La Esquina Taqueria

★★★★★
  • 106 Kenmare St

    New York, NY 10012

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  • 646-613-1333

About La Esquina Taqueria

Hours
Brasserie-bar: 6 pm-2 am. Café: noon-midnight. Taqueria: Mon-Fri 8-11:30 am, noon-5 am, Sat-Sun noon-5 am

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I went to La Esquina for the first time this past weekend(for brunch)....its Thursday and i still cant stop thinking about the damn steak taco! its seriously that good...I'll be there again this weekend,,asking for more!

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★★★★★

I went to La Esquina for the first time this past weekend(for brunch)....its Thursday and i still cant stop thinking about the damn steak taco! its seriously that good...I'll be there again this weekend,,asking for more!

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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,

3
★★★★★

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,

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i love love love their tacos and warm chicken salad and the breakfast burrito... so so good\r
i never go there just delivery and it's always on time and delicious\r
there is a great woman who takes lunch delivery orders and she is never

3
★★★★★

i love love love their tacos and warm chicken salad and the breakfast burrito... so so good\r
i never go there just delivery and it's always on time and delicious\r
there is a great woman who takes lunch delivery orders and she is never

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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

3
★★★★★

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

Cons: Self entitled staff will be its demise

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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

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★★★★★

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

Cons: Service was horrible, food not the best

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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

3
★★★★★

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

Pros: steak taco

Cons: bad staff, horrible service

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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

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★★★★★

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

Pros: Great tacos!

Cons: Gets busy & cramped at times

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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

3
★★★★★

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

Pros: decent taco's

Cons: really nasty bouncers

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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

3
★★★★★

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

Pros: There is a roof

Cons: Staff attitude

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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

3
★★★★★

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

Pros: Incredibly rude

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Anything you order will be amazing, and the service is really great, no long waiting for the food. Only bad thing is that the indoor space is small so sometimes there is a wait for a table.

3
★★★★★

Anything you order will be amazing, and the service is really great, no long waiting for the food. Only bad thing is that the indoor space is small so sometimes there is a wait for a table.

Pros: amazing food, nice atmosphere

Cons: small indoor seeting area

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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

3
★★★★★

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

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My girlfriend and I come here a few times a week for the great breakfast. The kid that works behind the counter in the diner side is great. today we ate outside and a waitress told us we had to get out of our seats and move inside without

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★★★★★

My girlfriend and I come here a few times a week for the great breakfast. The kid that works behind the counter in the diner side is great. today we ate outside and a waitress told us we had to get out of our seats and move inside without

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I have eaten at the smaller caf 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

3
★★★★★

I have eaten at the smaller caf 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

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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

3
★★★★★

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

Pros: scene

Cons: rude management

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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

3
★★★★★

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

Pros: Cool atmosphere, good menu

Cons: Early reservation

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Were lights too much to ask for at a restaurant?\r
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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

3
★★★★★

Were lights too much to ask for at a restaurant?\r
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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

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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

3
★★★★★

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

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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.

3
★★★★★

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.

Pros: Great ambiaence

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I ate here (upstairs) once, and enjoyed the meal I went back and had the same thing again - the huitlacoche quesadilla and a side of acelgas. It is a healthy seeming meal and so satisfying. I also tasted the special tamale of the day and

3
★★★★★

I ate here (upstairs) once, and enjoyed the meal I went back and had the same thing again - the huitlacoche quesadilla and a side of acelgas. It is a healthy seeming meal and so satisfying. I also tasted the special tamale of the day and

Pros: Delicious food

Cons: The upstairs is small, not good for a large party

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I was here with 14 other girls/ladies on Saturday night for a bachelorette dinner before the evening's festivities. We were seated very cozily at one table which seemed too close for comfort, but all worked out in the end, we had such a

3
★★★★★

I was here with 14 other girls/ladies on Saturday night for a bachelorette dinner before the evening's festivities. We were seated very cozily at one table which seemed too close for comfort, but all worked out in the end, we had such a

