114 Kenmare St, New York, NY 10012
Phone: (646) 613-1333
Primary Phone: (646) 613-1333
Phone: (646) 613-1772
Primary Phone: (646) 613-1772
La Esquina Taqueria
Cuisines: Cuban, Deli, Delivery, Mexican, Take Out, Caribbean, Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch, Latin American, Bar & Grills
Price Range : Below Average
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Maybe next time I'll take someone else's suggestion and order from the taqueria instead of reserving a table because the service was reallly slow. Not to mention, I felt like we were packed in there like sardines. I could literally reach my arm across and grab the centerpiece off the table beside me which meant we were also totally engulfed in the loud conversation from the party beside us. The food was great, but it felt like a tease when I saw how small the helpings were. I could have literally eaten three of my meals to myself. I wouldn't recommend coming here if you're A. starving and B. in a rush.
07/07/2011Provided by Citysearch -
I inevitably stop here when I'm nearby. The last two things I had: a chorizo taco and a fish taco. Both were really good. The fish was flaky and i like that its grilled and not fried. The chorizo wasn't over cooked. Skip the sit down, order from the taqueria and you won't have to deal with the service everyone else seems to have gotten
06/22/2011Provided by Citysearch -
i love love love their tacos and warm chicken salad and the breakfast burrito... so so good
i never go there just delivery and it's always on time and delicious
there is a great woman who takes lunch delivery orders and she is never stressed out or impatient if you need some time to figure things out. sometimes she makes suggestions of food to try
04/29/2010Provided by Citysearch -
We will never return to this restaurant. The hostess needs to be terminated. Her behavior towards our two guests who were innocently coming to the bar/lounge area for a drink whilst they waited for us to leave with them for another event was embarrassingly patronizing, dare I say bitchy. Yes, bitchy would be appropriate. But it went further than that. She was accusatory, derogatory, and severely inappropriate in her assumption these individuals were taking advantage of their reservation system. They have to get better front people.
At 6 pm on a Wednesday two of my colleagues and I went there for a quick bite to eat before heading to another function. We did not have reservations but they sat us at a table for three. However, the server watered our table then never returned for 25 minutes, upon their return they informed us they'd be right with us to take our order. We witnessed the server then tend to taking the orders of now what was the third table that came in AFTER us. Seeing that taking the orders of 6 people would mean another many minutes before tending to our table we left our table to sit in their empty lounge. The bartender happily took our food orders and we sat on sofa's to continue our meeting. When two guests dropped by to accompany us to our next function the hostess would not permit them down to the bar for a drink stating we had misled her with our numbers. Misled? We aren't a conspiracy, we are a group of people who innocently had two others drop by. Two others who were willing to pay for drinks, tip well and support your establishment and fill your empty lounge.
Needless to say if this is the attitude of one person, it breeds to others and ultimately the entire experience became a staff of individuals too young in jobs evidently too complicated (as seating people with civility is hard work, of course). They need more than an attitude change, they need to terminate these overly entitled self righteous front girls who behave like children with their hissy fits. There are plenty of polite young people eagerly looking for these $9/hour jobs. Hire them.
04/14/2010Provided by Citysearch -
When we arrived at the restaurant, there was a young boy attending the hostess post, I would say a teenager. He took our information down and then later took us to our table. No conversation once so ever. Waited for our menu's for about 15 minutes until I requested one from the host (Teenage boy). We ordered yuca fries to begin with, but they were stale and old. We didnt even touch another one after we tried the first one. I had to call the waiter over to tell him to take them away and bring us our food because we waited for half an hour until they removed the fries. The waiter did not ask me why we didnt eat them, so I told him why and his response was ""Oh I thought you guys were slow eaters"" I couldnt believe it. He didnt offer to do anything, which we werent expecting anyways but at least as a courtesy it would have been nice to do so. The suppose pitcher of sangria is more like a large glass for three people only. Very tiny pitcher for the expensive sangria. Overall it didn't meet the expectations we had. I wouldn't return to the restuarant.
04/11/2010Provided by Citysearch -
What happened to this #1 taco place in NYC? Not sure if it was overflowing customers on Saturday dinner time, but the waitress just would not seat us straight. She refused to seat my party( 6 people) because one was in the bathroom and the other one was talking on a cell by the door. She let other people who came after us seat at the bigger tables, and finally let us squeez in at the 4-people table. And the waiter said most of the dish was not serving that day includling the steak taco. It took 35min to get us the utencil and the water..it took more than an hour to get us the drinks. It took 1hr 30min to get us the dish. It took 1 sec to get us the check. The waiter took the dish (my friend was still eating from the dish) as soon as I asked for the check. I'm never going back to this place again as long as they keep the same staff.
03/15/2010Provided by Citysearch -
Great tacos! It gets cramped at times, but it's worth it if you're in the area. But onto the reason I'm writing - To ""laesquinasucks"" : a lot of times you can't eat outside food in a restaurant not because they're not making money on you, but because of health codes/liability. You're bringing in uncontrolled and unknown ingredients into a controlled production environment. Try understanding the basis of general food industry rules before going crazy, dude.
