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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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A search for fame

By Geogier on 6/8/2007

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

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.

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post below CONTINUED

By lwainer on 7/24/2008

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

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.

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93 out of 200 people found this review helpful.

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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74 out of 144 people found this review helpful.

Just Don't

By jbfshn on 1/22/2007

  • Overall Rating: 2
  • Food: 1
  • Service: 2
  • Décor: 4
  • No, I would not go back!

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.

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308 out of 613 people found this review helpful.

La Nothing Special

By Susin on 8/27/2005

  • Overall Rating: 3
  • Food: 2
  • Service: 4
  • Décor: 4
  • No, I would not go back!

I heard so much about how cool it was to be taken through the Employee's Only entrance into a dimly lit underground cavelike rest. So, uh yea, it was cool for about the 60 seconds it took to walk through the kitchen into the main restaurant. I think I even said "oh, how cool" but that faded FAST. The Sangria was disgusting! One sip made me pucker up instantly and try not to spit it out. ALL my guests had the same reaction. The manager came out and apologized saying they were still working on their recipe and that this was not the first time. The nerve! For $30 and a super small pitcher of junk juice...Please experiment on your own time and dime! The menu was sparse, barely anything to choose from. One section of the menu, seemingly the best part was not valid. We were asked to ignore that section! There were 3 main dishes to choose from, ridiculous! Trust me, this is not worth it!

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Terrible Attitude

By Garrocha on 3/19/2007

  • Overall Rating: 3
  • Food: 3
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: 7
  • No, I would not go back!

This is a place I would definitely return if it weren’t for the TERRIBLE ATTITUDE shown by all the staff at the place. Starting off with the “dying to be cool” French bouncer, going to the bad attitude bar man and including the “I’m pretty, but inarticulate” waitress. Don’t get me wrong, the place is amazingly original, the food is not bad and the experience has great potential, but if I’m going to get this much attitude might as well go to a place that will be worth the wait.

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The rudest and most pathetic restaurant host ever

By lwainer on 7/24/2008

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

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?

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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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Good food - LONG WAIT & BAD SERVICE

By kimbyj on 1/22/2006

  • Overall Rating: 5
  • Food: 8
  • Service: 2
  • Décor: 3
  • Yes, I would go back!

The food is good and cheap but reservations are worthless. The service SUCKS in the WORST WAY. They have gotten the NYC attitude - unwarranted! Service is slow and RUDE!!! Food really is tasy though!

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come on guys, this is idiotic

By gvt1001 on 11/6/2006

  • Overall Rating: 5
  • Food: 6
  • Service: 2
  • Décor: 5
  • No, I would not go back!

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.

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