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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
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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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310 out of 583 people found this review helpful.

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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346 out of 705 people found this review helpful.

Violent bouncers. Women Beware.

By bocephus on 10/9/2006

  • Overall Rating: 6
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: 2
  • No, I would not go back!

My partner and I, completely sober and drug-free, had had a wonderful meal upstairs, it was our first time there. We then walked downstairs to check out the bar before going home. She's a scientist with a PhD and I'm a writer--hardly a menacing pair. We were then assaulted by the security staff--literally shoved to the floor, dragged up flights of stairs, lit cigarettes tossed in our faces after we were on the sidewalk. Then the doorman pursued us onto the sidewalk and continued smacking us around when I started taking photos of them. We are pursuing legal action. BOYCOTT THIS BAR. For more info see http://www.brain-on-fire.com/laesquina .

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344 out of 674 people found this review helpful.

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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283 out of 680 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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309 out of 616 people found this review helpful.

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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253 out of 580 people found this review helpful.

Unusual !

By rubenfontes on 3/28/2007

  • Overall Rating: 8
  • Food: 9
  • Service: 7
  • Décor: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

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 !!

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305 out of 651 people found this review helpful.

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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297 out of 598 people found this review helpful.

Over Rated

By LMSanchez on 8/7/2007

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

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.

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276 out of 563 people found this review helpful.

While it's too cool for school...

By speakthetruth on 2/13/2008

  • Overall Rating: 7
  • Food: 8
  • Service: 5
  • Décor: 8
  • Yes, I would go back!

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.

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