Pros: food, service, ambience

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I've eaten at La Esquina several times. I'm well aware of the 3 weeks in advance policy for reservations. I made my most recent reservations three weeks in advance to the day. I had relatives coming into town from Idaho and I knew

3
★★★★★

I've eaten at La Esquina several times. I'm well aware of the 3 weeks in advance policy for reservations. I made my most recent reservations three weeks in advance to the day. I had relatives coming into town from Idaho and I knew

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La Esquina - one of the biggest deals in NYC. Since 2005 people all around the country have been pleading for an opportunity to walk through the "employee's only" door... and go through the kitchen to be seated. This restaurant is shady.

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★★★★★

La Esquina - one of the biggest deals in NYC. Since 2005 people all around the country have been pleading for an opportunity to walk through the "employee's only" door... and go through the kitchen to be seated. This restaurant is shady.

Pros: People

Cons: Everything Else

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Had heard so much about this place so I went with a friend on a Tuesday night. Getting downstairs was interesting and I thought the space was very cool, if not a bit claustrophobic because of the low basement ceilings. We were seated

3
★★★★★

Had heard so much about this place so I went with a friend on a Tuesday night. Getting downstairs was interesting and I thought the space was very cool, if not a bit claustrophobic because of the low basement ceilings. We were seated

Pros: Cool space

Cons: Annoyed waiter, pricey, ok food

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Oh my girlfriend remembered the name of the orange liquor Combier. SO GOOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Watermelon Margarita!!!

3
★★★★★

Oh my girlfriend remembered the name of the orange liquor Combier. SO GOOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Watermelon Margarita!!!

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This place is great for a special event meal, though you have to make reservations a couple weeks in advance. I was steeling myself for some heavy-duty pretentiousness from the staff after reading some of these negative reviews, but all

3
★★★★★

This place is great for a special event meal, though you have to make reservations a couple weeks in advance. I was steeling myself for some heavy-duty pretentiousness from the staff after reading some of these negative reviews, but all

Pros: FOOD (esp the ribeye!), cool room

Cons: Reservations need to be made a few weeks in advance, even for early weeknights

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The food at this place is really amazing! I came here for dinner with a few friends and there is a bit of a wait on the weekends but its worth it! Also, its a little bit pricey and the menu is not very big.... but seriously all the food we

3
★★★★★

The food at this place is really amazing! I came here for dinner with a few friends and there is a bit of a wait on the weekends but its worth it! Also, its a little bit pricey and the menu is not very big.... but seriously all the food we

Pros: great food, nice atmosphere

Cons: wait for a table, small space

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Lived above the restaurant and never got tired of going there. What a scene? Lots of beautiful people trying to look casual. It's a fun experience.

3
★★★★★

Lived above the restaurant and never got tired of going there. What a scene? Lots of beautiful people trying to look casual. It's a fun experience.

Pros: Food and Scene

Cons: Long Line

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First, I want to start by sharing that I have never written a review of a restaurant before but I feel strongly that people should be warned about the staff at La Esquina. I have eaten at this restaurant once before and although I found

3
★★★★★

First, I want to start by sharing that I have never written a review of a restaurant before but I feel strongly that people should be warned about the staff at La Esquina. I have eaten at this restaurant once before and although I found

Cons: staff

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I loved it. Loved the atmosphere...yeah, the food was okay...but for Mexican...in NEW YORK? And I KNOW mexican food. Why is everyone so hard to impress? Dig the (pseudo) East LA lowrider art. I got the joke. Relax seen-it-all-types. Have

3
★★★★★

I loved it. Loved the atmosphere...yeah, the food was okay...but for Mexican...in NEW YORK? And I KNOW mexican food. Why is everyone so hard to impress? Dig the (pseudo) East LA lowrider art. I got the joke. Relax seen-it-all-types. Have

