La Esquina

114 Kenmare St.
New York, NY 10012
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  • Sun, Sat 11am-2am, Mon-Fri 8am-2am
  • $$
  • Delivery, Patio/Sidewalk Dining, Private Party, Takeout
  • Breakfast, Brunch, Dinner, Late Night, Lunch
  • Full bar
  • No Parking
  • Reservations Accepted, Reservations Not Necessary
La Esquina is a beast of an establishment. Known first for its street stand tacos (beef, veggie, fish, chicken, etc.), and expanded the offerings of its NoLita location to two more distinct spaces: the street-level space known as the Cafe, which serves a full menu; and the basement-level space, the Brasserie, which serves an extensive dinner menu, has a full bar featuring an absurd 200 cocktails, and has live DJs from 11 p.m. to 2 a.m. each night. Each of the spaces serves the tacos, though, and the extended menus trend toward locally-sourced ingredients and upscale Mexican otherwise. The service can be inconsistent, as reservations can be hard to come by and the staff sometimes seems to exploit the spot's exclusivity. The joint is open until 3 a.m., though, and is a great place to have a quintessential twenty-something's Manhattan night out. --Shane Barnes

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