02/20/2010Provided by Citysearch -
Stick to the upstairs taco counter. its crowded at times but worth the food. We did not try to go downstairs but noticed many attempts to go downstairs and noticed the really nasty attitude.
Dont bother if the upstairs is any indication the food is satisfying but not worth that BS attitude the bouncers give you.
01/19/2010Provided by Citysearch -
Recently I had to meet some out of town clients at La Esquina (bedazzled by three year old press, they selected the place). I arrived after they did.
The doorman (!) would not let me go downstairs to check to see if the clients were already seated. I showed him a text from one of the clients that said ""we're here at La Esquina"" The bouncer sniffed and said he didn't know who sent the text. So, no entry. I tried to phone the clients. But...wait for it...the cell phone wouldn't go through.
While I was waiting for them to realize I might be upstairs, another patron showed up. Same story: meeting clients, couldn't reach them. And the tortured artist doorman wouldn't let him downstairs either.
I pitched a fit. My client came upstairs. Because I had raised a stink I would not be allowed downstairs.
La Esquina: you don't know who I am, or who I was meeting.
But really, aren't the 90s over? Isn't it time to dispense with the doorman silliness and practice a bit of customer service?
Oh, and the crowd? While I waited, I saw a progression of old hags from the upper east side and cheating husbands with their asian escorts. A-list crowd!
I'm glad you were able to employ the unemployable...getting a job as a doorman at La Esquina is something to tell the grandkids!
And the food, for all that fuss? Average.
If La Esquina were serious about food and customer service, then why sell t-shirts? Don't they sell those at the Hard Rock Cafe?
At least the Hard Rock Cafe is fun, and has better food.
Really La Esquina. Get over yourselves.
01/13/2010Provided by Citysearch -
I went here with my family for some Mexican food. My daughter has special food needs and can't eat what is on the menu. We brought her own food but the rest of us were planning on eating and having drinks. They threw out my family because we brought her food. We could have had her eat their food but we would have a medical emergency. I even said we would order something for her, pay for it, but just not east it...oh no, that wouldn't work. They are complete pricks...don't go there.
09/28/2009Provided by Citysearch -
This place is nothing to write home about. There are many New York City restaurants that offer great ambiance. The food is good, but so is Rosa Mexicana without the attitude. Attempting to make a reservations for the same week is impossible unless you are going through a 5 star hotel or you are somebody famous. The other option is calling three weeks in advance for reservations at 6:30 PM or 11:00 PM.
06/02/2009Provided by Citysearch -
I have eaten at the smaller café on the side, the taco stand and the downstairs of this place and all 3 are excellent. I am a huge fan of Mexican food and I love the food here. The only problem is that if you want to eat in the downstairs dining room you have to get reservations (which are not easy) then you have to greet a bouncer inside the taco stand (the one I was greeted by was a very unfriendly bulldike) then you have to wind your way through the kitchen and coat check. Its one of those places in NYC that just loves to be “hush hush” and make anyone going there feel like they are in on some cool secret… but you may see some famous people once you get down there. The service is not super friendly and they really try to get your order taken immediately an get you the hell out of there for the next uber cool people that know of this “underground” location (pun intended). Overall the food is worth it, and if you don’t want to be that cool, just go around the corner to their more casual dining room where the service is a little more friendly and the food is just as good.
01/13/2009Provided by Citysearch -
Is this a bar with tables or is it a restaurant? Based on what happened to me during a recent visit it is definitely the latter. If you have ever had a doorman bouncer come to your table 10 minutes after the food arrives to say they are closing you know what I mean. He stood over our table rushing us to finish. When bringing this to the manager's attention on the way out, he was unsympathetic. There are more friendly late-night places in NYC that deserve the business.
01/07/2009Provided by Citysearch -
I am New Yorker who likes food, good atmosphere, and is not into pretentious scenes. I made a reservation a couple of weeks ago (at 630, but that was not a huge deal) and went last night. After reading the reviews, I was afraid it was going to be pretentious and dissapointing, but I had a positive experience. It was a cool space, no hassles, service was good, and food was good also. So...I guess it's worth it if you're willing to take an early reservation on a weeknight!
I really enjoyed the food here. It really is top notch as you will read in the other reviews. However the basement atmosphere and no windows was hard to swallow. I think it will be a winter ""cozy"" spot for me as i can't imagine no windows in the summer.
Were lights too much to ask for at a restaurant?
I brought my parents over the holidays and they couldnt read the menu. We had to pull a candle over to read the entrees. The tequila list is quite extensive and really I enjoyed the quesadilla the most just would like to have some more lights.
11/23/2008Provided by Citysearch -
I tried to make reservations at La Esquina and since they were full I went around the corner to Cafe Esquina. The food was delish, the drinks were great and the atmosphere was relaxed. I would definately suggest this place to my friends. Its a great quiet date place.