Pros: Fun ambience

Cons: Sometimes 'too cool' crowd

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What a waste of time. I arrived at 6:15pm for a 6:30pm reservation, I checked in with the girl at the door and was waiting for my boyfriend to meet me upstairs in the trailer part before heading down to the restaurant. When he arrived at

3
★★★★★

What a waste of time. I arrived at 6:15pm for a 6:30pm reservation, I checked in with the girl at the door and was waiting for my boyfriend to meet me upstairs in the trailer part before heading down to the restaurant. When he arrived at

Cons: poor service

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I agree very much with some of the previous reviews. The food is not good in any way and there is so much attitude from the staff , it is just laughable. If you want to feel like a 15 year old , trying to be really really hip, this is the

3
★★★★★

I agree very much with some of the previous reviews. The food is not good in any way and there is so much attitude from the staff , it is just laughable. If you want to feel like a 15 year old , trying to be really really hip, this is the

Pros: Can't think of one

Cons: Smelly , contrived, average food, attitude

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My friend made a reservation hearing that this was a hot spot that we had to try. I wish I hadn't gone. The food was gross, the taco was a little cold tortilla with a few tiny pieces of meat inside that looked like they had been a few

3
★★★★★

My friend made a reservation hearing that this was a hot spot that we had to try. I wish I hadn't gone. The food was gross, the taco was a little cold tortilla with a few tiny pieces of meat inside that looked like they had been a few

Pros: "cool" underground ambiance

Cons: Food, service

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Went there last night with a group of friends and confirmed that, 1. food is "OK" at best, 2. workers are rude and arrogant (patrons kiss up repeatedly to the woman holding the RSVP list. It was pathetic!) So food and service are both

3
★★★★★

Went there last night with a group of friends and confirmed that, 1. food is "OK" at best, 2. workers are rude and arrogant (patrons kiss up repeatedly to the woman holding the RSVP list. It was pathetic!) So food and service are both

Pros: lots of room for improvement

Cons: bad service, bad food, contrived

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I live across the street from this restaurant and it became an instant favorite of mine...until as is the case with many successful restaurants in Soho it seems, they became "too cool". Service at the side cafe is terrible and the attitude

3
★★★★★

I live across the street from this restaurant and it became an instant favorite of mine...until as is the case with many successful restaurants in Soho it seems, they became "too cool". Service at the side cafe is terrible and the attitude

Pros: Good food

Cons: Terrible service (side cafe/delivery) and ridiculous attitude for basement restaurant

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Ihave been to La Esquina on numerous occasions and each visit is less and less enjoyable. The food is average at best and the service is horrendous! This place is overly trendy and managements must feel that they do not have to focus on

3
★★★★★

Ihave been to La Esquina on numerous occasions and each visit is less and less enjoyable. The food is average at best and the service is horrendous! This place is overly trendy and managements must feel that they do not have to focus on

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I am an Australian living in New York. I have travelled extensively in Europe and Asia and enjoy seeking out reputedly excellent restaurants. I have dined out 20 occasions in New York in the past month. I have to say that La Esquina is the

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★★★★★

I am an Australian living in New York. I have travelled extensively in Europe and Asia and enjoy seeking out reputedly excellent restaurants. I have dined out 20 occasions in New York in the past month. I have to say that La Esquina is the

Pros: Trendy

Cons: Food Wine Service Noise Space

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I heard of this restaurant through a friend who'd recommended that I visit "the secret mexican place in the basement". After calling the number on a card that simply said lucha libre on it I was able to make reservations for the same

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★★★★★

I heard of this restaurant through a friend who'd recommended that I visit "the secret mexican place in the basement". After calling the number on a card that simply said lucha libre on it I was able to make reservations for the same

Pros: food, drinks

Cons: too dark for my taste

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My girl is a Latina from California who knows good Mexican. So we decided to give La Esquina a shot today. Wished we hadn't. The open window dive is crowded with people who obviously don't know what good tortillas and carnitas taste

3
★★★★★

My girl is a Latina from California who knows good Mexican. So we decided to give La Esquina a shot today. Wished we hadn't. The open window dive is crowded with people who obviously don't know what good tortillas and carnitas taste

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I have traveled extensively and my favorite destinations are all south of the border. It has always been my habit to find the restaurants frequented by the locals and that, hopefully, serve the most authentic and locally congruent dishes.

