New York
La Esquina
The cornerstone

This corner taco stand/tortas shop, cafe, restaurant and downstairs bar pretty much corners whatever cravings for Mexican food and fiestas you might have. Whether you’re grabbing breakfast, lunch, a quick snack, or dining for dinner, this lively three room restaurant is always inviting. And positioned strategically where Lafayette St. splits, it’s a prime meeting point between Soho, the L.E.S., Chinatown and Little Italy.

Sure, part of its appeal lies in its delicious fare and authentic decor. We were particularly tickled by the one most clever I(icon)NY themes around, in which the traditional heart has been replaced by a Mexican wrestler’s mask. The scene is likewise hip and playful, where the bar life extends long after the kitchen closes. But swing by midday to pick up the pollo rostizado (rotisserie chicken and avocado) or pepito (grilled steak and onions) on baguette, or go early enough in the evening to enjoy specialties like a chilled, citrus-y ceviche before you begin to sample from the mammoth tequila list.

La Esquina
  • 114 Kenmare St.
  • 10012 New York
  • S4 S6 at Spring St.

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