that's expected.

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147 out of 286 people found this review helpful.

Great Place!!!!!!!!!!!

By amyb on 2/6/2009

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

La Esquina has to be my favorite place to dine in NYC! It's always a good crowd, the food and service never fails to amaze me. Some of the simplest dishes are the best , like the De La Casa Salad and the sides of Grilled green beans and that yummy corn! The food is also very light, not your usual heavy Mexican cuisine. I'm a Head Concierge at one of the top hotels in the city, so we go out alot, and hardly ever repeat a restaurant, but La Esquina is one that myself and my team go to on a regular basis. It's also a great place to take "out of towners" !!

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129 out of 245 people found this review helpful.

an amazing birthday

By kellysuez on 8/12/2008

  • Overall Rating: 8
  • Food: 8
  • Service: 8
  • Décor: 9
  • Yes, I would go back!

i met the girl who ran the private room when i was in for dinner one night and asked about having my birthday there. from meeting her, having a very simple email transaction to arrange the night, to the waitress and the hosts, even the amazing music and food - everything about the night was perfect and special. it seemed that everyone really went out of their way to make me and my 25 guests very happy. we had a delicious meal and managed to be out of there just in time for the 3 hour window to close (and the next private party to come in) - allwithout feeling rushed at all.

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142 out of 284 people found this review helpful.

Great Food! Needs Better Service

By IHerrey on 7/30/2008

  • Overall Rating: 6
  • Food: 7
  • Service: 3
  • Décor: 7
  • Yes, I would go back!

We visited for the 1st time on 7/26.We were shocked to find what was below.Great decor! Our table wasn't stable & our waitress was rude.The chkn tostadas are a must have.The waitress did not show us the dessert menu & tried rushing us away.So we moved to the couches for more personal time.Another waiter a gentleman was much more pleaseant.I would go again but request another waitress, food is delicious! I ordered shrimp he ordered the angus steak (gratin potaoes were fantastic!)

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125 out of 239 people found this review helpful.

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