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★★★★★

I have traveled extensively and my favorite destinations are all south of the border. It has always been my habit to find the restaurants frequented by the locals and that, hopefully, serve the most authentic and locally congruent dishes.

Pros: Food and atmosphere

Cons: A bit tight on space

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I have eaten in the cafe, taqueria, as well as the brasserie, and it has been nothing but amazing authentic mexican fare. La Esquina has tought me what Mexican food should taste like. AMAZING! Try the ceviche, the pulled pork tacos, the

3
★★★★★

I have eaten in the cafe, taqueria, as well as the brasserie, and it has been nothing but amazing authentic mexican fare. La Esquina has tought me what Mexican food should taste like. AMAZING! Try the ceviche, the pulled pork tacos, the

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There is no denying this place has got a cool vibe. After entering through an old diner your taken downstairs to this goth-like oasis with dark lights and dripping candles. However...be prepared to woof down your food quicker then Dracula

3
★★★★★

There is no denying this place has got a cool vibe. After entering through an old diner your taken downstairs to this goth-like oasis with dark lights and dripping candles. However...be prepared to woof down your food quicker then Dracula

Pros: Cool atmosphere

Cons: Rushed service

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I've been to La Esquina a dozen times and have always loved everything about it. Each tme, our meal was launched by one of their ubiquitous Margaritas. It was amazing how they could concoct a tired old drink into a most tasteful and

3
★★★★★

I've been to La Esquina a dozen times and have always loved everything about it. Each tme, our meal was launched by one of their ubiquitous Margaritas. It was amazing how they could concoct a tired old drink into a most tasteful and

Pros: Very Unique, Upbeat Atmosphere, Great Food

Cons: The Margaraitas were undrinkable, expensive, the staff could care less about quality

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the loser doorman everyone keeps writing about here is probably still actor/ex-con dominic chianese, jr. who is apparently hated by all. google him and la esquina together, you'll see. he is a clown as are la esquina's owners.

3
★★★★★

the loser doorman everyone keeps writing about here is probably still actor/ex-con dominic chianese, jr. who is apparently hated by all. google him and la esquina together, you'll see. he is a clown as are la esquina's owners.

Cons: unsafe, closed by helth dept, illegal, staff are criminals, food is awful

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I'm not sure if their hours changed (different than what's listed on citysearch) - I've been to La Equina for breakfast a few times. Never been there for dinner or lunch. Their breakfast burritos are so good - I've had the

3
★★★★★

I'm not sure if their hours changed (different than what's listed on citysearch) - I've been to La Equina for breakfast a few times. Never been there for dinner or lunch. Their breakfast burritos are so good - I've had the

Pros: Authentic, great quality, really hits the spot. Great breakfast items.

Cons: Can't think of any really.

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The decor was pretty good, but not as interesting as I thought it would be. Walking down to the dungeon was cool, but once you are down there it's just a basement with vaults. The tables were really close together which destroyed the

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★★★★★

The decor was pretty good, but not as interesting as I thought it would be. Walking down to the dungeon was cool, but once you are down there it's just a basement with vaults. The tables were really close together which destroyed the

Pros: Ambience

Cons: Price, food, service

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La Esquina (the corner in Spanish) is a three-headed experience: a Formica-countered taqueria at the junction of Lafayette and Cleveland, the more upscale cafe around the corner on Kenmare and---most especially---the secretive subterranean…

 

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