La Esquina

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This cabbie pit stop turned taco destination has three distinct dining and drinking areas: A brightly lit street-level taqueria serves a short-order menu of tacos and tortas; a more intimate 30-seat café is flanked by book- and record-lined shelves. The third and most spectacular is the dungeonesque restaurant and lounge, accessible through the taqueria (to enter you have to confirm that you have a reservation). It’s worth the hassle: A world of sipping tequilas, tiled mosaics and refined Mexican (huitlacoche quesadillas, blue-crab tostadas) awaits.
Venue name: La Esquina
Address: 114 Kenmare St
New York

Cross street: at Lafayette St
Opening hours: Taqueria Mon–Fri 8am–5am; Sat, Sun noon–5am. Café daily noon–midnight. Restaurant daily 6pm–midnight
Transport: Subway: 6 to Spring St
Price: Average main course: $21. AmEx, MC, V
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Nicole G

This taqueria is misleading from the outside with a divey look and takeout menu posted on the first floor. Reservations are hard to get but worth the wait. Once inside, you head downstairs to a great vibe, eclectic decor and fast paced service. Not many frills but the food is all good. We tried tacos, ceviche, queso, tortas, tortilla soup, quesadillas and the poblano crema side. Lots of flavor and recent priced wine selections. I would go back and bring out of town guests or a date.