114 Kenmare St., New York, NY, 10012
at Lafayette St.
By lwainer on 7/24/2008
Who gets to sit there? How could there BE no waiting system?" He answers "there just isn't, we cannot give you a table." I understand he must have been a pathetic inexperienced struggling artist that is probably relishing his little power trip working as the lame host at La Esquina, but even the host at Applebee's would know better restaurant etiquette than that. While I should have spoken to his superior immediately, I decided it was not worth my effort - I simply smiled and said thank you have a good night, walked out, and was seated immediately at the taqueria (also part of La Esquina) next door, which may I point out had several empty tables. Guess La Esquina was just THAT busy (let me also point out that it took an hour for our tacos to come out because the waiter forgot to put in our order)....It is a pity that a loser host who performs his job sitting down while he talks to customers, has to pretend a place like La Esquina is like the door policy at Marquee. Marquee can get away with that maybe but La Esquina can't.
By lwainer on 7/24/2008
I HIGHLY regret my decision to go here. I have been to many restaurants around the city and never have I witnessed such poor service and attitude. Upon entering the restaurant with a friend, on a Wednesday night, when there was hardly any sort of busy scene, I was surprised to realize i had walked by the lame host that could not even afford to stand up on his feet to greet customers. Instead he was busy reading his book and playing with his iphone, SITTING DOWN as he looked rudely at customers walking in, with an expression on his face implying "And what the hell do you want?" Despite the fact that the restaurant was not even busy and no one was waiting for a table, he barked at us claiming "I don't care if you are Princess Diana...even if you DID have a reservation for 8:30 we give up our spots in fifteen minutes so there is no way you would be given a table now." He goes on to shout that there "IS no waiting system here" and when I respond, "So what happens when this party eating right here is finished?
By Evangeline on 6/6/2008
I recently had a suprise birthday party for my boyfriend and supposedly 25 of his best friends. HE was suprised, wehn he got there just as everyone when I sent them the link to what the place looked like on the outside. I wanted them to be suprised as well. Our waiteress Michelle, was simply a delight, she worked our party and our bar bill very well...but with food that great the service and the decor we could've cared less. Everyone vowed they'd definitely be back. The only disapointing thing was the fact that I had 19 people confirmed out of 25 and 14 showed up.
By speakthetruth on 2/13/2008
It's a scene and I pretty much poo poo any place that judges its patron on their image. However, the food is pretty darn good. If you want to eat casually, avoid the hyped speakeasy-ish downstairs and eat upstairs. The pollo rostizado torta, is perhaps one of the better sandwiches in the city. And don't forget the green beans. Just because they may judge you, it doesn't mean you should judge their food.
By LMSanchez on 8/7/2007
I used to live in Little Italy and walked past this place many times. The few times I ate there were just "okay" with the service slow and, most of time, non-responsive. I never had any desire to even peek downstairs because I had always heard that the bouncer and staff thought they were "all that." Skip it and instead, head up to Public or the other cute, funky places on Elizabeth and Mott (between Broome and Houston). Much better atmosphere, food -- and worth the hype.
By Geogier on 6/8/2007
Their desire to cater towards certain people's need to feel exclusive means they will give you and your date an attitude to prove they are something which they are not. They are exclusive RANDOMLY. That means they do not choose a great crowd, in fact, quite the opposite. I don't know who would recommend this place. I've read countless customer reviews that made me smile with their truth tearing it apart. This place is honestly among the absolute worst restaurants I have ever been to as a native New Yorker. They have an ugly bouncer who's got an attitude like he's better than you and you should be lucky to be let in. Don't be fooled by any lame hype that started this place towards its mediocre run. It's already fizzling and will be gone soon thank God. I rest assured that I won't have to walk by it for long. Just cause the bouncer's crazy doesn't mean you should be.
By rubenfontes on 3/28/2007
I got there with new yorker friends without knowing where I was going to.. because of the deli on the front... very good food, unusual entrance , decor...( stars, kitchen and then the salon...) the service was ok, great food !!
By Garrocha on 3/19/2007
This is a place I would definitely return if it werenÃ‚Â’t for the TERRIBLE ATTITUDE shown by all the staff at the place. Starting off with the Ã‚Â“dying to be coolÃ‚Â” French bouncer, going to the bad attitude bar man and including the Ã‚Â“IÃ‚Â’m pretty, but inarticulateÃ‚Â” waitress. DonÃ‚Â’t get me wrong, the place is amazingly original, the food is not bad and the experience has great potential, but if IÃ‚Â’m going to get this much attitude might as well go to a place that will be worth the wait.
By jbfshn on 1/22/2007
Most of the time, I chalk up a bad meal to a bad choice in entree or an off night. But about a week ago, I got food poisoning from this place. Now, normally I would ignore this but having spoken to a few people about it, I found out that two other people had also gotten food poisoning in the same week from La Esquina, one from the take out and one from the restaurant below. Let this be a warning to diners that choose to ignore the signs: stay away.
By gvt1001 on 11/6/2006
Ok, some place opens on the corner of a busy street in MANHATTAN. you have tacos, you have BOUNCERS, you have exclusive access. What a ruse. If the tacos were better, we'd have been happier. If we could have gotten a drink easily, we'd have been fine. But to suffer a French door guy and a bouncer all at the same time, without paris hilton barfing on the doorstep? What is this? Humans of Manhattan, boycott this joint. In three months, you'll have your run of it, if you actually care, or if a hedge fund doesn't buy it and brand it. There's not close enough access to the tunnel for the B&T crowd, and who else cares? This is plain stupid. Skip it.