New York City-Lower West Manhattan
May 11, 2018
La Esquina is another offering from designer and entrepreneur Serge Becker, the man behind Area and Bowery Bar. Housed in a restored diner car still bearing the neon-lettered name of its former incarnation, the attractive space is split into a number of areas. At the front there’s a take-out taqueria, serving tacos over the counter; there’s also a casual café area, a scattering of sidewalk tables for summer dining and, if you head through the kitchen and down the stairs, you’ll find a glamorous bar with candelabras and walls lined with books. It’s a stylish, laid-back venue, indisputably hip and comfortable with it. The food is excellent, full of fiery Mexican flavor, and the bar stocks over 70 varieties of tequila. It’s not huge though, and indoor seating is limited, so come early to ensure you snag a table.
What their peers say
“New York went a bit speakeasy crazy a few years back, jeez they even have a Speakeasy Burger Joint (okay so does London but we’ll skim over that) And whilst there is an undeniable aura of cool in entering through a secret door or needing an ever changing phone number, well those doors don’t always lead you to the room of your dreams. La Esquina is different, I’ve still not worked out if its legal or not, it has a website so I guess its legit. From the ultimate Goodfellas entrance, down through the kitchen, to the tequila strewn back bar, the awesome food and the on the money tunes they get it j u s t right here. If only it were possible to get in. Which it isn’t.” – Jake Burger of Portobello Star and Ginstitute, London